Garden club gathers at Ballard home

As members of the All Seasons Garden Club arrived at Julie Ballard’s country home, they were welcomed by Hank, Julie’s black Lab mix.

The tables were decorated in a fall motif with favors of miniature baskets made from corn husks and filled with candy. Joan and Jana Thompson co-hosted the meeting with Ballard.

Squash soup, an assortment of salads and breads were served to the guests, and a variety of desserts were enjoyed.

Jean Barkman led the business meeting. A thank-you from member Darlene Groseclose for the memorial given at the passing of her husband and the members were informed of Jeanette Chastain’s upcoming treatment. It was mentioned that Connie Lovins will have cervical spine surgery Nov. 15, and Joan Thompson, card committee, will send cards to Lovins and Chastain.

The Christmas party committee collected money for the dinner for their party on Dec. 5, and the members were reminded to bring a gift for the exchange if they wanted to participate. Barkman then asked for a treasurer’s report, and last month’s minutes were read and approved.

This being the last business meeting until March, Barkman asked for members to sign up for monthly meetings for the 2023 season. Sandy Koevener urged the group to plan a program of some sort for the meetings.

The new officers were appointed, Linda Kamman, president; Martha Wilson, vice president, Rita Wischmeier, treasurer; and Becky Hackman, secretary. Joan Thompson will continue to send cards for the group, and Peggy Broshears will continue to be the calling committee.

Memorials in the event of a death of a member or family member were discussed, and the group was reminded dues are due in April. Once again, the group was reminded there are no meetings in January and February. The group agreed that a monetary gift will be given to HOPE Medora Goes Pink at the Christmas meeting, as well.

At this time, the meeting was adjourned, and the rest of the evening was spent visiting.

Ballard gave a demonstration on how she and the Thompsons made corn husk wreaths, and Linda Kamman and Ann McAfee were the winners of these wreaths.