Yellow Jessamine Garden Club Meets

The Yellow Jessamine Garden Club met on Tuesday, April 4, 2018 at the beautiful residence of Dianne Pittman. 11 members were present.
President Mary Ricks began the meeting by recognizing the attending members and thanking President Elect Dianne Pittman for being the hostess.
Chaplain Glenda Campbell gave the devotion and prayer for our meal. She spoke on contagious faith and how we should share our faith, letting it spread to others like a virus.
Dianne prepared a delicious meal of shrimp and grits, topped with bacon and cheese. A colorful arrangement of coral azaleas were placed on the table for display.
After the delectable meal, roll call was given by the naming of each member’s favorite wildflower.
Judy Powell then read the minutes from the March meeting and they stood approved. She read the treasurer’s report and was pleased to announce the award money issued from the GCSC. Feed the Bird monies were also gathered as she presented the total mailed in for this campaign.
As old business, President Mary Ricks revealed the 10 awards won at The Coastal District meeting on March 14 at the Surf Golf and Beach Club in North Myrtle Beach. She was ecstatic about the bird debut. Several officers from the GCSC would like the birds to attend meetings throughout this year. These life size birds (Cardinal, Blue Jay and Carolina Wren) will be used to educate schools in our areas about the importance of establishing a bird habitat. (Special thanks to Jackie Arnette for the costumes!)
New business mentioned were 5 members attending the Garden Club of South Carolina State meeting on April 26 at Embassy Suites in Columbia.
Correspondence calls were made by Mildred Mishue to remind each member of the April meeting.
There was no report from Ways and Means at this time.
Membership Chairman, Mildred Mishue, stated that several letters have been mailed with intent on new prospects joining the YJGC.
Projects and Litter Chairman, Dianne Pittman, stated that on Monday, April 2, 2018, several members distributed straw, mulch and pulled weeds at J.P. Camp Roadside Park and Harmon Park. She also handed out the work schedule for the summer for J.P. Camp and Harmon Park.
Publicity Chairman, Melissa Moody, shared the newsletter and informed that the Coastal District meeting was printed in The Dillon Herald. Horticulture Moments was read and a brochure was also handed out to encourage new members to join the YJGC.
Judy Wyman gave the program on Wildflowers. Wildflowers add beauty to any landscape as well as attract wildlife. Some examples are Meadow Beauty, Zinnias, Wild bergamot, Queen Anne’s lace, and Sunflowers. These flowers grow on roadsides and in forests with little or no maintenance. They also thrive in areas of full sun. Most annuals and biennials reseed themselves, while perennials bloom each year. (GCSC Objective: Beautification)
After the enlightening program, Judy handed out seeds and gloves to each member.
Frances Tyler, Birds Chairman gave a report on hummingbirds.
President Mary Ricks read a sponsor letter from The Dillon County Health Initiative and asked if the YJGC would like to participate. The club agreed to become a sponsor for the Pop up Market through DCHI on Monday, April 9.
President Ricks also mentioned an email from James Revis of Little Pee Dee State Park, stating that he would like help from the local garden clubs on beautifying the roadside sign and around the shelter at the park. It was agreed that matter will be tabled until a later date.
Melissa Moody included a Highway 9 workday for April 14 & April 16 as part of the Adopt a Highway program, through Palmetto Pride.
A door prize of a gold glass candle holder and candles was won by Frances Tyler.
The Yellow Jessamine will meet on Saturday, May 5 to visit Kalmia Gardens in Hartsville.
The Yellow Jessamine Garden Club is a member of the National garden Clubs, Inc., South Atlantic Region, The Garden Club of South Carolina, Inc., and the Coastal District of The Garden Club of South Carolina.

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