2012 Minutes


NOVEMBER 13, 2012


HOSTESSES: Lindsey Sones, Hallie Crawford, Deborah Childers, Beth Nix

CALL TO ORDER: Catherine Fleetwood

It was announced that the checks, representing Mimosa’s commitment to the Atlanta Speech School & The Atlanta History Center’s Quarry Garden, have been mailed for the amounts mentioned in the September Mimosa Minutes.

Kendrick Williams mentioned that anyone who hasn’t paid their dues be advised that, if not received by December 1st, a penalty will be added to the 50.00 owed.

SPEECH SCHOOL: The garden looks good and seems to be thriving – no work day has been planned for the fall.

CORRESPONDING SECRETARY: Rawson Groberty reminded Mimosa members, once again, to PLEASE RSVP TO THE MONTHLY EVITES out of respect for our hostesses. Also, she is asking that all emails submitted to her, which are to be sent out to our membership, pertain only to Mimosa business.

FLOWER SHOW: Claire Marie Huff said she still has amaryllis bulb kits which are 20.00 each. She also had with her that day “hard copies” of the exhibitors guide for those interested in participating. She encouraged potential entrants to purchase plants for the Flower Show by December 15th, so they’ll be healthy and gorgeous by opening day on March 15th (thru the 17th). The theme of the show for this year is “What’s old is New Again”.

The business meeting was then adjourned by Catherine.

WaWa Hines, our Mimosa member who has been affiliated with Fernbank for a number of years, gave a fascinating summary of the Museum’s broad array of activities, programs etc. She then introduced Susan Nugent, the CEO of Fernbank , who gave an informative talk about stewardship, as well as the proposed campus master plan, followed by a brief history of the Museum. Aneli Nugteren was introduced by Susan Nugent. Aneli proceeded to give a detailed presentation of what Fernbank’s goals & aspirations are, along with a more in depth talk about the many attractions of the campus.

She discussed their desire to be a good neighbor to the neighborhoods which border the grounds. She also gave a wonderful description of the trails, the acreage, as well as the historical beauty of the landscape.

A delicious lunch was then served. Following lunch, those who were able to stay were given a guided tour, by a staff member, of the trail that cuts through the woods (which the museum overlooks). This beautiful & lush forest is owned, maintained, & cared for by Fernbank.

Respectfully submitted,

Marianne Craft

Margie Hutchison



OCTOBER 23, 2012

QUARRY WORK DAY, Atlanta History Center

HOSTESSES: Shelby Drinkard, Harden Powell, Jo Phelps, Nancy Powell

Great member turnout – and great enthusiasm raking, pruning & planting!

Sarah Roberts, curator of the garden, talked about shade plants and mentioned the Garden Hood store near the zoo, for those interested in unusual plants (Across from Stone Soup in Grant Park).

Sarah also mentioned the new tour this year “In their Moccasins”, the story of the Trail of Tears, which is adapted to 2nd grade school tours.

The “workers” adjourned to McElreath Hall, joining other members for the business meeting & talk given by Sheffield Hale.

CALL TO ORDER: Catherine Fleetwood

HISTORIAN, Sally Smith, gave a creative and entertaining talk about her “interview” with Betty Mitchell Bowering, a long time Mimosa member. Betty, mother of Sanford Dunkling & Lisa Hinson became a Mimosa member in 1954, and was president in 1956. She talked about our history with the Atlanta Speech School garden, and the early days of our involvement, beginning in 1962. The garden was dedicated in 1967, and our commitment to them continues nearly fifty years later.

SPEECH SCHOOL: Terri Alston said that the gardens look good, and will announce our next work day at a later date. Due to school schedules, the November 6th workday was cancelled.

MEMBERSHIP: Mary Mac Southerland asked that members due to be hostesses for next 2013/2014 sign up on the Hostess poster which is passed around at every meeting

FLOWER SHOW: Claire Marie Huff gave a brief talk about the 2013 show, and the theme which will be: “What’s old is New Again”. The purchased bulb kits will be delivered in January at the Business Meeting.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Our own very talented member & gardener extraordinaire, Mary Huntz, will have her “in-town” garden on spring tour in 2013 – and – it’s the Atlanta Botanical Garden Spring Tour!

The meeting was adjourned, and our speaker, Sheffield Hale, the new head of the Atlanta History Center, was introduced. Sheffield gave a great talk about the planned changes for the History Center, beginning by listing many of its superb & unique assets, including the Quarry Garden. There are opportunities to publicize it in ways that will appeal to more people in and around our community. He mentioned that segments of the “Hunger Games “ movie were filmed there; that the PBS Atlanta story corps will use the Franklin Garrett library to establish an oral history; a newly planned Veterans’ Center will be at the entrance to the History Center; and he detailed the importance of, and some ideas for, creating an appeal to the younger members in our community.

The meeting was adjourned and a wonderful lunch was served by our hostesses.

Respectfully submitted,

Marianne Craft

Margie Hutchison




SEPTEMBER 25, 2012

CALL TO ORDER: Our President, Catherine Fleetwood welcomed Mimosa members to the first meeting of the fall, 2012, extending an especially warm welcome to our four new members. They are Maggie Fischer, Amie Nix, Margaret Glenn & Sarah McElroy.

Our hostesses – Marcy McTier, Guerry Redmond, Julian Williams & Mary Ann Frazier were thanked for providing us with a yummy “first meeting” lunch.

Catherine then asked for reports from our various committee chairs:

FLOWER SHOW: Claire Marie Huff announced that the flower show has been moved to the later dates of March 15th thru March 17th, 2013 due to private school spring breaks. The Flower Show booklet has not yet been released. She also thanked Mandy Culpepper for her willingness to be a coordinator of the show.

TREASURERS REPORT: Emily Jordan reported the net profits from the 2012 spring party were $19,017.00, and that $10,000 of that will be set aside for our obligation to the Atlanta Speech School, The History Center’s Quarry Garden, and $1000.00 to the Flower Show, leaving a balance of $8,017.00. There is an additional $10,000 in the operating account. More info regarding Mimosa’s financial status will be presented at the January, 2013 business meeting. Approximately $9,000 will be distributed to the Speech School and $9,000 to the Quarry Garden. Also Kendrick Hill is collecting the $50.00 dues, which must be paid by December 1st to avoid late fees.

SPEECH SCHOOL: Terry Alston & Leslie Morgan could not be present, but previously stated that the speech school grounds are looking great, and the new plants that were installed are flourishing. The Speech School work day will be in early November and a sign-up sheet will be passed around at the October meeting.

QUARRY GARDEN: Mary Huntz & Jinny Keough reported that the steps to the Tullie Smith House have been completed. Also, there are more labels in the garden to identify the broad variety of plants indigenous to Georgia. The waterfall has been cleaned up and the Quarry Garden staff is looking forward to our participation in the October 23rd workday.

CORRESPONDING SECRETARIES: Rawson Grobety & Lori Kennedy. Our official Mimosa email address is: mimosagardenclub@hotmail.com All notices will be sent out from that address. Anything you would like shared with members should be composed as you want it sent, and it will then be emailed from that address.

HISTORIAN: Sallie Smith gave an amazing account of her interview with Ann Spalding and Ann’s fifty six year involvement with Mimosa, as well as her involvement, along with Louise Allen, in making the Quarry Garden what it is today. The mighty project was begun in l973, and continues to the present time. Ann also said the garden was known as the “Lois Troutman garden” at the time they were working on it.

YEARBOOKS: Nancy Tracy & Louise Mann. The yearbooks are ready for pickup at our Mimosa meetings.

MEMBERSHIP: Emily Ferguson & Mary Mac gave a wonderful lunch for our new members, in early September, at Emily’s beautiful home. The new member sponsors were also guests at the luncheon. The 2013 -2014 hostess chart was passed around so members, who are due to be hostesses, could choose a date. Also, Mary Mac created lovely fall gifts for our new members, which were small colanders filled with fall veggies.

WEBSITE: Eileen Millard. This is the “Year of the Website”, which will be completed by the end of 2012. Eileen has worked tirelessly on this project for months, and has a consultant assisting her so that it will be up and running at the January meeting!

ANNOUNCEMENTS: A gift certificate of 100.00 was sent to the Speech school in memory of longtime Mimosa member, Rosa Hatch, and Nadine Lawton’s young granddaughter, Wendy Simmons, who passed away in the spring of 2012. Wendy’s Mom, Candy Simmons, was also a longtime member of Mimosa.

The Business Meeting was ended, and WaWa Hines & Lois Yates introduced our speaker, Bradley Curry, who gave a fascinating & informative talk on our regional waterways, and the issues with our fellow states, Alabama & Florida.

Respectfully submitted,

Marianne Craft

Margie Hutchinson



May 22, 2012

Call to order

Thank you was expresses to the hostesses:

Fannie Hilsman, Mariea, Sibley, Nancy McGuirk, Molly Smalley

Introduction of new members:

Marcy introduced the four new members:  Maggie Fischer, Margaret Glenn, Sarah McElroy and Beth Nix.  She presented each with a small plan to welcome         them to the Club and asked all family members and sponsors to stand with their new member.

Committee Reports:

Speech School:  In Terri’s absence, Marcy reported that the garden looked great. The landscaper replaced pots with summer flowers, anise for the “prickly” hollies and more mondo grass.  She thanked everyone that had come to the workdays to support our project.


Edwina is still looking for photos, particularly of the Biggs Garden tour.  If anyone has pictures to include, please get them to Edwina soon so that she can complete this year’s book.


Catherine gave the final report on our extremely successful garden party/fundraiser held at her home on May 9.  Approximately people attended and net proceeds totaled about $20,000.  Marcy added that this great addition to our Treasury will boost the Club’s balances for the next year, permitting us to make larger donations to our projects.  She added that Julie had made both payments this year as well as all other financial obligations of the Club.


Marcy recognized the passing Sophie Mason’s brother during the past month and the sudden passing of Judson Simmons, husband of former member, Candy Simmons.  Several members were absent today as they were attending the services.   She also thanked this year’s Board for their services and wonderful support.  It had been a great team.  She then congratulated Catherine Fleetwood as the 2013 President and passed on to her the gavel.  She also presented her with a patio plan tin recognition of her work this past year as Vice President and Party Chairman.


Marcy turned the meeting over to Mariea Sibley who introduced the speaker, Spencer Tunnell, who gave a very interesting presentation which included slides on the restoration of the Olmstead Parks in Druid Hills.

Luncheon followed Mr. Tunnell’s presentation.

Respectfully submitted,

Anna Muir, Secretary



April 24, 2012

 At the Home of Duvall Fuqua

 In the absence of Marcy McTier, Catherine Fleetwood brought the meeting to order and welcomed everyone.  She thanked our hostesses:  Duval Fuqua (who was absent due to a family emergency of one of her close friends), Dottie Fuqua, Edwina Johnson and Sandy Jones.  She then thanked the Fuquas for the use of their lovely home even in her absence.

Approval of March Minutes:  The March Minutes were approved.

Committee Reports:

Speech School Report

Catherine Fleetwood spoke on behalf of Terri Alston who had lost her voice.  Catherine reported that about 5 people showed up for a fun time weeding the flower beds at the last workday.  She also stated that 3 amass bushes were to be planted, the pots would be redone and they were going to replant/recycle the ferns elsewhere in the garden.

Party Report:

Catherine Fleetwood stated that Emily Jordan was collecting $300 for the Garden Party and that all tickets would be mailed or given out this week. Raffle tickets are on sale as of today’s meeting $10 for 1 tix and $50 for 6 tix.

Old Business:

Sissy Davis and Stanford Dunklin counted the votes on returned ballots and announced at the meeting that all 4 proposed nominees had been unanimously elected.  They are das follows:  Maggie Fisher, Margaret Glenn, Sarah McElroy and Aimee Nix.  Catherin asked that the sponsors all contact their nominees and she too would personally call them to welcome them.

New Business:

Libby Lanier then read the list of proposed new officers for next year.  The list was 2nd and approved as presented.  The list is as follows:

President:  Catherine Fleetwood

VP and President Elect:   Emily Jordan

2nd VP:  Terri Alston, Leslie Morgan, Caroline Davis

3rd VP:  Jinny Keough, Mary Huntz

Recording Secretaries:  Marianne Craft, Margie Hutchinson

Corresponding Secretaries:  Rawson Grobety, Lori Kennedy

Treasurer:  Julie Harlan, Kendrick Williams (Dues)

Committee Chairmen

Yearbook:  Nancy Tracy,  Louise Mann

Membership:  Emily Ferguson,  MaryMac Sutherland

Flower Show:  Claire Marie Huff,  Shelby Drinkard

Historian/ Parliamentarian:  Sallie Smith

Scrap book: Nicole Warren

New Member Mentor: Mandy Culpepper

Programs:  Wawa Hines, Lois Yates

Web Site:  Eileen Millard


Catherine Fleetwood sadly announced the deaths of the following: Wendy Simmons, daughter of former member, Candy Simmons, granddaughter of Nadine Jones Lawton and niece of Sandy Jones. Rosa Hatch, age 90, former member and past Mimosa President. Cards and Memorials were sent to the Speech School and family.

Reminder: Catherine reminded the members of the Gibbs Garden Tour on May 11, 9-5, cost is $35 and includes lunch. She stated that it should be a lovely tour.

With no further business, Mary Huntz introduced our Speaker, Barbara Bing, Publisher of Garden and Gun Magazine, who gave a wonderful presentation on the ins and outs of the magazine.

Lunch followed the speaker.

Respectfully Submitted,

Nancy Powell, Recording Secretary

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