Monday, January 13, 2014 Ask an Expert Durham Master Gardeners The expert panel of Master Gardeners will be happy to answer all your garden related questions. See Ask a Master Gardener Advice Panel to submit your questions.
Meeting Information Unless stated above, most events have members meeting at 7:30pm on the second Monday of the month and the third Monday in October at St. George's Ukrainian Heritage Centre (LVIV Hall) - 38 Lviv Blvd., Oshawa (map). Free refreshments are offered. Please lug-a-mug. See the Calendar for up to date information.
In days gone by our family camped all across Canada and one of our prime tenets was to leave our campsite in a better state than we found it. It is an idea that I have tried to practice in all facets of my life.
One of the decisions the Board of Directors made during the past two years was to make the Greenleaf available in an electronic format and archive it on the amazing OGC website. This has resulted in a smaller environmental footprint (paper and trees) and significant cost savings. In 2011 we printed an average of 269 copies per meeting and mailed newsletters to those who did not attend at a cost of $1442.57. In 2013 the number of copies per meeting has been reduced to 75. We print 275 single sheet bulletins in January for a total of $258.05, savings of over $1100 per year. On a much smaller scale, the Directors’ Manual is also provided to the board members as a .pdf file. (The cost comparison chart is available for viewing here).
Club members gave freely of their time and expertise logging over 3700 hours last year helping with activities such as the Peony Festival, the Communities in Bloom Program, Community Clean-Up, Hearth Place, and Therapeutic Gardening at Hillsdale. I expect that the numbers will be higher this year in part because we hosted the highly successful District 17 AGM. I am still receiving compliments from other clubs! The club also donated tools to a project designed by one of our members to work with new immigrants at Simcoe Hall Settlement House and set up a community garden. The group also plans to renew the gardens around the facility this coming summer. How exciting!
Our plant sale has always been successful and this year it was paired with a “Food for Thought” workshop organized by the City of Oshawa with Durham Integrated Growers and presented by the Durham Master Gardeners. Groups with ties to the gardening community had display and information tables set up for attendees. This year we plan to include horticultural students from G.L. Roberts H.S. and Durham College and further our community partnerships.
Strong fundraising activities were run and supported by members, as well as the OMAFRA grant (based in part on volunteer hours) subsidize our operating costs by about $8 per member and allow us to keep the memberships fees low.
None of these accomplishments could have been achieved without the hard work and dedication of so many. To each and every one of you I extend a huge thank you and my deepest gratitude for the kind words, support and expertise you have given me. It has been a privilege to be a part of such a wonderful group.
As I move into the role of Past-President I have no doubt that you will continue to build the club and strengthen its role within the community.
Greenleaf Newsletter November's edition is hot off the press here. Greenleaf Cost Comparison 2011 vs 2013 Considerable savings have been achieved by moving the newsletter to online distribution. read more
OHA Newsletter The Fall 2013 edition of the Trillium is here.
Visitors to Meetings Bring a friend (or yourself) to the meetings. The guest pays $5 and when they join the $5 goes towards the membership fee. Now that's a great deal! See Membership for details.
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