Saturday, 1 February 2014

President's Message - February 2014

A very big Happy New Year to everyone. We have another great year ahead for our Club, with plans for guest speakers, events and activities starting to take shape.

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—Pat Roser has all the information.

Of course the Airside Garden maintenance program will continue. Coffs Airport is the busiest regional airport in NSW with almost 350,000 passenger movements in the past 12 months. Our Club’s contribution is therefore truly important, because we help provide a wonderful impression for all those people coming to our lovely city by air, whether for business or pleasure.

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

August offers us a very exciting opportunity to host the Garden Clubs of Australia Mid North Coast Zone Day. We expect up to 100 delegates to attend the event from up and down the coast, and it promises to be very interesting and informative. We are really fortunate that well-known horticultural
journalist, Elizabeth Swane, has agreed to be our main guest speaker on the day, and there will be plenty more on the program.

Our 25th annual Spring Garden Competition is the next cab off the rank. This competition has grown considerably in the past few years and is really working well for our community. It is not just about the competition itself, but also about helping to ensure our Council area looks great. We can’t conduct this competition without the wonderful assistance we receive from all our sponsors, and especially our major sponsors: Total Gardens, Coffs City Council and the Advocate. Please show your appreciation by supporting all our sponsors (see our website for the full list).

So you can see the Club has plenty going on in 2014. A mighty thank you goes again to everyone who gives so freely their time and expertise in planning and putting on all the Club’s activities. Without your wonderful work we simply wouldn’t be a successful club.

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