President’s Message

Letter from the President, January 2021

Introducing our new 2021 Board of Directors   I’m so happy to begin the 2021 Hoe & Hope Garden Club season with a wonderful board of directors.  Janell, Sandy, Robin and I will continue in our roles from last year, and we welcome Karen Janata as our new Secretary, as well as Betsy Imig and JoAnn Dinser as our new At-Large board members.  Please join me in welcoming each of them, and thanking them for their service!

In the next few weeks, we will fill in the gaps with our committee chairs, and send out a list of those valiant leaders.  Thank you so much to all who are willing to play leadership roles to keep our club running smoothly.

We’ve lost 16 members from last year who have chosen not to renew, so we are a smaller group than before.  Linda will be sending out a 2021 membership list suitable for printing if you’d like to have a hard copy reference.  We have decided not to print a membership directory this year, since programs, locations and hosting assignments are in flux.  Our main communication will be via emails this year, and Linda will forward all announcements to the membership as she receives them.

I know it will feel strange not to be meeting regularly, but as soon as warm weather allows us to gather outdoors and the dangers of meeting in person subside, we are eager to resume activities as much as possible.  Meanwhile, Janell is looking into the possibility of having some speakers join us on Zoom for virtual presentations.  We’ll keep you posted.

Melissa will be organizing some field trips in the coming months.  Field trips are one of my favorite things about Hoe & Hope.  It is an opportunity to go places and see things I wouldn’t otherwise know about.  They have been hugely enriching, and I look forward to many more adventures this year.

Civic projects are one of the main purposes of our club.  Many of our members put in countless hours last year and donated many plants at the new garden Robin designed at Central Elementary near Thompson Park.  Quite a few members showed up for the fall cleanup at Callahan House, and had a good time getting the beds ready for winter.  The OUR Center gardens were attended by numerous club members this summer, to the delight of that organization and nourishment of all they serve.  Those gardens are enjoyed by so many people in our community, and our efforts to beautify our environment are appreciated by all who pass by.  I hope each one of our members will decide to help out with one or several civic projects this year.

I trust that you are all keeping safe and well, helping neighbors in need and finding support when you are in need.  Many members of our club have offered support and worked tirelessly helping our community weather this storm.  Darlene has sewed and given away over 600 masks, and Anne-marie has kept in touch with everyone to be sure we all have what we need to move forward.  If you find yourself in need of help or support, please get in touch with me, and I can direct you to those members eager to offer help.

I’m so grateful to live in such a beautiful place, where the power of nature never ceases to amaze and surprise me.  Long walks have become a staple of my daily routine, keeping me invigorated and grounded despite the turmoil of our times.  Be sure to keep your eyes focused on the splendor all around us, lend a helping hand to a neighbor in need, and stay curious.

Debbie