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Looking Ahead to 2019

The Westlake Garden Club enjoyed an active and successful 2018.  We provided interesting and educational programs for our members, were involved in civic projects within the City and surrounding communities, and hosted a very enjoyable biennial fundraiser luncheon.  We tried a new model for our Board last year, with more committees assuming responsibilities instead of indiviual members.  The Board will determine if that was successful.  Membership remained stable and we have already gained several new members for 2019. The Club takes a respite during January and February with normal schedule starting in March.  We look forward to another year of programs that will educate and inspire us.  A listing of programs will be available in March.  We, along with most clubs and civic organizations today, are faced with the challenge of maintaining and growing membership.  We welcome anyone who has an interest in gardening, horticulture, the environment, trees and nature in general, to join us for a meeting.  Meetings are the third Wednesday of each month, March through December and are at Westlake Porter Public Library, unless an outing or fieldtrip is planned. Visit this website frequently for more information and to keep up to date on our schedule.

Reforesting the Forest City

The garden club's November program, Reforesting the Forest City, will be held on Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Westlake Porter Public Library.  This is a collaborative effort between Porter Library and the Westlake Garden Club.  Sandra Albro from the Holden Forests will be joined by Cathi Lehn from the City of Cleveland Office of Sustainability.  They will discuss their joint effort to return the canopy of trees to its glory as the “Forest City.”  The city planning commission has adopted a 25 year plan to halt the rapid shrinkage of the city's tree canopy.  This collaboration also includes LAND Studio  and Western Reserve Land Conservatory. Non-garden club members should register with the library at 440-871-2600.  We hope to see you then.

Fete des Fleurs

On Wednesday, September 26, 2018, over 170 people converged on the Westwood Country Club for the Westlake Garden Club's biennial fundraiser luncheon.  We enjoyed a delicious lunch, and inspiring speaker, raffle baskets, silent auction, door prizes and maybe took home some yummy homemade bakery.  Planning an event of this proportion is a lot of work and requires many people to be involved.  After the 2016 luncheon, we decided to go to an every other year schedule for the luncheon and we plan to continue with this schedule.  Our goal for this luncheon is to raise enough money to be able to give scholarships to deserving high school seniors and to provide financial support to various community programs and organizations.  We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and as such, are required to donate most of any monies taken in.  For this luncheon, as well as our monthly meetings, we strive to provide interesting and informed speakers and programs.  The speaker at this year's luncheon was Jill Koski, President and CEO of Holden Forests & Gardens.  Jill is very passionate about preserving and maintaining our wonderful resources in the gardens and forest.  She talked about community outreach and various programs, including the Green Corps program which trains young people in gardening, horticulture, business and finance issues.  The garden club has supported Green Corps for a number of years now and believe it is a very important program for our youth.  We ask a lot from our members for this event, including providing contents for a raffle basket and baking items for the Bake Shoppe.  We had 35 or 36 beautiful raffle baskets this year and the bakery table was one of the best in recent memory.  We also had some outstanding items on the silent auction table and did a 50/50 raffle.  Some of our members visit area merchants to request donations of gift cards or prodiucts for this luncheon, some of which are given as door prizes.  This years colors were cream, burgundy, and gold, which were reflected in the gorgeous table centerpieces.  Thanks to Cathy Garlitz and Regina McCarthy for selecting the flowers and arrangement, and to Shirley Lutts for donating the vases.  The banquet room was absolutely beautiful.  Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough attended again this year and said a few words before lunch.  So, we have put another successful event behind us and we thank all of our members for their tireless efforts and support in bringing this luncheon together.  We also thank our attendees, some of whom come to all of our luncheons.  We appreciate you and could not do this without you.  Thanks again and see you in 2020.

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