Home, Garden Club reconvenes after hiatus

For the WPT

MABEN — After a three month hiatus from club meetings, members were anxious to reconvene the civic and social affairs of the 50-year-old organization called the Maben Home and Garden Club.

So on Sept. 18, the ladies assembled in the home of Jane Collins for a delicious luncheon of pork loin, dirty rice, vegetable casserole, rolls, coconut cake, blueberry cheesecake, lemon icebox pie, all served with sweet tea, unsweet tea and water. Then they got down to the business at hand: managing the beautification of the town of Maben, etc.

Newly elected President Anne Earnest welcomed everyone back from the summer break than asked Martha McMinn to deliver the devotion, which she took from Matthew 13 and Romans 12:2; she also presented a reading taken from “The Spiritual Life — A Well-Filled Garden.” She then blessed the food, which was prepared by hostesses Jane Collins, Kay Lewis, Lorelei Morgan and Suretha Brooks. Past President Joyce Holt graciously supplied a fresh blueberry cheesecake for everyone’s pleasure.

With the unexpected illness of President Anne Earnest, the vice president, Jane Collins, presided over the affairs of the club.

After the meal, the minutes were read and approved as read by substitute secretary Jimmie Cooper in the absence of Dottie Dewberry.

The treasurer’s report was presented by Jackie Christopher.

VP Collins read a thank you card from Joyce Holt thanking the club for the gift presented to her last May for her many years as president.

There was some discussion on the club’s projects and possible ways to continue with them.

No action was taken on the motion to raise dues; more discussion will take place next month.

Joyce Holt and Sandra Bishop volunteered to look into possible solutions to continue with club projects in the city.

Calendar chairman Marge Musser gave the report on calendar sales, revealing they were up from last year, because of the increased participation by club members. The new yearbooks were issued and the club members commended Dottie Dewberry for her work.

The programs were reviewed along with the committee assignments. Sandra Bishop was added to the Sun Shine Committee.

The Yard of the Month Sign was placed in the yard of Robert and Miranda Washington’s yard by Suretha Brooks.

Because of the incapacity of Barbara McCants, the Executive Committee swapped the February group in place of the September group. The prizes donated by Jane Collins and Suretha Brooks were won by Marge Musser, Kay Lewis and Martha McMinn.

Kay Lewis brought apple gourds for each member present. They were raised by her son and grandson.

VP Collins offered a CD on “Breaking the Spiral of Silence” to anyone that wanted one.

As the meeting came to a close, Jackie Christopher moved that the meeting adjourn and a second was made by Suretha Brooks. With a vote of approval, the club adjourned until Oct. 16, when the group will tour Bill Poe’s yard, which has been featured in the Southern Living magazine. The club will dine at Brian Michael’s Restaurant before the tour.