The fall meeting of the Ohio Association of Garden Clubs (OAGC) was held at the Mahan Building on the Fayette County Fairgrounds Thursday.
The morning began with registration at 8:30 a.m. when refreshments were served. The event had several vendors selling various gardening related items, which include jam, pots, plants and garden decorations plus many more items. At 9:30 a.m., Fayette Garden Club President Pam Rhoads welcomed the many guests to the event.
“I am amazed at how much the county has to offer and how a lot of area businesses helped out by donating items for prizes during the event,” Rhoads said during a break at the event. “I had met the speaker, Carrie Rodgers, while at a ladies’ adventure group and thought she should bring her gourds to Fayette County. I am very happy with the turnout and think it was fantastic that the community went out of their way to give to us.”
The morning program included “New Varieties of Pumpkins and Gourds” by Mark Bentley. Linda Morgan, regional director of OAGC, called the meeting to order at 10:30 a.m. The process included an introduction of OAGC state officers and judges, a roll call/secretary’s report by Barb Myers, a treasurer’s report by Mary Thatcher and a regional sales secretary report by Donna Andrews.
Representatives from Clinton, Fayette, Greene, Highland, Madison and Warren counties all gave their own reports to the group. Additionally, regional chairpersons also gave reports which included topics on design study, membership, flower show, E & J school, Jr. Gardeners, nature and beautification, horticulture and club contests. The morning programs and reports ended with a state officer report by Geri Rea, OAGC first v.p. and devotions.
”We didn’t get as many as we had hoped, but we still had a great turnout for the event,” Marg Clifford, vice president of the Fayette club said. “The patrons really enjoy a great time and some are still hanging around and talking a couple hours after the close of the event. It really is a wonderful experience.”
Lunch was served at noon and the afternoon session continued into the afternoon beginning at around 1 p.m. The group discussed remaining business as well as handed out awards and door prizes.
Rodgers then began her program, “Gourds,” to talk about her own garden and gourds. She also had some of her product on sale during the event and many were buying the one-of-a-kind decorations for their own homes. The members were invited to join the Region 16 Spring Meeting to be held in May in Madison County. A few more raffles were held and door prizes given away and the meeting was officially adjourned around 3 p.m.
“I love [being regional director] and really love this event,” Morgan said during the event. “I work with six counties and a lot of wonderful people. I would like to thank everyone for coming out, our local donors who helped with items to raffle and especially to Doug Marine Motors, Gusweiler GM – Toyota and Carroll Halliday Ford, who, between them, paid almost all of the rent costs to hold the meeting.”
Other donors include McDonald’s of Fayette County, Streetside 62, The Rusty Keg, Ace Hardware, Peebles, Angela Dawson, Deer Creek Lodge, Sabina IGA, Pam Rhoads, Kroger, Trends, Donatos, Serene Spaces Spa, Frisch’s, Fayette Pharmacy, East St USA, Home Depot, Robin’s Nest, Fayette County Farmers’ Market and Marg Clifford.
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