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Save the Date

Save the date!  Wednesday, September 23, 2015 is the date of this year's annual fundraiser luncheon, Fete des Fleurs.  The luncheon will be held at Westwood Country Club and the speaker will be Joe Crea, Restaurants and Dining Editor for the Plain Dealer.  He will talk about new restaurants, old restaurants and other exciting news on the dining scene in the Cleveland area.  You will enjoy a delicious lunch in the elegant atmosphere of Westwood Country Club, be entertained and enlightened by the program and have an opportunity to bid on many wonderful raffle baskets.  There will be door prizes, a Bake Shoppe with yummy homemade bakery and a cash bar.   If you attended the 2014 luncheon, you were entertained by Michael Heaton, local journalist and author, and feasted on a delicious lunch at Lakewood Country Club. If you did not attend, you missed out on delightful day.  So please, mark your calendar for September 23 and watch for more details of the luncheon.  We hope to see you there.

Bright and Shining

For the third year now the Westlake Garden Club has decorated a Holiday tree for the lobby of the Westlake Porter Library.  On Sunday, November 30, the lobby was abuzz with garden club members, boxes and bags of ornaments, ladders and curious visitors to the library.  The theme this year is a Child's Christmas and the ornaments include snowmen, santa clauses, toy soldiers, buses, trucks, candy canes, to name a few.  Most of the ornaments are from a member's personal collection.  The colors are very traditional red, green, gold and white.   There was a period of concern when the middle section lights were not lit but the problem was solved and the ornaments went on the tree.   We are very proud of the tree this year and thank all of the members who helped.  We hope Westlake residents and visitors stop by the library and enjoy the tree during this holiday season.

2014 Fundraiser Luncheon a big Success

It is a wonderfully satisfying feeling, after months of planning, to see everything come together and to see over 200 guests enjoying the day. The Westlake Garden Club can be very proud about putting on such a classy luncheon. The dining rooms at Lakewood CC, with the lovely view, and the lovely seasonal table arrangements, set the stage as everyone entered the room. The food was delicious and the service was outstanding. The staff was, without exception, so friendly and accommodating, and Alfredo – what can I say. When I met him on his third day with Lakewood CC, my comfort level rose significantly. He is the new Food and Beverage Manager who just started working there a few days before our event. Club President, Regina McCarthy,  welcomed everyone and talked about the Club’s community involvement over this past year. She introduced Westlake Mayor Dennis M. Clough, who talked about the City of Westlake and thanked several people and the garden club for involvement with various city-wide programs. After lunch, guest speaker Michael Heaton talked about his daughter who is involved in the new concept of Permaculture, or Permanent Agriculture, which is the philosophy of working with rather than against nature to create a sustainable system. She lives and works in California but has also travelled to Peru to study. In preparation for his speech, Michael’s daughter had given him names of books to reference, so he was educated on the subject. He inserted bits of his own style of humor to entertain luncheon guests. Michael also sold copies of his book Truth and Justice for Fun and Profit  before and after lunch, and donated one for a door prize. This year we had 36 baskets in the Chinese Raffle and 16 items on the silent auction. Thanks to the many businesses who donated gift certificates, services and items, we were able to add many to raffle baskets to increase the value, and there were some left over for door prizes. All proceeds from the luncheon are used to support educational and civic programs in the community. This is the one fundraiser the garden club has every year and we appreciate support from everyone who attends. Those who were not able to attend the luncheon missed a very enjoyable event. Now comes the challenge – how to we top this next year?

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