Westlake Garden Club receives Distinction Award
The Westlake Garden Club was honored at the Westlake in Bloom Award Ceremony on August 4 with a Distinction Award for Community Involvement. The garden club has had a presence in the community since 1963, working to educate the residents on environmental issues as well as working to beautify our city through garden projects.
Longtime member Kathy Molner has been the driving force behind the garden club’s celebration of Arbor Day at which a tree is planted at various locations around the city. This year, a tree was planted at the Westlake Porter Library.
The garden club also planted and maintains a memory garden at the Westlake Community Services Center. Last year, a tree was planted and a small statue installed in the garden in memory of Lu Walter, who was very active in the garden club and in the community.
The garden club was instrumental in coordinating the Hilliard Road Flower Boxes for many years before turning it over to the City. Garden club members are called upon to make flower arrangements that adorn every room of the Clague House during the Westlake Historical Society’s Antique Show and Sale, bringing flowers from their own gardens. They also put together the beautiful table arrangements for the Westlake in Bloom Award Ceremony every year.
For many years, the garden club membership was all women, but times have changed. There are now four male members of the club, and they would like to see that number increase. The club meets the third Wednesday of each month, March through December, at the library, unless a field trip is planned.
Meetings start at 11 a.m., followed by lunch at noon, and a program/speaker at 1 p.m. The program director has done an outstanding job of getting informative and educational speakers who present interesting and inspiring programs on many different subjects.
The next meeting is Wednesday, Sept. 21, at the library and the program is “Nature Printing.” Everyone will leave with some greeting cards, or perhaps an apron, tee shirt, sweat shirt, or napkins that they have “printed.” The October 19 meeting is the annual potluck dinner at Church of the Redeemer. Social hour starts at 6 p.m., dinner at 6:30 and speaker at 7:30 p.m. The program is “Let’s Talk Turkey” with Joe Reardon.
Everyone is welcome to attend a meeting. For more meeting information, please call 440-331-8722; for membership information, please call 440-665-5463.
Jean Smith is 2nd Vice President and Membership Director of the Westlake Garden Club.