Bud ‘N Bloom Club holds installation banquet

The Bud ‘N Bloom Garden Club recently held its installation banquet at the Shorewood Country Club. The members were delighted to get together and enjoy each other’s company after the previous day’s blizzard. The main events of the evening were the installation of the officers and the presentation of the calendar of events for the coming year.

Sally Newell and Karen Ryder planned the details for the banquet, including arranging the tables with beautiful potted daffodils as favors and as centerpieces. The bright flowers made spring seem like a possibility. The daffodil theme continued with the program and place cards. Ryder baked a spectacular looking and tasting cake, which ended a delicious meal.

Phyllis Steinberg gave the invocation, which dealt with the beauty of gardening. She also read some garden-related limericks throughout the evening.

Lucy Hurley, the installation officer, said something special about each of the officers she installed. She tailored each gift that was presented to the particular office holder. She also presented creative gifts to the outgoing officers with special thanks to Sue Drag, who served as president for two years and to Audrey Parker, who served as treasurer for many, many years. The new officers are: Janet Arnold, president; Judy Wilcox, vice president; Beverly Barnes, treasurer, and Barbara Krauth, secretary.

Penny Deakin and Judy Kawski created and designed a lovely program book, describing all the exciting events planned for the upcoming year. A different hostess works to help make each event successful.

Some time was spent discussing the upcoming plant sale, which benefits Literacy Volunteers of Chautauqua County. This event involves the participation of all the members of the club. This is the sixth year that Bud ‘N Bloom Garden Club will be holding this civic event, which has earned the club several awards. The sale will be located at the Butternut Hollow Barn on Route 20 in Portland on Saturday, May 17 and Sunday, May 18. The barn is across the street from the Cooperative Extension Building and will be filled with perennials, flats of annuals, succulents and basket arrangements. This year there will again be raffle tickets sold for some gorgeous bushes, donated by local nurseries.

Bud ‘N Bloom Garden Club was organized 46 years ago and is a member of the National Council of State Garden Clubs in the Atlantic Region and of District VIII of the Chautauqua Region. Its members live in several different towns and villages and come together each month because of their common interests in gardening, in civic projects and in spending time together.