The Du Quoin Garden Club held its June 27 meeting at the home of Bonnie Wilson.
Twenty-one members answered roll call. No one reported fenugreek in their garden. The co-hostesses, Charlene Bigham and Gail Taylor, served desserts.
Two members, Charlene Bigham and Phyllis Van Dermark, were recognized for their 20 years of dedication to the club. They were given cards, certificates and rose label pins. Books in their honor will be given to the library.
A chocolate theme was used to install the 2017-2018 officers of the club. Installed were President Jean Bullock, Vice-President Joey Harsy, Secretary Mary Jo Novak and Treasurer Peg Pursell.
Pam Swallers gave the horticulture minute by showing a monarch caterpillar spinning its chrysalis. The program, "Preparing Horticulture for the Flower Show Competition," was given by Peg Pursell, Bonnie Wilson, Sherry Gravot and Mary Jo Novak.
The May minutes were read and approved. The treasurer's report was given and accepted. A thank you note was read from Karen Glynn, chair of the Perry County Master Gardeners, thanking the club for weeding the flowerbeds at the fairgrounds.
President Jean Bullock expressed her thanks to Larry and Karen Britton for hosting the Indian pink walk; to the Du Quoin Public Library staff for use of the display case; to Pam and Bud Swallers for hosting the concrete leaf workshop; to the membership for giving the Blue Star Memorial Marker a facelift; to Sandy Minton for opening her garden for a walk; and to the Du Quoin city crew for delivering mulch. Wilson moved that the club buy donuts for the city workers; Gail Taylor seconded. The motion passed.
The ways and means committee will discuss prices to ask for the concrete leaves. The civic beautification committee discussed weeding and mulching schedules at the gazebo, Keyes Park and the welcome sign. The awards committee was informed that photocopies and Facebook news could be used in the publicity book. Joey Harsy, membership committee chair, submitted two names for membership. History committee chair Betty Eastman asked the past presidents to go through their scrapbooks and choose pertinent information that would help tell the history of the club.
A book on container gardening was chosen as a gift for the library in memory of Joyce Deaton. Discussion was held about the District VII Garden Clubs of Illinois Flower Show that will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 15 at The Pavilion in Marion. The show will be free and open to the public. Members chose not to make a club table this year.
The meeting was closed with the benediction. The next meeting will be July 25 at Karen Giffin's home. Co-hostesses will be Wanda Hill and Peg Pursell.