Thankful for 2015 and Welcoming 2016

Before we speak of a New Year, I want to revisit our December Christmas meeting. The handbell choir, the singing of carols, and the extravagant and delicious lunch—all paved the way for a fun, exiting and rewarding event. With the raffle of beautiful floral designs we raised $766 and with the sale of cards, calendars, etc., we raised $68—for a total of $834.

This would not have been possible without members being in “community”.

Betsy Tilghman readily accepted the responsibility of procuring designers. Those members who knowingly donated their talent, time and money used in the arrangements were Aimee Perez, Anna Louise Fulks, Betsy Tilghman, Derita Downey, Donna Box, Judy Mangasarian, Kay Murff, Kitty Winkler, Rosita Perez, Sallye Jude, Sharon Trbovich, Sherry Jordan, Teresa Zohn and Suzuyo Fox. Olga Lazo did not hesitate to plan and coordinate a beautiful celebratory meal with assistance from Nancy Gray and Ginger Jochem.

Olga Lazlo and Nancy Gray, Coral Gables Garden Club

Olga Lazlo & Nancy Gray (along with Ginger Jochem) made a wonderful celebratory luncheon for our December meeting.

And each one of you who came and purchased raffle tickets, calendars, etc. We shared much this day – gift of joy and friends working together to benefit this garden club. Thank you.

We welcome 2016!

It is a new beginning . . . of thoughts, words, actions, energy strength, ideas, friends, prayers, hope, love and more. Brad Paisley said, “January 1 is the first blank page of a 365 page book.” Let’s write a good one. We look forward to: our January Art Show . . . a beautiful time to bring friends, as we think about new members; wonderful workshops and programs; Annual Field Trip; Election of new officers; Welcoming new members; strengthening garden club friendships. I pray God will prosper our plans for 2016 and Blessings to you and yours in this New Year.

-Jana White, President

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