2016 OGC Annual Report
02/12/16 15:31 Filed in: News
President’s Report – The Year in Review
It has been my pleasure to fill this role for this past year (and the prior two years that I held the position). It has provided me the opportunity to challenge myself, pushing that wee bit beyond my comfort zone. That is a good thing because I believe that it has helped me blossom in new ways. It has allowed me to get to know more of the garden club members and other people from related community organizations, growing friendships along the way.
It has been a busy year for the club. The Therapeutic Gardening group headed by Ann Couch worked with more residents at Hillsdale Estates, nineteen members came out to tend the gardens at Hearth Place throughout the summer, we helped over 130 children plant seeds at the Rose of Durham Picnic and we held a successful Plant Sale. Kaitlin Lawrence was our third scholarship recipient for her achievements in the Horticulture Technician program at Durham College. Our members were entertained with excellent speakers, a garden tour of members and neighbours gardens, organized by Jill and Nadia, a Christmas Social and a Strawberry Social.
Along with the fun, there was business to be attended to. Eighteen of our members attended the District 17 Annual General meeting in Whitby graciously hosted by the Brooklin Horticultural Society. The Ontario Horticultural Association’s Annual Meeting was held in Kitchener during July. Attending this meeting allows us to remain informed about what is new and exciting at our overseeing body. I was very glad to have 4 of the Executive members join me.
I was so pleased to be able to welcome back Jim Cook as our webmaster. He jumped back in without missing a beat and the website is “amazing” again. I am also excited to announce that there will be new board members providing direction to the club. They have interesting gardening and personal experiences and I look forward to their input and ideas.
Sadly we have said good-bye to members too. In May, life member Mildred Field passed away. Her daughter described how much enjoyment sharing our newsletter brought to them over the past few years. Directors Penny Tracy and Barb North have moved away from Oshawa, while Heather Miller is stepping down. They were very active members and their warm smiles and helping hands will be greatly missed.
Our members are ambassadors for the club. They contribute to many activities throughout the community. Within the club, the following are a few of the many who help to make the club such a success. Bob Kerr helps set up the audio visual equipment so you can hear the speakers and see their presentations. Maria’s and Faye’s work at the plant table provided unique, bargain priced plants and seeds to our members. The bakers organized by Margaret Woolsey and Marilyn Bilsky provided goodies to munch while drinking coffee and tea made by Diene Oegema and Penny Tracy. Pat Aasen sent out the eblasts to let you know about all these different events. Sherry Shrives has provided us with interesting articles and gardening information in the Greenleaf which is also posted on the website. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Catherine Hilge our Secretary, Iris Lucas the club’s Treasurer and our two financial reviewers Bev Kilburn and Luba Samochin for all their help and support throughout the year. The Directors have been absolutely amazing to work with over the past year. They have been extremely supportive and incredibly hard working. It has been a true pleasure to have been able to work with such thoughtful and generous people. They are a major reason the club has been so successful.
A huge thank you to everyone!
see the full 2016 Annual Report