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2014 President Report

Our membership carried on many activities this year. We thank you all for making it a successful one. Our spring events, including the Children’s Show, Spring Sale and our Flower Show and Tea were interspersed with final preparations for the Convention in Cornwall, ”A River Runs By It”. That name was suggested by one of our Assistant District Directors who with our now District Director filled their home with the cellophane packages for the “silent auction”.  As you know the district remained in the black, with your efforts and generosity.

We had a lovely evening in July at Scherer Landscaping admiring the fountains, flora and fauna, enjoying our host’s hospitality.  Our speakers took us through the wonders of: nature photography, weeds for new purposes and old, Monet’s renewed garden; a Quebec organic vegetable farm and the necessity of internet security especially for children.  Your public library and Ben Martin helped us to show some of these on the big screen.

The flowerbeds we tended with your input remained lush until October.  We did add to these late in the season at the suggestion of Champlain Township, whose facilities we use for our monthly meetings.

Early in the season we had a Farmers’ Market information table. We also prepared for the 50+ Attitude Show in November with five members who took time to make our presentation. Many volunteered for the House Tour in November.

As we bring donations at our AGM for food baskets in town another winter season begins.  Longtime members, the Spekkens have added to our Society and Shows and we wish them well in their new home. All of your inspiration, humor and perseverance have made a wonderful growing season. Many thanks for all that and congratulations to all.

Students Mikaela Jaring and Erika Wicki helped this year with our events.  Erika completed many volunteer hours with us at the auctions, gardens, potluck suppers and Tea.  Erika carried many plants in and out of the elevator with us.  We will miss her volunteer help and wish her well in her studies. 

Total Volunteer Hours for 2014 were 1,629.5.  This included 998 hours for the Convention and 631.5 for other events and meetings etc.

Respectfully Submitted by Mary Higginson