The September 16, 2021 meeting of the Pine Island Garden Club was held at the Fishers of Men Lutheran Church and was called to order at 9:30 AM by President Marty Kendall. All stood to recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. Marty welcomed everyone back and proceeded to give the uplifting quotes of the day.
Membership: Alice Trant reported that membership currently stands at 70, including 2 new members who were introduced. Attendance today totaled 29, including 2 guests. Alice stated that the newYearbooks would be available for the October meeting. She also wanted to thank Victoria Krouch for all of her hard work in preparing the Yearbook for publication.
Recording Secretary: Recording Secretary Carol Mullin reported that the minutes of the May meeting were emailed to all members. A motion was made by Barb Riordan and supported by Kathy Chumley to approve the Minutes as presented. The motion passed unanimously.
Treasurer: Treasurer Barb Riordan emailed the P&L and proposed budget to all members. Barb explained that there will be a Gala in 2022, however many estimates were made based on the best assumptions Barb could make. President Kendall expressed appreciation for Barb’s diligence in preparing the budget and also reported that she secured a $250 reduction in premiums for the club’s liability insurance. In addition Barb was able to update our computer and AV software. Training and support was provided by Dave at the Bokeelia Post Office. A motion was made by Kathy Chumley and supported by Nancy Kennedy to approve the Treasurer's report as presented. The motion passed unanimously.
Program: Liz Duchaine introduced Phil Krieg from the Bonsai Society. Phil discussed many aspects of bonsai (tree in a tray) growing and grooming, displayed 2 of his special projects and invited everyone to attend a bonsai competition to be held November 6 and 7 at the Berne Davis Center.
Gala: Beth Smith announced that the theme for the 2022 Gala will be: “Gardening for Health”. The Gala will be held on February 19, 2022. Beth is in the planning stage. So far, 24 vendors have been registered. Sign-up sheets and much more information will be available at the next meeting in October.
Ways and Means: Nancy Kennedy and Liz Duchaine modeled this year’s new t-shirts in bright yellow and also new visors in white. Some merchandise was available today and orders could also be taken.
Plant Therapy: Marilyn Moore had no recent requests for plant therapy.
Corresponding Secretary: In Paula Bruckner’s absence, President Kendall read a thank you letter from Dr. Millins, Principle of PI Elementary. He, as well as the staff and students were very appreciative of the beautiful plantings and mulching done on the school grounds in June by volunteer members of PIGC.
Garden Park: Kathy Chumley invited members to participate in the next work party on Thursday, September 23 beginning at 8:30 AM.
Museum Grounds: Members were invited to participate in the next work party on Monday, September 19 beginning at 8:30 AM.
Field Trips: Kathleen Hecksher has arranged five field trips for this coming year. All of the information will be available in the 2021-2022 Yearbook. The first field trip will be to Pine Island Botanicals in Bokeelia on October 27 starting at 10 AM. The cost is $10 and entails a 90 minute tour of the property. Kathleen is taking reservations starting today and will finalize at the October meeting.
Holiday Luncheon: As per tradition, Bonnie Kellen reported that the Holiday Luncheon will be held at Misto’s on December 9 at 11:30 AM. More information will be forthcoming.
Website: President Kendall stated that all of the information contained in the Yearbook is also posted on the club’s website: www.pineislandgardenclub.org. Victoria Krouch, who updated and greatly improved, the website announced that members’ names and addresses will not be public but can be accessed by members at www.pineislandgardenclub.org/members. Everyone expressed appreciation to Victoria for the great job she is doing with the website.
New Business: President Kendall named the garden projects which the PIGC has undertaken and maintains:
Beacon of Hope
Bokeelia Post Office
Kids Playground in St. James City
Pine Island Elementary
With all this in mind, President Kendall stated that a new committee to steward and monitor all of these projects is needed. Sue Dahod volunteered to be the Chairperson of this committee. Anyone wanting to serve on this committee should contact Sue directly.
Members are encouraged to bring contributions of non-perishable food items for the Pine Island Food Pantry to future meetings. Those participating will receive a free raffle ticket for that day’s plant raffle in exchange for their donation.
Cheryl King provided several copies of a new seed catalog for members to peruse.
Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 10:44 AM immediately after the plant raffle was announced.