Saturday, 21 February 2015

President's Message - February 2015

Well we have another great year ahead for our Club, with plans for guest speakers and outings already well in hand thanks to our hard-working Program Committee of Trish, Jane and Maureen.

 We also have our first major club activity of the year coming up very soon - the annual Clean Up Australia Day effort at the old Coffs Cemetery.  This is an activity that everyone can get into and one that is of real value to our community.  So please get involved if you can – thanks Peter for heading up this activity.

And of course the Airside Garden maintenance program will continue.  Coffs Airport is the busiest regional airport in NSW with around 350,000 passenger movements each year.  Our Club’s contribution is therefore truly important to our community, because we help provide a wonderful impression for all those people coming to our lovely city by air, whether for business or pleasure.  I encourage you all to help out if you can – it only takes an hour a month.  So please come along and help out if you can – contact Peter for more information on 6650 0985.

As most of you would know, one of the things I have been trying to achieve is to encourage the gardening experts among us to help our less experienced gardeners by giving us the benefit of your wonderful knowledge of gardening on the Coffs Coast.  I’m afraid my humble efforts of 2014 didn’t really cut the mustard and so I’m seeking your help to include more “gardening” in our regular meetings.

Of course, Gavin Reid already provides us with an excellent segment on   tropical and sub-tropical plants, which we look forward to at each month’s meeting.  But what I would really like to see is two additional 5-10 minute  segments in our meetings, one focused on providing information on flowers and ornamental plants, and the other on fruit and vegetables.  I’m certain this would add a lot to the knowledge and enjoyment of our members, as well as helping increase the focus on gardening within our club.

Our club is only as strong as what we as members put into it.  So if anyone would like to contribute to the club in this important way, please just let me know and we’ll get the ball rolling.

Finally, congratulations and thanks to Janice Pearson for putting her hand up for the Treasurer’s role.

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