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Thursday May 10th, 7PM
Aptos Grange
2555 Mar Vista Dr
Aptos, CA

Spring Plant Sale & Swap


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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 03/26/2018
Hosted by Sim Gilbert

Board Members: 
(President) Cherry Thompson
(VP) Ilene Wilson (not present)
(Secretary) April Barclay
(Treasurer) Denise Rossi
(Membership) Suzanne Caron
(Hospitality) Janine Canada
(Newsletter) Lise Bixler (not present)
(Plant Table) Lupe Allen, Joanna Hall (not present)
(Plant Table) Allan Neymark, Jan Olafsson
(Refreshments) Marge Gregory
(Members at Large) Debbie Kindle
(Guests) Susie ?

The March 26th Board meeting was held at the home of Sim Gilbert. Sim’s garden was looking lush and green with many interesting flowering bulbs up. Her wonderful collection of maples was just beginning to leaf out also. We enjoyed a great minestrone dinner after the tour.

Denise reported that the club made $66 from last month’s plant table, $30 from memberships, another $15 from donations, and that we have a total of $4371 in our bank account before scholarship distribution. We will be giving $2000 worth of scholarships at the April meeting. An additional $46 was made from the sale of the garden T-shirts.

Scholarships will be awarded to one high school student, Julie Avila from Watsonville High, and three Cabrillo students, Mary Vogel, Sarah Stephens and Jerry Liggins.

Suzanne reports that we have 96 paid memberships for 2018, and 23 unpaid by last year’s roster. Cherry will be sending email reminders to those not paid.

There were over 40 people attending the March meeting.

Marge reported that Jeanne Favre, Julie Willows and Claire Crumb will be providing refreshments in April.

There was discussion around printing more T-shirts for sale to the club. After research by Allen it was decided to print 72 shirts with a cost of $735. This will preserve the 7-color reproduction, and include long sleeved styles. Colors to investigate include navy, brown and burgundy.

Open Gardens: Saturday April 7th 10-1 Bill Patterson Santa Cruz
Saturday May 17th 10-1 Rita Ramirez Watsonville
Dottie Lechtenberg Watsonville

Future meetings:
        April: Allan Neymark will demo tool sharpening, and Jan Olafsson will discuss tool maintenance
        May: Spring plant sale

Future board meetings:
        April 24 April Barclay
         May 28 Marge Gregory

Our next board meeting will be April 23rd at the home of April Barclay, in Aptos at 6pm. All are welcome to attend.