By Rosa Boisen

The Vinton Garden club, a member of National Garden Clubs, Inc., District II and Central Region met October 26,2016 at the home of club member, Anne Dake.

Special guests were Deloris Lynch of Independence, Iowa (Anne’s mother), District II Director Nancy Weber, and Ann Harrison.

Frank Stueck called the meeting to order at 1:15 p.m. Roll call was answered by the following members Sharen Stueck, Rosie Boisen, Micelle Fosche-Gibson, LuAnna Hawkins, Anne Dake and Fran Stueck. Each shared “what is your favorite winter bird”. Members recited the Pledge of Alliance and the Conservation Pledge.

Guest speaker, Ann Harrison presented a program on birds, bird watching, feeding birds, and care for your birds during winter months. Very enjoyable. Members thanked her for her time and for the handouts she provided.

The Secretary read the minutes of the September 28th, 2016 meeting. Approved as read.

The treasurer’s report was presented showing a balance of $2,179.29. Report was approved on motion. With no questions on the report, it will be filed for audit.

A bill for $115.55 was presented for payment from Fran, for 2 books on roses to be presented to the Vinton Public Library in memory of Joyce Bratten, and for supplies and pictures for 2015 Historian Book. Anne moved to approve payment; seconded by LuAnna. Motion carried.

Correspondence received from Marshalltown Garden Club (Vicki Otto) about the November 5th presentation of Accents on Entertaining. Cost is $20. Fran plans to attend. Rosie noted Master Gardner Symposium February 25, 2017, to be held in Independence. Nancy Weber noted it was going to be exciting. Nice to know.

Membership- Rosie reported no new members. Members are asked to keep searching for new membership.

Garden therapy chairman, Michelle F. Gibson – none since last month.

Anne Dake reported on cards sent – none

National Gardener – Rosie Boisen – nothing from National Gardner but noted on an article written by Scott Kelly (astronaut who spend 1 year in space), that he had grown Zinnias in the International Space Center. The article was in a published magazine that Rosie then gifted to the Vinton Public Library.

Members Michelle, Bristol, Sharen, Anne, Ted and Fran worked at the perennial garden at Tilford digging out weeds and extra flowers, and dead heading. Mulching the garden to be done at a later date. On the same day, they worked on Scherbring’s flower bed. Reported that Ted did some touch up painting at the Roadside Park on Highway 218 North.

Smokey the Bear Poster contest materials have been taken to the Tilford Art teacher. Fran indicated that the club will be judging posters in January 2017.

The nominating committee of Sharen, LuAnna, and Michelle presented the following for officers for 2017-2019: President – Rosie Boisen; Vice President –Anne Dake; Secretary – Michelle Gibson; Treasurer – Sharen Stueck. Other committee heads will be appointed or volunteered at a later date.

Fran, Sharen, and Rosie met with Vinton’s Cottage Garden member Jeanne Mann, and Floralia Arrangers Guild members – Winifred Nolan, Carla Albertson, Pat Franzenburg and Janet Knaack to start the planning for the District II spring meeting event to be held at the Community Center in Van Horne, Iowa. Also discussed were updates to the Benton County Fair (July 13-16tth, 2017) book. Theme to be ‘songs of the past”.

Fran indicated that Mollie Noren from Tilford Elementary will present our club the name of a family in need of some Christmas donations. This will replace our mittens and hats campaigns done previously.

Vinton Parks and Recreation advised Fran that they will be happy to help relocate the Blue Star Marker in the spring of 2017.

A change in mtg. time for December – it will be on the 7th. Club will have lunch out together and then hold short meeting before doing flower therapy at the Vinton Lutheran Home at 2:30.

By-Laws need updated. Officers will work on that. Members paid dues for 2017.

Club thanked Anne for her hospitality and snacks. Fran also brought treats for her Nov. 1st birthday. Respectfully, Rosie Boisen, Secretary