Master Gardeners; American Legion Auxiliary; Women's Club Garden Department
JEFFERSON COUNTY MASTER GARDENERS
Jefferson County Master Gardeners met at 5 p.m. Monday at the Jefferson County ISU Extension Office.
President Sandi Dimmitt called the meeting to order, with nine members present. The secretary’s minutes were read and approved. The treasurer’s report was read and approved.
The Dutch Mill Farm bulb sales are completed. Orders will be delivered in early- to mid-October. The group will be selling potted paperwhite narcissus at the indoor farmers’ market Nov. 9 to Dec. 21 or while supplies last.
A field trip to “Judi’s Bloomers” in Burlington is planned for Saturday. Members learned this is a great, unique farm to visit. Members will be carpooling.
Members are reminded educational hours can be achieved by attending Master Gardener classes. The class and topic schedule was handed out. Nine area people are enrolled in the ISU classes that started Sept. 17.
A berm planting is in the planning stages for the Maasdam Barn grounds. Fall bulb plantings are being considered. The new watering system can be connected to the berm area. A date will be announced in October for a member planting day,
Julie Johnston reported the Harshbarger Hosta Society will hold its 2014 annual meeting June 11-14 in Cedar Rapids. Hosta gardens in the Cedar Rapids area will be toured with membership required.
Next meeting of the Jefferson County Masters Gardeners will be at 5 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Extension Office.
AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY No. 47
The American Legion Auxiliary No. 47 met at the Fairfield VFW Hall recently, the agenda including a review of the summer’s activities and a report from the Girls State attendee as a special guest.
Makayla Kessel, Girls State representative from the Fairfield unit, attended in June along with some 280 other Iowa high school juniors. Kessel shared many positive experiences from Girls State, developing friendships and learning more about political processes. Kessel was elected as a delegate on the State Central Committee, and met and became friends with a girl from Jessup who was elected governor and chose Kessel as her press aide, putting her in a position of making 10 speeches and helping the governor make appointments. Though not elected, Kessel was on the primary ballot for treasurer. One of Kessela’s favorite speakers was Kathryn Koob, who was a diplomat. The Girls State closed with a formal reception, wearing their prom gowns.
Fairfield Auxiliary member Mary Andersen has been appointed 2013-14 Girls State director for the Iowa American Legion Auxiliary. Her son Wyatt Andersen received one of the Iowa Auxiliary Merit Award scholarships and was informed he can reapply for the Merit Award again next year.
Treasurer Shirley Kitch reported money will again be sent for veterans needs at the VA Hospital in Iowa City, and $100 was approved for the district president’s project of American Legion Auxiliary Emergency Fund, which assists auxiliary members when times get tough. Kitch also noted a donation received from Violet Brown, sent with her membership dues.
The group approved ordering 1,000 poppies again for distribution in May; orders must be in by Oct. 20. Darlene Vorhies read an article from the National Auxiliary publication indicating changes in policy on poppies, including only active-duty military servicemen will be making poppies; in the past, poppies also were made by veterans in VA hospitals.
The American Legion Auxiliary Fall Conference is being hosted by the Mount Pleasant American Legion and their Auxiliary Oct. 5.
The next Fairfield Auxiliary meeting will be held at 1 p.m. Nov. 20 in the VFW Hall.
Wives of current Fairfield and Jefferson County servicemen are welcome to join the auxiliary. For membership information, contact Rita VanDerSnick at 472-4269.
FAIRFIELD WOMEN’S CLUB GARDEN DEPARTMENT
Fairfield Women’s Club Garden Department will meet Oct. 3 at the McElhinny House to depart at 8 a.m. for the Amana Colonies.
Diane Smith and Melva Dahl are hosting the tour.
Reservations are due by 6 p.m. Monday. Those interested in going should phone Donna Clark at 472-4248.