GENERAL MEETING MINUTES-Approved on December 6, 2019

November 1, 2019


Dove Library Meeting Room

Members:   28     Guests:  3



President Stevie Hall called the meeting to order at 1:00 P.M.



Jay Klopfenstein, Carlsbad Community Garden Collaborative President, was our guest speaker today. Jay is working to promote and support community gardens in our schools, city parks, public places, and private land.

Jay also introduced Suzanne and John Hume who head a non-profit organization called

Clean Earth for Kids.

A detailed handout of the work our guests do was given to all in attendance.

Stevie and Jay will comprise a list of activities that the Garden Club and the Carlsbad Community Garden Collaborative might be able to work together on.



Members visited with our guest speakers during the refreshment break.

Stevie thanked the refreshment committee:  Judy Froning, Marty Billings, and Judi Turner.



Horticulture Presentation:

Our club horticulturist, Marilyn Wilson, introduced a Felt Plant.  She brought a box full of these plants for members to take.  She also introduced a Mother-In-Law Tongue, also known as
Snake Plant.  She gave away 2 samples that had roots and blooms!


Birthdays for November:

Happy Birthday to Walt Meier!


New Member:

Stevie gave a warm welcome to guests Suzanne Hume, John Bottorff, Marissa Steketee, and new member Dianne Green.


Meeting Minutes and Treasury Report

Jen Campbell motioned to approve the October minutes.  Ellen McGrath-Thorpe seconded the motion.  October minutes were approved.

Stevie reported that our Club has a balance of $6,897 with $95 in outstanding checks.

Katy Gibson will be the Treasurer for the rest of this year since Stevie is now President.




Plant Sale and AHLF Plant Cart

Judy Froning gave a BIG thank you to all who helped make the Plant Sale so successful.

She said that the team effort resulted in $1,150 for our scholarship fund.

She is already planning for the next Plant Sale this June.  Cuttings will be available at our January meeting so members can begin propagating for the June plant sale.


Judy, who is also chair of the AHLF Plant Cart, explained the watering procedure for members volunteering to help.  Reminder was made that all plants must be succulents and all pots must have holes. We share the profits with the Lagoon and are paid on a quarterly basis.

Stevie reported that our last check was for $140.



Leesa Potocki, on behalf of the Club members, presented Judy Froning with a gorgeous orchid plant. We are very appreciative of all her work involved with the Plant Sale and Plant Cart!


Petals for Patriots – Pennies for Pines – Mary’s Jar:

Ellen McGrath-Thorpe explained Petals for Patriots and Pennies for Pines to encourage

volunteers. Dos Gringos Florist has provided flowers for the 3 large vases taken to Camp Pendleton each month.  As a tribute to the owners of Dos Gringos for their generous contributions Ellen made a fabulous sunflower themed quilt.  They specialize in sunflowers!

Stevie thanked Ellen for her many hours of volunteer service and to Dos Gringos for partnering with us!

Ellen also described how Mary’s Jar, started by Lifetime Member Mary Tornborg,

provides funds for our scholarship fund.  Many thanks were given by all to Mary.


Holiday Potluck:

Cindy Netherton motioned for members to bring guests to the potluck.  Liza Potocki seconded.

Motion passed.


Exchange Table:

Jodi Trax encouraged members to check out the Exchange Table.  She thanked members for bringing items.  Jodi reminded members that items that don’t sell need to be taken home.


Web Site:

Jim Campbell, our web master, explained the Web presence of the Garden Club.  He encouraged members to give reviews on YELP!  Check out our site at:


Meeting adjourned at 3:00 PM

Next meeting:  Friday, December 6, 2019, 1:00 PM at St. Michael’s By the Sea Church


Submitted by:  Cynthia Smerud