Garden Department meets

WEIRTON – The Garden Department of the Weirton Woman’s Club, a General Federation of Women’s Clubs of West Virginia member club, met March 12 at Undo’s at the Holiday Inn – Weirton with Chair Sharon Neeley calling the meeting to order, welcoming members and thanking hostesses Teresa McGown and Enid Williams.

Barbara Raynolds led the inspiration, reading “Legend of the Blarney Stone” and reciting a Gaelic blessing and prayer. She then led members in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Lea Shirer, program chair and vice chair, introduced Master Gardener Roger VanHorn. VanHorn has been with the West Virginia University Extension Service for 17 years and was the Weirton Steel groundskeeper for 15 years.

VanHorn gave a presentation on houseplants, featuring different families of the succulent plants group. He gave tips on potted plants, noting pots should always have drainage to prevent root rot; properly watering plants; starting plants from cuttings; and displaying houseplants. He also distributed Hancock-Brooke County Master Gardener Calendars to those in attendance.

Secretary Diana Durst read the minutes, and Treasurer Jeanne Amidon gave the treasurer’s report. Courtesy Chair Dawn Neeley reported 20 members were in attendance. Inspiration Chair Carol Village announced Grace Lenhart will do April’s inspiration. Membership Chair June Pulice stated there are 18 new members in the general club, and, if anyone knew someone interested in joining the club, to inform her. Memento Chair Teresa McGown reported cards were sent to Beverly Baker, Colleen Mindzak and Karen Leyda.

Enid Williams gave the one-minute garden tip, noting the 2013 garden calendars are available at the Hancock county Extension office.

Program Chair Lea Shirer announced Donna Keil of the West Virginia University Extension Office will give today’s program.

Neeley discussed Saturday’s Calendar Luncheon, noting it is the department’s only fundraiser and proceeds support community improvement projects and scholarships. Tickets are $20 and available from any department member.

Sandy Robbins, Literary Department Book Review Luncheon chair, announced the book review will be held April 20 at Williams Country Club. Nancy Ellen Rice O’Leary will give a presentation on a Julia Child autobiography, and a Kindle HD drawing will be held. Drawing tickets are $2, and luncheon tickets are $25.

Diana Durst, President’s State Project chair, announced she is continuing the $1 match challenge and a $5 donation earns an entry for a $50 gift drawing. Donations for Camp Kno Knoma, such as swim goggles, water shoes, bottles of water, boy’s underwear, pens and pencils, Post-it notes and sandwich bags, are being accepted.

The next meeting is at noon today. Helen Brancazio and Barbara Raynolds will be hostesses.

Neeley ended the meeting by reading “Rare Gifts” by Verna Sparks.