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Club news

By Staff
July 14, 2004
With all of the rain, the daylilies have been glorious. I hope some of you visited the garden of one of our club members and saw the beautiful displays. Many of the lilies are in a rest period now, but some will soon be bursting forth with a good rebloom.
The Spring Regional Meeting for Region 14, which includes all of Mississippi and Alabama, was May 14-15 in Foley, Ala. Twenty-one members of the local club attended and reported a wonderful meeting and spectacular garden tours.
The annual Charter Bus Tour for the local club on May 22 included visits to gardens in Alabama at the homes of: Jim and Kay Chappell of Warrior; Jesse and Terah George of Jasper; and Damond and Ida Mae Flynn of Sulligent. A luncheon in the Georges' garden was quite a treat. Folks were able to purchase lilies from all three gardens and came home with lots of wonderful new "goodies" for their daylily collections.
A Caravan Tour on June 5 featured gardens of local members and one regional member in the Columbus area: Calvin and Willodean Becton at Catwalk Gardens in Philadelphia; Wendell and Johnna Williamson in Louisville; Milo Burnham in Starkville; and Stan and Juanice Hayes in Columbus.
It is always a pleasure to visit members' gardens and see the gorgeous daylily collections. We learn a lot from each other through viewing the different gardens and hearing the owners explain how they are creating better environments for their daylilies.
A potluck supper July 9 at Beth Harbour's home welcomed our guest speaker for the July 10 meeting, Emily Olson of Beaufort, S.C. She and her husband, Bob, are delightful and we enjoyed our one-on-one visit with them.
The July 10 meeting was at Barnhill's Country Buffet. Olson shared a slide presentation of the beautiful lilies she has been hybridizing over the years, and some seedlings that we can look forward to in the near future. The Olsons brought several daylilies for the club auction.
Our next two local club programs will feature David Kirchhoff, Daylily World Gardens of Sanford, Fla., on Sept. 11; and Charles Douglas, Browns Ferry Gardens, of Georgetown, S.C. on Nov. 13.
On Oct. 2, the Meridian Daylily Society will once again host the Fall Regional Meeting of Region 14 at Howard Johnson's. This will bring in members from Alabama, Mississippi and surrounding states, as well as some of the national officers.
Report submitted by Mary Alice Stokes
The Obadiah Homemaker's Club met July 5 at the Four Club Community Center.
President Elouise Ethridge called the meeting to order and gave the devotional, "Only in America," and a reading from the 23rd Psalm. It was comical but also true of the funny things we do as Americans. It really made you think about the things we do every day.
The guest speak was James Slayton of the VFW. He will be the new post commander beginning next month. He updated us about what the VFW stands for and does. It was good to hear and also made us remember all that these men have done for our freedom.
Our guest singer, Austin Bond, sang an inspirational song, "God Bless America," and did a wonderful job.
We had four visitors: June Maples and her daughter Michelle; and Maurice Crocker and Charlie Galloway, who is Caroline Wilson's sister. We were glad to have all of our guests at this patriotic celebration.
Many members have family members serving in the military and shared their experiences. Cathy Clearman read a poem, "I am the flag of America."
At the conclusion of the program, hostesses Elouise Ethridge, Michelle Moseley and Jewell Brown served homemade ice cream with all the trimmings. It was delicious.
The meeting was adjourned as Dot Doener led members in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Report submitted by Michelle Moseley.

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