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March 8 Mercer Garden Club Meeting

Thank you to everyone that came to the February meeting on such a cold snowy night. Thank you to Sheila Craig for bring her paintings, sharing her art and stories with us and providing refreshments. Thank you to Rita Ryburn for bringing house plants and garden items from Everett’s house.
This has been a difficult winter for so many of us. The snow is still coming and the weather forecast for this coming weekend is more snow. Our Field trip to Cleveland is canceled to be rescheduled for sometime this spring. We will discuss setting a new date for this trip at the March meeting.
We will meet on Monday, March 8 at the United Methodist Church instead of Tuesday March 2 at the library as listed on the calendar in the last newsletter. The Library meeting room is not ready and the Church is not available on any Tuesday due to the Cub Scouts Meeting at the church.
A survey was taken at the last meeting concerning the change of our monthly meeting day. There were 10 members participating. The question was asked: Would a change of our meeting day to the first Tuesday of the month be ok with you? Results: no = 3 and yes = 7 Changing our meeting day is postponed until we can determine a day and time that will accommodate more members.
March Meeting Agenda:
Old Business: Arbor Day Trees
Fundraising raffle: Please bring stuff. Donations welcome.
Program: Gardening Tips form our members. Come prepared to share a gardening tip.
April meetings: Monday April 12 7:00 Garden Club Meeting & Tuesday April 20 Mercer Library 11:00
Details will be posted.


The Mercer Garden Club will meet on Monday Feb. 8 at 7:00 at the United Methodist Church. Our garden program and hostess will be Sheila Craig. Last year Sheila gave us a wonderful program on African Violets. This year we will learn more about Sheila and see some of her paintings.
Meeting agenda:
Old Business: Collect dues $12.00
1. Reading of the minutes and treasures report
2. Discussion & vote on meeting day change.
3. Review upcoming field trip details. Feb.28 Cleveland Botanical Gardens
4. Raffle
We will have a fund raising raffle. Anyone may bring an item for our raffle. So look around your home as see if you have something to contribute.
Bring seed catalogs and magazines to share. This should be a good meeting mark your calendar and plan to come.

Meet up at the Mercer Library Tuesday at 11:00 on Feb.16
Informal gathering to look at garden magazines and books. See fellow gardeners and share information. Use the internet to find information. At noon we can go out to lunch.

We have discussed making several changes in our Garden Club to increase membership, save cost and maintain our club without continuing to burn out our members. Thank you for your suggestions on our survey.
Big Pots: No one wants to take the responsibility for keeping the big pots watered. It was pointed out that some businesses buy them on their own and will maintain a pot they have invested in. We will discuss this at the next two meetings and vote before our fund raising letter goes out in March. Several members would like to see a return of the hanging baskets. What do you think?
Change our meeting day:
Changing from the second Monday to the first Tuesday of the month would end conflicts with Yoga Class and Bowling and Golf League and
increase attendance at our meetings. We will vote on this change at our February meeting. Think it over and let me know if you have a conflict. If approved this change will take effect in March. The new library community meeting room may be ready for meetings in March.
Our newsletter will be now published bimonthly. This change will saving half of the postage. It will be mailed without envelopes. I will continue to post some meeting info and pictures /on our Garden Club Blog Web site.