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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.

Goodbye to a Dear Friend

Sadly, we said goodbye to our dear friend and long-time member, Kathy Molner. Kathy passed away on August 13 after a long stay at the Welsh Home. Kathy would have been 100 years young on September 25, 2018. She joined the garden club in 1971 and was the driving force behind our participation in the Arbor Day tree planting. Kathy was very frail of body but maintained a sharp mind and keen wit. She was a wonderful conversationalist and had a wry sense of humor. A graveside memorial was held at Lakewood Park Cemetery with around 30 friends and family attending, followed by dinner at Kathy's favorite restaurant, Mahle's. Rest in peace dear friend.

The Unexpected Cuyahoga

The Westlake Garden Club is extremely pleased to welcome Elaine Marsh to present a program on the “Crooked River.” Elaine is the Conservation Director of the Friends of the Crooked River and Project Director at Ohio Greenways. Friends of the Crooked River was formed in 1990 in order to give the 100 mile length of the Cuyahoga River a voice. “Our purpose is to educate the residents of Northeast Ohio to the value of this important watershed. We depend upon the Cuyahoga for our drinking water, wastewater disposal, agriculture, industry, shipping, recreation and wildlife habitat. Its far reaching impact on our lives should temper our view of the Crooked River with care, concern, and deep respect for all the Crooked River gives to us.” By 2008, the Cuyahoga River had achieved attainment for most of the aquatic life criteria for most of the river, most of the time. This is a totally remarkable achievement and the result of many legal, funding and research mechanisms. Federal, state and local efforts by agencies, organizations and individuals are responsible for this astounding accomplishment. This presentation will look at the history of water quality in the Cuyahoga River. It will look at the major causes of its systemic collapse in the 1950’s and at three selected initiative which brought about its current restoration. The benefits of water quality restoration will be reviewed featuring dam removal as a “non-traditional” water quality project. Gaps in the current regulatory format will be discussed. If you are interested in learning more about what is being done on the Cuyahoga River and the Cuyahoga Valley, please join us for this exciting program on Wednesday, November 15 at 1 p.m. at the Westlake Porter Public Library. Non-members are welcome to join us for lunch at noon for a $5 donation. Please call 440-665-5463 to reserve your space for the program and lunch.


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