Mullis Senior Center 1:00 pm. #present: 15 + speaker Marty Ahart (guests Jennifer Border, MG Nia Hansen) Joyce Harrell joined us this month
Hostesses: Merilyn Bourland and Kay Kohler
Theme: Cheery Easter Eggstravaganza Bright colors and candy
The dessert was sugar cookies and Peep chicks
President Marguerite Bennett called the meeting to order.
The minutes of the last meeting were approved as read.
Treasurer Sandra Brame reported that we have $892.51 and a bill of $59.29 for the advertising of the SJI Garden Club at the new Ferry Terminal kiosk.
Motion by Tori Benz-Hillstrom and 2nd by Kay Kohler to give $250.00 to the Town of Friday Harbor to help with the annual hanging baskets. After discussion, motion carried with one nay.
Dot Vandaveer reported on the 2nd garden club account and we have $1855.76 with costs of $668. for the Bellair bus. Fiona Norris gave us $498.00 for our portion of the MG Garden Tour proceeds.
Vonnie Harold mentioned the bees and hives that two high school seniors are organizing as their senior service project. We will learn more in May when these two students are the speakers at our monthly meeting.
Tori Benz-Hillstrom reported that April 26, 2014 is the MG Spring Workshop. There will be 15 workshops available to choose from and attend. Tori also reported that the MG Garden Tour will be June 14, 2014. There will be 5 gardens included. Volunteer times are 10-1 or 1-4.
Jennifer Bryan contributed extra dahlia tubers from her De Haro garden.
Marguerite Bennett brought gardening magazines for others.
The speaker, Marty Ahart, was introduced. The topic close to her heart is the Community Gardens, just past the new hospital grounds on San Juan Valley Rd.
Marty told us the interesting history of the Community Gardens, and about the growth of the project. This year there will be 30-31 plots of 20’ x 20’; 25 family units. The cost is $40.00 per plot. The water, insurance, and bathrooms are provided by the Seventh Day Adventist Church. There is a waiting list. Some people become apprentices to older gardeners. The 16’ x 25’ greenhouse that had been a senior project a few years ago has been moved onto the land by the Community Gardens and spots inside will be available. The cost has not been figured out because the cost of electricity has not yet been determined. Marty has found this project to be very rewarding.
After reading our traditional collect, we read the April Fool’s Day version and then we adjourned at 2:20 pm.
A fieldtrip to the see the Community Gardens occurred immediately following the meeting. Several members stayed to clean up and restore the Senior Center to its regular condition.