The regular monthly meeting was called to order on Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 1 p.m., by the president, Linda Farmer. The Conservation Pledge and the Pledge of Allegiance were recited in unison.
Minutes of the October meeting were read by Esther Tabor, in the absence of the secretary, Diane Thorsen, who was unable to attend. Maudie Ratliff, treasurer, gave the financials, collected for Penny Pines project and accepted allowed bills.
Linda reported that she, Maudie and Carolyn Payne attended the 25th anniversary celebration luncheon of the Countryside Federated Garden Club, at LaClede, on Wednesday, Nov. 14. She also reported that she and Jean Grogan, District Director of North Central District of Federated Flower and Garden Clubs of Missouri, went to the Fall meeting, held from Nov. 12-13, in Jefferson City.
Volunteers will again be solicited from the garden club to help at the annual Santa Shop, starting at 7:45 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Lutheran Church. The Flower and Garden Club has a long history of helping with this project.
Esther made a motion and Millie Matz seconded it (motion passed) to seek bids on a new living tree to be purchased by the club, to be planted at a chosen location, in the name of the club..
Federated Garden Clubs of Missouri won an AWARD OF EXCELLENCE for state garden clubs. Clubs with membership of 1,001 to 3,999 were awarded $500.00 from the Missouri Tractor Trailer ReLeaf Project. National president Shirley Nicolai presented Missouri President Judy Sheets the state’s award.
Maudie made a motion (and Ronnie Farmer seconded it, motion passed) that the club give a Christmas present of “$100 for utilities” to a deserving household. A silent auction was held to produce revenue for the club’s projects.
The program for this meeting was on making fresh wreaths for the season. Both Millie and Linda created a rendition of a fresh Christmas wreath, from the fresh greenery that was brought in today.
Next month’s meeting will be dinner at the home of Thorsen, at noon, Tuesday, Dec. 18. Program will be given by the officers. Bring items for the Macon County Food Pantry.