A new year brings changes.
This year we are saying "Good-bye" as President and Superintendent Duane Miller and Board member Becki Miller, long time Gardeners and 5 year Board members, leave the Board due to Duane's work schedule and wanting to spend time with their son Matthew. We hate to see them go but we know they are going to be volunteers and will stop to check the Gardens when they are in town.
Duane, and Becki along with their son, Matthew, were instrumental in getting the Gardens up and running in 2016, helping at the brat frys and the caramel apple sales, keeping equipment running and making repairs, and in keeping the grounds mowed and looking great They were also instrumental in laying our first underground irrigation lines. Becki made our current RVACG sign on Westmor St.
Becki has volunteered to continue mowing the grounds next summer. Duane has said he would help lay the irrigation lines into the new section on the western half of the property. He has said he would continue to be our mechanic as time allows.
Thanks Duane and Becki for all your hard work over the years! We will miss your insights and suggestions at the Board Meetings but look forward to Spring and seeing you around the Gardens again.
At the December meeting of the Board of Directors, new officers were elected as follows:
President / Registrar: Rose Ellen Schneider
Vice President / Superintendent: Doug Rouse
Secretary: Sarah Alt
Treasurer: Melissa Hildebrandt (new Board member)
Board Members: Thomas Hilston, Don Koller, Amy Thompson, Wid Yarnall
Due to meeting via Zoom we are unable to get a picture of the new Board at this time.
Below is a drone picture of the Gardens taken in October 2020. Last season we added a total of 27 new plots on the south side (bottom) and the west side (left) of the garden. This year we are opening the complete western area of the Gardens for plots with a possibility of approximately 21 more 20 x 20 plots. This will provide more opportunities for people to garden with us. These 20 x 20 plots may be subdivided into 10 x 20 plots or 10 x 10 plots.
Registration is now open and information may be found on our Garden Plots page or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Board is also considering adding a shelter for shade, for outdoor meetings, and for public use. Looking at the picture, the tentative location of the shelter is somewhere south (below) of the white fences (lines) of the perennial bed which divides the parkland from the gardens. Currently we are discussing using all of our fund raising profits in 2021 for the shelter.
Decisions also need to be made about moving the Gardeners Shed and constructing a new Mower / Storage Shed in the next couple of years. Cost estimates for the storage shed indicate we will need to undertake some major fundraising activities as planning progresses.
We are looking forward to all the new opportunities to share gardening with our community in 2021.