Glad Garden Club ended this year with a meeting on Monday, May 10, at the Sudie A. Fulford Community Learning Center on the campus of East Georgia State College in Swainsboro. One of the highlights of the meeting included looking back at the celebration of Arbor Day.
As part of this year’s Arbor Day festivities, Glad Garden Club planted a white dogwood and released white balloons at Emanuel Medical Center to honor and remember all affected by COVID-19 in the past year. The club would like to extend its thanks to all who participated and made the celebration special, including Jim Harrell, Damien Scott, City of Swainsboro mayor Charles Schwabe, Frances F. Cross, and Jeanette Hall.
Harrell delivered the invocation. Scott, as CEO of Emanuel Medical, acted as master of ceremonies. Cross recounted her battle with the virus as a patient in the local hospital and told of the outstanding care she received, resulting in her recovery. Hall oversaw the organization of Glad Garden Club’s Arbor Day celebration.
In other news shared at last Monday’s meeting, Matt Donaldson, mayor of Twin City, has invited the club to help in the design and planting of a new park development in the town that’s “Twice as Friendly, Twice as Nice.” Plans are pending the initial development of paths, benches, picnic tables, lighting, and parking. The groundbreaking should be held sometime this summer. JoAnn Trammell says the club is “so very honored” to participate in the planning of this community development.
One other important business item remained on Monday’s agenda: a fiscal update for a specific project. As of the meeting, Hall was pricing pine straw for entrance signs. These plantings represent the “Crossroads of the Old South,” according to Trammell, thus need the club’s ongoing attention.
The meeting’s inspirational message was delivered by Carolyn Brown, who recommended a book, Friendship Matters, by Karen Riddell. Trammell won the raffle prior to the group adjourning to Leannas for lunch.
Although this meeting marked the end of the club’s fiscal year, the Glad gardeners will remain busy this summer planting and watering with intentions to return in late summer/early fall.
“It has been difficult for all clubs and organizations this past year, and our club has been no exception. We hope to be back in full swing in September, so, as always, if you like playing in the dirt (and even if you don’t!) we have all kinds of projects going on. We welcome all those interested in the beautification of our community,” Trammell said.
Glad Garden Club usually meets at the Fulford Center at 10 a.m. the second Monday of each month, September through May. Its next meeting will be Monday, September 13, 2021 at the guest house of Von and Carolyn Brown in Twin City.