February 2020 General Meeting Minutes

South Brevard Garden Club Assoc

The SBGCA meeting was called to order by President, Joyce Barton at 10:08 am followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. Joyce thanked the Port Malabar Garden Club for hosting the meeting, providing the speaker and luncheon to follow.

Board Members present:  Joyce Barton, President; Judy Ying, Vice President; Kathryn Merry, Secretary; Carol Robitschek, Treasurer.

The minutes were not provided for the Dec. 2nd meeting. Kathryn provided an apology. 

Treasurer’s Report:  Carol reported $2,699.27 in the SBGCA account.  The December Auction raised $528.50.

Roll Call of the Garden Clubs:

Beach Gardeners of Melbourne Beach (2) Joyce Barton, President, reported the program on Jan 21st meeting was Miss Mango’s Herb Appeal and the Feb 18th meeting speaker will be Larry Wilson of Pappa’s Backyard Honey.  She also announced on a recent Community Service Day, 50 students from Hoover Middle School participated in a service project at Bicentennial Park on A1A in helping to spruce up the park.

Garden Club by the Sea (4) – Gloria Mandel, Rep., reported the Dec. 11th meeting was their Holiday Get-Together; the Jan. 15th meeting was a field trip to Rock City Garden with a tour and lunch in the café with 19 attending; and the Feb 19th meeting will be a DYI program on Repotting Orchids by Paul Price and will be held at the Melb Bch Comm Ctr.  

Indian Harbor Beach Garden Club (2) – Carol Robitschek, reported the Holiday Party held Dec 11th at the Eau Gallie Yacht Club was well attended;  the Jan 15th meeting was a presentation by the Sea Turtle Preservation Society.  Their Annual Bunco Fundraiser held Jan 22 was a huge success netting $3,900 which will go towards send youth to FFGC’s Wekiva Youth Summer Camp.

Island Garden Club (4) – Julia Hill, President, reported their Jan. 8th meeting was a program on hardscaping by Tom & Gina Carrella of Sun State Pavers & Landscaping; the Feb 12th meeting will be a field trip, tour & lunch to Rock City Gardens; and in Mar they will meet at the Yoga Garden in Eau Gallie.  She thanked SBGCA members for their donations of personal care items for the Women’s Center basket. IGC continues to maintain Douglas Park and to participate in monthly beach clean-ups.

Melbourne Garden Club (6) – Sandy Dix, President, reported the program for Jan 3rd meeting was member Harriett Mirsajadi presenting personal safety and resources for Seniors; the Feb 7th meeting will host Sally Scalera presenting “Regenerative Gardening”.  All are welcome to attend.  MGC presented a housewarming Gardening Basket to the homeowner at a recent Habitat for Humanity House Warming event in Booker T. Washington.  This is the last house to be built and this sub-division is now complete.

Port Malabar Garden Club  (20) – Becky Savage, President, reported their Jan 10th program was Connie Adams on Collecting Rain Water and their Jan. field trip was to Rockledge Gardens; and the Feb 14th meeting will be presented by Seaside Succulents.  They are hosting a yard sale at the Peace Lutheran Church, 1801 Port Malabar Blvd NE, on Friday, March 20.

Committee Reports

Sunshine Report – Ann Stott has cards to send; please give her names, addresses, garden club affiliation and the reason for the card.

Plant Sale Report – Marci McLean encouraged members to bring in plants to not only increase funds raised for our Florida Penny Pines Contribution but to also increase selection. 

Door Prize Drawing –Charlotte Underwood conducted the door prize drawing.  The doorprize was won by Kathy Fox.

Old Business: 

  • Joyce inquired to members about the website and encouraged its use & the need to keep it up-to-date.
  • Joyce created & distributed a Newsletter using Mail Chimp (later upgraded to Constant Contact).  Members are encouraged to sign-up to receive.
  • Kathryn also reminded members that new name tags will continually be made and that members without a name tag need to sign-in as they want their name to appear with their Garden Club name.

New Business:

  • Next Board meeting will be held Tuesday, Feb. 11th at the Judy Ying’s home at 2 pm.  Presidents and Club reps are welcome to attend.
  • Next General meeting will be hosted by Beach Gardeners on Mon, Mar 02 at 10 am at the Melbourne Beach Community Center, 509 Ocean Avenue.  The speaker will be Bruce Morgan on Composting.  Note change in location.

Announcements:

Sat., Feb. 08       8-2 pm                  Florida Friendly Landscaping Seminar, Eau Gallie High School

Mon, Feb 10       5:30 pm               FMPS Meeting at Melbourne Fee Ave Library

                                                Program:  Susan Phillips, Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute

Melbourne Beach, speaking on Marine Mammals

Feb. 21 – 23                 Florida Gourd Society Seminar at Azan Shrine Center on Eau Gallie Blvd

Meeting was adjourned at 10:45.

The program speakers, Tim and Anna of Butterfly Flowers LLC spoke on native plants and pollinator plants for Florida landscaping.  Their nursery is located on Hield Road where they have received their Occupational License from City of Palm Bay and will also be opening an outlet in the Melbourne area.  Currently they sell their plants at the Farmer’s Market in Vero.

Respectfully submitted

Kathryn Merry, SBGCA Sec

November 2019 General Meeting Minutes

Following the program given by Carey Minteer, PhD, Assistant Professor UF / Indian River Research & Education Center speaking on the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council “FEPPC”; the SBGCA meeting was called to order by President, Joyce Barton at 11:10 am. Joyce thanked Carey for her very informative program and to the Melbourne Garden Club for hosting the meeting and luncheon to follow.

Board Members present include: Joyce Barton, President, Treas, Kathryn Merry, Sec.  Judy Ying, VP Absent:  Carol Robitschek,

Joyce introduced & thanked Kent Armstrong and the newly added Master Gardener information table. She also announced that a new email has been created for South Brevard Garden Club to be used for receiving and disseminating club information, it is southbrevardgardenclub@gmail.com.

Judy Ying lead the group in the Pledge of the American Flag, recited an inspiration and encouraged club Presidents and Representatives to help cultivate interest in attending SBGCA.

The minutes were approved as received. Kathryn reminded members that new name tags are being made and to sign-in as they want their name to appear with their Garden Club name.

In the Treasurer’s absence, Joyce reported $2,144.19 in the SBGCA account. 

Roll Call of the Garden Clubs:

Beach Gardeners of Melbourne Beach (1) Joyce Barton, President, reported the program on Oct 15th was Shari Blissett-Clark of Bat’s Belfrey Inc., the Nov 19th speaker will be Bruce Morgan on Composting and the Dec. 17th meeting will be their Annual Holiday Party.

Garden Club by the Sea (4) – Gloria Mandel, Rep., reported the program for their Oct 16th meeting was Carlos Cuevas of Brevard County Environmental Specialist on “Loving Our Lagoon” and the Nov. 20th meeting will be Andrea Bolitho on Recycling in Brevard.  On Sat., Nov. 16 they will be participating in a huge Garage Sale held in the Sanctuary.

Indian Harbor Beach Garden Club (5) – Robin Chang, President, reported the program for Oct 16th speaker was Trent Smith, NASA Project Mgr, on ‘NASA Space Farming’ and the Nov. 18th program will be Eric and Nichole Perma, owners Go Native Landscaping.  They will be hosting their annual Bunco Fundraiser on Wed., Jan 22nd and tickets are $15 incl lunch and will be available at the Dec. SBGCA meeting.

Island Garden Club (2) – Michele Wernow, SBGCA Rep, reported their Oct 9th program was Dave Grover, Sun Harbor Nursery and the Nov 13th program will be held at the Barrier Island Center with lunch to follow at the home of Julia Hill.  Michele announced their annual collection of personal care items which is donated to the Women’s Center for the women being sheltered and welcomed SBGCA members to also participate.  Please bring items to the SBGCA’s Dec. 02nd meeting.

Melbourne Garden Club (14) – Sandy Dix, President, reported the program for Nov 1st meeting was Clifton Best, President, Brevard Backyard Beekeepers spoke on “Bee-Friendly, Native Gardening Practices” and the Dec. 6th meeting will be our annual holiday luncheon. She extended a warm welcome from Melbourne Garden Club to join us for buffet lunch.

Port Malabar Garden Club  (2) – Marci McLean, reported their Oct. 11th speaker was John DeMater, Exotic Fruits & Vegetables, the Nov. 8th program will be titled All Ages Matter and their Dec. 13th meeting will be their Christmas Luncheon at the Yellow Dog Café.  She also announced on Mar. 10th they will be hosting a Plant & Yard Sale as their annual fundraiser. On Oct. 26th they had a field trip to tour Turkey Creek Sanctuary.

Committee Reports

Sunshine Report – Ann Stott has cards to send; please give her names, addresses, garden club affiliation and the reason for the card.

Plant Sale Report – Marci McLean reported that plants were brought in by more members and the monies made were greater.  She has plants remaining and will make available until end of luncheon.

Door Prize Drawing – On behalf of Charlotte Underwood, Angie Leeney conducted the door prize drawing.

Old Business:  None

New Business:

  • At the Oct. 15th Board Meeting, the following items were discussed and approved:
    • Plant Table Revenues:  Funds collected from the Plant Table donations will be reserved for a National Garden Club Program “Penny Pines” with designation to Penny Pines to stay in Florida. 
    • Scholarship/Donations:  The Board recommends that SGBCA funds should stay in Brevard County to support Brevard County environmental initiatives, such as: Summer camp youth programs sponsored by the Marine Resource Council (MRC); Brevard Zoo; Barrier Island Center (BIC); and others as voted upon by the general membership.  Also suggest is FFGC’s Coral Reef Program.
    • Master Gardener Clinic:  An idea brought up to help increase membership is host a Master Gardener table from 9 am to 9:45 to answer questions by members and guests.  Kent Armstrong, who also does the MG Clinic at Melbourne Library, agreed to start this information table with great success.  Other MGs in any garden club are welcome to join with him to share & answer questions.
    • December Holiday Luncheon and Auction:  Our next meeting will be held on Mon., Dec. 02nd and members are asked to bring a side dish, appetizer or dessert.  SBGCA will provide a meat & cheese tray, drinks and paper goods.
    • Next Board meeting will be held Tuesday, Nov 12 at the Melbourne Public Library at 2 pmPresidents and Club reps are welcome to attend.
  • Joyce announced that at the end of the year, there will be a prize for the club with most members attending throughout the year.

Meeting was adjourned at 11.50.

Respectfully submitted

Kathryn Merry, SBGCA Sec

October 2019 General Meeting Minutes

Following the program given by Shari Blissett-Clark of the Bat’s Belfrey; the SGBCA meeting was called to order by President, Joyce Barton at 11:05 am. Joyce thanked Shari for her very informative program on the Myths of Bats and to the Indian Harbor Beach Garden Club for hosting the meeting place and luncheon to follow.

Board Members present include: Joyce Barton, President, Carol Robitschek, Treas, Kathryn Merry, Sec.  Absent:  Judy Ying, VP

The minutes were approved as received. The Treasurer reported $2,096.09 in the SBGCA account.

Roll Call of the Garden Clubs:

Beach Gardeners of Melbourne Beach (1) Joyce Barton, President, reported the program on Oct 15th was will be Shari Blissett-Clark of Bat’s Belfrey Inc.

Garden Club by the Sea (2) – Barb Dial, President, reported the program for their Sept 18th meeting was Simon Stratford, Arborist speaking on “Proper Pruning for Healthy Trees”. The program for their Oct 16th meeting will be Carlos Cuevas of Brevard County Environmental Specialist on “Loving Our Lagoon”.

Indian Harbor Beach Garden Club (19) – Sheri McGregor for Robin Chang, President, announced the program for their Sept 19th meeting was Caity Savoia, SavetheIRL.org, speaking on Saving the Indian River Lagoon, and the Oct 16th speaker will be Trent Smith, NASA Project Mgr, on ‘NASA Space Farming’.

Last May 15th, they hosted a successful District VI Spring Meeting at the Crown Plaza Hotel with Lori Thompson, guest speaker.

Island Garden Club (1) – Michele Wernow, SBGCA Rep, announced their Sept 11th meeting was their annual member plant swap and the Oct 9th program will be Dave Grover, Sun Harbor Nursery. They also will be supporting the Barrier Island Center in assisting with landscaping needs.

Melbourne Garden Club (6) – Sandy Dix, President, announced the program for Sep 06 was Judi Fulks, from JudisButterflies.com, on “Butterfly Gardening for the Home Gardener”; for Oct 4th was Joyce Schofield, Master Gardener & IHBGC member, speaking on “Repurposed Glass and Other Items for Home and Garden” and our Nov 1st meeting will Clifton Best, President, Brevard Backyard Beekeepers speaking on “Bee-Friendly, Native Gardening Practices”. Melbourne Garden Club will host the SBGCA meeting on Nov 4th and Carey Minteer, PhD, Assistant Professor UF / Indian River Research & Education Center will speak on the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council “FEPPC”.

Port Malabar Garden Club (5) – Colleen Farrell, President, reported their Sept speaker was Nancy Johnson on the Importance of Laughter. Field trips to Valkaria Gardens and will tour Turkey Creek Sanctuary.

Committee Reports

Sunshine Report – Ann Stott has cards to send; please give her names, addresses, garden club affiliation and the reason for the card.

Plant Sale Report – Marci McLean has lots of plants including seeds, house plants and succulents.

Door Prize Drawing – Charlotte Underwood conducted the drawing with Marci McLean winning.

Announcements

Conradina Native Plant Society meeting will be held at the Melbourne Library Mom, Oct 14th meeting will be Nash Turley speaking on “Lawns to Wildflowers” at 8:30 at the Melbourne Village Hall. The FMPS Native Plant Landscaping Tour will be Sat, Oct 19 from 9 am to 3 pm. Kathryn has tickets ($10 ea).

On behalf of Indian Harbor Beach Garden Club, Bunny Armstrong extended a warm thanks to members for hosting the luncheon.

Meeting was adjourned at 11.50.

Respectfully submitted by

Kathryn Merry, SBGCA Sec