May 2019 Meeting Minutes

Gettysburg Garden Club Meeting Minutes May 23, 2019

President Karen Szoke presided.

 President’s Report:  Karen opened the meeting and welcomed members and guests including students awarded Club scholarships and their parents.

Programs:  Linda Spellman reviewed the program for today – a presentation by Margaret Stoddard, Penn State/Adams County Master Gardener, on invasive plants.  Linda talked about the June 27 officers’ installation luncheon to be held at the Hotel Gettysburg.  Parking is available in the garage behind the Hotel and at the fire station.  Club members have been offered a choice of three plated salad choices, beverages and desert for a cost of $15.00 per person.  Connie Holland sent out details about the luncheon via email and asked members to RSVP by June 10.

Membership:  Cindy Wilcox announced a new member – Janet Scappini.

 Recording Secretary’s Report: Pam Haze reported that notes from the April meeting are posted on the club’s website.

 Corresponding Secretary’s Report: Patricia Richardson reported that she sent get-well cards to Connie Farabaugh and to Jo Zeveney’s husband.  Patricia sent a card to Betty Pue to thank her for the use of her home and barn as the site for potting workshops and for her hospitality during preparations for the plant sale.

Treasurer’s Report:  Connie reminded members that they should give her $15 by check or cash for the June 27 luncheon.  Connie reported disbursements of $811 for the April program speaker, attendance at the GCFP convention, and plant sale potting soil.  Receipts from interest, dues and the silent auction of pottery (donated by Barbara Gilliam) totaled $1,600.  The total balance, excluding the Blue Star Maintenance Fund, is $24,770.

Ways and Means:  Robin Kendlehart thanked everyone for their support of the plant sale.  She recognized Betsy Meyer, Joan Horak and Donna Almquist for their efforts to conduct a sale that was well planned and organized, sustained high levels of participation, and generated positive energy.  Robin reported total receipts of $2,549, which is slightly above last year, but then Chris Stoke and Regina increased the amount collected from the sale of plants by $65.

Scholarships:  Gloria Yohe announced the Club’s award of three scholarships of $1,000 each to Fritz Meixner, Samantha Schulteis, and Cody Smith.  She introduced each of the awardees and recognized them and their families and reviewed their achievements, career goals, and academic standing.

Recognition of Club Members:  Karen shared the Club’s appreciation by recognizing the following individuals:

  • Donna Almquist for her work on the 2018 Publicity Pressbook, which garnered a GCFP award as well as her support for the District IV Flower Show and the Gettysburg/Biglerville Flower Show.
  • Linda Spellman for a great series of programs throughout the 2018-2019 season, including Kokedama design, and for the lavender wand event that generated funds donated to DTFP.
  • Carol O’Gara received the GCFP Superior Award for her work on the schedule for the “Autumn Splendor” Biglerville and Gettysburg Flower Show.

Civic Development:  Linda Golembieski announced opportunities for members to volunteer.  Planting in Lincoln Square will take place on May 24 at 8 am.  Sign-up sheets for weeding the square were circulated among the members and volunteers will be solicited soon for watering at the fire station.

 Garden of the Month:  Deb Steckler said that the program is in full swing and she recognized Cornelia Saltzman for writing the first article of the season.

 Trips and Tours:  Chris Stoken announced a June 17 Club trip to the Masonic Gardens in Elizabethtown.  Club members are to meet at the Harbaugh-Thomas Library in Biglerville at 9:00 am.

 Hospitality:  The members that provided hospitality for the meeting were thanked including Noemi Halbrendt, Lori Fredette, Sandy Zei, and Deb Steckler.

Old Business:

  • Financial Policy: Connie reviewed the financial policy document that was shared with Club members via email in advance of the meeting.  Connie reviewed these new Club policies and explained the rationale for each.   The policies will be included in the Yearbook, they are not bylaws.
  • Nomination Committee: Karen reported on the slate of incoming Club officers selected by the nominating committee.  She asked for the Club’s approval.  Judy Bugert made a motion to adopt the committee’s selections and Edie Reinhart seconded.  The Club agreed to the following new officers:
    • Robin Kendlehart, President
    • Noemi Halbrendt, First Vice President
    • Betty Pue, Second Vice President
    • Regina Hollar, Third Vice President
    • Pam Haze, Recording Secretary
    • Charlotte Melchiorre, Corresponding Secretary
    • Connie Holland, Treasurer

New Business:

  • Giving Spree: Pam reported on the Club’s submission of a proposal to participate in the November 7, 2019 Giving Spree.  The Adams County Community Foundation will be using these proposals from non-profit entities as the basis to decide who will be able to participate in the Spree, because space is limited to 80 organizations and there are more interested.  The Spree is an important event for the Club to solicit donations to be used for the Downtown Flower Project.  Pam asked members to volunteer for a Spree committee that will prepare for and take part in the event.  She asked that Club members participate in the Spree and communicate the event to family, friends and others.


  • Lavender Festival: Cindy announced a lavender festival taking place on June 14 and 15 at Castle Creek Farm in Dillsburg.
  • Biglerville Garden Club Anniversary: Karen announced the June 8 celebration of the Biglerville Garden Club’s 65th anniversary at the Harbaugh-Thomas Library in Biglerville.

 Next Meeting:  The next regular meeting is September 26, 2019.



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