Minutes: September 25, 2018

VENUE: Chastain Horse Park

DATE: September 25, 2018

HOSTESSES: Blain Allen, Sally Allen, Tricia Allen, Louise Moore & Parker Tekin

WELCOME & CALL TO ORDER: (Lindsey Sones, 2018-2019 President):
Lindsey called the meeting to order, extended a warm welcome to the group, thanked our hostesses. She thanked Jinny Keough, outgoing President, for her calm, organized, seemingly effortless leadership this past year., and agreeing to answer her unlimited calls. She extended a sincere thank you to all the board members who enthusiastically agreed to serve, many for the second year. Lindsey so looks forward to a fun, informative and productive year.


Welcome to the 3 New Members:  Kyle Garges, Elkin Taylor, Liles Thompson.

Sincere thank you to Shayla Rumely for hostessing the lovely new member luncheon.

Professional Membership Status: Margaret Glenn, Liz Irby, Sharena Hall, Deborah Childers, Claire Marie Huff, Sarah McElroy all requested professional membership status.

Minutes from the May meeting have been posted on the website. Sandy made a motion to approve, Blair seconded, and all voted in favor. The minutes stand approved.

Vice President (Karen Brown): Please sign up to be a hostess if your name is on the list of those whose turn it is this year.

Treasurer (Jo Phelps): No report.

Membership and Dues (Leslie Morgan):
Please remember to sign in before every meeting, I will have an attendance book at the check in desk. Remember 5 meetings are required a year.

Dues are due! $50 by December 1st payable by check to:
Leslie Morgan
P.O. Box 111
Lawrenceville, Ga 30046

Self-addressed envelopes available, hand her your check at any of the meetings or pay via PayPal on the Mimosa website.

Membership dues will increase to $75 after December 1, 2018.

Please review the online directory and update your personal information; especially your email address.

Program Chairs (Jinny Keough & Mary Ella Hill): No report.

Speech School (Caroline Davis / Maggie Fisher): No report.

Quarry Garden (Louise Moore & Mildred Spalding):
Louise Moore read an informative report on the beautiful plantings and irrigation work at the Quarry garden.

Flower Show: There is no flower show this year.

State Garden Club Liaison (Mary Hutz): Nothing to report.

Website (Margaret Glenn): No report.

New Member Mentors (Esther Garges, Lois Yates & Shayla Rumely):

New members were feted at Shayla’s lovely home this past week.  Esther announced that the new members will be asking trivia questions at future Mimosa meetings this year.  The question for this meeting was what was Mimosa’s first civic project? The answer was the grounds of the Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital.

Beltline Bike Tour: come on a leisurely sightseeing tour on the East Side Beltline trail with Mildred Spalding and Lindsey Sones. We are offering it 2 times to accommodate people’s schedules. Tuesday Oct 9 and Monday October 15. We will meet at 9:45 at the Piedmont Driving Club and stop for lunch around noon with estimated end time of 1. Bring helmet, water bottle, your own bike or use one from the club through Mildred’s membership. Please email Mildred if you are interested as she will arrange to use the bikes.

There is room for 3 new members to be elected next year. We will be accepting applications in January and vote in the spring. Please visit the website for the application and information on the nomination process.

Amaryllis project: Sandy Jones announced there will be an amaryllis workshop and lunch to get you in the holiday spirit at the Swan coach house on Dec. 4th. We can accommodate 20. The fee will be $50 for lunch and your take home arrangement.  We sold out quickly last time we offered this, so we are doubling the size. Please sign up early with Sandy.

Huge thank you to Edwina Johnson for donating the door prizes for this year.

In honor of the end of our 90th anniversary as a garden club, we will have a group photo made at our January meeting taken by our own professional photographer, Guerry Redmond. Please plan to arrive on time as the photo will be first on the agenda. White gloves not necessary.

Trish Gross, the executive director of Chastain Horse Park, spoke about the property which was established in 1935. She stated that they serve children through adults with therapeutic programs with horses. They fill 1000 volunteer positions per month and have 60 horses at the park per day.

PROGRAM (Teri Nye):
Jinny Keough announced Teri Nye, of Park Pride. Teri holds a masters in Landscape Architecture from UGA. She has designed parks and greenspace across the southeast and has served as a botanist at Fernbank Science Center.

She gave an informative talk on pollinators as just a few of the exciting things you can find in your garden. This talk took us on a wander through a small urban garden in Atlanta, exploring how our gardens can be both beautiful and nurturing, looking at all the amazing things that a balanced, healthy garden can provide!  She reminded us of the importance of “bugs” as a part of a healthy ecosystem and suggested the use of fans instead of chemical sprays to ward off bugs when you are outside.

The door prize was donated by Edwina Johnson and won by Mary Huntz.

Respectfully Submitted,

Katie Bockstedt