Minutes: November 2011

Call to Order

Marcy called the meeting to order and thanked the hostesses, Sanford Dunklin, Mandy Culpepper, Lisa Hinson, and Lamar Smith.  Marcy noted the large attendance and what a treat it was to be in Sanford Dunklin’s lovely home.

Old Business:

October Minutes….Having been sent and read by email, the motion was made and carried that they be accepted.

Marcy announced that last month’s meeting at the Quarry Garden was well attended, very productive, and a fun day for the members.    She also added that 8-10 people had attended the Speech School workday, and they too had a good time socializing while they raked the Mimosa Garden. There will be another workday in the spring.

New Business:

Treasurer, Julie Harlan, gave a report on the club’s finances to date.  All 3 accounts are in good shape.  The Operating Account has a balance of $18,360.38 which includes members who have paid dues so far.  The Party Account has $6,000 before our annual payout to the Speech School, and the Quarry Garden.  The Savings Account has $5,347. Twenty three members still need to pay dues to A. Brady.

Vice President/Party Chair, Catherine Fleetwood, announced that she and Co-chair,

Lori Kennedy, had been making plans for the Mimosa Party on May 9, and had chosen the committee chairmen. They passed around the committee sign up board and encouraged everyone to join a committee, because they are going to need help.   She also explained that the theme “Vintage Mimosa” was derived from the house itself, which has charming architectural features of the homes built in the 20’s and 30’s.  Food, decorations, and an auction will all reflect the theme.  She also told us that they had purchased the home from the Niles estate, which was the childhood home of Sally Allen.  She then asked everyone to begin looking for vintage fashion items such as jewelry, purses, scarves and decorative pieces for the raffle.  The raffle will be called “The Designer Vintage Market” and she would like to have about 10 to 20 items.

Marcy reminded members that is time to begin thinking about new member nominations for next year, and to contact her if you need a nomination form.  It appears now that we can take 4 people, if we agree in January to change our limit of 3 for this year.


Jinny Keough said that Quarry Garden Director, Sarah Roberts, had a baby boy a few days after our meeting in October, and she would send her a card from Mimosa. Sarah will return to work in January.

Marcy then turned the meeting over to Mary Huntz, who introduced the speaker, Jill Helmer, a popular and talented floral designer and author of a new book, ”Evergreen, Decorating With The Colors Of The Season”.  With wit and skill, Jill created several arrangements, expressing her philosophy of….keep it simple and stress free, using plant material from your yard and containers and decorative pieces from your own home.

Following adjournment, a delicious lunch was served by the hostesses.

Respectfully submitted,

Nancy Powell and Anna Muir, Secretaries