President's Meeting Updates

PGC President's Update: May 2022

Wow....Mother's Day is just around the corner!  And some of us will take a field trip to Annie's Annuals and Perennials in Richmond on Monday, May 2nd.  I'm certain that there are lots of things there that mothers would just love!

 

Also in May, is the monthly Placerville Garden Club general meeting.  It's scheduled for Tuesday, May 10th at 10:00 AM.  Some of you asked for a presentation on succulents and so that is the topic for the May meeting.  Paul Sanders, El Dorado Nursery will be our speaker.  You may have heard Paul speak previously when he was with Front Yard Nursery or Green Acres. He has a wealth of information!  

 

You may recall in the last email I shared a number of upcoming garden tours.  One of those, the Assistance League, Gardens of the Hills Tour has donated a ticket to the PGC, which we will raffle off at the meeting? $40 value. 

 

Lastly, I was asked to share an upcoming class about culinary herbs put on by the El Dorado Master Gardeners.  Please open this page to see available classes.

 

Now back to planting...

 

Diane Hernandez, President

Placerville Garden Club

 

 

PGC President's Update: April 2022

Good Eve,

Don't you absolutely love this time of year? Birds nesting, tulips popping up, hostas unfurling and warm days in the garden.  In recognition of Spring, Treasurer, Anne Bettencourt will present a session on a favorite flower-Dahlia!  Not only is Anne the club treasurer, but she is also a master gardener and dahlia flower expert.  Join us on Tuesday, April 12th at 10:00 AM at the VFW Hall.  

Also, if you didn't get to plant pumpkin seeds for the Pumpkin Growing Contest at the last meeting, you'll have another chance at the April meeting.  The plan is to have participants, using the same supplies, grow a pumpkin for a contest we'll hold in the fall. We'll be looking for pumpkins that are the  largest, oddest, heaviest, etc. The competition is on!

Lastly, again this year, member Maria Brugger has access to some Walla walla onion starts. I bought and grew some of these last year and they are sweet, crunchy, delicious onions. I'm planting more this year.  If you'd like to purchase some, they are $5 a bunch (50 starts in a bunch) or 10 cents per start. Call Maria at  530-306-4614  to order yours.  She'll bring them to the April meeting.  Thanks Maria!!

Here's hoping you'll join us on the 12th!

 

Best regards,

Diane Hernandez, President

Placerville Garden Club

 

 

 

 

PGC President's Update: March 2022

 

Good evening,

It's hard to believe, but the Placerville Garden Club will celebrate its 4th anniversary next week! 

The topic of the meeting will be prepping the garden. How do you prepare? Do you keep a journal, excel sheet or notes of what and where you plant? Have you mapped out your garden? Do you have a special tool or fun plant marker to share? Bring it!  Nope, but you want to hear other gardeners' ideas? Then join us on Tuesday, March 8th at 10:00 AM. There won't be a speaker, instead we'll spend most of the morning sharing ideas. 

Remember, we meet in the dining room of the VFW Hall, 130 Placerville Drive, Placerville. Bring your ideas, examples and enthusiasm! If you have something that you'd like me to add to the PowerPoint, let me know.

Looking forward to seeing you on Tuesday!

 

Diane Hernandez President

Placerville Garden Club 

PGC President's Update: February 2022

Good eve all,

Whew...a tough night at our house ..the San Francisco 49ers lost the game against the LA Rams.    Well, there's always next year!

 

I wanted to remind you of two events.

Wednesday, February 2nd, starting at 10:00 AM, PGC members and local veterans will be cleaning/working outdoors at the VFW Hall. You may recall that V. President,   Veronica Salter was granted $1000 from Home Depot to put towards beautification projects for the hall. This is the first phase. We hope you'll join us! Bring gloves and any tools you might need as we'll be weeding, cutting grass, blowing, cleaning up, etc. Questions?? Contact Veronica at elusvdancr@aol.com

 

Tuesday, February 8th at 10:00 AM is our next meeting. Master Gardener speakers, Cindy Young and Dale Hale will talk/demo seed starting and prepping for spring. We'll also hold a seed exchange! Bring any seeds you'd like to share. We'll have some seed envelopes, but you might bring additional envelopes, zip loc bags, etc.

 

Looking forward to prepping for spring...it's been so sunny that it seems like it's already here, eh?

 

Best regards,

Diane Hernandez, President

Placerville Garden Club

 

PGC President's Update: January 2022

Good afternoon,

And a happy new year to you! Hopefully, those impacted have had an opportunity to dig out of the snow and power is back on. I know some members in Pollock are still dealing with the aftermath of the last storm. Yikes! Our power finally came back on Sunday. Whew!

Though the 2021 year is behind us, unfortunately, some things like COVID are not. Therefore, I followed up with the facilities manager at the VFW Hall regarding COVID protocols. Clubs are continuing to meet monthly.  I am told that the protocols remain the same; members should stay home if they are ill or have concerns, masks are optional, clubs are to clean up and sanitize after each meeting.  

With that in mind and to start the year off, January's guest speaker is Master Gardener, Eve Keener. Eve recently retired from the MG Program, but is willing to share her expertise with us. She is especially known for her knowledge of all things "roses". If you have roses, you won't want to miss this discussion!

 

ROSE PRUNING

BY EVE KEENER

 

TOOLS

 

           CLIPPERS

           LOPPERS

           HEDGE SHEARS

           PRUNING SAW

           GLOVES

           KNEELING MAT OR KNEE PADS

 

PURPOSE OF PRUNING

 

           REMOVE DEAD AND DISEASED WOOD

           OPEN CENTER FOR GOOD AIR CIRCULATION

           PROMOTE NEW WOOD FOR MORE BLOOM       

           MAINTAIN GOOD FORM

 

TIMING

 

           SIX WEEKS BEFORE LAST ANTICIPATED FROST DATE

 

BUSH ROSE PROCEDURE

 

           SHORTEN TOP GROWTH

           REMOVE DEAD AND DISEASED CANES

           REMOVE CROSSING AND WEAK CANES

           REMOVE ROOTSTOCK CANES (SUCKERS)

           SHORTEN REMAINING HEALTHY CANES

           DEFOLIATE REMAINING CANES

 

CLIMBING ROSE PROCEDURE

 

           DO NOT PRUNE FIRST TWO YEARS.  TIE OR OTHERWISE

           TRAIN CANES IN A HORIZONTAL PATTERN.  “PILLAR” ROSES DO          NOT NEED TO BE TRAINED HORIZONTALLY.

 

           THEREAFTER:

                     REMOVE DEAD AND DISEASED CANES

                     DO NOT SHORTEN MAIN CANE

                     SHORTEN LATERAL SHOOTS TO TWO BUDS

Lastly, if you attended the December meeting, you'll recall I asked members to be thinking about community projects the PGC might do and how to raise funds to accomplish this. Bring your ideas!

 

Diane Hernandez, President

Placerville Garden Club

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PGC President's Update: December 2021

Good morning,

Tuesday, December 14th is the last meeting of 2021. We hope you'll  join us for a fun morning of games, food, raffle and making holiday wreaths. Maryann Broderick who has led us in wreath making previously, will lead the activity. Make a wreath for yourself and maybe make one to donate. The PGC will provide some greenery, wreath forms, floral wire, ribbon, glue guns and sticks, etc. You can help by bringing more greenery, wire cutters if you have them, ribbon and any decorations you want to add to your wreath(s). PLEASE RSVP if you plan to attend so that we know how many members to plan for. If you haven't already,  RSVP by Friday, December 10th to placervillegardenclub@gmail.com Questions? Contact Secretary, Susie King at susanking811@gmail.com

 

Hope to see you on Tuesday!

 

Diane Hernandez, President

Placerville Garden Club

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PGC President's Update: November 2021

Hello all, 

Here are the plans for the holidays...

Saturday, November 20th: The PGC is decorating a tree for the Highway 50 Christmas Tree Lane. Some folks signed up at the November meeting and Events Director, Debra Nattrass will contact them. Questions? Contact Debra at dnattrass@ymail.com.

 

Sunday, December 5th: The PGC will participate in the Placerville Christmas Parade! This year's theme is   "A Candyland Christmas". Those PGC members who plan to march in the parade are to meet at the Broadway Plaza, 1350 Broadway (by Domino’s Pizza) at 11:00 AM. The road closes at 11:30 AM and the parade begins at 1:00PM. If possible, you might have someone drop you off at the plaza rather than trying to find parking. Dress for the weather and walking and maybe wear a Santa hat with a flower!  Walkers with the PGC banner will lead with a classic truck following. The truck will carry a Christmas tree and large wrapped boxes like Christmas presents in the bed. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate riders. Walkers will pass out wildflower seed packets to adults in the crowd. Questions? Contact Vice President, Veronica Salter at elusvdancr@aol.com.

 

Saturday, December 11th: PGC members will make table arrangements for the dinner being hosted by the Upper Room Dining Hall for Grizzly Flats families affected by the Caldor Fire.  PGC members should meet at about 9:00 AM at the Diamond Springs Firefighters Memorial Hall, 3734 China Gardens Rd, Diamond Springs, CA.  The hall is behind the fire department. PGC member, Maria Brugger who is the lead on this project, will provide some of the materials, but we could certainly use more! We'll need lots of greenery, low, round or rectangular containers, burlap ribbon, Christmas ribbon, etc. If you can help, please do!  Maria is even willing to pick up donated materials. Questions? Please contact Maria at mariatbrugger@gmail.com

 

Tuesday, December 14th: This is the monthly PGC meeting at the VFW building at 10 a.m.  We hope you'll join us for a fun morning of games, food, raffle and making holiday wreaths. Maryann Broderick who has led us in wreath making previously, will lead the activity. Make a wreath for yourself and maybe make one to donate. The PGC will provide some greenery, wreath forms, floral wire, ribbon, glue guns and sticks, etc. You can help by bringing more greenery, wire cutters if you have them, ribbon and any decorations you want to add to your wreath(s). PLEASE RSVP if you plan to attend so that we know how many members to plan for.  RSVP by Friday, December 10th to placervillegardenclub@gmail.com Questions? Contact Secretary, Susie King at susanking811@gmail.com 

 

And that's it....let's get in the holiday spirit and  join in the fun!

 

Best regards,

Diane Hernandez, President

Placerville Garden Club

 
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PGC President's Update: October 2021

Hello Everyone!

Fall is finally here, temperatures are headed down and, we are back to in-person meetings at the VFW Hall! The next meeting will be on Tuesday, October 12 at 10:00 AM. 

We are fortunate that  Master Gardener, Cindy Young will be the speaker. Cindy is an expert in growing vegetables and composting, including composting with worms. She may even discuss planting cover crops! Please save Cindy's handouts on Cover Crops and References.

 

Bring your questions. We'll also share the results of the recent Survey Monkey and discuss your suggestions. Lastly, please see the most recent CGCI Newsletter on the Members Only page (to request the password, please send a message to Contact on the menu bar). 

 

Here's hoping you'll join the meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 12!

 

Diane Hernandez, President

Placerville Garden Club  

PGC President's Update: October 2021

Dear members,

Fall is finally here and the temperatures are headed down. Best of all, we are back to in-person meetings at the VFW Hall! The next meeting will be on Tuesday, October 12 at 10:00 AM. We are fortunate that  Master Gardener, Cindy Young will be the speaker. Cindy is an expert in growing vegetables and composting, including composting with worms. She may even discuss planting cover crops! Bring your questions. We'll also share the results of the recent Survey Monkey and discuss your suggestions. Lastly, please see the recent edition of the Golden Gardens eNewsIt is filled with lots of information you can use now. It is found on the password-protected Members-Only page (to obtain the password, send a message via Contact on the above menu bar).

 

Member Open Garden Tour:

 

Wednesday, July 21, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM. SAVE THE DATE. Member Garden Tour. Diane Hernandez. Yep, it's my turn to open my garden! ​Feel free to bring a guest. There is a lot of shade in the morning, but you might want a hat later. Few stairs, mostly level ground. Drinks and snacks provided. The PGC Honor Stand will also be selling crafts and hopefully veggies! Proceeds go to the PGC.

PGC Member Dues:


​Lastly, if you've forgotten to pay dues, you may pay at the meeting or mail a check to PGC, 2957 Carson Road, Placerville, CA, 95667. $15 individual or $20 household. You can't beat that!  Only 2021-2022 members will receive future notifications, emails, etc.

Thank you, thank you for helping the PGC continue this year!

 

Sincerely,

Diane Hernandez, President

Placerville Garden Club

PGC President's Update: June  2021

CGCI Awards Season 2020

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Presenting the newly-installed 2021 Placerville Garden Club Board: (rear l to r) Debra Nattress, Events/Fundraising; Veronica Salter, Co-Vice President; Diane Hernandez, President; Susie King, Secretary; Anne Bettencourt, Co-Chair Treasurer; (front l to r) Co-Chair Treasurer, Linda Magee; Donna Ayerst, Communications Director; and Patty Schwartz, Co-Vice President.

On June 25, the Placerville Garden Club's newly-installed Board met at President Diane Hernandez's beautiful home and gardens to introduce ourselves to one another and to discuss future meetings and events. The meeting also provided an opportunity to look back and thank the outgoing members of the Board (Steph Gabler, Marilyn Petersen-Olson, Linda Martenot, and Kathie Nowka for the incredible job they did by volunteering to help establish the Placerville Garden Club. The new Board will be challenged to create a robust program that will continue to appeal to old and new members alike.

PGC President's Update: May 2021

Dues for 2021-2022 have again been reduced: Individuals: $15 and Household: $20. Dues can be paid at the next meeting or you may mail a check to Placerville Garden Club, 2957 Carson Road, Placerville, CA. 95667

Best regards,

Diane Hernandez, President

Placerville Garden Club

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PGC President's Update: April 2021

Good Morning Members!

 

As you know, COVID made for a difficult year. The good news is that El Dorado County is in the Red Tier, which means we can reconvene in-person meetings! The Veterans Memorial Building where we meet has invited clubs back. The occupancy capacity is at 50%, which means approximately 50  members may attend (We're currently at 61 members.)  The VFW Council recommends but does not mandate face masks and social distancing. We may have snacks, but no meals.  Lastly, they ask us to clean up after ourselves and disinfect. With that said, the Placerville Garden Club is returning to in-person meetings at the VFW Hall, 130 Placerville Drive, Placerville beginning with the April meeting.  

 

Please note the following "SAVE the DATES"

 

PGC Meetings:
 

  • Tuesday, April 13, @ 10:00 AM. Topic- Get together/Catching up, how has your garden fared this year?

  • Tuesday, May 11, 10:00 AM. Topic-Greg Gayton, Green Acres, What's new in plants and what you might be doing in May.

  • Tuesday, June 8, 10:00 AM. Speaker: Jay Chopp, Pollock Pines Fire Safe Council;
    Install new officers/directors;
    Board luncheon following meeting is planned.

 

Member Open Garden Tours*:
 

  • Wednesday, May 5, Gail Butler

  • Wednesday, May 12,   Susan King

  • Wednesday, June 23, Carolyn Havicon, Bluestone Meadow Lavender Farm

  • Wednesday, July 22, Diane Hernandez

  • *More information to come.

    

Reduced Dues:

 

The dues for the 2021-2022 year have again been reduced. Individuals: $15 and Household: $20. Dues can be paid at the April or May meetings or you may mail a check to Placerville Garden Club, 2957 Carson Road, Placerville, CA. 95667.

 

Seeking Nominations for PGC Board Positions:

 

As outlined in the Placerville Garden Club (PGC) Bylaws, the club is required to collect nominations for the offices of the President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer that will lead the membership from July 1, 2021-June 30, 2023. The timeline is as such:

  • February-contact members regarding nominations.

  • March/April-nominate members to the membership. 

  • May-elect officers. 

  • June-install officers.

  • July 1-officers begin their new roles.  
     

To see the list of officers and the responsibilities of each office CLICK HERE.  The role of Vice President is being shared between two people-Vice President, Programs, and Vice President, Liaison. Please note that this email regards only the nomination of officers. The current Board will work directly with the new officers to help them get established. The remaining (current) Board positions of Director of Communications, Director of Hospitality, and Director of Special Events/Fundraising will be addressed at a later date. Won't you consider being an officer or director?

 

Offers by Members:

Maria Brugger has Walla Walla onion sets available. $3 a bunch (50 onion plants). I grew these onions last year and they are sweet and delicious! Email Maria at mariatbrugger@gmail.com to place an order. 

 

Debbie Shaw has 20 tomato cages and 180 canning jars free to a good home.  Email Debbie at debbiesellsre@yahoo.com

 

Whew! lots of information. We are so excited to begin meeting in person again and hope that you'll join us!

 

Best regards,

Diane Hernandez, President

Placerville Garden Club

 

PGC President's Update: January  2021

Good morning,

 

Well, we have good news! El Dorado County has moved from the most restricted purple tier to the red tier, which means we may resume indoor meetings with some caveats. I heard from the Veterans Memorial Hall Building Manager that we may return to meeting indoors at 50% (50 member capacity). Clubs using the facilities will be required to clean and disinfect after meetings. They also recommend social distancing and wearing masks. Therefore, we'll celebrate our anniversary at the VFW Hall in April!  More info on that meeting to come.

 

Reminder-tomorrow's Zoom video call (Tuesday, March 9th @ 10:00 AM), will be presented by EDC Master Gardener and Rosarian, Eve Keener. She'll share tips on growing, pruning, and maintaining roses. Check the email that I sent on March 2nd for the Zoom link. I hope you'll join us.

 

I recently sent information regarding nominations for PGC officers. Nominations take place in March/ April, members vote in May, and officers are installed in June.  Please consider nominating yourself or someone else. You can rest assured you'll have plenty of help and if you'd like to sit in on a Board meeting to get a sense of how we operate, let me know.  

 

I'll call this "Veronica's Project" as she is the lead on this task.  If you read her email requesting help, you saw that the VFW  grounds are in need of some care.  We can help by cleaning and sprucing up the area!  The date is Tuesday, March 16th, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM or so. Bring some gloves and any tools you think might be useful.  Any amount of time you can offer would be greatly appreciated.  Oh, and you might let Veronica know you're coming if you haven't already. Her email address is elusvdancr@aol.com 

 

With spring within our sights, we plan to host some informal garden tours in May and July. In fact, we have a few planned....how about your garden?  Email us at placervillegardenclub@gmail.com for more information or to offer your garden.

 

Lastly, member Maria Brugger has a fantastic offer for members.  She and a neighbor are ordering Walla Walla onion sets from Washington and they should arrive in late March. There should be about 30 or so bundles available at $5-$6 a bundle. There are about 50 onion starts in each bundle. If you've ever eaten Walla Walla onions, you know how sweet and delicious they are!  Please contact Maria at mariabrugger@gmail.com if you'd like to order some.  They'll go to the first folks who contact her!

 

Best regards,

Diane Hernandez, President

Placerville Garden Club

PGC President's Update: January  2021

Good Day,

 

We could probably all agree that it has been tough engaging in activities outside of our homes in a COVID environment.  Though the Placerville Garden Club (PGC) strives to keep things going, we could really use your support!  As we look forward to the new year, I ask that you read the recent newsletter from the Golden Foothills District Director, Nina Blonski.  She reminds us all of the importance of reaffirming our club's goals and that the success of a garden club is based on the efforts of many. As we plan this year's activities, limited as they may be, I hope you'll consider your role or the contribution you might make this year. 

 

And lastly, on this topic, I want to thank the Board members for their efforts.  It hasn't been easy.  I especially want to recognize our Treasurer, Marilyn Olson-Petersen, and our Communication Director, Donna Ayerst.  Marilyn has dealt with a huge set of tasks regarding club dues, insurance, taxes, CGCI paperwork, etc. She is the glue that keeps this club "legal". Ha. And Donna....though we haven't been able to meet in person, Donna has continued to keep everyone informed about PGC happenings.  If you haven't looked at the website in a while, I suggest you make a visit to the placervillegardenclub.club. Both Marilyn and Donna's contributions have been many and they are so appreciated! Thank you, thank you, Marilyn and Donna!

 

Meeting: Tuesday, February 9, 2021, will be the next PGC meeting via Zoom. As usual, the call will begin at 10:00AM. Our speaker is El Dorado County Master Gardener, Kit Veerkamp. Kit's presentation will focus on prepping the soil and readying the garden for spring planting.  You will receive a separate invitation prior to the meeting.

FREE CGCI Calendars:  Looking for a calendar to note all of those garden tasks?  The PGC has 4 California Garden Club, Inc. (CGCI) calendars that are free to the first 4 people who respond to this email!  Let me know that you want one and I'll put it in the mail to you. Again, that's the first 4 people who request a calendar.

PGC Website: Communications Director, Donna Ayerst reminds us all of the treasure troves of information found on the PGC website.  She is currently working on building out the "Virtual Meeting Page" and asks that members send her pictures, videos, information, etc. that she can post. Here's the link. https://www.placervillegardenclub.club/pgc-virtual-meetings 

 

Garden Tours: The PGC has had a few members offer to share their gardens this year and so we are considering offering two tours-one in spring, likely May, and one in the summer, likely July.  The tours will follow COVID restrictions of social distancing, masks, etc.  The tours will only be open to members/families and will require members to sign up for a "tour time". Snowline Hospice has offered to partner with us on this project. Perhaps we can combine these with the sale of plants and garden art!  If you are interested in helping plan the tours, growing plants for sale, donating garden art, or share YOUR garden, let me know! Remember, you will never, never be "done" with your garden so please don't hesitate to share yours. Regardless of the size or state, everyone enjoys touring gardens and learning from each other.

PGC Quilt block.  If you follow the PGC on Facebook, then you probably have seen our request to design a quilt block that represents the club.  It should include our adopted bird, the Goldfinch and adopted flower, the California Poppy (see our submissions so far on the Placerville Garden Club Facebook page).

 

In closing, I wish you a happy, healthy year and look forward to working with you!

 

Best regards,

Diane Hernandez, President

Placerville Garden Club

PGC President's Update: January  2021

Happy New Year! With the start of the year comes the anticipation of planning, preparing and planting the garden. To get the new year started, the Placerville Garden Club will host a video call next Tuesday, January 12th @ 10:00AM, so be sure to add it to your calendar! 

 

The topic will be container gardening. Our own member Lynn De Bie will share a unique approach to this using file cabinets. I'll also share my approach using stock tanks. If you are container gardening and could share some info or pics please let me know and we'll add you to the presentation. Otherwise, feel welcome to join in the conversation.  A separate invitation for the video call will be sent out later.

 

Here's hoping you can join us as we continue to do our best to stay connected. 

 

Take care and stay safe,

Diane Hernandez, President

Placerville Garden Club

PGC President's Update: December  2020

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Hello Garden Friends!

It's hard to believe that the holidays are upon us and 2020 will soon be in the rearview mirror, for which I am very happy! Here is a bit of information to close out the year:

  • We had a request from Kathleen Barco asking about a special "watermelon" knife (long, serrated,  watermelon colors)  that she left at a garden party at Don LaGrand's.  Apparently, Don gave it to a Placerville Garden Club (PGC) member to hand off to Kathleen, but she missed some meetings and wasn't able to connect.  If you know anything about the knife, please contact Kathleen. Her contact info can be found on the PGC website, "members only" page, or contact me.
     

  • In order to provide a bit of holiday cheer, we added some cyclamen and decorations to the planters that the club installed at the Veteran's Memorial Hall. The Veteran's Council prefers to wait until the pandemic is behind us before holding a dedication ceremony for the installation of the Blue Star Memorial marker.
     

  • The PGC Farm Stand closed in early November and I can report that we made approximately $400 in October. The proceeds were handed over to Marilyn, PGC Treasurer to deposit into our account.  Again, thank you to those who donated produce, flowers, and crafts!  Those crafts that did not sell, are being held in hopes of selling them next year when we are finally able to hold our plant/garden art sale.
     

  • Looking to the future, we plan on holding a video conference for the first garden club meeting of the 2021 year, which is Tuesday, January 12, 2021.  More info to come. Also, the PGC plans to host two garden tours, one in spring (early May?) and one in summer (July?).  I am letting you know now in case you are willing to host a tour and need some time to plan.  If you are interested in hosting a tour of your garden, please let me know.
     

  • Thank you to Steph Gabler, Director Fundraising/Events for leading the Facebook challenges over the past couple of months! It was great to see the things folks entered. If you are on Facebook, check out our Facebook page.  

    Happy Holidays,
    Diane Hernandez