Sunday, April 10, 2011

Annual Potluck Dinner and Meeting Minutes

30 people were in attendance on Friday, April 8, 2011:

Bill & Marie Bross, Molly Chapin, Rhonda Craugh, John & Marion Fladd, John Gradwick, Betty Freese, Bruce & Margo Gilman, Victoria Harris, Leigh Jones, Peggy & Peter Kane, Carman Kuenen, Dorothy LaBrake, Leona Lauster, John & Lauralee Maas, Laura & Ron Ouimette with Jeffery, Bethan & Thomas Ouimette, Elizabeth Pixley, David Poteet, John & Mary Purdy, and Brad and Joan Purdy.

Interestingly, we had a fabulous variety of dishes for our Potluck dinner but no desserts!

After the presentation of the RAS Herbarium by Elizabeth Pixley we held our annual meeting.

Laura Ouimette gave a secretary’s report sharing the 2010-2011 Canandaigua Botanical Society Yearbook including minutes from last year’s annual meeting and events as well as memorial pages for Betty Herriott and Bob Guthrie. Laura shared that her main focus has been to get the word out about the Botanical Society through website, postcards, business cards, internet, newspapers, magazines, television news, and posters. Bruce Gilman took posters to hang at FLCC and the Finger Lakes Institute. Molly Chapin took a poster for the Geneva Library. Laura will distribute posters to the Wood Library, Granger Homestead, and Sonnenberg Gardens. Gardenscape and the Farmers Market were additional suggestions. Please contact Laura if you need posters to post.

The treasury was passed from John Purdy to Laura Ouimette. A checking account was opened at the Canandaigua National Bank with a balance of $758.27. $132 was collected in dues bringing our current balance to $890.27.

Peggy Kane presented John Purdy with a gift of chocolate from Sweet Expressions in appreciation for the many years of service as Canandaigua Botanical Society’s treasurer.

Thanks to Bruce Gilman for creating 2011-2012 program guides.

Peggy Kane reviewed the events for this year’s program and encouraged people to think about programs for the 2012-2013 year. Perhaps somebody else would like the honors of program coordinator?

Peggy Kane told us about the creation of a Gleaner’s Kitchen Vegetable Garden and asked for a $50 donation for Sue Daggett towards the garden. John made a motion for a $50 donation, Lauralee seconded it and it was passed unanimously.

Peggy then explained that the $100 donation made last year for the Preservation of Lagoon Park was returned from the City of Canandaigua. Jim Engel has the go ahead to move forward on the Preservation Project but will accept the $100 from us directly instead of through the city. Mary made a motion to give $100 to Jim Engel. Lauralee seconded and the vote passed.

Laura Ouimette has the programs for this year. If anyone is interested in being a member please have them contact Laura at

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