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Livermore-Amador Valley Garden Club (LAVGC) is a non-profit educational service organization affiliated with California Garden Clubs, Inc. serving the Tri-Valley Area: Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton, San Ramon and Sunol.

LAVGC Mission: Encourage interest in all phases of home gardening; Promote better horticultural practices; Promote civic beauty; Promote conservation of natural resources.

LAVGC offers special interest groups and workshops on a variety of related subjects.

Different special interest groups include Floral Design, Herb and Culinary, and Mediterranean/Native Plants.

Members take tours to see outstanding gardens, nurseries and to attend horticultural events. In addition, there are local hikes to see the wild flowers growing in the Tri-Valley area. Members also perform community service locally and nationally.

Plants That Deserve More Limelight - November Monthly Meeting
Thursday, Nov 12 at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

LAVGC monthly meeting is at the Alisal Elementary School multipurpose room, 1454 Santa Rita Road, Pleasanton, CA 94566.

If you are interested in water-wise plants that also benefit pollinators and beneficial insects (and who doesn't?), this is the talk for you! Nicki Hughes, owner of the Gold Rush Nursery located in Soquel, CA, will talk about and bring examples of "Plants That Deserve More Limelight". She will tell us about lesser known plants that should be grown in our area and promises to bring many plants "That Deserve More Limelight" for sale. And Nicki has beautiful plants. For those of you who went to the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show, you may have seen her wonderful booth. So, if you love plants, and who doesn't in our club, come and enjoy the talk and bring your cash or checkbook to purchase a few plants.

Dinner with the speaker: We will be having dinner before the meeting at 5:15 at the Oasis restaurant, 780 Main Street, Pleasanton. All members are invited to attend. If you plan on attending the dinner, please phone or email Karen Jefferson by Noon on Wednesday, Nov 11. See the LAVGC Yearbook for Keren's phone number.

Visitors Are Welcome!

Please join us at the monthly meeting or contact us at the Contacts link above. Please take a moment to fill out the 2015-2016 Membership Application Form for July 2015 through June 2016.

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Thanks, thanks and more thanks

Thanks to all who participate in the club workshops, work parties and providing meeting refreshments. > > More

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The Gardener's Forum table

The Gardeners' Forum table is set up at monthly meetings to hold items, tips, questions, and solutions from members to members in an effort to share information. Please make sharing one of your new year's resolutions. We can all benefit from the things we each discover. Also, we all benefit from learning the solutions to your gardening problems. If you do not wish to post your idea or problem yourself on the Forum table at the meeting, feel free to send the info to Elizabeth Judge and she will post it for you. See the LAVGC Yearbook for Elizabeth's email address.

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Fall Boutique

Don't forget to bring your gently used Fall Decorations for our boutique at the November general meeting. If they are not purchased you will need to bring them back home with you but who can resist Maudie's pricing and promoting?

Please save your Winter holiday decorations for the December meeting.

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Plant Sale Planning for 2016!

Save the date, Saturday, April 16th, 2016. That's the date for our annual Plant Sale event. It's never too early to start propagating so start dividing, germinating, and rooting your cuttings. We need your good healthy plants for this sale.

We plan to change things a bit in order to expand and increase our fundraising amount. For example, we'll have more people in charge of individual plant types on the day of the sale. So if you have a specialty, like succulents, natives, pelargonium's, shade or pond plants, fruits, roses, etc. and would like to help out in this area, please let me know.

More details will unfold throughout the year as we settle on the specifics but the general essence is to have a better presentation of the large amount of plants we offer. If you would like to chair one of the specific plant types or have any ideas or suggestions, please contact Karen Abbruscato, plant sale chairman.

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Wouldn't you like to Share your Garden????

We are looking for gardens to be on our Spring Member Garden Tour, date to be decided still. This tour is for members and their friends and is not advertised to the public. We'd love to include gardens not seen recently. It's a terrific reason to get all those projects completed or even to show off new areas or specialties of your garden.

If you'd like to participate or have suggestions for gardens you'd like to see, please contact Sandra Yamaoda or Betty Nostrand. See the LAVGC Yearbook for their phone numbers.

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Building Our Club Vision Workshop

Saturday, November 7th, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Location: Alden Lane Nursery.

Update: don't forget the Workshop at Alden Lane Nursery in Livermore on Sat., November 7 from 9 to 4. If you have not signed up yet and would like to, please contact Marcella Rodgers to join the group or for more information. Attendees please bring a morning snack and lunch dish to share. Coffee will be provided. We will have a potlock at noon. Depending on the group discussion we could finish early.

Our club has 31 years of active productive history. We owe a big thank you to those who assisted in building our club traditions, activities, and reserve funds. As we look to the future we appreciate their contributions that have brought us to this point. We are projecting that our reserve funds will be approximately $20,642 by the close of this fiscal year.

During this last budget cycle we gained much clarity about our fiscal status. It is important to note, we currently have a strong reserve and that is a good situation for planning our future. We also now understand that for a number of years we have developed a trend of declining revenue and increased expenses. We know it is not healthy for the organization to simply continue this pattern of planned spending without reviewing our situation and making some informed conscious decisions as a club. A positive proactive approach will keep us in good standing for years to come.

Therefore, the Executive Board invites interested club members to attend a one-day working session to actively explore various related topics to our mission and budget circumstances. Working together we can consciously determine how we want our club to look in the future. For example, a few of the questions we will explore are: What activities do we want to continue in relationship to our mission? How will we pay for those endeavors? What is a prudent reserve for our organization? Under what circumstances should we spend reserves? Do we want to address our decreasing income, reduce our rising expenses, or some combination of the two?

These are a few of the questions that you will explore through organized small work groups and large group exchanges. It will be a busy day of participating in activities to propose suggestions, guidelines, and solutions. So come prepared to work together and nurture our organization.

The final task of the workshop participants will be to develop written recommendations for the Executive Board's consideration. Support your club and be a part of its future.

A special thank you to Alden Lane Nursery for providing our meeting facility! As always, we sincerely appreciate their support. Please RSVP to me by email Marcella Rodgers or text. Additional contact information is in the LAVGC Yearbook.

Respectfully Submitted on Behalf of the Executive Board, Marcella Rodgers, VP Community Service.

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New Member Reception

Thursday, November 12th, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm.

This year we are having our newcomer's reception before the November meeting starting at 6 PM. This is an opportunity for everyone to come and meet our newest members. Lori Martin and I will be there to answer questions and greet everyone. ALL of you are welcome to come early, meet and greet and grab some goodies from the refreshment table. Hope to see some longtime members there to answer questions from our beginning members.

Looking forward to seeing everyone.

Tia Kay, President

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