Sunday, 21 February 2016

President's Message - February 2016

We certainly covered a lot ground at our February meeting, and it looks like we have another great year ahead for our Club, with plans for guest speakers, events and activities starting to take shape.

It was great to hear Jane Durler’s inaugural gardener’s diary presentation on Epiphyllum cacti.  Many thanks Jane for taking this on and we look forward to hearing your presentations each month on a variety of flower and foliage topics.  By the way, we are still looking for someone to talk about fruit and vegetables!

Thanks also to Sue Young and Pat Roser for their work on the Council’s excess plant donation project, and the Graham Davey and Col Smith for exploring the idea of supporting a garden at the Mental Health Unit at the Coffs Base Hospital.

Our first major club activity is the annual Clean Up Australia Day effort at the old Coffs Cemetery.  This is an event that everyone can get into and one that is of real value to our community.  So please get involved if you can – you’ll find all the details later in the newsletter.

The Airside Garden maintenance program is, of course, continuing and it’s great to see new members getting involved – many hands make light work!  Our Club’s contribution to keeping the airport looking good is important, because we help provide a wonderful first impression for all those people coming to our lovely city by air. 

Coffs Harbour Show is the next major event on our Club calendar.  I believe we have done a great job over many years in putting on an excellent competition and a wonderful display in the Pavilion.  So please think about entering your cut flowers, fruit & veges, potted plants and floral art in this year’s Show – the more the merrier.  And, of course, many hands make light work when it comes to actually putting the Show on, so please let Marg Franks know if you are able to help out.

August offers us the opportunity to attend the Garden Clubs of Australia Mid North Coast Zone Day at South West Rocks.  This is sure to be a fantastic event where we can meet and mingle with lots of our gardener friends.  More on this in coming months.

So you can see the Club has plenty going on in 2016 (and I haven’t even mentioned the Spring Garden Comp).  A mighty thank you goes again to everyone who gives so freely their time and expertise in planning and putting on the Club’s program.  Without your wonderful work we simple wouldn’t be a successful club.

And on that note could I just say a big thank you on behalf of everyone to Anne- Maree Ely for taking on the role of Treasurer/Public Officer for 2016.  And thanks also to Anne-Maree’s husband, Tom, who will be helping out behind the scenes with some of the technical stuff that comes with the treasurer’s job these days.

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