District V Semi-Annual Meeting 2015

District V’s meeting was held at The Portico at St. John’s Catholic Church in Westminster.

All clubs were asked to design tabletop arrangements utilizing seasonal fruits or vegetables and flowers. Here are several examples from various District V Clubs:

This was our newly appointed Lynn Walter’s, first official District V meeting as Director. Nicki Schwab, who as likewise installed this year as FGCMD President, was also in attendance.

Director Lynn Walter and Pres Nicki Schwab
The meeting was called to order and the remembrance candle lit honoring those members who had passed on since the last District V meeting.
Lighting Remembrance Candle
Awards were given out. Two were captured by the temporary photographer–Judy Draper and Julie Howell.

Clubs are given an opportunity at meetings to showcase displays to demonstrate projects they have been working on or information about their club. Here are those seen at this Semi-Annual Meeting:

After the business meeting and luncheon, our program speakers were from Fox Haven Organic Farm in Jefferson, Maryland. Lacey Walker spoke at length about eco-system gardening-organic approach-pollinator friendly planting and building the soil. She believes in setting aside areas in our gardens that will be left to nature, even when the gardener would prefer a more ordered interference.  Here, the slide demonstrates how comfrey leaves may be used with potatoes at planting, providing a shot of nutrients as the spud grows.

JoAnn Coates Hunter followed up with an impassioned plea for activism in reaching youth and firing them up from earliest ages, reading, projects and community/school/home gardens.