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Date: 7 March, 2000
The Spring Meeting


Held at the St. Thomas Public Library

With about 20 members present, the president, Richard Cartwright, called the meeting to order at 1:10 pm. He acted as chairman and Harry McGee acted as secretary.

1. The chairman asked for approval of the minutes of the Annual General Meeting of 1 November held at Trinity Church Parish Hall in Lambeth. Upon motion by him, seconded by Roland Craig, the minutes were approved unanimously.

2. The chairman asked for approval of an interim financial statement. The treasurer, Alan Whitfield, presented a statement showing a current balance of $1,864.59 and he moved its adoption. It was seconded by Sophia Borowski and approved unanimously.

3. Vice president Roland Craig introduced, and later thanked, the speaker, Harry McGee, who gave a slide presentation on the history of gardens. At its conclusion, a coffee break was announced. Cookies and squares were provided courtesy of Liz Taylor and Sophia Borowski. The ladies were warmly thanked for their contribution. The meeting resumed at 2:10.

4. The chairman advised that the WSRS had accepted an invitation to take a table at the Open House for the Friends of the Civic Gardens Complex, London, Sunday, 19 April from 1 to 4:00 pm. Roland Craig advised he had put together the signage we used at the First All-Canadian Rose Show last year and we planned to sell books and hand out pamphlets. In response to a call for members to attend the table, Roland Craig, Ken Barks and Bill Lovelock volunteered.

5. The chairman asked who was ordering roses. Roland Craig is picking up his order from Palatine and Hortico on 15 April and is willing to bring back other orders. Jean Chaleyssin is ordering roses from Port Burwell Rose Nurseries and will accept orders from members at his home telephone 519 874 4983 or fax 4371. Potted roses are $10.00 each.

6. The chairman reminded members of the World Rose Convention at the Westin Bayshore Hotel, Vancouver, from 18 to 24 June.

7. The chairman announced that members of the Society were invited to a rose garden tour and bring-your-own picnic at Rosehaven, the home and gardens of Roland and Carol Craig, on 4 July between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm. Firepits and BBQ facilities will be available. This activity will replace the annual bus trip. Directions will be provided.

8. The chairman noted the following activities for the remainder of the year:
(a) Our Annual Rose Fest will be held on Saturday, 12 September at 1:00 pm at DeGroots Nursery, Sarnia, It was unanimously agreed to retain last yearís classes and to have a prize for each class, winners once again chosen by members;
(b) Our Annual General Meeting will be held Saturday, 7 November at 1:00pm in Ingersoll,

9. The secretary distributed a notice of the Garden Club of Londonís Biennial Flower Show as requested. It will be on Saturday and Sunday, 2& 3 May 10 am to 5 pm Sat and 4 pm Sun. Civic Garden Complex, 625 Springbank. $5 at door. And he read an e-mail from Tom Cox in NZ advising that he will miss this meeting and the folding bee. Ken Barks volunteered to fill in.

10. The chairman terminated the meeting at 4 pm.