Saturday, 1 March 2014

President's Message - March 2014

Isn't it great to see so many new members joining our club and already becoming involved in many of our activities!

New people are always very important in a club like ours, because they bring ideas and enthusiasm which invariably helps invigorate and challenge us.  All organisations like our club must continue to work hard at being forward looking and open to change, so that we stay vibrant and relevant as time goes by. Having new members helps a lot in this regard.

So if you've been in the club for a while, please make our new members feel welcome. Introduce yourselves and get a conversation going. Many new members may want some advice or information - please help them out whenever you can. And above all, remember our motto, "friendship through gardens", and make everyone feel really welcome in our club.

If you've just joined the club, please make yourself known, and don't be afraid to ask questions if there's something you're not 100% clear on. And please consider putting up your hand to help out on a committee or at one of our community activities - please don 't feel that you should hold back for a while just because you're a new member - get in and have a go.

The old saying about the more you put into something, the more you'll get out of it, is as true today as it always has been, whether you're a new member of indeed someone who has been around the club for a while. I saw this in action last Wednesday when Pat, Myles and I attended the Bowraville and District Garden Club 20th Anniversary celebration./ It was a very friendly event with lots of fun and frivolity put on by a group of hard-working, dedicated members who are proud of their club and what it does in their community. It was also a great opportunity to meet people from Garden Clubs of Australia, including the President, Ken Bradley, and to let them know more about our own big event this year - the Zone Day on 16 August. This promises to be a very exciting event and I'll be letting you all know more about it in the coming months.

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