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We had a fun and informative Fall District Meeting thanks to all who joined us and heard Gloria Broming’s lively presentation on dry farming in our yards, whether big or small, in the ground or in pots.

I was pleased with the turnout as well as with the weather – dry and not too hot.  Everyone’s enthusiasm and flexibility gave me an idea.  I want to reward those who take the opportunity to attend all four of our Orange District meetings, by presenting them with a gift at our last meeting of the year.  Please see our website for meeting dates and activities and be sure to sign in at each meeting.

At our Winter District Meeting, we will have a beautiful presentation on Pacific Coast Gardens and a silent auction featuring donations by our district clubs.  The proceeds will be put toward a scholarship sponsored by our Orange District Garden Clubs and given to a horticultural student.  Each club that attends this meeting and donates a planted container or a basket of merchant, will be able to nominate a candidate who will be starting college and majoring in a horticultural field, in September of 2017.  See page on Silent Auction under the district tab.

While visiting meetings of our district’s clubs this past month, I have announced a change to the District Director Project.  I realized that coordinating the schedule of club members with the few dates available to volunteer at Regional Parks, was going to be difficult.  Therefore I have changed the project to partnering with the National Garden Clubs, who in turn has partnered with the The National Garden Network’s Million Pollinator Garden Challenge.  Please see the site’s webpage under the District tab for details.  I would very much like to have at least half of our district club’s meet the challenge and be able to register their efforts in the name of our Orange District.

Finally, don’t forget to access your club for its Blue Ribbon status and submit your application to me before December 31st so I can get it to California State Garden Clubs on time.  Besides this being an easy and fun way to get recognition for your club, it also can show you where you might consider expanding your efforts in areas where you did not earn maximum points.  See the application on the state website or on this website under the State tab.

elaine davis

Elaine Davis Director Orange District edavis1@cox.net or elainedavis@ocdistrict.org

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