President’s Letter - February/March 2017
Georgia Gourd Society members,
I do hope that your year is going great and you are busy creating great gourds for this year’s competition and for your own enjoyment. February and March are months for creating and working on the gourd projects that you have always wanted to try.
What is happening in the Society? We have several teachers coming to the different patches and if you would like to attend the classes please find the patch listed nearest you on the web page and send them an e-mail so indicating that you would like to join them for the classes. I am sure the patches would welcome you as these classes are near your location and are really informative.
Business for the Society:
1. Dues are now past due so please make sure that you have paid your dues as we are in the process of updating our member list and our membership chairman Janet Eakin is doing a great job with this project. Please don’t get left out just because that you forgot your dues. This is your society and we need you and your creative ideas to share with each other. Additionally we are a great friendly group. Janet’s address is on the web page. 2.Attached is the proposed budget that was published in the Bloomin Gourd in January. This is just for your review in case you missed the Bloomin Gourd. We do have to vote on this very shortly so please look it over. 3.Unfortunately Cara Beavan has declined our invitation to come and teach at our GED day and I am in the process of contacting other teachers. I will give you more information as we get close to the dates and times and the teachers. If you know of a teacher that would be interested in teaching please let me know or if we could get two teachers that would be great. As to the fee for this please contact me.
Thank you to the Hot’Lanta patch for the recent donation to the Georgia Gourd Society in memory of our most cherished gourd vendor Elaine Hayes. She will be missed but her cherished smiles and generosity will be with us forever.
Please stay in contact with your local patch leaders and help us build our society by volunteering to give speeches at local events such as garden clubs, senior citizens groups and children’s camps. Our mission as a society is to educate the public to the beauty of gourds and to encourage creativity with the naturally grown gourds.
Ellen Tatum – President Georgia Gourd Society