CHESTER – Members of the Chester Garden Club met at the East Liverpool Pizza Hut on July 26th. President Connie Doughty led the group in The Pledge of Allegiance and conducted the meeting. Donna Stevens read the selection “Two Days,” led members in The Garden Club Prayer,” and gave the blessing before the meal.

   Ki Trelaine was welcomed as a new member.

   Treasurer Mary Ann Wright reported that the only expenditure for the month was payment to Skip McCullough for trimming the trees at the Richmond Garden.

          After discussion of the group’s July 21st visit to The Gardens at Hippley Village, members voted to visit the gardens again in September to view the fall displays.  The group signed a thank you card for John Hippley who conducted the tour. The club made a donation to the Hippley Foundation.

     Members voted to revert to the “Almost Heaven” sign along with the neighboring log cabin as the subject for this year’s jigsaw puzzle fundraiser. Since the picture will not be taken until the leaves change color in the fall, puzzles will not be ready by Teapot Day, but puzzles will be available later at The Lynn Murray Memorial Library.

     Connie Doughty told club members that Steve Doughty will pick up the policeman statue at the Richmond Garden and sand it in preparation for a new coat of paint. In addition he will trim the garden’s rose bushes.  

     Members also decided to set up a Garden Club Facebook group to share information about the club’s projects and activities with the community.  Doughty agreed to do the initial set up.

      The next meeting will be at The Lynn Murray Memorial Library on Wednesday, August 23rd at 1:00 PM. when the group will paint pine cones to use as fall decorations in the planters along Carolina Avenue. Membership in the Chester Garden Club is open to residents of all local communities who have an interest in gardening and who are willing to support club projects. Anyone interested in joining the club is invited to attend. 

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