Special Guest Visits Yellow Jessamine Garden Club

The Yellow Jessamine Garden Club met on Tuesday, May 4, 6:30 p.m. at Open Door Community Church. Eight members were present.
The meeting was called to order by Past-President Moody, as the members were welcomed. Special guest, First VP of The Garden Club of South Carolina, Mr. David Stoudenmire, was graciously thanked for visiting and being our guest speaker. The club then stood and recited the Garden Club of South Carolina pledge.
The devotion and prayer was given as refreshments were consumed. An array of finger foods were brought by the members such as chicken salad, pimento cheese, cheese ball, fruit tray, strawberry shortcake and chips. The members were thanked for the large display of refreshments and the fresh flower arrangements for the centerpieces of the tables.
Roll call was given by the naming of each member’s favorite flower. Some examples mentioned were Sunflower, Red rose, Gerbera Daisy and Peony. An introduction was given for our guest speaker as he arose to give his presentation. Mr. David Stoudenmire spoke on his role in the Coastal District as well as his new role beginning in the Garden Club of South Carolina as First Vice President. He also presented the Coastal District Awards that The Yellow Jessamine were granted. He brought to light the “GardenFORLife” theme of our Past-President Trish Bender, and explained how it continues to play a role in garden clubs today. The incoming GCSC President Linda Howle shares the theme, “Let’s Grow, South Carolina.” Mr. David is inspired to join in celebrating this theme with all the Garden Clubs of South Carolina.
After the delightful presentation, the business portion of the meeting began. The Treasurer’s report by Frances Tyler and Membership report by Glenda Campbell were stated. Projects and Litter Chairman, Mary Ricks thanked all members that assisted with the work days at Harmon and J.P. Camp Park. Ways and Means Chairman, Mildred Mishue had no business at this time. The Birds Chairman, Frances Tyler, encouraged all members to place fresh water for the birds daily.
The Flower report given by Larue Bracey and there was no unfinished business to be reported. President Mishue dispersed the summer work schedule and the meeting was then adjourned. The Yellow Jessamine Garden Club looks forward to a busy summer to begin new projects and to beautify our community.
The Yellow Jessamine Garden Club is a member of the National Garden Clubs, Inc., South Atlantic Region of Garden Clubs, The Garden Club of South Carolina, Inc., and the Coastal District of South Carolina.