Congratulations Ron. I have heard nothing but good things about your first meeting as president. I was so sorry to miss it, but this darned flu really got me in spite of the flu shot that should have prevented it. Georgia's talk got rave reviews and I can't hear enough about the wonderful raffle table that Frank & Sally provided. I spoke with the winner of the Wandae who is still on cloud nine. I even asked Gerry to buy me some raffle tickets, but luck was not with me and he came home enpty handed. A job well done with the meeting. Keep up the good work. MarnieIf you did not attend this meeting, you missed a real good one.
Georgia Tasker's presentation was exceptional!
Frank and Sally Tastinger from Fantastic Ferns really out did themselves on the plants donated for the raffle table. Most notable were the hard to find Platycerium superbum & wandae. These are both monster stag horn ferns. They are rare as they do not form pups. They must be propagated from spores. The sizes that were donated were 4-5 years old.
The big raffle plant was another stagg horn, Platycerium ellisii. What a rare beauty! Another non-pupping species that must be propagated spores. This eye catching fern has light green color with dark green veining.
Richard & Delores Button also generously donated a Brownea grandiflores that was in bloom.
It was decided at the meeting that permanent name tags would be made for the next meeting. There were a few in attendance that were wearing their old ones. The Society has no place at Fairchild to store the tags, so it will be up to the members to bring them to every meeting. This will help me and others to help remember names. I am still relatively new to this Society, and do not know a lot of people's names, but I remember their faces. To entice compliance of wearing the name tags, I will be donating a free plant for each meeting that will only get raffled to those who show up wearing their members badge.
Thanks to all that attended. The hospitality committee did their usual stellar offerings. There were 64 at the meeting with plenty of food for everyone!
It's good to hear that the transition has been nothing but smooth. It sounds like it was a great evening. I must make more of an effort to attend these meetings, it's just tough dealing with the rush hour traffic.
1 hour plus transit times make it tough for us up here in Southwest Broward