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District 10 Director's Report for 2017, Presented at the Parkill AGM, April 2018
The year 2017 was an active and successful year for the District 10 Board and the 22 Societies within.
In total, we have contributed over 30,000 Volunteer Hours in support of our Societies and Communities.
During the year, many of us enjoyed attending various events held by District 10 Societies including Garden Tours, Flower Shows, Dedication Ceremonies, Seedy Saturdays and Wednesdays, the Fall Workshop as well as our D10’s AGM. Congratulations to all of you for your dedication and commitment in following the mandate of your Societies, District 10 and of the Ontario Horticultural Association in "Keeping Ontario Beautiful".
We began 2017 with new people filling three of our Board positions. Myself as District 10 Director, Albert Acre as Assistant Director for Oxford and Sherry Burgess as Assistant Director for Elgin. We all very much appreciated the great support and advice received from the remaining members of the Board as well as from Past Directors for District 10. A special thank you to both Anna Peterson and Jim Mabee.
In 2017 we partnered with the OHA and took part for the first time with a display at Go Wild Grow Wild. We found it to be a worthwhile event where like-minded people were in attendance and we could promote the OHA, the District and the Societies of District 10. Plans were therefore made to again take part in the event for 2018.
The Aylmer Horticultural Society were our hosts for the 2017 District AGM and did an awesome job. President Irene Vandermeersch, Past President, Roberta Wilson and the many volunteers from their Society did themselves proud. It was a well-run event and an enjoyable day.
The District Fall Workshop in November was Hosted by the Tillsonburg Society. We appreciated that this Society stepped up and they did an excellent job! The Venue couldn’t of been better.
At this Workshop, our learning focus was on implementing Social Media Strategies within our Societies to help connect with a wider and much needed younger demographic.
In 2017, the D10 Board took on the task of reviewing & updating the District Bylaws and the recommended changes are being brought to the membership for approval at our AGM April 21st, 2018.
District 10s turn is coming around again, and we have been asked to Host the OHA Convention for 2020. The District 10 Board has voted to bring the request to our membership for approval at the 2018 D10 AGM.
Some plans which are in the works and being implemented in 2018 are;
- The ability to hold District Meetings on the internet (Skype) especially during the Winter or bad weather.
- Upgrade our District web site and add more resources including a clear instruction document that can be easily updated and given to new Society Board members to help with filling out year-end reports.
We have two positions opening on the D10 Board this year. Carol Acre has completed her term as Treasurer and Sheryl Law also completed her term as Assistant Director for Perth.
Looking ahead to 2018 and to seeing what more we can improve on and accomplish together.
OHA Director District 10
Last Updated: 2018-05-15