March 2014 Meeting Minutes


The meeting was called to order by President Julie Maturo at 12:03.


Minutes – the minutes were read by Glorianne Campbell and accepted with a motion by Linda Radtke and seconded by Annette Barnes.

Treasurerʼs Report – Ellie Byrnes reported the current balances in the GGC accounts.

May Luncheon – Debbie Notaro reminded everyone that the Luncheon will take place on May 6 at Eagle Brook Country Club. The tickets are $30 and you are to make your luncheon selection (quiche or chicken marsala) when you purchase your tickets.

Vice Presidents’ Report-Mary Stavenhagen reported that our April meeting will be held at Shady Hill where we will be planting our patio pots. We will be charged for our plants, dirt and fertilizer and a growing fee until pick up in mid May. This will be at our regular meeting time and will be when we vote for officers for next year. Members should come to the meeting even if they are not going to plant.

Guest Introductions


Always on Tuesday-Kathy Wengronowitz announced that there are only four openings left for our summer garden visits. She passed around the sign up sheet.

Assemblage – Linda Brodine announced a correction to our most recent listing of members – correct to “Jane” Foster.

Hospitality -Mary Stavenhagen, filling in for Jane Martin, introduced Karen Bielski, our hostess chair for the day, who in turn introduced her committee. Arlene Grandt informed the members of the raffle items for the day.

Membership – Julie Maturo filled in for Kristie Dienst and welcomed our two new members, Jane Foster and Katie Hepp.

Publicity – Deb Notaro announced that the scholarship information and the plant sale information have gone out in local publications, including newspapers, subdivision magazines and various magazilnes that serve the area.

Service Projects – Chris Shaw reported that the first knuckle clean up and planting is scheduled for the first weekend in April, weather permitting. Arbor Day – the $2,500 has gone to the Park District for tree planting in Island Park. Gail Ellenbaum reported that she had gone with Darlene Larson to select a stone bench that will be placed in the Japanese Garden. Karen Bielski reported that articles are out in papers for our Scholarship with an April first deadline.

Other Business

Julie Brown reported for the Nominating Committee. Elections will take place at the April meeting. Members should attend this meeting even if they are not doing a planting. Chairs are still needed for the 2015 Garden Walk.

The Garden Club has contributed $2,000 to Gardenology for the speakers tent. Volunteers are need for that day and members should consider giving a program, could be on cooking, use of herbs, etc. The event runs from 10:00 to 4:00 on May 17.

Mary Stavenhagen showed us the window box that she and Debbie Notaro will be planting for display at the Navy Pier Garden Show. Mary and then Jessica Dean reminded members of the importance of voting in the up coming primary elections.

The Garden Club will be purchasing a granite block in the name of the Garden Club to be placed in the walkway south of the Geneva History Museum for the Pave the Way campaign.

Adjournment– the meeting was adjourned at 12:32 with a motion by Helen Hogan seconded by Debbie Notaro.