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Thursday February 13th, 7PM
Aptos Grange
2555 Mar Vista Dr
Aptos, CA

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About the Board Meeting Minutes

All board meetings start at 6pm, ending between 7:30 and 8 PM. There are no Board meetings in December and February, otherwise, the meeting date is the 4th Monday in each month (note... not necessarily the LAST Monday). Our main task as a Board is to have the 7-9 PM monthly Gardeners Club meetings run smoothly.

We're somewhat informal, liking to spend time in gardens at meetings held during Daylight Savings months.  As further incentive for members to host a board meeting, we showcase their gardens in the Featured Garden section of our website.

During our meetings we try to stay on topic as much as possible, following an agenda. There should always be time to introduce new topics, but it is often necessary to put off decision making until something specific is formulated/researched and put to the Board. The general membership needs to be presented with information and have time to offer suggestions as well. Often, when the Board meeting minutes are read, there is a mention of a "discussion" on a topic, and that's a good time to have the topic brought up to the membership. Another way for issues to be brought to the attention of members is in the newsletter.

Gardeners’ Club Board meeting 7/22/2019
Hosted by Janine Canada

Board Members: 
(President) Cherry Thompson
(VP) Ilene Wilson
(Secretary) April Barclay
(Treasurer) Pat McVeigh
(Membership) Suzanne Caron (not present)
(Hospitality) Janine Canada
(Newsletter) Lise Bixler (not present)
(Plant Table) Lupe Allen (not present), Joanna Hall (not present)
(Plant Table) Allan Neymark (not present), Jan Olafsson
(Refreshments) Marge Gregory
Guests: Bill Patterson, George and Evelyn Zhovreboff

The July 22nd board meeting was held at the home of Janine Canada. Janine and her neighbors have created and work to maintain a wonderful common area garden. My highlight there was the multiple tiered succulent fountain.

Per Pat McVeigh :Expenses; $39.00 rent, $64 ice cream social. Income; $18 plant table, $0 T-shirts, $15 memberships, $0 donations. Account balance; $3229.34

There were 39 people attending the June meeting.

Per Suzanne, we now have 109 paid members.

Bill Patterson attended the meeting to bring us up to date on our scholarship efforts and to advocate for an expanded awards ceremony for the May meeting. It was decided to devote the meeting to the school ceremony and forgo having a speaker. It was also decided to discontinue naming scholarships for deceased members, but to keep the one award to honor Pat Williams as her children continue to donate funds in her honor.

The board also discussed the upcoming vase exchange and flower arranging. It was suggested that the flower arranging be held during the months of either June or July next year to ensure bountiful plant material. Cherry brought the instructions for the vase exchange. We will adhere to these with the exception of changing the time to three minutes for each interval. We will also help Trician swap the price tags during the sale.

Evelyn and George gave an update on the availability of various milkweeds available at local nurseries. Suncrest generally carries 4 varieties available for $5 per gallon. Growing well in our area are the mexican (curassavica), speciosa and verticillata species.

Evelyn also suggested that we better organize our plant offerings at both the monthly plant table and also the plant exchanges. We will start with small changes, including separating vegetables, succulents and woody plants from other offerings.

Marge told the board that the refreshments for the August meeting will be provided by myself, Ilene Wilson and Marge herself.

Future meetings:

    August: Vase exchange and flower arranging
    October: Fall plant exchange

Future board meetings:

    August 26th: Valera Templeton 514 Calle del Sol, Aptos
    September 23rd: Ilene Wilson 100 Howell Lane, Corralitos

Our next board meeting will be on August 26th. The meeting will be held at 6pm at the home of Valera Templeman, 514 Calle de Sol, Aptos. All are welcome to attend.