Date:  September 21, 2016  

Call to Order: 
Time: 10:00 a.m. Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches

Welcome Statement:   Jo Clark, President, welcomed all. The meeting room was terrific with lots of room and good light. Our hostesses were thanked for providing the refreshments and making the coffee. Please remember to bring plants each month for the plant exchange. Numbers will be given in the order the plants were received and numbers will be called to select the plant of your choice. Please respect the order.

Recipients of the sympathy cards appreciated our remembering Cheryl Drew and Arlene Wick.

The trip to Sunken Gardens will be Wednesday, Sept 28, leaving at 9:00 a.m. from Phillipe Park. We will be carpooling, will visit the garden, and then go right next door for a dutch lunch at Carrabas.

Committee Reports: Secretary / Minutes:
The minutes for the August general meeting were approved.

Treasurer Report:      
The current balance is $4,293.30.  

Judith reports  75 active  members.  If you have not paid your dues, you are not counted in the membership.   

Old Business:
Please remember to show respect and consideration of the speaker. Raise hands for questions and please do not have side conversations as this prevents others from hearing and is distracting.

New Business: Mike Cain is no longer handling the website and publicity. We need someone to volunteer.

The Christmas party will be a catered luncheon on Wednesday, December 7, at the Sheriffs Youth Ranch rec hall. Free to members, however, guests will be charged $5 and there is a no alcohol policy at the Youth Ranch. Please sign up as soon as possible. There goes my martini. Just checking to see if anyone reads these minutes.

The Safety Harbor Plant Sale on Main Street will be Sunday, December 11. We need volunteers if we are going to do this! We need a chairperson or co- chairperson to organize event. We need to start propagating plants soon. Sandy Huff has offered her home for work days and storage of plants . If we do not get enough volunteers to help, we may not be able to hold the sale and that will mean no donation to local charities.

Our October meeting will be October 19. The Speaker topic will be “Creating Soil out of Nothing”.

Ron Altic introduced our September speaker, Dennis from D & D herb growers. He brought delicious cookies made with herbs. Lots of good advice and reminders!

Adjournment time: 11:30 a.m. 
Respectfully submitted,
Mary Faith Nicholas