By Lila Johnson, Mill Creek Garden Club Publicity Chair.
Mill Creek Garden Club wrapped up its 2020-2021 year with a “Let’s celebrate” virtual meeting.
During the past year, the club added new members, gave just over two tons of non-perishable food items to our Mill Creek Community Food Bank, donated to the Toys for Tots program, continued our garden projects in the city, learned from interesting guest speakers, conducted joyful meeting raffles, and elected new officers for the 2021-22 year ahead.
President Lyndal Kennedy started the May meeting by acknowledging volunteers and officers who kept the club traversing Up the garden path—we did not tiptoe!
Our ladies did their jobs as usual; the only difference, they wore masks and social distanced even when pulling weeds.
Michael Crawford, a three-term President, 2014-17, and retiring Newsletter chair was honored with accolades and a McAuliffe’s Valley Nursery gift card.
Under the direction of me, your humble writer, our members submitted photos and shared Covid lockdown stories, enabling me to create an “All About Us” video complete with music.
We learned about new babies not yet cuddled by grandparents; families who lost loved ones; special wedding anniversaries minus the fanfare; no “pomp and circumstance” graduations; and car parades instead of parties.
We learned about the importance of hobbies: working puzzles; creating miniatures; sewing masks for kids; Hanji craft; culinary feats; the painting of pictures, holiday decorations, and bird houses; Swedish, Italian, and Snow gnomes; quilted and embroidered masterpieces; and yes, even the making of humorous slideshows. We found joy in little things.
Many of our members shared photos of their summer 2020 gardens where it was apparent, they spent a lot of time. Truly our gardens were nourishing our bodies, minds, and souls as we navigated through lockdown.
The slideshow highlighted what an upbeat, resilient, talented group of women belong to our Club. The presentation was a hit, and the idea of a “prima donna plant” slideshow is in the works for the summer!
Next up was Lynn Menne, a longtime member who recently moved to Arizona. We got a wonderful virtual tour of the desert area she now calls home. I will not go into detail about the rattlesnake, but Lynn is enjoying retirement and adapting to the Arizona flora and fauna quite well.
The May meeting ended with Marla Nulph winning a wonderful yellow begonia and Emory’s gift card raffle prize which was delivered to her doorstep!
Garden Club is cautiously optimistic about in-person meetings starting in the fall. Leading us into the future are the following awesome, creative ladies: President Lyndal Kennedy, 1st VP Kathy Thomas, 2nd VP Connie Hannam, Secretary Debby Cox and Treasurer Nancy Hedges.
It has been a weird year for everyone, but Mill Creek Garden Club flourished even if it was “virtually yours.”
Marla Nulph and her raffle prize. Photo courtesy of Mill Creek Garden Club.
Michael Crawford, retiring Newsletter chair, with sweet remembrances from the MCGC Board. Photo courtesy of Mill Creek Garden Club.