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McKenzie Garden Club News

Posted 9/4/19

The McKenzie Garden Club met at the lovely home of Judy and Randy McCadams for the August meeting. Eighteen members answered the roll call.The devotional was presented by Donna Hodge, who spoke on …

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The McKenzie Garden Club met at the lovely home of Judy and Randy McCadams for the August meeting. Eighteen members answered the roll call.

The devotional was presented by Donna Hodge, who spoke on people who post, text and tweet ugly comments they would not say to another’s face. Donna pointed out that we have the option to respond or not. While we might have the urge to respond, as Christians, we need to remember that kindness means sometimes withholding our opinions. She referred to II Timothy 2:24, stating that God’s servant must not quarrel, but be kind to everyone, able to teach and not resentful.

Following the devotional, minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved, as was the financial report. Treasurer Donna Ward gave the current financial report, which was approved by all members.

Under old business, the members voted unanimously to keep perennials planted at the Bethel University Alumni Garden as they had previously discussed.

In new business, the members were asked to consider extending the club officers’ terms of office to two years instead of one. A vote will be taken at a future meeting.

Martha Sue Peters volunteered to serve with Linda Howton on the nominating committee. Sunshine Committee chair Gladys Patterson reported that she’d received no requests for cards to be sent during the summer break. Several cards and visits were suggested for some of our members. Civic and Conservation Committee reported that Triangle Park needed mulch and a few plants added. President Myra Sasser informed the group that the Camden Garden Club was having a small standard flower show the following day at the First United Methodist Church in Camden.

Following the business portion of the meeting, Carolyn Moore presented an excellent program on hummingbirds — a flock of which is called a charm. Hummingbirds travel approximately 2,000 miles from Mexico and South America and can fly 25 miles per hour. Carolyn told of her experience in feeding them. Scouts are sent out first, followed in a few weeks by the rest. Wind and storms can affect their patterns, but hummingbirds have good memories and will return to the feeders they know. A good recipe for nectar is four parts water to one part sugar, but the sweeter the nectar, the more birds it will attract. Never use food coloring in the nectar — it will poison the birds. Hummingbirds have a life span of four to five years and do not mate for life, but once mated, the female builds the nest and sets the eggs, chasing off males because their brighter colors can attract predators. At the end of her program, Carolyn presented each member with a feeder of her own, and gave instructions on cleaning and filling it.

The meeting was then closed with the reading of the Collect, and Happy Birthday was sung to Donna Ward, Donna Herrin and Ann Montgomery, who had August birthdays. Members were then treated to a delicious luncheon prepared by hostesses Judy McCadams and Myra Sasser.

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