For the WPT
According to the bylaws of the Maben Home and Garden Club the first order of business is to perform the installation of the new officers at the May 21 meeting.
Club member Suretha Brooks chose the bylaws to perform the installation ceremony . She began her induction ritual by reading the definition of responsibility to the membership: “A duty or obligation to satisfactorily perform or complete a task (assigned by someone, or created by one’s own promise or circumstances) that one must fulfill, and which has a consequent penalty for failure.”
As we all have responsibilities to home, work, family, church and clubs, she questioned each officer using the bylaws.
Anne Earnest was asked if she would preside over all meetings, appoint committees and perform other duties belonging to the office, which she answered, “I will.”
Sandra Bishop, who will be serving as the new vice president, was questioned if she would fulfill the duties of the president in her absence, which she replied, “I will.”
Dottie Dewberry, who will be serving another term as secretary, was queried if she would keep all the minutes of all the meetings and present them in written form at each meeting and keep a record of attendance at all meetings, which she replied, “I will.”
Martha McMinn, who will be the new treasurer, was asked if she would collect dues and pay bills as instructed by the president and present in written form a financial statement at each meeting, which is to be kept on file with the minutes. McMinn replied, “I will.”
Upon completion of the ceremony, each officer was presented with a potted Mandevilla, one of the garden’s most elegant vines, offering stunning trumpet-shaped flowers in shades of pink, white and red.
After lunch and a brief business meeting covering the normal formalities — devotion, minutes, treasurer’s report and committee reports — the club traveled out to the MSU Rose Garden for a tour with Dr. Pamela Collins before disbanding for the summer.