September 2014 Meeting Minutes


The meeting was called to order by President Debbie Notaro at 12:22pm at The Geneva History Museum.


Minutes -the minutes were read by Julie Brown and approved with a motion As read by Deb Hall-Reppen and seconded by Glorianne Campbell.

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

Debbie Notaro introduced the new Board. Several items were donated for today’s Raffle.

Hospitality– Jane Martin and Arlene Grandt thanked the board for providing desserts and everyone for bringing the delicious salads.

Historians– Ginny Dushney and Annette Barnes, our Geisha Girls, modeled and gave an overview on The Japanese Garden history at Fabyan Forest Preserve and how instrumental and involved GGC was in bringing this garden back to life. They displayed artifacts from Darlene Larson a long time member and spent much time gathering facts and tidbits shared by Darlene who took the project under her wing and got the GGC involved. Mary Stavenhagen modeled the Kimono worn by Darlene at the dedication. Darlene was presented with an orchid plant.

Communications-Julie Maturo updated us on the GGC Website, anyone interested in learning more about this process is encouraged to let Julie know. She would love some help in  keeping this current and relevant for the club.

The first 3 meeting were introduced, Oct. being All About Trees Good and Bad, Nov. Bad Bugs-Good Bugs and Dec. Holiday Workshop.

Always on Tuesday Report was given, Thank you to all who shared their beautiful gardens and homes. Great attendance showed once again this was a hit for the summer. Red Bud Creek was the highlight. Kathy W. will start the sign up for next summer at the Jan. meeting.

Arbor Day– No report

Legislation– Julie M. and Glorianne C. reviewed the insurance needs for our club. We will need to reapply for the states ID# as this somehow lapsed. Once obtained. Will need to keep current.

Membership– Kristie Dienst passed out the programs and letter for the 2014-15 year. These will be mailed to members not in attendance at today’s meeting. Five

Guests where introduced at this time. Also reviewed what it means to be a member and our responsibilities as members.  Thank You cards were read from club members Cathy Rex  and Julie Maturo  and an e-mail from Karen Bielski. Cathy and Karen for support and kindness showed by the club during recent health issues and Julie for the beautiful necklace presented to her after her years as club President. The May Luncheon will be at Heritage Prairie Farm .

Publicity– Theresa Keenan was not present but reported that our Facebook page will up and running by next month.

Service projects and Geneva Beautification– Chris Shaw informed us November 1st will be the Fall Cleanup at the knuckles. Please continue to sign up via the Signup Genius if available to help.

Geneva Garden Club Park– no report

Scholarship– It was reported that we did not have a recipient this year as no one applied for the scholarship. Karen Bielski , Scholarship chair did a great job at getting the word out to the schools, colleges etc. via many avenues but as a club feel we still need to find new ways to promote this. We usually receive several applications.

Ways and Means –Reported still have several pairs of the Garden Gloves available for purchase for $7.00. Will need to continue to promote. Will hold off this year from doing a bulb sale.

A recap on the first Plant Sale held in June in conjunction with Cathy Rex’s Antique sale was a huge success. This was headed by Mary Stavenhagen and Marilyn Schave who did an outstanding job of coordinating this endeavor. Total Monies received were $1,384 for plants sold and $305 from the Raffle. $52 was Spent on Liability Insurance. Hope to do this again in 2016. Many of the plants were donated from member’s gardens as well as Julie M. sister Marti who shared many plants from her yard.

Geneva Garden park is now Full and overflowing in some areas and will be a great spot to divide and transplant for next time.

Garden Walk 2014-15-Deb Hall-Reppen recapped the progress and planning of our next walk. Jessica Dean and new member Jane Foster will also help chair this event. Deb shared we have 3 gardens confirmed, and hoping to have the Japanese Garden as well.  Awaiting reply on 1-2 more. Theme to be “A Walk in Thyme”. Still possibility of one on East Side of town. More to come.

Discussion re: Fox Valley Rec. Northern nights and Lights tree decorating. Will we do another tree this year? And Kitchen Walk coming up in Sept. 27th. Looking for volunteers as docents. Tammy made a plug for Neri Landscaping for assisting friend with cancer on home improvements.

Meeting was adjourned at 1:53pm. Motion to adjourn by Deb Hall-Reppen and seconded by Linda Stavrou.