January 2019 Charlotte Herb Guild Newsletter

The Charlotte Herb Guild Newsletter
January 2019

The Charlotte Herb Guild
Meeting of January 6, 2019
Garden Council House
1820 East Seventh Street

President Mary Beth Collins called the meeting to order at 1:10 pm. The group thanked hostesses Sandie Fenton, Suzanne Williams, Pat Siegfried, and Mary Beth Collins for providing lunch.

Mary Beth asked for approval of the November meeting minutes. Ann Baldwin made a motion, and they were duly approved.

Dixie Kelly presented the Treasurer’s report. Tea party costs and corporate taxes have been covered, and $260 of income from memberships and guest fees has been deposited. The guild has a current balance of $5677.73.

Margie Orell distributed membership forms for the upcoming year. Dues must be paid by time of the March meeting. The form and a check for $30 may be mailed to Margie or given to her at the February meeting. Margie’s address is 1133 Berkeley Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28203.

Mary Beth read the list of nominated officers for 2019-2020 and asked if anyone had additional nominations from the floor. The Executive Board’s proposed slate of officers was approved for 2019-2020.

President: Susan Poel
Vice President: Beth Burgin
Membership Chair: Margery Orell
Communications Chair: Susan Oleson
Treasurer: Mary Beth Collins
Program Co-Chairs: Lana Andrews, Ann Baldwin, and Debbie Bouton

Mary Beth thanked these members who have agreed to serve in the following roles:
Farmers Market: Holly Jeffries and Julie Courtney
Hospitality:  Stephanie Holden
Tea Party:  Julie Courtney and Pat Siegfried
Potluck:  Dana DeBellis and Patti Harlan
Garden Council Liaison:  Linda MacDonald
Hezekiah Alexander House: Ann Baldwin and Mary Ann Nagel
Virginia's Garden:  Dana DeBellis
Council House Herb Garden:  Beth Burgin

Ann Baldwin announced that clean up of the Hezekiah Alexander House Garden will begin in January and February. In March, the soil will be amended and spring planting done.

Lauren Wallace from the Charlotte Museum of History has asked that the Guild staff the Hezekiah Alexander Garden for the Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 27 from 12-4pm and Backcountry Days on September 7 from 12-4pm. More information and signups will be forthcoming. Julie suggested we wear something to identify ourselves as members of the Charlotte Herb Guild. Margie will look into getting badges.

Beth Burgin, who maintains the Council House Herb Garden, reported she cleaned up the garden and mulched it. 

Debbie Bouton gave the Herb of the Month presentation on lavender.

Under new business, Mary Beth turned the floor over to Dixie. Dixie suggested we again sponsor two students from Central Piedmont Community College this year, at $100 each, to attend the Davidson Horticultural Symposium in March. It was approved.

Sandie Fenton reminded members of the upcoming York County Master Gardeners Joy of Gardening Symposium Saturday, March 2, 2019 from 8:00am - 3:00pm at the Gateway Conference Center, 3200 Commerce Drive, Richburg, SC 29769. The 2019 speakers include Jenks Farmer, plantsman, author and nurseryman, presenting "Haybales to Flower Fields - Lessons for Your Yard From Transforming  a Farm".  For more information and to register, visit  symposium.yorkmg.org 

Lana discussed the surveys that had been distributed to garner information and ideas for the upcoming year’s programs. Completed forms were given to Lana for compilation.

Numbers were drawn for door prizes, and each member received one or two beautiful surprises due to the generosity of Lana Andrews, Mary Beth Collins, and Debbie Bouton.

The next meeting will be the Annual Pot Luck at the Garden Council House on Tuesday, February 12. Each member should provide a sweet or savory to share. Guests are welcome for a $5.00 fee.

Respectfully submitted,
Susan Oleson

Communications Chair

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