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Our Society has been around since 1979. The list of members has changed greatly over the years, but fortunately we still have a few members who date back to 1979. We are a very diverse group of people with members from all walks of life, life experiences, knowledge and what have you. I believe you can get an answer to almost anything you want to know, if you ask.

Our motto is to have fun, laugh and enjoy whatever we are doing.

Most of our members are of the female kind, but the menfolk and the younger generation are beginning to show up at the meetings, realizing that we have fun, some darn good speakers and a well stacked coffee and snack table – and last but not least a chance to compete in the Flower and Vegetable Shows, Floral Designs and, at the end of the year, in the Photo Competition.

You can be a member who shows up at general meetings, listens to our speakers and enjoys our coffee or you can be a member who joins in, helps out and participates in everything that we have going. Whatever you do, do yourself a favour and become a member.

If the above got your attention, and you want to know more, click on Meetings, Activities, Newsletters or any other button above and see what happens.

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Nine members from our society attended the 110th Annual Ontario Horticulture Convention in Kitchener hosted by district 19 from July 29th to 31st, 2016.

Photos by Mona Rea

1-2016-conventionThe participants were: Sheila Allen, Mary Brown, Virginia Foster, Judith Matchett, Ruth Matchett, Brenda Rea, Eveline Teras and Lucy Valente – (Mona Rea, the Photographer is not in the pictures).

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In order to promote GardenOntario Week from June 13 – 21, 2015 Mona Rea send out the following invitation:

Gilford & District Horticultural Society of Innisfil presents
Tea in the Garden
view a private garden overlooking Cooks Bay Lake Simcoe
serving tea and delicacies
June 21, 2015 from 1pm to 4pm $5. per person

and the following pictures, taken by Marilyn Elliott, will show how much fun was to be had that day

1-Mona - Tea in the GardenViews of the garden in front of the house – posing in the middle are Sheila Allen, Judith Matchett, Linda Becic and Jenni Murrell

2-Mona - Tea in the Garden1Enjoying a cup of tea and delicacies on the back deck are Jenni Murrell, Agnes More, Mona Rea and Linda Becic – pictures from the side and back garden

3-Mona - Tea in the Garden2Ruth Matchett, Laszlo and Agnes More are enjoying delicacies from the well stacked tea table. Eveline Teras, Mona Rea and Judith Matchett are taking it easy on the comfortable sofa.

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Eleven members from our society attended the 109th Annual Ontario Horticulture Convention at Ancaster from July 3rd to 5th, 2015.

Photos by Jenni Murrell

4-2015 Convention3Since we were not able to fill both of the townhouses we had booked – 4 members from Oro-Medonte Horticultural Society helped us out.
Top left: Breakfast in the morning: Judith Matchett, Lucy Valente and Marjorie Bell. Bottom left: Janis Hamilton and Marilyn Elliott.
Enjoying snacks outside the townhouses (top right): Ruth Matchett, Lucy Valente, Judith Matchett, Betty Lou Flear, Marilyn Elliott, Sheila Allen, Mona Rea and Eveline Teras.
Bottom middle: Sheila Allen, Mona Rea, Eveline Teras, Mary Brown and Brenda Rea. Bottom right: Jenni Murrell, Lucy Valente, Ruth Matchett and Judith Matchett.

3-2015 Convention2We were finally able to present Billie Gill with her Certificate of Recognition for all her years serving our society (top left) . Mona Rea and Jenni Murrell spend some time viewing the flower show – some pictures of Layered designs.2-2015 Convention1All dressed up for the Awards Banquet: Lucy Valente, Judith Matchett and Betty Lou. Top right: Mona Rea, Brenda Rea and Ruth Matchett. Bottom right: Mary Brown and Eveline Teras. Virginia Foster was sitting between Mona and Eveline but unfortunately I missed her.

1-2015 ConventionTop left: Marilyn Elliott and our Fearless Leader, District 16 Director. Russ Talbut. Top right: Jenni Murrell and Marilyn Elliott.
Bottom left: Our friends from Oro-Medonte: Edna Caldwell and Lynne Melnik and Bottom right: Janis Hamilton and Marjorie Bell

DO YOU BELONG?

Are you an active member,
the kind that would be missed?
Or are you just contented
that your name is on the list?
Do you attend the meetings
and mingle with the flock?
Or do you stay at home
and criticize and knock?
Do you ever go to visit
a member who is sick?
Or leave the work to just a few
and talk about the clique?
There’s quite a programme scheduled
that I’m sure you’ve heard about
And we’ll all appreciate it
if you’ll come and help us out.
So come to the meetings often
and help with hand and heart –
Don’t be just a member,
dig in do your part.
Think this over, member;
you know right from wrong –
Are you an active member,
or do you just belong.

– Author Unknown –

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