Yellow Jessamine Garden Club Meets

The Yellow Jessamine Garden Club met at Shoney’s Restaurant on Tuesday, November 2, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. 
Zee Loftus was our gracious hostess for the evening.  The meeting was called to order by President Mary Ricks. 
Shirley Gundry, Chaplain, then gave the invocation titled “Learning from the Redwoods,” and excerpt from OUR DAILY BREAD.  Redwood trees are some of the biggest trees in the world. 
Redwoods, like the family tree of our humanity, are rooted in a Creator who is infinitely and eternally greater than His creation. 
Zee Loftus, Secretary, then asked for the roll-call with each of the nine members present responding with their favorite tree. 
Welcome to our two young visitors, Taylor Cribbs and Gracie Kelly. 
The minutes were read and approved.  Earline Moody gave the Treasurer’s report. 
The various committees reported.  Cards were signed for Osgood and Helen Prevatte and Annie Laurie Law. 
Cathy McDaniel (Birds) reported on a favorite Carolina bird the Song Sparrow.  The Song Sparrow forages in trees and bushes and on the ground for larvae, fruits, berries and insects. 
The bird is commonly found in suburban and rural gardens, weedy fields, and dense streamside thickets, and forest edges.  The field marks of the Song Sparrow are whitish under parts with streaks on sides and breasts that converge into a dark breast spot, and streaked brown and gray above.  Reference material from Field Guide to Birds, National Geographic, the Carolinas.
Mary Ricks reminded everyone of the Arbor Day celebration involving all Dillon Garden Clubs to be held at the Wellness Center on December 3, 2010. 
Also the Christmas tour of homes, sponsored by the Dillon Garden Club and the Yellow Jessamine Garden Club, will be held on December 4, 2010 from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.  Tickets will soon be going on sell.
In celebration of Arbor Day, Tammy Kelly, Program Leader, gave a romantic and inspiring story on Julius Sterling Morton. 
Mr. Morton began working in his grandfather’s newspaper business in Detroit.  Even as a young boy he was passionate about writing and nature. 
At the age of 23, Morton marries his school sweetheart Caroline Joye.  They settled in Nebraska City. 
Initially their home was a 4-room farmhouse situated on 160 acres of barren land.  Morton realized new settlers were in need of trees from homes, farm buildings, fuel, and windbreaks. 
When he became editor of the local newspaper, he encouraged the pioneers to plant trees.  In 1872 Morton, being a member of the Nebraska State Board of Agriculture, proposed a day to be set aside annually for tree planting. 
His resolution stated that $100.00 be awarded to the county which planted the largest number of trees. 
Other states and countries soon followed suit.  Today the Morton’s modest four room farmhouse stands proudly as a 52 room national monument.  Tammy also had a wonderful visual display on Julius and Caroline’s life.  She also gave some interesting and fun facts:
The oak tree is our national tree.  Our state tree, the palmetto, is  also called the cabbage palmetto.  J. Sterling Morton’s son Joy was the founder of the Morton Salt Company.  After the program, Miss Gracie Kelly passed out bookmarks of the Twenty-Third Psalm.  Great job Tammy and Gracie!
Zee Loftus, our hostess, served delicious desserts of choice on beautifully decorated tables celebrating the fall season. 
The floral design by our hostess was a lovely arrangement of wax begonia with privet greenery distributed throughout in a fun and pretty teapot.  The door prize was won by Frances Tyler.
The next meeting will also be at Shoney’s for our Christmas social and gift exchange. 
The YJGS is a member of the National Garden Clubs, Inc., South Atlantic Region of National Council, the Garden Club of South Carolina, Inc. , and Coastal District of GCSC and Dillon Council of Garden Clubs.

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