By: Janet Yeager For The Coal Valley News
October 16, 2013
MADISON — The Wildwood Garden Club of Madison hosted the Ohio-Guyan District Fall Meeting on Saturday, October 5. Held in the Madison United Methodist Church, the theme was “Autumn—A Mosaic of All Seasons.”
The day began with registration and a continental breakfast at 9:00 a.m., followed by the district business meeting at 10:00 a.m. in the church sanctuary. Wildwood Garden Club President Donna Adkins-Woods gave the welcome, and District Director “Dee” Kapouralus presided. The morning session consisted of the secretary and treasurer reports, roll call of clubs, budget proposals, and various other business concerns related to district matters for the upcoming club year.
A delicious luncheon followed the business meeting in the church fellowship hall, prepared by the food committee: Paula Ballard, Donna Adkins-Woods, Patty Jo Brammer, Michelle Linville, Esma Sumpter, and Katy Toler. Lunch was served expertly by members of the Madison Middle School Student Council and their sponsor MMS teacher Debbie Harless.
Boone Circuit Clerk Sue Ann Zickefoose gave the afternoon welcome. She welcomed guests to Madison and Boone County, and provided some history of our area and why so many residents are proud to call Boone County their home.
Madison Mayor Sonny Howell was also present and praised the Wildwood Garden Club for their volunteer beautification work within the city, not only during this autumn season but throughout the year. He presented President Adkins and the club with an appreciation plaque for their efforts. The club cleans, plants, and maintains several areas in the city that are not only a welcome sight to visitors but Madison residents as well.
The afternoon program speaker was retired Madison attorney and avid gardener, Dan Blizzard, whose program “Ready for Fall, Preparing for Winter, Poised for Spring,” was informative and timely, and kept the attention of those in attendance. Several door prizes were given following his program.
All in all it was an enjoyable day with beautiful weather and beautiful ladies, a day spent renewing some old acquaintances and making new friends, as well as enjoying the friendship and fellowship of fellow garden club members.
Approximately 60 were in attendance.
In addition to the Food Committee, other Wildwood Garden Club members receiving acknowledgements for their contribution to making the meeting a success were: Diane Bias, registration; Kitty Barker, Diane Bias, Kathy Cash, Patty Cox, Sherry Schlaegel and Marilyn Hatfield, decorating and fall arrangements; Janet Yeager, photographer; Bunny Adkins, boutique; Sarah Blizzard, door prizes; Bunny Adkins, Sara Blizzard, and Patty Cox, table favors; Kathy Cash, page.
The Ohio-Guyan District is one of nine districts that make up the West Virginia Garden Club whose members number 2,200. West Virginia Garden Club, Inc. was formed in October 1929, and has a rich history of not only promoting horticulture, but also providing educational opportunities by supporting conservation camps, holding landscape and flower show schools, providing scholarships, sponsoring wildflower pilgrimages, and much more, all while members plant and maintain flower gardens and landscaped areas in our cities and towns across West Virginia in an effort to make our state more appealing and beautiful.