General Meetings

2012 February General Meeting

Before the meeting and during the break, our club photographer, Donna Ditges, set up a mini studio and took professional headshots of all members for the 2013 Yearbook.  All members who had their portrait taken can find their photos on Donna’s website. The password to enter is “garden club” with no quotes and all lowercase.  Click on this link: Foto Flix Photography.  If anyone has trouble getting onto the site, please email Donna at

Donna will be taking photos again at the March meeting for those who missed the February meeting.  Also, if you are not pleased with the photo of you taken at this meeting, you may try again at the March meeting.  Everyone is encouraged to update their photos.  They will be published in the 2013 Yearbook only and will be removed from Foto Flix Photography’s website after the April meeting.

Our speaker today was Brett McCallister – Public Relations at Orange County Parks & Recreation.  The topic was “Death to Lawns.”  We were informed about Florida’s water shortage and encouraged to reduce or eliminate lawns and to plant more native plants to reduce their water consumption.  We received handouts indicating resources for information on native plantings.  Your webmaster will attempt to post this information at a later date under our Resources links found on this website.

Speaker, Brett McCallister

Jackie Haddock was recognized for achieving her accreditation as Master Flower Show Judge.  Congrats, Jackie!

February 26, 2012 will be an Open House for Camp Wekiva.  Anyone who wants to see what it is all about is encouraged to attend.  Counselor volunteers are needed and can sign up at the Open House.  For more information, please contact WGC member, Mary Brett, Jackie Rapport or Tanya Chesire.

Thanks goes to Hostesses Carolin Warren, Dee Smith and Fran Jarolimek for delightful snacks, coffee and juice.


General Meeting – speaker will be JoAnn Gatlin, Master Gardener and the topic will be “The Master Gardner Program.”  Hostesses will be Colleen Casey, Darlene Lohse & Tanya Chesire.

Club membership dues are due on March 1, 2012.

Our Crazy Card Party fund-raiser is on March 22, 2012.  Doors open at 10:15, starts at 11 am. Tickets cost $20.00. Check should indicate “player” or “donation.” Your check is your receipt; please make it payable to Windermere Garden Club. If you plan on eating, make a donation of at least $20.00. Other donations are up to the giver.

It’s beautiful weather for gardening!  Bend your knees while lifting, make your surroundings more beautiful and above all, have fun!

General Meetings, Scholarships

2011 January 12 General Meeting

Gina DeFalco and Cody Monroe, our two University of Florida Students who each received a $1,500 Environmental Horticulture scholarship from the Windermere Garden Club, attended the January 12 General Meeting.  Both told us about their studies and their plans after graduation in 2012.  We also heard from their advisor,  Amy Alexander.   After the meeting, WGC treated them to lunch at Westerly’s Restaurant at the Metro West Golf Club.  They were accompanied by several WGC members.
WGC members,  Kitty Day and Maureen Tuber, provided delicious snacks and coffee. 
Enjoy the photos below from the meeting:

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Newcomers' Events

Newcomers Brunch Feb 2 2011

We all enjoyed meeting new members: Carolin Warren, Connie Black, Cannon Stoffell and 3 potential new members: Susan Carter, Karen Ann Blonn, Danielle Mikolaitis at the Newcomers’ Brunch.  The brunch was hosted by WGC member, Maria Hawke at her lovely home in Orlando.  The members brought food, we all networked briefly, then we all moved to the pool veranda where each Chairman of her Committe or Project presented her duties and the purpose of her Committee.

All new members are encouraged to get involved with the club activities.  Involvement in your garden club will ensure the utmost experience and you will get to know the other members quicker.

Enjoy the slideshow from the brunch provided by Donna Ditges:

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