2012-09-12 / Community

Colquitt Garden Club meets

by Kathy Bennett

Kristen Moore (left) and Tina Brooks Kristen Moore (left) and Tina Brooks The Colquitt Garden Club gathered for its September 4 meeting at the Chamber of Commerce Conference Room. Iva Tabb, first vice president, welcomed the members back after the summer respite and asked Earnestine Heard to read our Garden Club Collect. Grace Moore gave horticulture tips for September. Now is the time for dividing irises and daisies. Other early bloomers need to cut back for a late fall flowering. She provided answers to various plant questions from the members adding her advice for bird feeding too. Minutes of the last May meeting were given by Recording-Secretary Stella Phillips and approved. Iva updated the treasurer’s balance. Corresponding-Secretary Jan Grimsley shared encouragement notes she had written over the summer to affected members. New business included rounding up the troops for help with the Colquitt/Miller County Arts Council project of decorating our town with scarecrows for the harvest season. With groups coming to celebrate Swamp Gravy’s 20th anniversary, we want Colquitt to radiate a warm, friendly welcome to our guests. Refreshments were served by Eloise George and Sue Tiner as Member Dot Wainwright recruited members for work on the appealing stuffed creatures. Kits or finished scarecrows are available for the exhibition and competition. Work will continue at the Ag Center on weekday mornings for all who can help with this fun project.

Old Business was tabled as members traveled to the First Baptist Church Chapel for the September Program. Member Tina Brooks and Kristen Moore, granddaughter of member Grace Moore, presented an informative and interesting account of their July mission trip to Uganda. The Power-point presentation highlighted the flora of the area while they elaborated on each slide. The group immediately saw the sad conditions the children of 11 different orphanages dwell in. Starvation and disease have killed most of their parents, and the orphanages provide a bed and one meal a day for these children. They are also taught the Bible and school lessons in addition to life and craft skills. “Pennies for Posho” is the organization Tina and Kristen traveled with that provides aid to these needy children. Posho looks like day-old grits stuck in a pan. Each child has a cup for drinking water, then a handful of posho each day with fruit during the wet season. While the ladies provided many beautiful slides of plants, crops, and flowers, it was evident that native Ugandans see the same flora as food, roofing and building materials, or ingredients for sellable crafts. Mission groups carry monetary donations directly to the pastors in charge of the orphanages to avoid government involvement. Tina and Kristen also carried tubs of medicine, church and school supplies, underclothing and socks, and toys. It is no wonder that the vans or ferries used for travel were met with cheers. Being on mission changes lives, here and there. We appreciated this awareness program and went away feeling more blessed than ever for where we and our families live. Tina or Kristen would be happy to share with you or your group more information on Pennies for Posho. The orphanages send choirs to America each year to raise awareness of their needs and funds for supplies during the dry season. The children’s choir will be in Colquitt next March.

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