LAKESIDE GARDEN GUILD Benefits and Obligations of Membership
ACTIVITIES Lakeside Garden Guild limits membership to 40 women in order to hold meetings in the homes of members. We meet once a month on the third Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Generally, the first half hour is social time. Occasionally a workshop, field trip or luncheon requires special hours. At each meeting, instructive programs are presented on botanical or floral design subjects and related topics. Sometimes these are “hands-on” projects. The focus is on learning to do things that will enhance our own homes and gardens. Once a year we present a Floral Design Show. This may be an Autumn, Holiday or Spring event and may include a cocktail or dinner party. It is not a judged show. Instead the event is a way to share with the community and challenge members’ skills. Every year we plan and participate in a community project that will enhance the community or help a group in our area. MAJOR OBLIGATIONS (See By-laws for more details) It is the obligation of members to attend the monthly meeting unless ill or out of town. Those are the only two reasons for excused absences. Attendance is recorded and three unexcused absences in a year results in dismissal from the Guild. Meeting notices are sent by e-mail each month. The obligation of the member is to reply to the e-mail stating her intention to attend. At the last minute, if illness or extenuating circumstances prohibit one from attending, a call to the home where the meeting is to be held is necessary. Each member is required to participate in the Annual Floral Design Show. If a member is ill, out of town, or, due to other circumstances, does not participate, she will be required to present a floral program at a subsequent meeting. It is expected that every member participate in Guild activities. This may include hosting a meeting at your home, co-hosting a meeting (providing treats for the social time preceding a meeting), presenting a program, chairing a committee, or being a participant on a committee. Eventually, members take their turn as Officers of the Guild. BENEFITS Most Guild members are homeowners and are interested in entertaining and enjoying their homes and gardens and the good life at Lakeside. Learning is an on-going process for Guild members. Programs and hands-on projects are fun and productive. Members receive a great deal of gratification from the Guild and find it to be a most supportive organization. In addition to having a good time, deep friendships are often honed.
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.