Belpre Garden Club

Martha Clark was hostess to the Belpre Garden Club at the Belpre Senior Center on April 14.

The club prayer was read by Gretta Bayne. Guests answered the roll call by naming a hobby which they enjoy other than gardening. Minutes and treasurer’s reports were read and approved. Claribelle Lohr gave a reading about “green thumbs”.

Janet Robinson, president, announced the Spring Regional meeting to be held April 26 at the Syracuse, Ohio Community Center. She also mentioned a demonstration on container gardening at Greenleaf Nursery on April 24. Persons attending should bring their own container. Robinson requested Leslie Pittenger to report on Belpre in Bloom. Residents are asked to use pink as the primary color in their container and garden plantings. Girls Scouts and Boy Scouts will help with the current Belpre in Bloom endeavor. Judging will be July 7 and 8. Seventy-five American chestnut trees have been planted. The Civitan Club will hold a garden sale on May 3 at the Civitan Club Building on Blennerhassett Ave., adjoining Civitan Park. Susie Casto announced that the Belpre Chamber of Commerce is encouraging everyone to take part in May Madness Shopping and shop locally. There are cards to be punched at local businesses and prizes to be won.

The hostess assisted by Rita Stealey presented a program on spring wildflowers. Martha Clark stated they are ephemeral, meaning lasting a very short time and they disappear when trees are in leaf. Rita gave a reading “Pink” and described the pink moon. Guests received a list of perennial and annual flowers which have pink blossoms and would be appropriate to plant to comply with the Belpre in Bloom color theme. Maudeline Carmichael presented the club with a box of greeting cards which she had purchased in Amish Country. Refreshments were served by the co-hostesses.

Gretta Bayne was the recipient of the hostess gift. The next meeting will be May 12 with the place to be named later.

Sandhill UMW of Reno

The Sandhill United Methodist Women of Reno met April 10 at the church with 14 members answering roll call with their favorite flower.

Joan Brown started the meeting with devotions. President Nora Pugh thanked everyone who donated their time for the soup dinner. There were 17 pots of different soups. Also 96 hot dogs were sold. Cookbooks are in publication and should be received by May 1.

The Mother/other dinner was discussed. Flowers for table decorations will be needed.

Ladies nite out will be June 12 at the Chatterbox in Beverly. Meet at the church at 5:15 p.m. to carpool.

The guest speaker was John Wright who teaches kick boxing and karate at Washington State Community College. He gave some points on how to protect themselves if they feel threatened and also how to protect yourself against identity theft.

Hostesses were Carol Thomas, Irene Stevens and Barb Jurin.

Next month the Mother/other dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m., May 8, at the church. Bring a covered dish and guest. All ladies of the church are invited to attend.