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Director's Report April 2014
21 Societies; 2,263 adult members; 25,551 volunteer hours; 11.3 VH/member
Youth members = 225
District Dues = .50 per member
Carleton Place & District – 25th Anniversary
Spring Advisory Council meeting and District AGM: 2013-14 started on April 6 in Renfrew hosted by the District Director, Kathryn Lindsay, with great support from the D2 Executive. There were 165 delegates from all 21 Societies. James Graham (OHA 1st VP) provided an entertaining and inspirational message on behalf of the OHA. There was a D2 book sale, a silent auction with items donated by each Society and downtown Renfrew businesses and a photo competition (results posted on the D2 website). The D2 AGM trophy was awarded to Diane Partlo from Kemptville H.S. for the delegates’ choice among three designs submitted for the District logo. An excellent soup, sandwich, relishes and sweets lunch provided by the United Church women’s auxiliary was enjoyed by all. The guest speakers were Christina Ouellet from the Flower Factory in Renfrew demonstrating spring floral designs and Grant Dobson from Connaught Nursery on landscaping with native plants and the new Shaw Woods Outdoor Education Centre near Eganville.
District 2 Communiqué: It is managed by Linda Bartlett (ADD Mississippi Basin) and has been sent out throughout the year on an “as required” basis to communicate D2 information and events. Information from affiliated organizations may be included but is not sent out separately.
D2 Website: The D2 Executive has been working hard to make the website as useful as possible. It is a “work in progress” so constructive feedback is always welcome.
OHA Board meetings: The D2 Director attended three meedings during the year- in July (in conjunction with the 2013 Convention in Thunder Bay) and in October 2013 and March 2014 (near Barrie).
July 2013 OHA Board Meeting Highlights
October 2013 OHA Board Meeting Highlights
March 2014 OHA Board Meeting Highlights
OHA Convention: The D2 Director and Society members attended the 107th OHA Convention in Thunder Bay from July 19-22. There were 215 registrants. Convention competition results were reported in the 2013 fall and 2013/14 winter issues of the Trillium newsletter (http://www.gardenontario.org/gar/newsl.php?news=210). D2 Director Kathryn Lindsay co-convened the flower show competition with D16. D2 competition results:
Art: Class 8 – Rock My World 2nd Lois O’Brien, Petawawa
Photography: Class 5 – This Rugged Coast 1st Fleurette Huneault, Gloucester
Creative Writing: Class 1- 1st - Fleurette Huneault, Gloucester
Website: Class 2 websites outside of GardenOntario.org Web Shells - 1st Perth & District (www.perthhortsociety.com)
Publications: Class 5 - 2010/2011 Special Event Brochure/Pamphlet/Flyer – HM West Carleton Garden Club
Class 13 - 2013 Yearbook 8.5x11 – HM Gloucester
Class14 - 2013 Yearbook – Full Letter Size 8.5 x 5.5 – West Carleton Garden Club
Flower Show: Class 4- Superior Shores –water-viewing - 1st Kathy Lindsay Ottawa
Class 8 - Berried Treasure – a small design - 2nd Kathy Lindsay Ottawa
D2 Flower and Edibles Show: It was held in Beachburg on August 10 co-hosted by Beachburg and Deep River H.S. There were 21 exhibitors from 9 Societies who entered 213 entries including 47 spectacular designs depicting the Theme of “A Whitewater Experience”. The event netted a profit and the host Societies donated $140 back to D2.
OHA Judges: There are 38 OHA certified judges in D2 on the OHA judges registry. A judging update was organized and hosted on September 28th in Beckwith Township by a D2 committee co-chaired by Linda Bartlett and Kathryn Lindsay; 32 judges attended from D1, D2 and D3. Participants submitted cut specimens for the horticulture show/practice judging and created line designs for the flower show/practice judging. The demonstrators were Ann Clarke-Stewart on roses and Dorothy Morrison on floral design. Topics discussed in the “Judges on Judging” session included revision of criteria for OHA certification renewal and the new Judging Committee being created at the OHA Board. A request for a survey on judging (and speaker) fees across the District was referred to the D2 Executive. Sheila King, who was unable to attend, was later recognized by a D2 service award for serving as the D2 Judges Coordinator for the past five years presented by the D2 Director at the Manotick H.S. Christmas dinner.
D2 fall Advisory Council: The meeting was held on Saturday, November 2, in Hazeldean hosted by the Greater Ottawa Water Garden & H.S. The most impressive icebreakers on Gardening Success stories included:
D2 Society AGMs: There is a lot of distance to cover in District 2. The D2 Director was able to attend 13 of the 21 Society AGMs between October and the middle of January; the Assistant District Directors were able to attend another five.
Seedy Saturday/Sunday: District 2 and its member Societies were represented at the Seedy Saturday in Ottawa on March 1, 2014 and the Seedy Sunday in Pembroke and Perth on March 2, 2014.
D1D2 Boundary Revision: D2 has continued to discuss a proposed boundary revision between D1 and D2 to more evenly allocate the number of Societies, members and financial capacity and to reduce the size and geographical extent of D2 to enable the D2 Director to visit D2 Societies more often, to motivate Societies to host D2 events and to encourage more members to attend D2 events. A meet and greet gathering organized by Jeff Blackadar and the D1 and D2 District Directors on March 30 near Metcalfe was attended by 21 Society members from D2 and 4 Society members from D1.Upcoming highlights for D2 in 2014-15 include:
OHA 108th Convention: The Convention is being hosted by District 1 from July 18-20 at the Nav Centre in Cornwall. I encourage each D2 Society to participate in the OHA business meeting and Society members to enter the adult and youth competitions, register for the Convention and participate in seminars, judging updates, bus tours, the banquet and volunteer to help when asked by D1.
D2 flower and edibles show:I also encourage D2 Society members to participate in our own show being co-hosted by West Carleton Garden Club & H.S. and Kanata-March H.S. on Saturday, August 16, in the Carp Agricultural Hall on the outskirts of Ottawa.
D2D1 Fun Day: The D2 Executive is currently working with Gloucester H.S. on a D2D1 fun day in September. Stay tuned! Respectfully yours in horticulture and floral design, Kathryn Lindsay District 2 Director Member of the Ottawa Horticultural Society
Latest Annual Report: OHA Annual Report, District 2, 2014
Last Updated: 2018-10-20