Lakeside Garden Guild General Members Meeting Minutes for October 20, 2016 (MSC = Motion made, seconded and carried)
Call to Order: President Bonnie Newman called the meeting to order at 11:10 A.M.
Roll Call: Present at the meeting were 24 Regular members and 0 Life/ Honorary member. Guests included: Karen Lingo’s friend, Cathy Sheehan. Birthdays for the month were recognized: Stacy Girton, Terri Keleher, Sharron King, Roberta Kuhne, and Merelyn Shore.
Minutes: Minutes from the September General Members meeting were approved. (MSC)
President's Comments: Bonnie welcomed everyone and thanked Mary O’Leary for hosting our October meeting.
Bonnie also mentioned the article in the GUADALAJARA REPORTER that featured Bob Price’s Botanical Garden in Puerto Vallarta. The Garden has received the International Peace Garden award, which is HUGE! The Guild met Bob Price at Bob Major’s home in September.
Treasurer’s Report: Karen Lingo presented the financials to date:
Income 0 pesos Expenses 280 Cash on Hand 10,543 O’Rouke balance 41,831.58 TOTAL 52,374.58 pesos
Graffiti balance 10,763.07 pesos
Karen also mentioned that she is taking money for the December 6th Christmas luncheon. The price is 350 pesos.
Membership: Joyce McNiven advised members that we currently have 36 members with the addition of Jan Riley as of today. Janet Capetillo is in que which would make us 37. She went on to say that 2 former members are considering requesting reinstatement.
Publicity Nancy Daniel said she will take lots of pictures for the Floral Show and will get publicity to the various publications. She asked members not to wear white or black for the photos at the Show.
Programs: Sharon Smith said that today’s program was the tour of the O’Leary property. November is the Floral Show, and December is the Christmas luncheon. A program for January is in the works.
Hospitality: Georgia Barenburg thanked Mary O’Leary for hosting the meeting at her beautiful property. She also thanked Pam Pettus for the floral arrangement and the various members who brought food for the luncheon. January’s meeting will be held at Bonnie Newman’s home.
Community Project: Estela Hidalgo told members that her gardener is scheduled to work on the Juanita Reed boat plantings this Sunday. She said that possibly we need to have him work every other week during the rainy season.
Webmaster: Linda Hines reported that the Weebly website we use for the Guild has updated its features. Among other things, we can now access the site on our mobile devices. She continues to update our information and is asking for any recommendations. See below for website and password.
Sunshine: Irene Suto reported that she has talked with Lee Carson, and she is doing well. Lee lost her sister, then husband, and shortly after that her cat died and her car had to be replaced. She has been having ups and downs recently.
Pat Doran will be moving into town on November 1st. Chris Grant is recovering from the flu.
She went on to report that she is doing much better and thanked the group for its support.
Floral Design Show: Danielle Trepenier reported that 188 tickets have been sold so far. Please check with friends to see who may want tickets, as they are selling quickly. She also said that members may take things to the Raquet Club the day before, Nov. 16, after 6:00 pm. Friday members may work on their arrangements as early as 8:00 am, but the day after the show, the Raquet Club would like for us to be completely out of there by 10:00 am.
Christmas Luncheon: The Christmas luncheon will be Tuesday, December 6th, at Quinta San Carlos. There will be a bus provided to take us there, with 2 pick-up locations. It will take about 45 minutes to arrive. The cost is 350 pesos, which includes an appetizer, entrée, dessert and tip. Members will need to choose their meal selection when paying: Chicken, Pan-seared salmon, or a salad with either chicken or shrimp. The last day to purchase tickets will be Nov. 18 at the Floral Show. Members may contact Karen Lingo or Jan Quarton to purchase before then. An email will follow with more information.
Old Business None New Business: Jan Quarton chaired the nominating committee. She presented the slate of officers: Past President: Bonnie Newan President: Georgia Barneburg Vice-President: Jan Quarton Corresponding Sec. Chris Grant Recording Sec. Linda Hines Treasurer Sue Williams Members overwhelmingly approved. (MSC)
Bonnie Newman will lead a trip to Obregon on November 1, 10, or 11th. Obregon is a district in Guadalajara that has a number of items that might be used in floral arrangements. Lots of Christmas decorations will be available also. Please contact Bonnie if you are interested in going.
There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 11:45 am (MSC)
Sharon Smith for Sue Wiliams Recording Secretary
The program took place before the meeting. Mary O’Leary gave a brief talk about when she and her husband bought their property. She told of the improvements they made in the various stages. Members then took a tour of the grounds.
After the General Meeting, Mary O’Leary provided a scrumptious meal.
Lakeside Garden Guild General Members’ Meeting: September 22, 2016 MINUTES (MSC = Motion made, Seconded and Carried)
Call to Order: Vice President Barb Corol called the meeting to order at 10:35 a.m. Roll Call: Present at the meeting were 18 Regular members and 0 Life/Honorary members. Guests included: Jamet Capetillo.(Sharon Smith). Birthdays for the month: Estela Hidalgo, Norma King, Anita Philipsborn, Sharon Smith, and Sue Williams Minutes: Minutes from the August General Members’ meeting were approved. (MSC) Treasurer’s Report: Karen Lingo presented the financials to date: Income: 0 Expenses: $175 Cash on Hand: $10,823 O’Rourke Balance: $41,752.30 Total:$52,575.30 Graffiti: $12,763.07
Committee Reports: Membership: Joyce McNiven reported that the Guild currently has 35 regular members. Jan Riley will become a member in October. The pre-membership application for Janet Capetillo (sponsored by Mary Bragg) has been submitted and will be reviewed at the next board meeting. There is a possibility that a former member may rejoin in January which would bring the membership total to 38. Publicity: No report Programs: Next month’s program will be at Mary O’Leary’s home across the lake and will necessitate carpooling (more information to follow). There will be a tour of the property and Mary and her husband will explain how they have developed it. Hospitality: Georgia Barneburg thanked Joyce McNiven for the fruit, Barb Corol for the pastries and Georgia for the flowers. She especially thanked Averial Miller for hosting the meeting on such short notice. At next month’s meeting, Mary O’Leary will provide a luncheon of barbecued shrimp and filet. Georgia will contact members to provide salads, a grilled vegetable dish and dessert. Community Project: The community project has been completed. Webmaster: Currently there are no problems with the website. Sunshine: Irene Suto is doing better. Floral Design Show: No report Christmas Luncheon: Karen Lingo reported that the luncheon will take place on Thursday, December 6th at Quinta San Carlos – a hotel. restaurant and spa across the lake. The cost will be $350 pesos each with 3 choices for lunch. All drinks other than water will be paid by the members. The Guild has rented a bus which will leave Ajijic at 11:15 and with one stop at the Racquet Club. Karen and Jan will start selling tickets at next month’s meeting. Old Business: There was no old business
New Business: Nominating Chair Jan Quarton presented the slate of officers for 2017 to the membership:
President: Georgia Barneburg Vice President: Jan Quarton Treasurer: Sue Williams Corresponding Secretary: Chris Grant Recording Secretary: Linda Hines There being no further business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned at 10:50 a.m. (MSC)
Sue Williams, Recording Secretary Following the meeting, former member Linda Buckthorpe presented a demonstration of floral design, focusing on conditioning techniques and mechanics. Lunch was at the Avocado Club
Lakeside Garden Guild General Members Meeting Minutes for August 18, 2016 (MSC = Motion made, seconded and carried) Call to Order: President Bonnie Newman called the meeting to order at 10:30 A.M. Roll Call: Present at the meeting were 17 Regular members. Guests included: former member Carol Davis and prospective member Jan Riley. Birthdays for the month were recognized: Pat Doran, August 2 and Celina Haramis, August 27. Minutes: Minutes from the July General Members meeting were approved. (MSC) President's Comments: Bonnie Newman welcomed everyone. She reported that Lee Carson suggested that we all stand when our names are called for Roll Call for the new members. Members agreed. She also told the group that part-time resident Bob Major has offered to host a cocktail party for Guild members on September 6 or 7 when Darin Dooling and Bob Price will be visiting Ajijic. Darin is the director of a botanical garden near Houston, and Bob is the director of the Vallarta Botanical Garden. A notice will be sent out to members. Treasurer’s Report: Karen Lingo presented the financials to date:
Income/Dues Expenses Cash on Hand O'Rourke Balance Total Graffiti Account Committee Reports: Membership: 500 850 Boat repair & speaker for program $10,998$41,665.90 $52,663.90$12,762.07 Joyce McNiven regretfully reported that Maritza Freyslinger resigned and she then read Maritza’s letter of resignation. This brings the group to 35 Regular members with Jan Riley in queue. Jan will become a member at her next meeting. Members were urged to think about prospective members. Publicity Nothing to report. Programs: Sharon Smith told of the day’s program: Pam Pettus leading the group to make a floral arrangement in the shape of a purse. September will be a trip to the Obregon area of Guadalajara, and October will consist of Mary O’Leary giving a tour of her property across the lake. Hospitality: Georgia Barneburg thanked Chris Grant for hosting the day’s meeting, Sharon Smith for the floral arrangement, Leslie Martin for the fruit, and Chris for the pastries. Community Project: Estella Hidalgo said that her gardener will take care of the upkeep of the Juanita Boat project on the malecon. If and when the boat needs repair, she will do it, but will have to charge the Guild. Webmaster: Nothing to report. Sunshine: Bonnie told the group that Linda Hines is recuperating from Typhoid. Stacy Girton reported that Pat Doran is down with Dengue. Pat would love to have visitors. Floral Design Show: Danielle Trepenier shared the awesome poster that Celina Haramis created. She then showed the group a Marc Chagall poster with a circus theme and said here will be others at the Show to give a circus ambiance, Leslie has 300 tickets for sale. Tickets cost 250 pesos each. Danielle will need floral arrangement dimensions, colors, and titles by the next meeting. Everything is on track. The question came up regarding sun, shade for the meeting. Daniell stated that the area is all under cover. Christmas Luncheon: The luncheon will be December 6th with the location to be determined. Old Business: None New Business: None There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 10:50(MSC) Sharon Smith for Sue Wiliams Recording Secretary Following the business meeting, members constructed a floral arrangement in the shape of a purse under the direction of Pam Pettus. Lunch was at the Avacado Club.
Lakeside Garden Guild General Members Meeting Minutes for June 16, 2016 (MSC = Motion made, seconded and carried)
Call to Order: President Bonnie Newman called the meeting to order at 10:30 A.M.
Roll Call: Present at the meeting were 21 Regular members and 1 Life/ Honorary member. Guests included: former member Olga Spraggett and Phyllis Middleton. Birthdays for the month were recognized: Bonnie Newman, Margaret Quinn, Twig Smye, Shirley West, and Mary Wolf. Since the May meeting was cancelled, May's birthdays were also recognized: Barb Corol, Karen Lingo Averail Miller, Mary O'Leary, and Jan Quarton.
Minutes: Minutes from the April General Members meeting were approved. (MSC)
President's Comments: Bonnie thanked Mary Wolf for hosting the meeting in her home, Irene Suto for fruit, and Pam Pettus for pastries. She then thanked Danielle Trepenier for the floral arrangement and asked her to tell the group about her tic-tac-toe box arrangement.
Bonnie went on to explain why the May meeting was cancelled: several officers were out of town, the hostess for the month had to cancel, and when out-of-towners were considered, there were only about 12 members lakeside.
She also said that Joe deLeon called her when he discovered that he was in possession of one of the Guild's large coffee pots. He also donated a smaller one.
Treasurer’s Report: Karen Lingo presented the financials to date:
Cash on Hand $11,848.00 O'Rourke Balance $41,529.42 Total $53,377.42
Graffiti Account $12,721.26
Committee Reports: Membership: Joyce McNiven reported that there are currently 36 regular members with 2 in queue: Melanie Wolski and Jan Riley.
Publicity Nancy Daniel: Nothing to report.
Programs: Sharon Smith told the group that the day's program would be Jeanne Green talking about "Herbs." July's program will be given by Herbert Pieko on "Floral Arranging." Pam Pettus' May program was cancelled, so it will be given in the future. The remaining programs are under consideration.
Hospitality: Bonnie reported for Georgia Barneburg that the July program will be held in the home of Nancy Daniel with Maritzer Freyslinger bringing fruit and Sharron King bringing pastries. Nancy will provide the floral arrangement.
Community Project: Bonnie explained that there had been a lengthy discussion about community projects at the Board meeting, and it was decided that we want "simple and easy!"
Estella Hidalgo is leaning toward more benches for the Ajijic Auditorio, but told about a project she is working on: planting Kiri trees on the malecon in Chapala. She would like for the Guild to be a part of the project in the future.
Estella has asked her gardener to maintain the Juanita Reed boat the Guild established a few years ago one day a month. Bonnie volunteered her extra dirt for the project.
She also mentioned that this Saturday there will be a tree planting on the Ajijic malecon. Volunteers are welcome.
Webmaster: Linda Hines asked that members let her know of any changes to be made to profiles on the website. She also asked members to send links for interesting gardening sites, i.e. there is an App that allows a person to take a picture of a plant and it will be identified!
There is much information on the Guild website: www.gardenguild.weebly.com password for the Members' area: confetti (all lower case)
Sunshine: Irene Suto said that it was good to see members present who had been ill. Lee Carson thanked the group for the flowers that were sent to her after her sister's death, former member Bobbie Chandler.
She then asked members to let her know of any member who needs "Sunshine" attention. Irene's email: email@example.com
Floral Design Show: Danielle reminded the group that the theme is "Cirque de Fleurs."
She said that a location for the show has not been established. The Train Station did not work out. The committee has looked into the Real de Chapala, but it is likely that it will be at the Raquet Club. They will know by the end of the month.
She thanked Celena Haramis for the poster art and will get Linda to post it on the website.
Tickets for the show will be ready for the August meeting and there will be between 250 and 300 for sale, depending on the venue.
Christmas Luncheon: Nothing to report.
Old Business: None
New Business: None
There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 11:10 (MSC)
Sharon Smith for Sue Williams Recording Secretary
Following the business meeting, Jeanne Green gave an informative talk on Herbs in Mexico.
Lakeside Garden Guild General Members’ Meeting: April 21, 2016
Call to Order: President Bonnie Newman called the meeting to order at 10:33 a.m.
Roll Call: Present at the meeting were 22 Regular members and 1 Life member.
Minutes: Minutes from the March 17, 2016 General Membership meeting were approved.
President’s Comments: Bonnie welcomed Twig Smye who has returned after a long absence due to illness.
Pam Pettus was uncomfortable as Treasurer and resigned that position. Karen Lingo graciously agreed to assume the duties for another year.
Treasurer’s Report: Karen thanked the members for the flowers she received following her surgeries. Income from dues through March totalled $7,970. Expenses for flowers and program supplies were $1,040. Cash on hand at the end of March was $11,848. Our Actinver balance was $41,500. The Graffiti Account has a balance of $17,709.
Committee Reports: Membership: In the absence of Chairperson Joyce McNiven, Bonnie reported that currently we have 37 regular members due to the recent resignation of Suzanna Baillergeau. We have one prospective member (Melanie Wolski sponsored by Mary Wolf), and 5 life and active honorary members.
Publicity: No report.
Programs: Sharon Smith and Averial Miller are both traveling. Bonnie reported that Pedro Palmer is our April speaker. In May Pam Pettus will present a program on wire manipulation for flowers that will include small group participation. Jeannie Green will speak in June about herbs. Herbert Piekow will present in July on what it takes to make a fabulous floral arrangement.
Hospitality: Merelyn Shore thanked Bonnie for the fruit and Pat Doran for the pastries. Both Bonnie and Merelyn thanked Leslie Martin for stepping in as a hostess sub for today’s meeting. Roberta Kuhne explained the mechanics of her beautiful basket of flowering pots. Lunch today will be at Ninette’s.
Community Project: No report.
Webmaster: No report
Sunshine: Irene Suto again welcomed the return of Twig Smye and reported that our recovering members are all doing well. Lee thanked the group for the flowers we sent to Bobbie Chandler on her return to Ajijic. Mary Bragg thanked the Guild for sending flowers.
Floral Design Show: Danielle Trepanier reported the November 18 Cirque de Fleurs show is currently in the “Nothing Decided” stages.
Christmas Luncheon: No report
Old Business: None
New Business: Bonnie asked for feedback and suggestions from newer members on what we can do to welcome new members and make them feel a part of the group. A letter from Lee Carson was read at the April Board meeting. Lee expressed concern that we continue to accept donations from the Realtors’ Group, although Graffiti expenses are minimal. Perhaps these funds could be redirected to address other problems such as trash on our streets, and puppy poop. Discussion followed. Suggestions included publicity about existing laws addressing cleaning in front of homes. Other ideas included furnishing hooks on poles to hang garbage bags to keep out dogs and providing funds for trash pick up on the Carretera.
Upon arrival of our speaker, the meeting was adjourned at 10:55 a.m. Following the meeting, Peter Palmer presented a program on landscaping concerns and answered many questions from the group about gardening problems. He is available for landscaping assistance. His cell phone number is 333-502-6555.
Lakeside Garden Guild General Members’ Meeting: March 17, 2016
MINUTES (MSC = Motion made, Seconded and Carried)
Call to Order: Vice-President Barb Corol called the meeting to order at 10:30 a.m.
Roll Call: Present at the meeting were 26 Regular members and 2 Life/Honorary members. Guests included: Jennie Ramsay (Kenee Campo), Jan Riley (Merelyn Shore), and prospective member Melanie Wolski (Mary Wolf) Birthdays for the month were recognized: Nancy Daniel, Maritza Freyslinger, Christine Grant, Kari Higgins, and Gayle McGraw
Minutes: Minutes from the February General Members’ meeting were approved. (MSC)
Treasurer’s Report: Pam Pettus advised that due to Karen Lingo’s ill health, the full financials will be reported at a later date. Currently, dues have been collected from 31 members for 2016. If you haven’t paid yet, please see Pam after the meeting to arrange payment.
Membership: Joyce McNiven reported that currently we have 37 regular members plus 1 prospective member (Melanie Wolski sponsored by Mary Wolf), and 5 life and active honorary members. This leaves room for 2 active and talented prospective members.
Publicity: Nancy Daniel asked members wishing to change profile information on the website to contact her. The information for February’s meeting will be posted on the website when Linda Hines returns from Texas.
Programs: Sharon Smith and Averial Miller introduced today’s underwater floral design program by Merelyn Shore. Pedro Palmer will do a program on what to consider when landscaping in April, and in May Pam Pettus will present a program on wire manipulation for flowers that will include audience participation.
Hospitality: Merelyn Shore thanked Georgia for the fruit (Georgia thanked Merelyn for hosting and for the floral arrangement). Bonnie Newman will host in April, Pat Doran will do fruit and Roberta Kuhne the floral arrangement. Merelyn also filled in some blanks for the coming months. Please refer to the website for this information. Lunch today will be at Pranza - Fifteen members have reserved.
Community Project: Estella and Barb will talk to the Train Station and report back to the Board.
Webmaster: No report
Sunshine: Irene Suto reported that Karen Lingo is recovering from serious complication from a gall bladder operation. Twig Smye is doing well and planning on returning to Ajijic shortly.
Floral Design Show: Danielle Trepanier handed out information on this year’s show. The title will be Cirque de Fleurs, the date is Friday, November 18, and the venue will be the train station.
Christmas Luncheon: No report
Old Business: None
New Business: None
There being no further business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned at 10:55 a.m. (MSC) Following the meeting, Merelyn Shore presented a very interesting program on underwater floral arrangements. Please refer to the website for information on the program.
Lakeside Garden Guild General Members Meeting Minutes for January 21, 2016 (MSC = Motion made, seconded and carried)
Call to Order: Past President Averial Miller called the meeting to order at 10:35 A.M.
Roll Call: Present at the meeting were 21 Regular members and 1Life/ Honorary member. Guests included: Kenee Campo's friend, Sara Smith, and daughter, Dana Knight. Birthdays for the month were recognized: Georgia Barneburg, Lee Carson, and Suzanne Rowe.
Minutes: Minutes from the October, 2015 General Members meeting were approved. (MSC)
President's Comments: Averial welcomed everyone and reminded the group that with the changes in the bylaws, this was a meeting to be included with the last calendar year. February will be the beginning of a new year. She went on to welcome guests and to thank the day's host Kenee Campo. She also thanked Merelyn Shore for the fruit, Leslie Martin for the baked goods, and Pam Pettus for the beautiful floral arrangement.
Averial read Bonnie Newman's year-end report. From Bonnie: 1. Thank you Averial for conducting the first 13th month, year-end Board and General meetings of the Guild. By having the year begin in February, it will make it easier on the new Board and Committee members,
2. Thank you Barb Corol and Jan Quarton for always "keeping me on track!" Thank you Committee Chairs for volunteering. Our Board worked well together and we had some fun. Also a big thank you to all those who repeatedly volunteer for monthly responsibilities.
3. We changed our annual year giving Presidents more time to complete the assignments for Committee Chairs. Our year now begins in February.
4. A huge thank you to Kenee Campo for building our first website and maintaining it for 8 years. We made a major change to our website, and thank you Linda Hines for stepping in to relieve Kenee.
5. Wow, Georgia! Our shows get better each year, and "Destination Paradise" brought out the best in each of us. What a great job Georgia, Joyce and Suzanna did!
6. We updated our By-Laws this year. Again, thank you Barb and Jan for completing every single detail.
We lost some members and gained some new ones. Fresh blood brings renewed energy to any group, and we are no exception. Welcome everyone! From the beach, Bonnie
Treasurer’s Report: Karen Lingo presented the financials for December, 2015.
Cash on Hand 5,168 Actinver Balance 41,988.12 Total Balance 47,156.12
Graffiti Account 18,273.84
The financial report for the Flower Show will follow.
Committee Reports: Membership: Averial reported for Joyce McNiven that we currently have 37 regular members. We lost June deLeon and gained Linda Hines. We have 3 Life and 2 Honorary members.
Publicity Nancy Daniel said that she sent an article and photos to the Ojo del Lago and the Guadalajara Reporter the week following the Flower Show. The Nov. 21-27 issue included an article, but the Ojo has yet to report. Danielle Trepenier will be a back-up for Nancy when she cannot attend meetings or events. Nancy and Chris Grant will be additional help for Linda Hines on the website. Nancy went on to praise the work Linda has done on the website. Nancy also said would retake any member's picture for the website who would like an updated photo.
Programs: Mary Bragg told about the day's program: Building a potted succulent arrangement that would be led by herself and Stacy Girton.
Hospitality: Merelyn Shore thanked Leslie Martin for helping her arrange the past year's hospitality. She also thanked the day's contributors.
Community Project: Averial recognized and thanked Estella Hidalgo for this year's Community Project: 2 more benches at the Ajijic Auditorio.
Webmaster: Kenee said that Bonnie had said it well in her end-of-the-year report. Nancy repeated that Linda Hines is in the process of training her and Chris Grant so that they can add things when Linda is out of town.
Sunshine: Irene Suto said that Twig Smye has had a good report and is scheduled to return to lakeside sometime in March. Pat Doran is doing great. We learned that former member, Bobbie Chandler is not doing well.
Floral Design Show: Georgia will give a run-down of the 2015 Floral Show at the next meeting.
Christmas Luncheon: Nothing to report.
Old Business: Nothing to report.
New Business: Just a reminder: New Officers are: President Bonnie Newman Vice-President Barb Corol Treasurer Pam Pettus Recording Secretary Sue Williams Corresponding Secretary Mary Bragg with Christine Grant as back-up.
Committee Chairs: Membership Joyce McNiven Publicity Nancy Danielle & Danielle Trepenier Programs Averial Miller and Sharon Smith Hospitality Georgia Barneburg and Merelyn Shore Community Project Barb Corol & Estella Hidalgo Webmaster Linda Hines and Nancy Daniel Sunshine Irene Sutto Floral Show To be assigned Christmas Luncheon Jan Quarton and Karen Lingo
There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 10:50. (MSC)
Sharon Smith Recording Secretary
Following the meeting, Mary Bragg and Stacy Girton demonstrated and guided members in making a potted succulent arrangement. A good time was had by all, and members made some amazing arrangements. Lunch was at Monte Christo's.
The Lakeside Garden Guild began in September of 1968 by women who were interested in the love of gardening and floral decoration. Over the years the interest grew to include a total of 40 women who put their skills together in a social network and has expanded to several community projects that have helped the local people as well as beautifying the Ajijic village, Gran Plaza and streets.