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I hope today finds all of you doing well.
I can’t believe it is September already. Seems like this summer went too quickly.
All of our community gardens are doing very well check our the photos on Facebook.
Thank you again to everyone who stopped by with a non-perishable food or school supply donation at the Des Plaines Self Help pantry on August 6th. Mark you calendar that we will be collecting additional donations at our October general meeting.
Our September general meeting will be Thursday September 9th at 10 AM at the
Frisbie Center ~ Please try to arrive between 9:45 an 9:55 so we can start our meeting promptly at 10 AM. Due to a conflict with our published Speaker for September, we switched the two programs.
This Thursday we will be playing Fall Bingo after our general meeting.
Karen and Ray Holich will give a brief horticulture report on taking care of your Dahlias for the winter.
In October, we will have Kim Pesche speaking on how to do a fall clean-up and still leave blooms, seeds etc. for the birds and wildlife to enjoy over the winter months.
Mary Peglow, President – Des Plaines Garden Club
We will also be taking reservations and your check for our 90th anniversary Fall Luncheon and Fund Raiser. (see the below link to get the reservation form) The luncheon will be a little different this year. It is a plated meal rather than family style.
We are keenly aware of the current rise in COVID-19 Delta variant. At this time we are going to proceed to take reservations and your checks. HOWEVER, we will not be depositing the checks until November 1st. In the event that the Luncheon has to be postponed, we will simply return your check.
We need to have a good idea of how many of you will be there ! When I sent the questionnaire, most of you responded with a positive yes and also stated you would be bringing a friend or two. Based on that survey, we have guaranteed 200 for this event. That will give us two rooms so we are not so cramped. PLEASE PRINT OUT A COPY OF THE RESERVATION FORM AND BRING THE COMPLETED COPY AND YOUR CHECK ON THURSDAY.
YOU WILL ALSO NEED TO MAKE AN ENTRÉE CHOICE FOR EACH RESERVATION.
CALL A FRIEND AND BRING THEM ALONG. LET’S MAKE THIS OUR BEST EVENT YET !
Planning for September !!!
I had a conversation with Melissa at Frisbee and they are ready to welcome us back for our monthly general meetings in September.
There will no longer be a limit on the number that can attend, however *** If you are not fully vaccinated you must wear a mask at all times when you are in the building. *** We will keep our meeting time at 10 AM. We will be able to serve coffee and only. However the dessert must be purchased, not home- made. For September , we will provide the dessert from our treasury. We will have coffee and when you arrive and begin our business meeting promptly at 10:15. Further details to follow in our September newsletter.
Fall Fest at the Lake Park.
We will be working with the park district and the Des Plaines Chamber of Commerce in their information booth.
We will also be doing a craft with the younger children. We usually have a two hour commitment on Sunday.
We need a few volunteers to help Alice Grygiel our youth chairmen.
Cream City Rose Show
For those of you who love roses, or if you are just looking for something fun to do, the American Rose Society is holding their 2021 National Convention and Rose show in Milwaukee. The link to all the information is at the top of this newsletter. There are several days to the event, but the main event will be Saturday September 11th. The cost is $60.00 to register for Saturday, which includes the lectures, a lunch, a tour of the rose show, some publications and a Proven Winners Rose bush. You need to go on the website and register yourself. If there is enough interest, maybe we can car pool from Frisbee. Let me know if you registered and would be interested in car- pooling
Our web address is >desplainesilgardenclub.com< If you have not visited our website you are missing all the fun. Harold updates something weekly, if not daily. Ron Willer recently received authorization to share his presentation of Butterflies. It is now posted on the website. There are also photos of all our recent events and upcoming reminders.
We recently welcomed our 100th member ! We have added several new members since we printed our yearbook in December.
Welcome to our new members: Eve Arena, Trudy Henzel, Susan Linton, Sharon Malen, Barbara Mestling, Debbie Post,
Kathy Ryan, Cathy Stanley and Linda Woytych.
Have a wonderful day, enjoy the sunshine, dig in the dirt, and just enjoy life !
Kind Regards, Mary Peglow, President – Des Plaines Garden Club
Phillip Mohr, The Director of the Des Plaines History Center, reported that they noticed an increase in residents coming thru the center to view our display. We were honored to have the highlight spot for the April, May and June. Thank you to Harold Effinger, Ann Ostenson, Annette Roeder, Marjorie Wayne, and Susan Boyajian for putting the display together and taking it down for future storage. The History Center already has several Des Plaines Garden Club items in their archives. They have agreed to store all of our “ history “ items for future use and safe keeping. Also, Thanks to Alice Grygiel and Madeleine McDonald who hosted a Children’s craft at the History Center on June 6th. Director, Philip Mohr would like to make this an annual event, with more publicity on their part.
Earlier this month, a record number of members and friends joined us for our Annual Garden Walk.
Thank you to Donna Mulderink for organizing a terrific day !
Also Thanks to Marylyn Wouda, Rich and Lana Gernady,
Louise Martorano, and Ray and Karen Holich for opening their gardens for our enjoyment.
We also visited a friend of Donna’s,
Catherine Timmins , who is moving to Portugal. I think we all agree , the new home owner is acquiring a wonderful garden. I hope they appreciate it. We had a great lunch at Moretti’s to conclude the day. Photos were taken by almost everyone and sent to Harold for our website. He sorted thru over 600 and they are posted on our website. It was great to see that so many of you wanted to share what you were enticed with.
August event for our Garden Club- Neighbors helping Neighbors
I am sure you are all aware of the need to keep our local food pantry well stocked during these uncertain times. We usually schedule three different meetings during the year for our members to bring a bag of groceries to donate to our local Self Help food pantry. However with the unusual year we have had, our donations have fallen by the wayside. The need is still very critical. If you would just add one or two items to your weekly trips to the store between now and August 6th you will have a few bags of groceries to donate to a very worthwhile cause. On Friday August 6th from 10 AM to 11 AM you can drive by the entrance to the self help pantry and a group of us will be there to accept your donations. A list of what is most needed is in your yearbook on page 21.
They can also accept your home grown produce.
The self help pantry is located at 769 Holiday Lane in Des Plaines. Right off of 83 between Oakton and Algonquin. While you are there you can see the two new planters we purchased.
Joanie Kaiser Kline and Eve Arena planted them and
they are doing quite nice.
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 11TH ~ 11AM OUR 90TH ANNIVERSARY LUNCHEON AND FUND RAISER.
CALL A FRIEND AND BRING THEM ALONG. LET’S MAKE THIS OUR BEST EVENT YET !
We have reserved two rooms for this year’s luncheon. With no fund raising effort last year, we need to pack the room. We will have a plated meal with your choice of three entrée’s. Of course raffle baskets, the big board of gift certificates and gift cards, a silent auction , our famous bake sale and Kim Hartmann will be there to show us how to create wonderful holiday floral arrangements. Louise will be taking reservations very shortly. The reservation form needs to be filled out with a meal choice for each guest, and then mailed with your check. All the details will come out in our August Newsletter. We will have forms available at our September meeting.
It takes a team to be successful. We have a great team of volunteers for all our events. Please join me in Thanking the following individuals for our recent good times.
Registration is due by Wednesday, July 21 for our virtual Summer Meeting scheduled for Monday, July 26 at 10 a.m .
Go to our website, gardenclubsofillinois.org and click on calendar” in the menu bar. Scroll on down to the bottom and click on the “Click here to download registration forms!” There is no fee for this event. We will have a brief business meeting followed by a presentation about the Lincoln Memorial Garden in Springfield, and then a program about recycling by SCARCE (School & Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education). Lincoln Memorial Garden is almost ready to break ground on the Children’s Woodland Garden and it is a beautiful place to visit. Many garden clubs have invited SCARCE, an award-winning environmental education non-profit, to educate their members and we think that you will enjoy and learn from this program, too. No password is needed to register,
Our 90th Birthday Party was a huge success.
Thank you to Susan Boyajian for all her hard work planning a great afternoon.
If you have not been on our website, Desplainesilgardenclub.com , please go there today and check out the photos. Everyone joined in the celebration by wearing our best finery just like the ladies in 1931 in our cherished photo of that first birthday party. We played a trivia game and some lucky winners left with a door prize.
Thank you to Lana and Rich Gernady for the lovely centerpiece.
Good Morning everyone,
I hope all of you are doing well and enjoying the warmer days of late spring and early summer. I hope most or all of you have been vaccinated and now able to enjoy at least a little more normal day to day life. We have several events planned for June, July and August.
We participated in the Des Plaines Memorial Day remembrance service at the Des Plaines Lake Park. Photos can be found on our website or facebook page.
New Members, Please join me in welcoming Eve Arena to our Garden Club. Eve found us through our Website
June is the last month to view our display at the Des Plaines History Center. If you have not been there yet, This Sunday June 6th from 1-3 would be a great time to visit.
Des Plaines History Center 781 Pearson Street Des Plaines Illinois 60016. The History center is open Tuesday thru Friday 10-5 and Sundays 1-4. Our display takes up the entire back wall. There are 5 tables of history books, awards, and miscellaneous items showing the history of our club in Des Plaines. Most of the books are open for your browsing, but there are a few in sealed cases because of their age we don’t want to take a chance of a sticky fingerprint. Did you know that at one time we had a Junior Garden Club and they took FIRST PLACE IN THE NATIONAL GARDEN CLUB AWARDS? Their book is on display.
June 6th -June 12th is National Garden Club Week. Plant a new species in your yard, or better yet encourage one of the children on your block to come see your garden. Maybe they can help you weed or dead head. A whole new generation of gardeners is just waiting for an invitation to learn. No better time to share your knowledge.
THURSDAY JUNE 10TH will be OUR GARDEN CLUBS 90TH ANNIVERSARY PICNIC IN THE PARK. 12PM – 2 PM
Because of Covid, we were limited to 50 spaces for this event. The reservations are full.
The lunch will be in their large banquet room. There is lots of room , but Please bring your mask for the indoor part of the day, just to make everyone comfortable. After lunch and a short program, there will be time for you to wander the Friendship Park Conservatory inside and out.
Please arrive promptly at noon. Our Mayor will be there at 12:30 to present us with two proclamations from the city.
The first declaring June 6th – June 12th
National Garden Club week in Des Plaines,
and also a proclamation recognizing June 4th 2021 as the
90TH Anniversary of our Garden Club.
We have a great photo from the 1st birthday party that we love to recreate for our 90th Anniversary. All of the ladies were in a Sun dress, Summer dress of some description for the event. Can we all try to wear our favorite summer dress or skirt and blouse to the party ? If you don’t have a dress, wear your favorite summer hat , of course if it is adorned with flowers even better. I AM SURE OUR GENTLEMEN WILL BE DECKED OUT IN THEIR FINEST DAPPER ATTIRE. The paper will be there to take our photo, lets do it up right 😊
THURSDAY JULY 8th DES PLAINES GARDEN CLUB GARDEN WALK
The details are still being confirmed but we will definitely have our garden walk this year. I will be sending out a separate email for this event . Donna Mulderink is the Chairman for this event. She has four gardens on her list, but there is room for one more if you would like to showcase your garden this summer. We will have lunch after the garden tour, either at a restaurant with outdoor seating or a park.
FRIDAY AUGUST 6th , Des Plaines Garden Club day for the Des Plaines Food Pantry. 10 – 11:30 AM We will have a few volunteers in the parking lot at the new food pantry
769 Holiday Lane Des Plaines Illinois 60016 to collect your donations for the food pantry. A list of the most needed items can be found on page 33 of your yearbook. If everyone would just buy one bag of items from your local grocery store or Sam’s, Costco, etc. we could make a big difference in the lives of our neighbors in need.
We already have our meetings planned thru December. The planning committee will meet over the summer to complete the year thru June 2022.
SAVE THESE DATES: Thursday Nov 11th 2021
90th Anniversary Fall Luncheon and Fund Raiser.
Monday May 30th 2022
Memorial Day Observance at Des Plaines Lake Park
Monday July 4th 2022
Des Plaines Parade Celebrating our 90th Anniversary
As always if any of you have any questions, or ideas please feel free to reach out to me.
When your gardens start to be in full bloom, forward your favorite photos to Harold
for publication on our website and facebook page.
I am looking forward to our birthday party on Thursday June 10th at noon.
Mary Peglow, President – Des Plaines Garden Club
As you know Illinois is part of the central region of NGC. The new Director is Carol Yee from Illinois ! Carol’s Theme is Bee a Petal Pusher – Plant AmericaCarol has a new program underway that is also a new award with a monetary award attached. Carol has challenged everyone in the central region to grow vegetables in your yard and donate part of your harvest to your local food pantry. The idea is when you make your donation, keep track of the weight of your donation and give it to your club. In September we will tally up the donations and submit them to the Central region.National Garden ClubOur new President of The National Garden Club is Mary Warshauer from New Jersey. Mary’s Theme is Plant America – Serve Communities. Mary has challenged all the members to log the hours they spend “ OUTSIDE “ Whether it is gardening, attending an outdoor concert or event, or just taking a walk. Buy a small notebook and keep track of your “ OUTSIDE HOURS” We will tally them up as a club in September. Marilyn Krueger was reelected to serve another term as President of the Garden Clubs of Illinois. Marilyn’s them is Plant America – While encouraging New gardeners.Do you know your local Presidents theme ?
I hope some of you shared a bloom from your yard with a neighbor or friend on May 1st, traditionally known as May Day. Yesterday, the Star Wars fans celebrated May the 4th be with you , and today is May5th, Cinco de Mayo sounds like a good day for tacos, chips and salsa. Maybe even a margarita 😊
May is a busy month for our garden club. First of all, I hope everyone has Saturday May 15th 8:30 – Noon blocked out on your calendar to help with our Market / trunk style Plant Sale. We have a great plan in place to stay socially distanced and still sell lots of plants, gently used garden tools and lawn decorations. Many of you have already reserved a spot for your car. We will have an empty spot in between each car. There will also be additional tables for those of you who have something to share, but not a car full. If that is not an option, consider going to one of the local garden centers and picking up a flat of vegetables. They are always a good seller.
We are also accepting donations of gently used garden tools, and lawn décor. This is our first fund raiser since November 2019 and we need everyone’s help to make it a success. If you have a facebook page, start telling your friends about our sale on May 15th. Or make a phone call or two to a friend and encourage them to support our sale. I have attached a flyer to the top of the newsletter that you can share.
May 13 General Meeting 10 AM Frisbie Center.
We are still restricted to 45 members in person at Frisbie. You need to register with Louise if you wish to attend in person. There can be no walk-ins. We will also do this meeting via zoom.
We will be giving out last minute details for the plant sale , including sticks and details for pricing. We will also be recognizing our members who have been with us 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 years. And we will recognize our committee chairs. Our speaker will be Bev Karms , Master Gardener, who will give handy tips and share her knowledge on Peony’s.
May 15th Our Plant Sale !!!!!!!
May 19th 7 – 8:30 AM Annual Library Program
Every May we are happy to co-host a program with the Des Plaines Library with a focus on Horticulture. Of course this years program will be via Zoom.
Our general meeting for April will held at the Frisbie Center on Thursday, April 11th at 10AM.
We Are limited to 45 participants, you must continue to wear a mask and stay socially distanced , even if you are fully vaccinated. Our meeting will be at the Frisbie center.
I will also take my lap top and hopefully be able to set up a zoom for those of you out of the area or you are not comfortable attending in person.
* We have lots to discuss regarding our plant sale.
* We also will be installing our 1st. Vice-President, Recording Secretary and Treasurer.
* We also have a great program right after the business meeting.
Emma Marston from the Des Plaines History Center will be presenting “ The Historical Greenhouses of Des Plaines.” This program was scheduled for last April, so we are excited to hear Emma’s program. Hint: One of our members grew up in one of the greenhouses
Plant Sale May 15th
You are all aware we were not able to do any fund raising last year. This event is very important for our club. Whether you have a lot to share, one or two plants, or just want to come and help, we need everyone to get on board for our plant sale.
Here are some highlights.
DES PLAINES GARDEN CLUB ANNUAL PLANT SALE Our date for the Plant Sale is May 15 (with an alternative date of May 22, in case of rain). 8:30 am to Noon
We will be doing a trunk/farmer's market event in the East parking lot (bank parking lot) of Frisbie Senior Center. If you have tables you would want to put your plants on as well as any other items you bring, that is what many of us are doing. Some of you might just have a few things to add and can put them on any table that is available.
Our April 8th General Meeting is at Frisbie Center, we will have sign-up sheets asking for your help during that morning. We will also have flyers, the new Plant Sale signs and other information for you to look at even after the meeting.
As your plants start coming up look around and see what you can share for this event. The plants need to be potted and watered well. We don't always have water available.
At the April meeting you will get label stickers to place on the pots which will identify what you are selling as well as popsicle sticks for pricing which You will be doing this year, as we are not having a pricing group. We will have some pricing sheets for you to look at so you will have an idea of how we have priced the items in previous years. The pots have to be delivered to the Center between 7am and 8:15 am as we need to start the sale at 8:30. If it works as it has in other years we have people at our plant sale way before 8:30.
If you have decorative pots you no longer need or yard decor that you are no longer using, that is always appreciated by the customers.
You might not have plants to divide but as you go out to nurseries, Big Box stores, Dollar stores, etc. you might see something you can contribute to be used in the garden.
For the members who will not be joining us at the April meeting but have plants or items for the sale, Contact us to pick a day and time slot to meet and give you labels and price sticks.
There are some things still to be worked out, hopefully before the meeting, such as the best way for parking the cars, etc. but for sure all will be settled before the Plant Sale. This year is different for all of us and we are trying to find the best way to have a fun time and show off what our Club is all about.
GCI Convention. The 2021 GCI Convention will be held virtually on SUNDAY APRIL 18th at 2 P.M. The registration details will be out in a few days. As soon as I receive them, I will forward to all of you via a separate email. I hope many of you have the date marked on your calendars.
Des Plaines Garden Club 90th Birthday party in June. Due to the ongoing COVID issues our annual birthday trip had to be changed again this year . We are working on plans for a birthday party in a local park. We will send out the details as soon as they are finalized.
Des Plaines History Center Display. The Des Plaines History Center 781 Pearson Street has given us a display area to celebrate our 90 years and promote our garden club. We will have the space from April 6th thru June 30th. Please make a plan to go over and see some of our Historical records. Bring your family or a neighbor with you. The History Center is open Tuesday thru Friday 10-5. Sunday 1-4 PM. Closed on Monday and Saturday.
We maintain 4 gardens in Des Plaines. This is a club endeavor and the work needs to be shared. We have 90 + members in our club. It is only a once a week task if we get enough people for every other day at each space. All of the gardens will have a spring clean up in the next month. Then it is just a once a week commitment.
A large area at the Lake Park. This garden could use about 3-4 volunteers who would go over one day a week and dead head, pick up trash, etc.
Frisbie Senior Center They could use a few people to also help with the weekly tasks and some watering.
New Garden at the Self Help Pantry. This will probably we two large planters in front of the door. This garden needs a coordinator and a few volunteers to go once a week to water and dead head.
Butterfly Garden This garden has several regular volunteers.
Garden Walk 2021
We would like to schedule a Garden Walk for July. If you would be willing to have our members come and enjoy the bounty in your garden please contact us.
Chicago Botanical Garden and Morton Arboretum are open, but you must make a reservation in advance. Only a limited number of guests are allowed on the grounds at any one time.
I wish all of you a Happy Easter. ,
Mary Peglow, President – Des Plaines Garden Club
Good Morning !
I hope all of you and your families are doing well. If any of you are still looking for your first appointment for a COVID Vaccine log on to Walgreens at 6AM ( better yet 5:50 and keep refreshing the screen ). They open a new batch of appointments every morning.
2021 Happy 90th Anniversary Des Plaines Garden Club.
Although Covid has changed some of our plans, we are still ready to celebrate our 90th Anniversary. Watch our newsletter, website ( desplainesilgardenclub.com ) , facebook page Des Plaines Garden Club, and special emails for further details. Be ready to celebrate 😊
If you have not taken the time to go to our new website desplainesilgardenclub.com please log on today. Harold Effinger has put in an unmeasurable amount of time setting it up from scratch. It looks great and functions perfectly. Are you looking for the details about on of our recent horticulture talks ? They are all there. It is also showing people browsing why they should consider becoming a member. Please join me in welcoming two new members to our club since last month. Remember to add their information to your yearbook.
Welcome Ladies, I hope we have the opportunity to meet in person very soon.
Our speaker will be Heather Prince who will present a program titled “ By the light of the moon” What plants bloom in the late afternoon and add color and fragrance to your yard at sunset and into the night.
Our horticulture chairman, Karen Pacey will give a brief talk on Clematis. How to care for , determine which group to plant in our area, etc.
We will also elect the following officers to a two year term. 2021-2023.
1st. Vice President
Illinois Orchid Society March 7th 1-5 PM
Last week I sent all of you an email regarding a FREE zoom presentation on Orchids around the world and at home.
You can log on and off for each part of the program that might interest you.
1PM – 2PM Andrean Orchids. Ecuadorian Native species are threatened. Researcher Lou Jost offers a look to coexist.
2PM-3PM Orchid Fix Nursery From Hawaii’s Big Island, Jurahame Leyva cultivates their unique collection, and guides first time growers
3:30-4 :00 The Smithsonian Collection Gabriel Johnson walks amongst 145 million research specimens. Let this researcher open the door for you.
4:00 – 5:00 Orchids of New Guinea Wolfgang Bandish recounts expeditions in the jungle of New Guinea.
Again this is a FREE EVENT. If you are interested sign up today.
District IX Annual Meeting Tuesday March 9th 10- noon
Another great FREE opportunity for our members. If you are new to our garden club the structure is Gardens Clubs of Illinois
Under GCI We fall into District IX
Under District IX we are one of the larger clubs in our district.
The Annual meeting is being help virtually via zoom this year. The business meeting will be first with election of district officers, presentation of Club Awards, and general business of the District. The business meeting will be followed with a presentation by
Jennifer Hunt of JR Designs in McHenry. Her presentation is titled “ Brightening Up Our Homes”.
Several of us have already registered, but it is not too late. Please log on and register today. This is a great opportunity to attend a district meeting for FREE.
GCI Garden Clubs of Illinois Annual Convention Sunday April 18th
This event will also be a virtual zoom event this year. Details will follow shortly.
Annual Plant Sale Saturday May 15th
Our annual plant sale will look a little different this year. We will not be having a bake sale because of COVID-19. We are going to set the plant sale up like a farmers market. You can bring your plants and a small folding table to set up behind your car. We will have a pay station set up at the end of the row. If you only have a few plants feel free to bring them along. I’m sure someone will have a spot on their table to share the space. Is this different than in years past. Of course, but we can make this work. Start thinking about what has been hiding under the snow that you want to separate and share. We will keep social distancing a priority. Even if you don’t have plants to share, we will need helpers the day of the sale. SAVE THE DATE SATURDAY MAY 15TH 8-NOON
MILK JUG PLANTERS
Please share your stories of starting your milk jug planters. We certainly had enough snow to place the planter in for vitamin D from the sun.
SELF HELP PANTRY
The Des Plaines Food Pantry is still accepting donations through their drop off program. Every Other Monday at the First Congregational Church 766 Graceland Avenue 10-11 AM. Just use the back driveway and pull up to the back door. You don’t even need to get out of your car. Someone will be there to accept your donations. A list of most needed items is in your yearbook on page 33. The Next Drop off is Monday March 15th. Please mark your calendars.
Stay well ! See you Soon !
President – Des Plaines Garden Club
I hope all of you are staying nice and warm on this real winter day.
Thank you again to everyone who picked up their yearbook and a special thanks to
Joy Bertone for delivering a bunch.
There are still 5 that need to be delivered. Hopefully, that will happen in the new few days as soon as it gets at least to 10 degrees.
The post office has changed its criteria for a book rate. The book has to be hardbound. Our yearbooks do not fit that description so it is $4.80 each to mail them.
Our Website is up and running
Thanks to countless hours of preparation & development by Harold Effinger.
>Desplainesilgardenclub.com< We are still working with the former web manager take down the old site. Our new website is a work in progress, but we are off to a terrific start.
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 11th 10 A.M.
Our speaker is Marcy Lautanen-Raleigh. Marcy is the creator and owner of The Backyard Patch. She grows all her own herbs. Marcy will speak on the Language of Flowers to fit in with valentine’s day.
THURSDAY MARCH 11th 10A.M.
Our March general meeting will also be a zoom call. It is possible if the numbers stay on course in Illinois that we may be able to have our general meeting for April at the Frisbie Center. This is a big maybe at the moment. There will be a limit on how many can attend. I am working with them to set up my computer with their system to still be able to do a zoom call for those of you who live out of town or unable to attend due to your own limitations.
Marjorie Wayne has volunteered to be our Historian. Thank you, Marjorie.
Anita Bierbaum volunteered to be our photographer. Thank you, Anita.
The only open position now is the Special Events Coordinator. This individual will plan
5-6 side trips a year when it is appropriate after COVID-19.
COVID-vaccines For those of you who are Veterans, or have a family member who is a vet they can register at VA.gov. Thank you to Ray Holich for sharing this information.
District IX Annual Meeting.
Tuesday, March 9th. Due to Covid-19, the District IX annual meeting will be a zoom call. The details will be published this week. As soon as I receive the email, I will send it out to all of you.
District IX open Board positions. District IX is looking for a recording secretary. They meet Four times a year. Currently all zoom meetings. If you would be interested in filling this position, please let me know. They are also looking for a Vice Director. This person coordinates the two clubs that volunteer to be the hosts for the annual meeting. The Clubs have already volunteered for the next two years so the process will be pretty easy. If you would consider taking this position, please let me know.
G.C.I. Annual Convention
Sunday, April 18th. Again, due to Covid-19, this will be a virtual event.
The details will be available soon. Hopefully, the summer meeting might be a live in-person meeting. The date is July 19th in Champaign, Il. If you are an Amazon Shopper, GCI has joined Amazon. smile. Please consider choosing The Garden Clubs of Illinois. If any of you have a grandchild who will be going to college to study Horticulture, GCI offers a scholarship. You can find further details on their website. Gardenclubsofillinois.org Password: Whiteoak
G.C.I. will be offering Landscape Design School Course III on March 30-31 at the Glen Ellyn Police Department. If you have completed the course I and II, and you wish to register, the details will be on the GCI website.
SAVE THE Dates:
July 4th, 2021 The Des Plaines Special Events committee will be making a decision in March whether they will have the 4th of July parade this year. If it is a go, we plan to have a float in the Parade to celebrate our 90th Anniversary.
November 11th, 2021 Our 90th Anniversary Luncheon and Fund Raiser. Hopefully, by November, we will be able to have our Annual Luncheon and fund Raiser. It will depend on the Covid Restrictions being lifted.
Welcome back to former member Barb Mestling.
NOTE: Our Garden Club Plant Sale date is
Saturday May 15th
We plan to have a plant sale this year, but with a little different twist. Due to Covid, the bake sale will not take place this year. Louise and Jan will update everyone as soon as we get closer to May.
Mary Peglow, President – Des Plaines Garden Club
Good Morning and Happy New Year !!
Our Long awaited 90th Anniversary Year has arrived, We are looking forward to a wonderful year for our garden club. Maybe not the way we envisioned to start the year, but I am confident that by November when our Annual Luncheon and Fund Raiser arrives we will be able to host our event, see each other in person, renew old friendships and have a great time.
The winter and spring meetings will be held via zoom with the ability to switch to live meetings at Frisbie if the situation with COVID changes rapidly and the vaccine is available to the general population.
December meeting update
It was wonderful to have over 45 of our members on our zoom call for our December meeting. One advantage to zoom is our members who have moved out of the area can join us. Nice to see you Marge Josephson !
Please join me in welcoming Pam Mazzini to our Garden Club.
A few of us were working in the garden at the Lake Park and Pam was taking a walk.
She stopped to chat and decided to join our club.
Also if I did not mention it last month Robert ( Bob ) Provenzano has also joined our club. Bob is the husband of current member Jan Provenzano.
January General Meeting via Zoom Thursday January 14th 10 A.M.
Karen Pacey will lead us through the steps to create milk jug planters for the garden.
Once you plant them, they go right out in the snow to germinate your plants for the spring garden. You might want to have a clear milk jug, potting soil and a package of seeds of your choice ready to plant after the presentation. This is one of those things that you say, I can do this ! So you’ll want to have your supplies ready. This is a very fun project.
You can even get the grandchildren involved. Good science ( solar energy ) project.
We will send out a work sheet after the meeting.
The program committee is working hard to secure all of our programs for 2021. This is a bit of a challenge with COVID still lingering.
Watch for an update soon !!!!
Our new website site should go live very shortly. Harold Effinger is working with the former provider to take down the old site which does not function so we can proceed with our new site. Our new site will be a great source of stored information, and a place where you can direct friends to find out about our garden club.
Bylaws – Standing Rules Committee
The bylaws – standing rules committee meet this week and reviewed the current documents. There are many changes that needed to be made. Most of the changes were to update how we are functioning in 2021. The changes , once approved will be made and the documents will be on our website.
Maine township has a container for paper at their facility on 1700 W. Ballard Road.
Please consider using the recycle bin rather than the garbage for your paper, cardboard etc.
2021 Plant Sale
We WILL have a plant sale in May. It may be different than in the past, but keep us in mind when you start to transplant your spring perennials.
Dure to COVID we had a cancel our 2020 garden walk. A few of our members still opened their gardens to a walk thru for a few members at a time. Hopefully we will be able to plan a GARDEN WALK for this July.
Karen will continue to give a 10 to 15 minute talk on a timely horticulture topic each month on our zoom meeting. If there is a handout about the subject they will be forwarded after the meeting. This is another great reason to join our zoom meeting !
Ann and Annette continue to send updates to our telephone tree. All of you are so good about sending a note of cheer or concern to our fellow members when they are under the weather. At this time, Beatrice Ross is fighting hard against COVID. Please keep Bea and her family in your thoughts and prayers.
WAYS and Means
You are all aware we were not able to do any fundraising in 2020. That does not mean our expenses stopped. We still had bills to pay. It will be very important for all of us to help out with the Plant sale however that happens and also please mark your calendars right now
Thursday November 11 90th Anniversary luncheon and Fund Raiser. I am confident we will be able to host that event. Plan now to attend and a bring a friend or two
Committee Chairs needed
A few of our committees are still seeking a chairman. Being the chairman does not mean you do all the work. There are 90 members in our club for your to ask for assistance. Please consider volunteering to be the committee chair for
Keeping track of our books with the history of the club. And adding new information for the future as it occurs.
taking a few snapshots at our meeting and special events. Keeping them in a book for future reference. You are reimbursed for any printing expense.
A fun part of our garden club has always been the little side trips that we planned for 6-8 months of the year.
We all know COVID will be controlled and we will be able to go out and enjoy like again soon. Again, this is a committee It needs a chairman to organize a planning meeting with three or four others for later summer and into the fall.
We are going to have a terrific 2021 !
President, - Des Plaines Garden Club