Last week, Calusa Garden Club of Marco Island installed its newly elected officers for the 2021-2023 Biennium. The Garden Club met in person, outdoors at Wesley United Methodist Church’s gathering space, for only the second time since March of 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The members brought lawn chairs so they could sit in a socially distanced manner, and the business meeting included installation of the newly elected officers by their own Calusa Garden Club member Dale DeFeo, who is the new Chairman of Calusa Garden Club’s District IX of Florida Federation of Garden Clubs.
The new officers who were installed are Susan Neustadt, President; Kimberly Korb Porter, First Vice President and Program Chair; Monique Doyle, Second Vice President and Membership Chair; Laura Furlong, Secretary; and Margie Bramel, Assistant Treasurer. Two officers were not in attendance and were installed in absentia: Annette Kuhn, Treasurer and Joan Husband, Corresponding Secretary. The new officers will lead the Garden Club for the two years ending in April of 2023.
The meeting began with a brief business meeting that included the officer installation. Then, Club members Susan Oldershaw, Linda Spell, Linda Chute and Janet Watson were the speakers for the meeting as they displayed photos of their homes and described their plants and landscaping. Outgoing President Sara Wolf thanked the Board Members who had served with her for two years, and the Club gave her a computerized weather station as a parting gift in addition to a beautiful tropical flower arrangement. Following the speakers, members enjoyed box lunches from Big Al’s while they socialized.
Calusa Garden Club is a member of the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs and membership is open to those interested in horticulture, floral design, and environmental matters, residing five months or more in Collier County. The Garden Club meets October through April. Contact the Garden Club at email@example.com or visit the Garden Club’s website calusa.org, or its Facebook page Calusa Garden Club.