Thursday, 23 February 2012

Event: Clean up Australia (4 Mar)

Every year this event encourages and inspires thousands of Australians to take to their local park, beach, bushland and streets and really help make a difference to their local environment.

Make a difference to our local environment by joining Jack in our historical cemetery for it's Clean up Australia effort. Just remember to slip, slop, slap, sturdy shoes and gloves and join the gang at 9am.

Report on the event:  No need for the slip, slop, slap as the sun was well hidden by the low level, shower producing clouds. The garden club members who joined the band of volunteers to spruce up our historical cemetery weren't daunted by the climatic conditions ...... they just got on with it. The end result - a good job done!

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Event: Guest Speaker, Bill Bright (20 Feb)

Bill gave a very interesting talk on Pyrrosia lingua with examples of the rhizome, fertile frond and cultivars Monstrifera, Cristata, Kijabu, Nankin-shishi, Nokogiri-ba, Variegata, and Pyrrosia rupestris, Corfluens and Tunstall.

Please forgive me if I've got any of those incorrect. Bill said the names come from the Japanese language so do not fall from our tongues so easily!

Bill had gone to a tremendous amount of trouble to have both a board pasted with examples and ones we could actually touch and see the differences.

Thank you Bill for a terrific talk, we've never had this subject addressed to us before and we appreciated your effort.

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Vale Patron Rhona Brooks

Sadly on 28 December 2011, we lost our wonderful Patron, Rhona Brooks, who was President of our Garden Club for 14 years. Rhona was a very special and inspirational lady who guided the Garden Club from the late 80's through to 2001. Her enthusiastic leadership encouraged others to get involved in the club and become dedicated members.

During Rhona's Presidency the Garden Club prospered and she organised many wonderful trips to places like Canberra for Floriade, Tasmania to explore that beautiful Island and a visit to Melbourne for their exciting Annual Garden Expo, to name but a few.

Rhona was always looking for ways to contribute to the community and it was she who led us all to work in the Airport Garden, planting, weeding, pruning and digging! In 2000 we were invited to help redesign the Airport Garden after extensive upgrading had taken place and when it was all completed we joined Rhona again in looking after the new low maintenance gardens. A much easier task!

In 1989 Rhona and the Garden Club took over the running of the Garden Competition from the Advocate who had organised it the previous year. A tireless worker, before the days of computers, Rhona prepared the Judges Book and the Stewards Book all by hand, and organised us all as stewards and drivers.

As well as her involvement with the Garden Club Rhona was the President of the Friends of the Botanic Garden for two years and was instrumental in organising some wonderful events in the Botanic Garden. She was also on the Tidy Towns Committee and the Australia Day Committee.

She was a dedicated worker for her community and an inspiration to us all and was recognised for her amazing contribution to the Garden Club by being made a Life Member.

Since leaving Coffs Harbour in the early 2000's to be near family in Queensland she has been a generous and interested Patron, visiting the Club whenever she was back in Coffs. She was a very dear friend and we will miss her enormously.

Event: Merry Making in March (7 Mar)

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

We will meet at the Botanic Garden car park at 9.45am to car pool so we can travel to Lyn & David's garden.

Please be prepared for morning tea in their beautiful garden. If you have an interest in chooks, this is the place for you as David has many, many different fowl to interest you.

After viewing the garden we will drive to Bongil Bongil Forest Reserve where we will have a BBQ lunch.
Cost $5.00.

Following lunch, we will visit Garden Club member, Ray's garden. As parking is limited at Ray's we will stop at the top of the drive and carpool to the garden. The walk down the drive is worthwhile as Ray's neighbour has a prize winning native garden.

It should be a good day out - pray for fine weather!!

For catering purposes please let Pat know by Monday 5 March.

Outing Report - There will be a post on this outing when the photos are through, a great day and the weather just perfect.

Sunday, 12 February 2012

BBQ fund raiser

Thank you to the wonderful band of volunteers who assisted at our fund raiser for the Spring Garden Competition, it was a success.  Setting up in the rain was not encouraging, however once the evocative smell of cooking onions and sausages wafted through the store, customers were aplenty.

It's always such fun to spend this time together as Club Members, and of course we appreciate the opportunity to greet folk as they buy one of our outstanding sausage sandwiches!

The comedy award goes to Maria who was drenched when she emptied the rain water from the canopy...... over herself!


Saturday, 4 February 2012

OAM for Club President

SAWTELL'S Pat Roser features in the Australia Day honours with a Medal of the Order of Australia.  

Sawtell's Pat Roser is honoured by her OAM.

By Rob Wright
(The article can also be read on the Coffs Coast Advocate website)

PAT Roser has dedicated her life to serving her community.

She's given her time selflessly to helping others and to improving the lives of others.

So much so she's been recognised on Australia Day with a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM).

"It's huge. I just feel so honoured but I'm also a bit overwhelmed," said Mrs Roser, who lives at Sawtell with her husband, Myles.

"People seem to do so much more than I do. I've been fortunate to do the things I do and very lucky to have good people to work with.

"I'm very lucky to have my husband, who gives me so much support."

Mrs Roser, 80, is probably best known for her work with the Coffs Harbour Garden Club, where she has been a member since 1992. She is the current president and is also a life member.

She was also a zone co-ordinator with the Garden Club of Australia and has been a member of the Friends of the North Coast Regional Botanic Garden for more than two decades.

"I still work in the information centre. The garden is one of Coffs Harbour's undiscovered treasures," she said.

Mrs Roser is heavily involved with Coffs Harbour Quota (she's the vice-president) and has been a member of Quota International since 1974, chairing several committees.

She also serves on the Coffs Harbour Australia Day Committee and is a telecross caller with the local Red Cross. She's also been a team leader for Red Cross Calling locally.

In 2007 she was the Coffs Harbour Volunteer of the Year.

But perhaps one of her proudest achievements was starting up netball in Campbelltown in 1972.

"It provided a wonderful opportunity for girls and women to play netball," she said.

"I think it was really worthwhile and they have a huge netball complex now."

Mrs Roser believes strongly in community work.

"I just think it's really important that people participate and use the talents and skills they have to make a difference in the community."