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An important message about the future of your garden club

From: Suzanne and P.
Sent on: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 3:24 PM

As leaders of Gardeners of Southwest Florida, Suzanne and I thank members Cindy Brown, David Chapman, Marc Gingras, and Debbie Lopez, each of whom generously offered to host a meeting in their gardens. We've hosted four meetings in our own garden as well. But the group's web site at shows that, after this Sunday's event, there are no meetings currently scheduled. With no such events on the calendar, members are likely stop checking the site, and the group could become moribund and decline.

The group offers free membership, free meetings, free snacks, free drinks, and free gardening advice for all gardeners in southwest Florida. This is a non-profit organization, with no money ever requested from anyone. The only "dues" expected of members is that they offer to host a meeting at least once during their years of membership. (Of course, those without gardens are exempt.)

Thanks to the support of the members mentioned above, the group's frequent meetings have been responsible for its impressive growth. Since we became its leaders 18 months ago, membership rose from 26 to a current total of 132. But it can't continue if no one else offers to host a meeting. We rely on all members' generosity of spirit. If you've ever received any benefit from this group, we trust you'll give back by offering to have a future meeting in your garden.

Recent meetings have attracted over 30 gardeners to each event, but don't let that intimidate you. Turnouts are bound to be much smaller as the snowbirds (like us) fly back north, returning in the fall. And meeting hosts can always pre-set a limit for the number of members (like ten, or any number) who can RSVP to attend their event. Note that only registered group members can access on the web site the address where the meeting will be held; non-members can't.

If you can host a meeting soon, please send us your preferred date (before it's reserved by some other member), and all the information we'll need to describe your event. For inspiration, you can read on the site the details of all our previous meetings, or of this Sunday's meeting at We'll take it from there. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Warm regards from both of us,

Peter Kacalanos and Suzanne Cherney

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