Cookie Exchange at the December Meeting
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November was a very busy meeting. We had all sorts of things going on. There was the Photo Contest voting, Preserve and Jamboree, Flower and Garden Show Awards, General Business, and another fantastic presentation by Bill Puckett. You can view all of these on this web page!
It is also time to select candidates for our officers for next year. This is an important task as the people that have been running the garden club are getting burned out. Please consider taking a more active role in your club.
Don't forget about the Cookie Exchange next Month. This is an opportunity to show off your culinary creativity and fatten up the rest of the club. Bring in 3 dozen cookies to share with your fellow members
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The Garden Club had its first Preserve and Jam Swap at the November meeting. Five Members brought in items to either swap, share, or sell.
George Lacina baked a delicious Houska and Mary Ann Vesely brought in toasted bread. The club got to sample home made Spiced Tomato Jam, Cherry Jelly, Pumpkin Butter, and Taffy Apple Cookies.
A Strawberry Rhubarb Jam and Spiced Tomato Jam were added to the raffle.
Cherry Jelly, Strawberry Rhubarb Jam, Taffy Apple Cookies, and Apple Butter were swapped between the Participants. The first person to swap had a tough choice but everyone got to try something new from their fellow members.
Thank you to the following participants for their goodies
| George Lacina|| Cherry Jelly||Swap and Share|
Spiced Tomato Jam
Strawberry Rhubarb Jam
|Swap, Share, and Sell|
| Becky Shubert|| Taffy Apple Cookies|| Swap and Share|
| Arlene Artist|| Pumpkin Butter||Share|
|Mary Ann Vesely|| Apple Butter||Swap|
Plan to bring something for next years Preserve and Jamboree!
The 2013 Banquet was held Sunday November 3 at
5445 South Harlem Avenue
This was the second year at this venue and it was just as spectacular! There were 45 guests that enjoyed delicious food, fine entertainment, and enjoyable camaraderie.
The staff was quite courteous and very attentive. The room was spacious. They even announced our Arrival!
Joe Karban made floral arrangements for the entertainment. Most had a Christmas theme. The arrangements were then raffled off
Here some are Joe's other arrangements
Here are some of the guests
We hope to see you at next year's banquet!
The Annual Cookie Exchange will take place at the December Meeting. Members and guests are asked to bring in 3 dozen home baked (or fancy bakery) cookies to share. All of the cookies that are brought in will be distributed onto plates for the people that are present.
Besides bringing in 3 dozen cookies, bring your appetite to the December meeting!
2013 Photo Contest
The Photo Contest is Over
The 2013 First Czechoslovak Garden Club of America Photo Contest
2013 Photo Contest
The theme was Basic Beauty. Contestants could enter up to four pictures of any plant they have in their garden or house. The judges (members at the November meeting) picked one “Best Picture”. The contestant with the most votes won a one year membership in the garden club.
Thirty Five pictures were turned in by 10 contestants making this year the largest contest so far. At the November meeting those present voted for the "Best Picture". All of the pictures were displayed on a board, passed around to the members, and shown on the computer. They were also available for viewing on the garden club website. 26 members at the meeting voted. Unfortunately one of the ballots was disqualified because there were multiple pictures selected. Online voting was available but no one voted.
The Winner Is
Ingrid entered four pictures which received a combined nine “Best Picture” votes. She wins a one year membership in the Garden Club.
John Skreko had the entry which received the most “Best Picture”
He also entered 4 pictures but received only 6 combined “Best Picture” votes.
Watch the website for details of the
3014 First Czechoslovak Garden Club of America
The 77th Annual
First Czechoslovak Garden Club of America
Flower and Garden Show
Took place on Saturday September 7 at the Garden Clubs New Home:The Liberty Cultural Center
Best Guest Other
Best Guest Flower
Best Guest Vegetable
Click Here to see more pictures and information about this outstanding show.
To see the fun we had at previous meetings, click here
The November meeting was very busy. Besides the regular business, the Garden Show Winners were honored and received their ribbons, The 1st Preserve and Jamboree took place, and members voted for the winner of the 2013 Photo Contest. Bill Puckett also showed us some more pictures of his garden
Flower ShowThe winners received their ribbons. See the Flower and Garden Show page for the winners. Geoffrey Lacina had the most entries, most ribbons, and most points. There was discussion about moving the Flower and Garden Show to late August. Let us know what you think! Send an email to email@example.com.
The Banquet was a great success. See above for pictures. 45 guests attended and Joe Karban made arrangements as the entertainment. The arrangements and other donated prizes were raffled off. People enjoyed the food and the ambiance and the club even realized a profit on this fund raiser. The European Chalet announced us on their sign!
2013 Photo Contest Voting
Members and guests that were present at the meeting got to vote for the "Best Picture" from the Photo Contest. The contestant with the most votes for all of their pictures won. This year it was Ingrid Chybik. See above for the full results. Geoffrey will propose the 2014 Contest at the December meeting.
Preserve and Jamboree
A Nominating Committee was selected to develop a slate of candidates for 2014. The Annual Cookie Exchange will take place at the next meeting. Each participant is asked to bring in three dozen cookies. Carol requested the cookies be either home made or fancy cookies from a bakery. The Czech Christmas Around the World presentation will be on November 30 at 10:30 am.
Bill Puckett showed us some more of the fantastic pictures he took. The theme for this presentation was Things that go on at night. Bill told us that to take the pictures he had to hold a flashlight in his mouth, the camera in one hand, and arrange the object with his other hand. However he does it, the pictures are always beautiful!