2016 Annual General Meeting and Pot Luck Supper

Our Annual General Meeting and Pot Luck Supper took place on Sunday, November 13, 2016

Photos were taken by Bob Murrell, Jenni Murrell, Mona Rea and Elisa Di Giambattista

01-2016-web-pageA list and photos of the Winners of the Flower Shows in 2016 and the Awards to be given out

3-2016-11-13Members and guests waiting for the Pot Luck supper to begin

2-2016-11-14Posing for the camera: Mona and Mario Rea
Top right: Our distinguished Photographer Bob Murrell
Bottom right: Marilyn Elliott and Debbie Ryan

1-2016-agmWe were honoured by the presence of:
L to R: Maureen Andersen – President of Wasaga Beach Horticultural Society, Russ Talbot – Past District 16 Director, Verna Sawyer – Executive Member of GDHS, Rob Nicol – Councillor, Lynn Dollin – Deputy Mayor of Innisfil and Lucy Valente – President of GDHS. Top Right: Joanne Rachfalowski – District 16 Director. Botton Right, Richard Simpson – Councillor and Friend Monique Mahoney

03-2016-11-13While members and guests enjoyed themselves – work was ongoing in the kitchen

04-2016-11-141List of 2017 Executive members to be voted on. Table display and the “Photo OP place”

05-2016-agm1Food galore!!

06-2016-agm2It was impossible to try all the dishes offered at the Pot Luck tables

07-speakers1President Lucy Valente welcomed everyone and introduced our distinguished guests and members.
She gave us some instructions on the centerpiece draw.

Eveline Teras led us in singing O CANADA and gave the blessing before dinner.

After the dinner we got down to business and President Lucy Valente gave us a report for 2016

Secretary Marilyn Elliott read the minutes from last year’s AGM and also informed us that the votes to change our public name from Gilford & District Horticultural Society to Innisfil Garden Club had been counted and came out in favor of Innisfil Garden Club with 44 to 7.

Treasurer Mary Brown then gave her report

6-dsc03533Mona Rea, Chair of the Innisfil Communities in Bloom committee, presented President Lucy Valente with a cheque for $3500.00. The committee is disbanding after 15 years of operation. The cheque is to be applied to the cost of guest speakers at our society meetings.

4-2016-agm1L to R: Eveline Teras gave a short speech about the Photo Competition and was very pleased to let us know that she had had 81 entries from only 11 members.

As Mayor Gord Wauchope was unable to attend Deputy Mayor Lynn Dollin thanked our society for helping beautify Innisfil and our contributions to ‘the quality of life that makes people want to live here’.

District 16 Director Joanne Rachfalowski installed the Executive for 2017

5-2016-11-141Flower Show Chair Jenni Murrell gave a short speech and then she and Committee Members Agnes More, Mona Rea and Linda Becic took care of giving out the Flower Show Awards.

1-2016-agm2Verna Sawyer (last year’s winner) presented Debbie Ryan with the Award for the Best Peony in Show
Mona Rea presented Debbie Ryan with the Award for the Best King Alfred Daffodil
Bob Murrell presented Eveline Teras with the Award for the Best Tulip in Show
The Annual Rose and Flower Show Most Fragrant Rose Award was not awarded this year as we only had one entry – we need three to give out an award

11-speakers3Mario Rea (last year’s winner) presented Jenni Murrell with the Award and Gift Certificate for the Largest Spanish Onion
Linda Becic (last year’s winner) presented Verna Sawyer with the Award for Most Points in Floral Design “B” (Beginner)
Agnes More presented Jenni Murrell with the Award for Most Points in Floral Design “A” (Advanced)
The Best Gladiola Award was not awarded this year as we only had two entries – we need three to give out an award

2-2016-agm3Mary Brown (last year’s winner) presented Mona Rea with the Best Chrysanthemum Award
Jenni Murrell (last year’s winner) presented Eveline Teras with the Award for the Best Iris
Marilyn Elliott presented Jenni Murrell  with the Award for Most Points in Vegetables
The Award for the Best Lily in Show was not awarded this year as we only had two entries – we need three to give out an award

13-2016-agm3Victor Foster (last year’s winner) presented Mona Rea with the Best Rose Memorial Award
Linda Crome presented Mona Rea with the Award for Overall Points for Rose Shows
Deputy Mayor Lynn Dolling presented Eveline Teras with the Award for Most Points in Houseplants

14-speakers5President Lucy Valente presented Eveline Teras with the Award for Overall Points in Flower Show Specimens
Agnes More presented Eveline Teras Award for Most Points in Photography

15-speakers6President Lucy Valente presented Mary Brown with the Society President’s Award for Outstanding Contribution in The Office of Society Treasurer

President Lucy Valente presented Bob Murrell with the President’s Award for Outstanding Contribution in Multi Faceted Service to our Society

1-speakersPresident Lucy Valente presented Linda Becic with a Certificate of Recognition for Excellent work on the Flower Show Committee

Kim O’Rourke, not being present at the AGM, will receive her Certificate of Recognition  for Excellent Work on the Membership Table at our first meeting in 2017

President Lucy Valente presented Jenni Murrell with Ontario Horticultural Association’s Judging/Exhibiting Service Certificate

1-dsc03606The Newly Minted Executive for 2017
L to R: Verna Sawyer, Mona Rea, Linda Crome, Elisa Di Giambattista, Mary Brown, Lucy Valente, Betty Lou Flear, Linda Becic, Marilyn Elliott and Jenni Murrell