OAGC REGION 7
Fall Meeting – Oct. 23, 2013
New Officers installed at the Region 7 Fall Meeting. The ladies of Crawford and Morrow hosted a beautiful, informative and entertaining meeting when we met at the Gospel. Baptist Church in Galion on October 23. The day was packed with good fellowship and wonderful programs in addition to the installation of the new regional officers. After outgoing director June Gebhardt opened the meeting and handed out award certificates that were not picked up at Convention, she introduced our Regional Advisor Geri Rea, who then installed the new officers, Director Reba Borchers, Secretary Diane Daniels, and Treasurer, Joy Lauthers.
At that point, new director Reba Borchers, presented June with a gift of appreciation from the group. The gift was a basket of snacks, wine from the winery of member and Judge Michael Hoepf and a gift certificate to Alta’s Greenhouse. We certainly do appreciate and Thank June for all she has done to keep the meetings entertaining and informational in her time as director. Reba completed the business meeting with reports from the regional Chairpersons. Special attention was given to the Nature and Conservation Chairman, Cheryl Feasel, who explained about the raffle that was to be held that day to benefit the Mohican Outdoors School through the OAGC Foundation. She showed the audience some of the beautiful gifts that had been donated to be raffled that day. The raffle was a huge success producing $180 for the fund.
We were most fortunate to have Naomi Ormes as out morning speaker. Her topic was ‘Thymely Designing, Quick Shortcuts’. She demonstrated many shortcuts and ways to more easily handle flowers and mechanics as you are arranging. She produced some lovely arrangements. I expect to soon have pictures of the events to add to the web site but have not received them yet so look again in the near future for the pics. I will attach the minutes to the meeting to this post. Diane, our new secretary, did a wonderful job in capturing a lot of the tips and included them in the minutes. 2013 Fall Meeting Minutes
After a lovely lunch was served, we had a few minutes to look at the results of the flower show. Many thanks go to the ladies who take the time and energy to bring in these beautiful horticulture exhibits and the lovely arrangements.
Click on this link for a list of the flower show results:Fall 2013 Flower Show Results
Our afternoon program was a change from the normal presentation. It was a hands on, everyone participate in making your own pressed flower cards. Pre sorted pieces of card stock and decorations were distributed as well as glue and packets of dried flowers. While the speaker discussed process and technique, we each made one or two cards. All seemed very pleased with the opportunity to participate in the action.
I have heard many comments about how everyone enjoyed themselves doing this. After this program was completed, Reba finished the meeting with a few more announcements then the raffle prizes were drawn, table centerpieces were awarded and the meeting was adjourned until next Spring. All members should try to make it a point to get to these meetings if possible. They are always a highlight to look forward to.
Fall 2013 Regional Meeting
October 23, 2013
Gospel Baptist Church, 5670 State Route 19, Galion, OH
What a busy summer for Region 7 and what a wonderful and talented group of ladies we have in the region. We are going from being hostesses for the OAGC State Convention directly into preparations for our upcoming Fall Regional Meeting. All the ladies who participated in the State Convention did a magnificent job. I am looking forward to what they have in store for us at this meeting. Again, Kudos to all who participated.
Now, for news about the upcoming meeting. June has put together a program that promises to be a little different with some hands on activities.
The theme for the day is: “PRESSED FOR THYME“.
Morning program is “Thymely Designing, Quick Shortcuts”, by Naomi Ormes, OAGC design Study Chairperson. I can’t wait.
The afternoon program will be “Pressed for Thyme”, where we will create pressed flower cards under the direction of Dana Blankenship. Please press and bring some of your own flowers if possible.
Click here for the schedule for the flower show, “It’s Fall Thyme” written by our talented Flower Show Chairman, Joy String-Sprang. Fall 2013 Schedule
Location will be GOSPEL BAPTIST CHURCH west of Galion on Rt 19. I will post the map and directions when I get the President’s Letter.
Business for the day will consist of: Recognition of past officers, Installation of New Officers, Award Presentations from 2012, and future plans for OAGC from State President Mary Lee Minor. Wow! A great day in store for you. Please plan on attending and enjoy the fellowship of other gardeners in the region and help support the OAGC organization. See You there!!
The Regional Board Meeting will be on October 12th at the Ontario Branch Library at 10:00. This is where it has been for the past couple of years. Hope to see you there.
State Convention News.
What a busy time for Region 7!!!! Convention is just around the corner, starting Aug 25 to Aug 28 at the beautiful Maumee Bay State Park. I hope you are planning to attend for at least one day. It will be well worth the effort. Shelly ehert has lead a group of dedicated ladies in the plans and preparation for this event and it promises to be an outstanding affair. State president and Region 7 Garden Club member Mary Lee Minor has come up with some wonderful ideas for the convention. (As she always does.)
This link will take you to a collection of pics of the planning group working and also celebrating Mary Lee’s birthday.
Click on link below, then choose View Album then play slideshow for best viewing.
GARDENERS DAY OUT – REGION 7
On June 28 Anne Balogh of the Grange Insurance Audubon Center welcomed sixteen members of OAGC Region 7 to the educational facility in downtown Columbus Ohio. She began by giving the group a history of the Whittier Penninsula. The piece of land was once used as a riverfront industrial area and the city’s impound lot. These activities caused adverse environmental impact on the natural spaces. A partnership of the city, Recreation and Parks Department and the Metro Parks along with the National Audubon Society has developed the first downtown park of its kind.
Today this area serves as a haven for wildlife and human life alike. The center is also part of the nation’s Important Bird Areas. It is in the main migrating path for birds to Central and South America. More than 200 birds have been sited here. Invasive plant species eradication is ongoing. Wetlands offer safe haven for aquatic birds and insects. In the construction of the building and grounds, many uses of sustainable design were incorporated. Geothermal climate control, recycled materials, open areas, rain gardens and growing roofs all show firsthand the benefits of “going green”. The center offers many education programs, out of school programs, and family/adult programs.
Special events such as Mother’s Day Songbird Spectacular, 4th Fireworks, Bluegrass, Beer & Birds, and weddings bring joy and adversity to the center. The center is always needing support by donating and servitude and membership. Look them up at grangeinsuranceauduboncenter.org. Better yet, make a visit at 505 W. Whittier St. Columbus, Ohio
Everyone was ready for recharging with a lunch in nearby German Village. Some ate at nearby “Schmidtt’s Sausage Haus” while other visited “Lindey’s”. After a quick shopping stop at Helen Winemore’s (native craftsmanship), the group went on to the “Topiary Garden” just a few miles north on Town Street. This is the only depiction of a painting in the world. Topiary figures represent Georges Seurat’s “A Sunday Afternoon on the Isle of La Grand Jatte”. Fifty-four yew topiarys create the scene. As a bonus, there are many examples of unusual trees to view around the Seven-acre park. The weather cooperated with us for the day with only a short shower while we ate our lunch. Beautiful billowing clouds and sunshine guided us through our adventure. Thanks be to God.
Members who attended:
June Gebhardt, Jana Stewart, Sue Devendorf, Toni Crow, Shari Harper, Anne Meldrum, Shelly and Chuck Ehret, Jeanette Dial, Cheryl Corney, Nancy Singer and granddaughters Maybrie and Mirabel, Diane Daniels, Audrey Spearman, Dottie Denton.
Meeting Was held on April 25, at
Floral Valley Community Center in
Garden Club Members who attended the Regional Spring Meeting at Apple Valley were treated to a lovely meeting with a theme of “Bloomin’ Birds”.
Reports were heard from all Regional Chairpersons and Director June Gebhardt discussed the board meeting which was held on April 14. At this meeting a final discussion was held about charging each member in the region $1 per year to help defray the necessary expenses. This was acted upon and clubs will now be assessed this amount each year, payable to the regional treasurer at the beginning of each OAGC year.
An excellent and very entertaining program ‘Photo techniques through the ‘eye-candy of birds’ was presented by Debbie Hurlbert, OAGC Judge and Photographer. Her photos were breathtaking and her comments informative.
Lunch was delicious, chickadee or egg salad sandwiches, Goldfinch pasta salad, chirp chips, Hummingbird or Cardinal cupcakes were enjoyed. Good!!!
After lunch, Joy Sprang, who wrote the flower show schedule, announced the winners. These beautiful arrangements are featured on the 2012 Spring Flower Show page.
The afternoon program was Great! Steve Moeckel spoke and showed slides illustrating how to “Attract Birds to Your Garden” using plants, water, cover, feeders and houses. Door prizes made from clay pots and saucers were drawn. If you couldn’t make this one, plan on being with us in October.
See Upcoming Events Page for pictures of Multi Rhythmic Designs.
Link to Design Study Doc. design_study3
Send me pictures of your club’s outings/events to post on your county page!
OAGC REGION 7
FALL 2011 REGIONAL MEETING
“WHO’S WHO” was the theme for the October 26th Region 7 2011 Fall meeting and flower show held at the Ontario Free Methodist Church in Mansfield OH. Morning program was “Who’s in Your Garden”, beneficial and detrimental organisms, by Crawford Park District Representative Josh Dyer.
Retiring Director Virginia Sharp concluded business from her term. She concluded by awarding her annual award to a member who has done something significant to promote Garden Clubs in the past year. This year the award went to Audrey Spearman of Apple Valley Garden club in Knox County.
Then June Gebhardt presented Virginia with our appreciation for a job well done and a gift from the organization. She and her slate of officers deserve a big Thank You for a job well done!
Mary Lee Minor then installed the new slate of officers. New Regional Director is June Gebhardt. Her Officers are: Secretary : Diane Daniels ; Treasurer : Joy Lauthers. See full slate of officers on the Regional Officers Page.
A wonderful and informative afternoon program was “Who’s in Your Design”. It was presented by OAGC Design Study Chair, Judge, Naomi Ormes. She illustrated her tips by using designs from the Flower Show she had just judged. She was able to show what was done very well and also what could be done to an arrangement to make it conform to class rules better.
A creative ambiance was set by Ganges Garden Club members. Amanda Lantz and husband Steve welded a variety of scrap metal containers, in which Amanda and club members Judy Hess and Barb Lantz created an array of floral arrangements.
At the conclusion of the meeting these beautiful table centerpieces and assorted arrangements were auctioned with proceeds above cost being donated to the regional treasury. Many Thanks to all involved for this wonderfully creative project.
The Flower Show was wonderful. See Fall Flower Show page for results. Also visit our Facebook Page for slide show of pictures.
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Thanks to Mary Lee Minor the Appreciation Certificates are now available on the form page to recognize outstanding efforts in our communities.
Print on 8 1/2 by 11 inch card stock.