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Officers for 2014 Elected

The Westlake Garden Club met at Mahle's Restaurant on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 to celebrate the holidays and to install new officers for 2014.  The 2014 Board consists of: Regina McCarthy, President; Sally Knurek, 1st V.P.; Jean Smith, 2nd V.P.; Marie McCarthy, Treasurer; Marge Domitz and Brian Thompson, Recording Secretaries; Claire Evangelista, Corresponding Secretary.  After the officers were installed, everyone enjoyed a delicious lunch, followed by entertainment provided by the Westlake High School Choir.  Charter member, Lillian Bialosky, was presented with the Outstanding Achievement Award for 2013 for her many years of service to the club.  Also, for the first time this year, an award was presented to Cahoon Nursery in recognition of their continued generous support of the garden club.  For over 25 years, Cahoon Nursery has donated the tree that is planted by the garden club on Arbor Day.  Thank you to Lillian and Cahoon Nursery for your many years of  service and support.  The club does not meet in January, but will reconvene on February 19, 2014 at Westlake Porter Library.  A year of interesting and enlightening programs is promised.  We wish you a very Happy New Year.

....All is Bright

There is a golden glow in the lobby of the Westlake Porter Library. Members of the Westlake Garden Club met at the library on Monday after Thanksgiving to decorate the Holiday tree. The garden club is winding down a year-long celebration of its 50th Anniversary, its Golden Anniversary. With that in mind, the club chose a "Gold" theme. The tree is covered in white lights, gold bows, gold balls, and gold ornaments with a nature look; apples, pears, pine cones, swans, leaves, and white flowers. This is the second year that the club has decorated a tree at the library and it is to be an annual project. Library Director, Andrew Mangels, stopped by during the decorating the thank the club for their creative efforts. Thisi s a fun project and we love hearing comments from people visiting the library. See Photo Gallery, "Holiday Tree 2013" for more photos.

Silk Flower Arranging at November Meeting

Member, Robert Pearl, brought silk flower arrangements he had previously made, a variety of containers, silk flowers and leaves, and his many years of creative experience to the November meeting.  After explaining the construction of each of the previously made arrangements, Robert created a fall arrangement showing how to get started, types of containers to use, and design elements.  He distributed a hand-out with a lot of useful information including where to purchase materials and supplies.  Everyone came away with a better understanding of how to create an arrangement for their own home.

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