The Home of Blair Mann
HOSTESSES: Elizabeth Hogan, Blair Mann, Margaret Warren and Nicole Warren
CALL TO ORDER: Mary Huntz
Mary called the meeting to order, welcomed everyone and thanked the hostesses. Minutes from the February meeting were voted on and approved.
DUES TREASURER REPORT:
We have only one outstanding unpaid dues. We are following up on that one to see if there is an issue we should know about. Please remember that Mimosa dues are due in September.
SPEECH SCHOOL REPORT: Terri Alston
Sign up for The Speech School Garden Work Day on Wednesday, April 13th at 10:00 am. It would mean a lot for many of us to show up for this workday. The trees will be pruned in the garden for $350.
QUARRY GARDEN REPORT: Parker Tekin
Everyone is very excited about the ginseng coming back from the tiny starts we put in the ground last year, and that we have so many pawpaws blooming. In another week we’ll probably be at peak bloom for the spring ephemerals (if the cold snap doesn’t slow it down!)
Here is what’s in bloom and happening below:
- Virginia bluebells in bloom
- Mayapples emerging
- Atamasco lily in bloom
- Royal fern fronds unfurling
- Geranium in bloom
- Cinnamon fern fronds unfurling
- Bloodroot in bloom
- Ginseng emerging
- Rue anemone in bloom
- Yellowroot in bloom
- Red and white redbud in bloom
- All Pawpaw trees have flowers – only one had them last year
AMARYLLIS REPORT: Lindsey Sones
Thanks to everyone that have emailed photos of their amaryllis. The contest is over in April with fabulous prizes.
MIMOSA GARDEN PARTY REPORT: Emily Ferguson
Please remember to write your check for the Garden Party tickets. Each member is required to purchase 4 tickets at $75 per ticket. Each invitation equals two tickets. It is a “May Day” theme. There will be a signature cocktail. We may need more raffle items. A private culture club evening with Spalding Nix has been donated.
PROGRAMS: Jinny Keough
The April 26th meeting will be at the home of Susan Virgin. Author Martha Tate will be speaking about her book. There will also be a book signing.
We will be voting on the slate of officers for the Mimosa year 2016-2017 at the April meeting.
HOSTESS CHART: Marianne Craft
Sign ups for next year are on the website.
WEBSITE HEADSHOTS: Guerry Redmond
Guerry has her camera if your picture has not been taken for the directory.
THE SPECIAL MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE: Emily Jordan & Margaret Warren
First of all thank you to the whole committee as well as our trusted advisors who chimed in with their opinions. We were tasked with looking at the membership and if needed, proposing a solution to the issue of lack of new member spots available this year and next.
We reviewed the membership for the next 10 years, if we do not make any changes we will only be able to accept 13 new members. The majority of the committee feels this is a problem for the longevity and energy of Mimosa. New members and meaningful participation are critical to any club. While no one wants Mimosa to grow too large, we all want our friends and family to be able to join us in the best garden club. The solution the majority of the committee feels is best, is a bylaw change to the classes of membership bylaw. We would like to propose changing the years of membership required to achieve sustaining status from 30 years to 25 years. By doing this we create 21 spaces in the 10 years.
Keep the cap of 3 spaces each year should more spaces be available. For example, next year, if we change the by laws to reflect this change, we have 6 spots but only 3 would be available.
NEW MEMBER OPENINGS NEW MEMBER OPENINGS
NO BYLAW CHANGE CHANGE SUSTAINING STATUS TO 25 YEARS
0 2016-17 6
1 2017-18 0
1 2018-19 1
1 2019-20 2
2 2020-21 6
1 2021-22 0
0 2022-23 3
0 2023-24 0
2 2024-25 2
5 2025-26 1
These numbers do not take into account resignations, moves, etc.
We clarified that sustaining members have all the privileges of membership but are not required to attend meetings, however they are encouraged to attend. They pay dues, for party tickets, and host meetings.
Our current membership numbers:
Members elect: 6
Non Resident: 8
ANNOUNCEMENTS: Mary Hunyz
A big congratulations to Lindsay Sones. Lindsey’s garden is going to be on the Druid Hills Tour of Homes and Gardens April 22-24. Please see the website for tickets and to volunteer: www.druidhillstour.org
PROGRAM INTRODUCTION: Jinny Keough
Sarah Price from Bellwether Landscape Architects