President’s Message

Letter from the President, March 2021

What a splendid kick-off of our 2021 garden club season with our virtual meeting February 24!  It was delightful to see everyone, have a chance to catch up, meet 2 new members, make announcements, and do some business.  The presentation by Connie about seed starting was excellent, and questions afterwards inspired her to film an additional short segment about hardening off which will be added to her YouTube video.  I’ll send the link for that soon, and it will be posted on our web page as well as our Facebook page.

This month we look forward to Tiptoe through the Tulips with Robin and Linda.  Hope to see you all on Zoom again March 24 at 10 am.

Thank you to Jan Byers for volunteering to recruit an auditor for 2020 and beyond.  We are grateful to David Spencer for agreeing to be our auditor.

Thank you to Robin and Lynn for volunteering to take charge of our Flower Show in July!  And thank you to Dudley for volunteering to be our new Horticulture person!  We are still looking for volunteers to help with website updates, and Google for NonProfits coordination.  We need 3 volunteers in July to organize the Nominating committee for next year’s leadership.  We will be looking for a new president, VP, treasurer and one at-large board member for 2022, as well as a new newsletter wizard.  Linda will be a very hard act to follow!

Jennifer phoned me last week to tell me that we have received quite a few applications for our high school scholarship, but no applications for our 2021 college scholarship.  CSU assured her that the publicity had gone out, but this has been such a strange year, and applications for all their programs are dramatically down.  Jennifer’s recommendation is to offer three $500 high school scholarships this year instead of one high school and one college as we have in the past.  There seems to be much need, and it will be nice to offer support to more local students this year.  The Board has considered Jennifer’s proposal, and our inclination is to approve it.  If anyone would like to discuss this further, please contact me.

It was a perfect day for Melissa’s field trip last Saturday, walking through Dry Creek Community Park, around the prairie dog colony and past the pond behind Silver Creek High School.  In the summer there are hundreds of swallows swooping the bugs that hatch around the pond and building their nests under the edges of the baseball dugout.  It is such a treat to have a tour guide for parks and open spaces close to home.  We look forward to more adventuresome outings as life begins to return to normal.

Robin and Ruth are organizing a monthly outing called Explore Longmont the 3rd Thursday of each month.  April 15th they will show us around Kanemoto Park, and May 20th is Thompson Park.  Details and sign-ups to follow.

Stay tuned for our Civic Project leaders to schedule flower bed clean-ups and preparations for planting.  This is one of the most important aspects of our garden club, to beautify our community and inspire other gardeners.  Every single member is asked to pick a project and participate throughout the growing season.  Which project(s) will you help out with this year?

  • Callahan House – Melissa Welsch, Karen Janata
  • Central Elementary School – Robin Ecklund, Sally Bootz
  • OUR Center – JoAnn Dinser
  • Rose Garden – Betsy Imig

Spring is just around the corner!  My daffodils and tulips are just starting to poke their little heads up above the ground.  I’ve had my first vaccination, the days are longer, and a feeling of hopefulness is starting to emerge.  Be sure to keep your eyes focused on the harbingers of springtime in our beautiful community, and stay curious.