West Piedmont District Newsletter
“Birds, Butterflies and Bees – Welcome Natives in Our Garden”
Dear West Piedmont District Members:
Fall is almost here and brings with it the beginning of a new gardening year.
Our first newsletter is filled with infor- mation you will need for your Fall calendars! Included you will find important WPD meeting dates and scheduled GCSC events.
Thank you for your attendance at the July EXPO on July 15. We had 32 WPD members attend and nine Club/Council Members. Special thanks to Dee LeMay, our WPD Co-Director and GCSC 3rd Vice President, for her wonderful expertise in planning/hosting the GCSC Event.
Save this date. We are excited to have scheduled an Awards Training Meeting on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at the Kilgore-Lewis House, 560 North Academy in Greenville. Hours will be 10-2 p.m. – a luncheon will be served. Reservations will be taken for this event – the cutoff date is October 10th. This meet- ing will be great assistance especially for new Club Presidents, new Awards Committee members and others that want or need training. We will be honored to have Yvonne Jordan, GCSC 2nd Vice President, with us to answer all your ques- tions and help you understand the GCSC State Awards. GCSC Awards applications are due in by December 15th. In addition, Dee LeMay, WPD Co-Director and Awards Chairman, will review and guide you through the West Piedmont District Awards. WPD awards applications are due by January 15, 2018. Please know that you can send your completed awards applications in as your projects are completed.
Our Spring WPD Luncheon is scheduled for March 6, 2018 in Greer at The Cannon Center. Donna Yarborough and the Greer Council have been very busy these past few months scheduling a wonderful pro- gram, vendors and so much more.
A few days ago, I sent you an email letting you know about the newsletter and re- questing club news. Responses have been received. See the following on club news events and answers to questions you may have concerning the GCSC State dues increase.
WPD Club News: The Lake & Hills Garden Club will be holding their 29th Annual Luncheon and Auction on October 23rd at the Club House at Keowee Key, Salem. Congratulations to this very active club.
The Greenville Council of Garden Clubs will be holding their annual October Plant Sale on October 21, 2017 – lots of wonderful plants, garden tools, art work, etc. It is always a great fall event that you will not want to miss! The plant sale will be held at the Kilgore-Lewis House, Council Headquarters, 560 North Academy, Greenville. Hours: 8-2:00 p.m.
The Laurens Road Garden Club, Greenville will be featured in the Fall South Carolina Gardener. Two of their wonderful members celebrated 100th birth- days this spring. Claudia Fant, LRGC President, will be writing a feature article on the club history, and these special events.
WPD Club Questions: Please know that we appreciate your questions and will always be available to answer them.
An inquiry was made concerning the re- cent increase in the GCSC (State) dues to
$8.00 per member. Also, a question was asked if the Council dues were increasing. Help was needed to explain the increase(s) information to club members.
I consulted with a member of the GCSC Finance Committee to be sure of all infor- mation before penning my response. The following response was given: A portion of the GCSC Dues are used to pay the Na- tional Garden Club dues for each member yearly. Two years ago, the NGC dues increased by $.50 per member. No in- crease was given to our membership. Our dues also cover the printing of the South Carolina Gardener, sent to every member quarterly. As you know postage and printing costs have increased. The other contributing factor is the outsourcing of the GCSC Data files. We now have a data company helping us compile/correct membership data information. This was a much needed source; it is very difficult for volunteers to have this tremendous responsibility for a 5,000 membership. Overall, it is an Operations expenses increase. The GCSC Council dues ($10.00) per year are not increasing.
We encourage you to check the GCSC Website frequently for the events sched- uled and also more WPD information. GCSC has some great events coming up: a Memorial Garden Concert on August 31, in Columbia; A guided Bird Walk at the SC Botanical Garden in Clemson on September 16, the very important GCSC Fall Garden Tour in Aiken County on October 6 & 7; and a Veterans Day Ceremony in the Memorial Garden on November 11. Information and contact in- formation on all these events are featured on the GCSC website.
Please continue to contact us and let us know what is happening in your Clubs and Councils. I will look forward to seeing you soon.
Sincerely, Marguerite Marguerite P. Warren
West Piedmont District Director