CHG Newsletter LVII Volume 9 January 2017

The Charlotte Herb Guild Newsletter 
LVII Volume 9
January 2017

The Charlotte Herb Guild
January 10, 2016
The Charlotte Council of Garden Clubs

President Lana Andrews wished everyone a happy new year and called the meeting to order at 7:45.  She thanked hostesses Sandie Fenton and Dixie Kelly for the delicious refreshments.

Membership Secretary Margie Orell introduced our guests: Martha Bash, Cheryl Cast, Gloria Tiller, and Beth Burgin. Beth rents one of the rooms in the upstairs of the Council House for her massage business and has expressed an interest in joining the Guild.  Margie distributed membership forms for next year.  The form and dues must be in to Margie by the March meeting. 

Dixie Kelly gave the Treasurer’s report and indicated a current balance of $7,730.

Brenda Dills and Carol White volunteered to host the January 14th meeting.  There will be a sign up sheet at the next meeting to identify hospitality responsibilities for 2017-2018.

Dana DeBellis will be establishing regular Wednesday or Friday garden days for Virginia’s Garden at the McGill Rose Garden.  Members are welcome anytime the McGill Garden is open to enjoy, weed, or harvest the herbs.

Mary Beth asked that anyone having trouble with receiving information about the Guild contact her.

Brenda announced that Sandie Fenton will be doing a program on cooking with herbs on Tuesday, February 14th. 

The Executive Board brought a proposal to move up the start time of the meetings. After some discussion, the membership voted to have refreshments begin at 7:00 rather than 7:15.  

The Board proposed the following slate of officers for 2017-2018.  Terms begin on March 1, 2017. 

President:  Mary Beth Collins
Vice President:  Susan Poel
Treasurer:  Dixie Kelly
Program:  Lana Andrews and Phyllis Cutrell
Communications:  Susan Oleson
Membership:  Margery Orell

There were no further nominations from the floor, and the members approved the slate.

Lana thanked the following committee chairs who have volunteered for next year:

Hospitality:  Stephanie Holden
Outreach:  Ann Baldwin and Mary Ann Nagel
Virginia’s Herb Garden:  Dana DeBellis
Farmer’s Market:  Lynn Lytle and Holly Jeffries
Annual Tea:  Julie Courtney

Lana outlined some program ideas for next year:

·       Growing sprouts
·       Making a fairy garden
·       A cooking program
·       A trip to the new garden at UNCC
·       A visit to Linville Farm in NoDa
·       Holiday herb crafts for gifts
·       A program with Savory Spice
·       A trip to Adventures in Herbs in Mint Hill
·       The Butterfly Highway project
·       Annual tea
·       Annual potluck
Members with further ideas should contact Lana or Phyllis.

Members voted to authorize Dixie to provide $100 for a scholarship for two students to attend the Davidson Horticultural Symposium in March.

Lucky members and guests enjoyed the prize drawing!

The meeting adjourned at 8:15.

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Beth Collins
Communications Chair

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