Hi Guys, welcome to this months report, and what a good luncheon we had this month, after the hiccup last time when the kitchen ran out of food for the last 6 members. The people concerned had a half price this time around, so we hope that everyone was satisfied with this result. There were 89 members attending, two of these did not have lunch, for some strange reason. Apologies to those members who could not get Raffle tickets, as they were all sold out. We need to find a method to gauge how many raffles to have according to how many members will be attending. The committee are working on it.
President Lorraine spoke about her disappointment that the number of people who have suddenly cancelled their places for the New Plymouth trip. With these people now not going it makes it very hard for us to fund this trip as the bookings are all for certain numbers at the Motel, restaurants Etc, where we were getting a discount for a large group. These discounts do not apply if there are fewer people in the group. President Lorraine has embarked on a crusade to get some people from outside of our group to make up the number and allow this trip to proceed. A number of groups have been approached and offered a seat on our bus for the trip, this would be an exceptionally good deal for them.
If there are any of you or people you know who would like to go on this trip please contact President Lorraine as soon as possible. Phone 049025269 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our speaker this month was Gus Evans, from his nursery in Waikanae, he told us a great deal of useful information about our gardens and plants and how to look after them. Gus delivered his speech with lots of humor, and was very entertaining. The nursery now sells plants in little single bio-degradable peat pots, so you are not forced into buying a punnet of six of everything. What a great idea, so next time you are looking for some color in your garden, go speak to Gus, he will look after you.
Gus was particularly incensed with a new pamphlet put out by Kapiti Coast District Council concerning trees in Kapiti. It now appears that lots of native tress, like Pohutakawa, Kauri and Puriri are now at the mercy of the chain saw gangs, unless they have attached to them an official plastic protected tree marker. So much for the Council looking after our native environment !!
We will once again this year be hosting our Christmas function at the Paraparaumu Golf Club, the date is set for the 5th December so mark it down in your diaries. We had a great time last year with 87 members attending, we will be taking names at next months luncheon, so keep a look out for the notice on the board. The cost has not been agreed yet, but be sure that your committee are working hard to get the best deal we can.