Dogwood hills garden Club

 The Dogwood Hills Garden Club met in the home of Rita and Leah Shannon on Darden Lake. Thirteen members and one guest enjoyed a two-course dinner.

Other members present were Helen Brown, Pat Campbell, Joan Carr, Linda Dodd, Sandra Ford, Marjorie Livingston, Bettye McMillen, Linda Pannell, Denise Pugh, Brenda Robertson and Geri Ward. The program for the evening was “Constructive uses of Wood by-products”. 

Vice President Sandra Ford introduced the  presenter, Tim Needham, retired Mississippi Extension Service Agent, who exhibited several examples of articles made from many kinds of wood from all over the world. Though most of these articles are intricate toys, many with moving parts, the display also featured a wooden cowboy hat. Mr. Needham explained the intricacies of the completion of these models and the hundreds of  hours usually spent in constructing each one.  Toys displayed included a 1930 touring car, a John Deere tractor, and a pickup truck. He described a battery operated ferris wheel which works like a real one.

After the program, President Helen Brown conducted the business session.  Copies of the minutes of the October meeting were distributed by Secretary Bettye McMillen.

Mrs. Brown gave a report on the Smoky the Bear and Woodsy Owl which the club is sponsoring in the four Union County Schools.  She said she had distributed three hundred poster boards to the schools.  The deadline for submission of  entries is November 19.  after this date club members will judge them and award ribbons for first, second and third place winners in each grade.  Pictures will also be made.  The club will enter all first place winners in the state competition. Plans were made for the Club Yard sale to be held at Beacon Hill on November 7.

Mrs. Brown announced that she had ordered 475 daffodil bulbs which club members and other volunteers will plant on the campuses of all four county schools and at the Union County Library on November 14. She reported that our club had been named a Blue Ribbon club at the District Garden Club meeting in October and she showed the many awards the club had received.

Mrs. Brown reported that members of the Dogwood Hills Garden Club had received two first place awards, one second place ribbon, one third place award in the Design Category and twenty-five blue ribbon winners in the Horticultural Division. Additionally, Mrs. Brown  received the Designer’s Choice, Mrs. Rita Shannon received the Arboreal Award, and Mrs. Arhonda Coleman received one of the five awards of merit.

Plans were made for the Club Christmas Project. Members voted to adopt a family in lieu of exchanging presents with each other.

The club adjourned to meet at Oxford Floral on December 3, where John Hickey will present a program on Holiday Designs.

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