SNEWS IN BRIEF
- Since our AGM on Feb 6 we have some new faces in our DGS Committee: The Officers are: Eileen McGonigle, Chairperson and PRO; Denise Keys, Treasurer; John Sneddon, Secretary; The rest of the committee is: John Dickie, Membership; Hedi Coyle, Newsletter; Carole Sowerby and Ann Baskin—Plants; The committee post of Hospitality is abolished but will be replaced by a voluntary rota system always comprising two people. We have March and April covered so we are looking for volunteers for May and June. It was also decided to keep it more simple. While we all enjoyed the lovely treats we think we should go back to tea/coffee and biscuits. We have a better chance of getting volunteers (we hope) if they don’t have to provide a veritable smorgasbord which while of course very enjoyable is not necessary.
- The DGS is planning our own plant sale. This will be part of the Mountcharles Heritage Day on May 20. So this means now is time to start “tidying” up your gardens by dividing clumps or putting wayward seedlings into pots. Remember pots should be clean and have a fresh appearance (topping up a bit of top soil on the day will do it) and clearly labelled. You can bring your plants to John Sneddon’s house before the day and he will transport them to the venue.
- I always look forward to the next DGS meeting and a way to spread the word about how good our meetings are and I thought it would be a good idea if everyone could bring along a guest to the March (or April) meeting (I have corralled a victim already) to introduce them to DGS. We have lost a few long-time members so in order to keep the DGS vibrant and attract good speakers we need to have the numbers to make that possible.
- The 2017 dues are due now but should be paid no later than end of April. €30 / single membership and €50 for a double and Denise Keys will be happy to collect your money in March.
- We will again be having members’ garden walks during the months of May and June and a sign-up sheet will be passed around during the meeting.
One of the original members of the DGS, ANNE BARTON, passed away at the age of 98. Anne was an ‘ORIGINAL’. She was not shy about expressing herself and thanks to Michael Classon’s efforts was able to attend our meetings and outings until she had to retire to a home in Dublin when living alone was no longer possible.