By Dottie Dewberry
For the WPT
MABEN — “A friend is one of the nicest things you can have, and one of the best things you can be.” ~Douglas Pagels
The Gala Ladies of the Maben Home and Garden Club reconvened Sept. 17 in the home of Kay Lewis. Between hugs and more hugs, and setting out food and drinks, the ladies tried to out-talk and out-laugh each other as they tried to catch up on what went on during the summer hiatus.
Finally, the specialty luncheon of salads and desserts, all served with tea, water or coffee, was ready to eat. Sandra Bishop, the newly elected vice president, delivered the devotion and the blessing.
Since most of the Gala Ladies have passed 60, 70, 80 years of age Kay was worried that we might “FORGET” to give the door prizes, which are usually done last, therefore they were done first. They were won by Joyce Holt, Sandra Bishop and Martha McMinn. The ladies agreed that each month that month’s winner’s names would be deleted until all had won something. It sounded fair to me.
The first meeting of the new club year is devoted to reviewing the club yearbook, which entails the programs and committees for the upcoming year. There will be several road trips, several meetings held in churches and in members’ homes. The programs this year range from planting seeds, learning more about birds and flowers, viewing gardens, learning how to do floral design pieces and visiting historical buildings.
President Anne Earnest reviewed several committee appointments and filled vacancies left by retiring members: Marie Pinnix, Dora Moucha, Barbara McCants and Linda Young.
Sandra Bishop brought to everyone’s attention that a memorial tree needed to be planted for former president Susan Johnson. After some further study, next month the club will decide where to plant the tree. Suretha Brooks will oversee the acquisition of a plaque.
The Arbor Day committee chairman Polly Miller discussed possible projects for her committee; the club thought that a donation to the East Webster High School for landscaping would be made after the correct procedures and permissions are granted.
The Sunshine committee brought up possible projects and Sandra Bishop said she would bring the regulations for this committee to the next meeting.
The September Yard-of-the-Month sign was placed in the yard of Mr. and Mrs. Darell Bryant, who live on County Line Road.
Pat Harpole and Gladys were commended for the maintenance work they provided to the crape myrtles located on the main thoroughfare in Maben.
Dottie Dewberry received commendation for preparing the club’s yearbooks.
The highlight of the afternoon was the trip to view the backyard of David and Teresa Lewis, which looked like a Hawaiian luau: a beautiful tiled pool, a tiki bar and lounge, complete with music and leis, palm trees, lounge chairs, and surrounded by all types of trees and plants. Gladys Hendrix and Kay Lewis, club members, are the mutual mothers-in-law to Teresa and David.
After the tour, members moved back to the Lewises to pick up leftover food, etc. before adjourning for the day.