Re: [DallasVegGardeners] A Year-End Message From Your Organizer

From: user 6.
Sent on: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 9:01 AM
 Amen to that.....hope to make a meeting in 2012.

---- Alice ~ <[address removed]> wrote: 
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> Greg, Very well written!!  I love it. I'm so glad you're on my team and on my list of friends, in real life and online.  I'm so glad we've gotten to work and play in the dirt together and Candy, too!  She's so precious.  Thank you for the update and the letter, it was wonderfully moving and personal.  I appreciate your openness and transparency.  
> I hope you and Candy have a wonderful Christmas and a great New Year's celebration, if I don't see you until then.  Praying for you all and blessings of abundance over you!
> Hugs!!
> Alice 
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> Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. 
> But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.They will soar high on wings like eagles.They will run and not grow weary.They will walk and not faint.
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> --- On Mon, 12/19/11, Greg <[address removed]> wrote:
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> From: Greg <[address removed]>
> Subject: [DallasVegGardeners]­ A Year-End Message From Your Organizer
> To: [address removed]
> Date: Monday, December 19, 2011, 7:35 PM
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> Dear Dallas Area Backyard Vegetable Gardeners,
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> I hope this email message finds you and your loved ones doing well and enjoying the holiday season. It's all too easy to get wrapped up in the "commercial" side of the holidays – fighting crowds, checking off your gift list, standing in line – basically "meeting yourself in the doorway" trying to get everything done. It's very important to also give time for yourself, stay healthy, spend time with your loved ones, see folks you seldom see very often, participate in your faith, and do what you can to end the year with momentum going into 2012. 
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> This year's holidays will be a little harder for me personally to get through, having lost my father (whose birthday is in early January) early this year. My "Meetup partner" and girlfriend, Candy, lost her grandmother (who was just shy of 92 years old) earlier this month. Our memories of loved ones will be forevermore, and due to the warmth that good friends and special people like you have provided, we will "brush ourselves off and get back on the saddle," to use a cowboy reference.
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> As gardeners here in north Texas, we are given a "gift" every year of being able to pretty much grow year round, provided some protective measures are in place. We have gotten through one of the worst droughts and heat waves in our state's history, and like mine, your garden probably took a beating (and hopefully not a total loss). The Fall brought hope and recovery, and now we are poised to get next year's Spring garden going (you are getting your 2012 seed catalogs, aren't you?).
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> Which brings me to this Meetup. We have had a great year of successful meetings, covering a wide range of gardening topics and visits to local venues and suppliers who not only support the local communities, but who are on the forward edge of sustainability, growing green, and sharing the desire to making our planet better for our future.
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> As your organizer, I, along with the help of a very knowledgeable duo of assistant organizers – Alice & Brian, look forward to having more of the same in 2012... great meetings that will help you, your families, and your community be better veggie gardeners or become more sustainable. The Meetup mantra gives good folks like you the opportunity to get together and share your knowledge with other like-minded people, something that seems to have been lost in recent years. None of us garden in a vacuum, and we only get better each season with more experience and learning from each other.
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> Early next year, starting right after New Year's, we will have our "Seed-Starting 101" and "Seed Starting 202/Transplanting 101" meetings (with some seed exchanging going on in there somewhere). These were two of the most popular meetings of last year (standing room only in my living room!). I hope to announce a date for the first one later this week or next week at the latest, so keep an eye out for it.
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> Until then, allow Alice, Brian & myself the opportunity to wish you and yours a safe, restful and memorable holiday season.
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> Cheers,
> Greg Holdsworth
> Organizer
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