April 2014 Meeting Minutes


The meeting was called to order by President Julie Maturo at Shady Hill at 12:00.


Minutes – the minutes were read by Glorianne Campbell and approved with a motion by Deb Hall-Reppen and seconded by Ellie Byrnes.

Treasurerʼs Report – Ellie Byrnes reported the current balances in the GGC accounts. Ellie reported and then Julie Maturo reported that we were turned down by the State of Illinois for a sales tax exemption. This is something we can reapply for in the future. We aren’t sure the reason for this except that we had allowed this to lapse and the regulations have gotten more stringent.

Vice Presidents’ Report-Mary Stavenhagen said enjoy your planting day!

May Luncheon Sheila Persinger reminded members to pay for their May luncheon reservations by April 15, indicating your luncheon entree choice on the check.


Always on Tuesday– Kathy Wengronowitz announced that there are only three openings left including June 17, the first date, which could be filled with a field trip if no one sign ups.  The schedule will be handed out at the May luncheon.

Assemblage – it was announced that sign ups are on line for various activities, as well as paper sign ups at the meeting today.

Hospitality – Jane Martin introduced her committee for today. Many thanks.

Membership – Kristie Dienst reminded members to pay their dues by May 1 ($25 active/$40 inactive).

Service Projects – Chris Shaw reported that “knuckle” clean up and pansy planting will take place this Saturday, April 5 at 8:00 a.m. Additional volunteers are needed.

  • Garden Club Park – Julie Brown reported that spring clean up will occur when weather permits.
  • Library Arrangement – Chris Shaw reported that sign ups are going well.
  • Scholarship – Julie Maturo reported that we have had no applicants. The deadline being today.


Ways & Means – Cathy Rex had garden gloves for sale. Cost is $7 apiece in small, medium and large sizes and three different colors. The gloves will also be for sale at the May meeting and at Gardenology on May 17. Mary Stavenhagen talked about the June plant sale. Pots are needed, as well as perennials. Mary did remind members to include a good sized ball of dirt with the plants as we dig them up.

Other Business

  • Elections – Julie Maturo announced our nominees for next year’s officers – President – Debbie Notaro, Vice-Presidents – Sheila Persinger & Mary Ann Rosenfelder, Secretary – Julie Brown, and Treasurer – Ellie Byrnes has one more year of her term. There were no other nominations from the floor and the new officers were unanimously elected.  Congratulations!
  • Gardenology – Debbie Notaro said she will be putting out requests for volunteers on Sign Up Genius closer to the time.
  • Garden Walk 2015 – chair positions are still available. Please consider taking a position for this important event.
  • Miscellaneous Items – Julie Maturo showed the members the Handbook she has put together which outlines jobs descriptions, By-Laws, etc for the Garden Club. Julie also told members about “Garden Angels” members helping other members with garden work if they are not able to tend their own gardens. Let Julie know who might need help. Glorianne Campbell announced about 60 Men Who Cook which takes place April 11. Annette Barnes told about visiting Macy’s Garden exhibit which goes through April 6. Deb Hall-Reppen expressed thanks to Debbie Notaro and Mary Stavenhagen for the wonderful job they did for our entry at the Navy Pier Flower Show. (Pictures of our window box were passed around at the meeting.) The Raffle was held.


Adjournment– the meeting was adjourned at 12:40 with a motion by Deb Hall-Reppen seconded by Jane Martin.