Tuesday, April 9, 2019

April General Meeting

Thank you, Kara and Mike Roberts,!  Dinner and Creating a Butterfly Habitat

Door Prize: Dave and Marsha Mausolf

Club Members and guests include: Beverly and Larry Allen, Bonnie Buhl, Norma and Ed Chiaramonte, Joe and Wendy D’Virgilio and friend Giuseppe, Sandra and Kenneth Gilbert, Debbie Haluch, Liz Hearn, Norma Islam, Ellen and Mark Jones, Dave and Marcia Mausolf, Ellie and Dennis O’Connor, Cathy Oland, Mike Owens, Kara and Mike Roberts, Ann and Ken Sansbury, Dale Smothers

Meeting Agenda
▪ A motion was made by Norma and seconded by Marsha to dispense of reading of the March 11 Meeting Minutes

▪ Secretary/Treasurer, Bonnie Buhl presented her Financial Report which was approved by all.  In addition, she advised that she was able to attain the documents that provides the Tax Exemption number for the CCL Garden Club

▪ Updates on the Butterfly Gardens were discussed:
Monument stone has been installed at the Brazos Sage garden.  Initial planting will take place in the next few weeks.  Earthcare Management has generously donated the labor and materials.  Special thanks to Brooke Marrs of Earthcare Management for their generous contribution.  Also, the support of Kelly Doyle, POA President Phase 3, was very instrumental in designating and approving a location for the garden.  She also encouraged Earthcare Management to fully support the installation of the garden.
Spring Planting Butterfly Garden I was scheduled for April 13 at 8am.  The weather cooperated and the planting took place as scheduled.  Participants included Larry Allen, Joe D’Virgilio, Ellen and Mark Jones, Cathy Oland, and Mike Owens.  Special thanks to Kyle Franklin and the IMS crew for their continued and generous support.  In addition to providing an excellent and varied selection of butterfly attracting plants, they refreshed the bed with a sand and small gravel mix to aid draining.

▪ Junior Gardening Event will take place on Saturday May 4 – Liz Hearn advised that all is in order.  Cathy Bortz provided copies of the flyer for the event.  Liz will distribute them at the CCL Spring Festival.  Members were asked to distribute them to friends and neighbors.  Ann will continue to promote awareness on CCL GC Facebook with dynamic posts.

▪ Yard of the Month – Now:  Yard of the Season (Spring, Summer and Fall)
Larry Allen presented the 3 new Yard of the Season signs
Kara Roberts will select volunteers and judge late April.  
President, Ellen Jones, presented a proposed amendment to the By Laws (see below).  It was unanimously approved.
Amended By-Laws Article XI – Garden Club Beautification Committee
▪ Current:  The Cypress Creek Lakes Garden Club will select 1 house in Section 1 and 2 and 1 house in Section 3 for Yard of the Month
▪ Amended:  The Cypress Creek Lakes Garden Club will select 1 house in each of
Phases 1, 2 and 3 for Yard of the Season.  The judging will take place in late April,
June and September

▪ Nomination and Election of Officers:  President and Secretary/Treasurer – Nomination Committee Larry Allen, Debbie Haluch and Mike Owens – At this time there are no candidates.  It was agreed by all that we will address at our final meeting for this year on Monday, May 13.

▪ There were no additional Committee Chair Updates

▪ Last meeting 2019 will be May 13, 2019
Program Host – All
Program Topic – Share Table.  Each member is asked to bring a gardening topic to discuss and share.  Examples: a unique plant (indoor or outdoor), a gardening problem you have resolved or need help in solving, landscape design, etc.  
Door Prize and Refreshments – Ian McWilliam
Nomination and Installation of new officers for 2019-2021

Following the meeting, Kara and Mike provided a tour of their beautiful garden which included, a wild flower garden, fish pond, greenhouse and a wide array of butterfly attracting plants.  They are avid enthusiasts of nature.  Last spring, they launched over 300 Swallow Tail and Monarch butterflies.  The evening continued with a delicious dinner and fellowship.  Thank you, Kara and Mike for opening your home to us and hosting such a delightful evening.  

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Monday, March 11, 2019

March General Meeting

Attendees:  Cathie Bortz, Lindey Bortz, Bonnie Buhl, Norma Chiaramonte, Joe and Wendy D’Virgilio, Liz Hearn, Ellen and Mark Jones, David and Marsha Mausolf, Mike Owens, Ann Sansbury

§       Program Host, Refreshments and Door Prize- Norma Chiaramonte Lindey Bortz also made delicious chocolate chip cookies for all to enjoy.  The door prize was awarded to Joe D’Virgilio
      Welcome speaker:   Fred Billings, Buds and Blossoms provided an informational and interactive discussion on Mulching, Pruning and Landscape Design.  Buds and Blossoms also provided beautiful geraniums to raffle. Winners were, Lindey Bortz, Mark Jones, Marcia Mausolf and Lindey Bortz    Buds and Blossoms is located at 14120 Cypress North Houston Road and offers a full range of products and services.


Meeting Agenda
§        January 14, 2019 Meeting Minutes – a motion was made by Norma Chiaramonte and seconded by Marcia Mausolf to dispense of reading of the minutes

§        Treasurer Report was given by Bonnie Buhl and was approved by all

§        Tax exemption status – There is an issue with our EIN Number that does not reflect our tax-exempt     status.  Bonnie is going to work with officers in the TX Garden Club Federation to resolve

§       Nomination and Election of Officers:  President and Secretary/Treasurer – Nomination Committee Larry Allen, Debbie Haluch and Mike Owens – Nomination Committee has requested to defer election until April 8, 2019

§        Monument stone for the Butterfly Garden on Brazos stage was given by Mark Jones.  Two options of stone were presented.  One was a Limestone and the second was a Western Swirl.  There was a unanimous vote to go with the Western Swirl.  The cost and agreement to purchase was also approved unanimously.

§       Junior Gardening Event – Saturday May 4 – Highlights of the Planning Meeting held on February 27 at the home of Liz Hearn include:  POA Section 1 & 2 continues to support our community program and have made a generous donation.  IMS Landscaping has extended continued support by donating the plants for the event.  Peggy Owens has created one of a kind “pot stickers” for the children to choose to adorn their plants.  Liz Hearn and Lyn McWilliam are chairwomen for the event.

§      Yard of the Month - New signs ordered by Larry Allen and Kara Roberts is the new Chairwoman for YOM.  Mike Owens made a recommendation to consider Seasonal Awards versus Monthly Awards.  This was discussed and decided to be an excellent idea.  A proposal on details of “Seasons” for awards to be given and number of awards in each section (North or South of Cypress North Houston) will be presented at the April meeting.

§       Ellen provided an update on the Federation Garden Club Meeting for Friday, April 11, 2010 – Zone 7, which includes CCLGC.  Our club is responsible for a refreshment donation for the meeting.  Ellen and Bonnie plan to attend and provide a refreshment on behalf of the CCLGC.  Ellen also offered to car pool with those who would like to go. 


§       Upcoming Monthly Meetings: 
April 8, 2019
­   Program Hosts – Kara and Mike Roberts, 20203 Nicholas Point Court
­   Program Topic – Creating a Butterfly Habitat for all species
­   Refreshments and Door Prize:  Dave and Marsha Mausolf
­   ***Nomination and Election of New Officers – President and Secretary/Treasurer

May 13, 2019
­   Program Host – All
­   Program Topic – Share Table.  Each member is asked to bring a gardening topic to discuss and share.  Examples: a unique plant (indoor or outdoor), a gardening problem you have resolved or need help in solving, landscape design, etc. 
­   Door Prize and Refreshments – Ian McWilliam
­   Installation of new officers

§       Bonnie Buhl gave the Gardening Tips for March:  A few tips to get the most impact from your color beds:
­   When planting beds that will be viewed at a distance, choose large swaths of color for the greatest impact.
­   Mixtures of many colors are interesting when viewed up close, but as you move away, they tend to blend into one another.  A riot of color around the patio or along the walkway can be very effective.
§     The Meeting was adjourned at 8:50 pm

Saturday, March 9, 2019

March Guest Speaker

Fred Billings, owner of Buds and Blossoms will discuss soil preparation and landscape design at our March General Meeting, Monday, March 11th.

Monday, February 11, 2019

February General Meeting

Attendees:  Beverly Allen, Larry Allen, Bonnie Buhl, Norma Chiaramonte, Joe D’Virgilio, Wendy D’Virgilio, Sandra Gilbert, Debbie Haluch, Sandy Haumpton, Liz Hern, Ellen Jones, Mark Jones, Ian McWilliam, Nicole McWilliam, Dave Mausolf, Marcia Mausolf, Cathy Oland, Mike Owens, Kara Roberts, Mike Roberts, Ann Sansbury, Dale Smothers, Dennis O’Connor, Ellie O’Connor, Norma Islam, Cathy Bortz and Lyndi Bortz

§        Program Host - Mike Owens
§        Refreshments and Door Prize - Bonnie Buhl and Mike Owens
§        Welcome speakers: Kyle Franklin, IMS Landscaping and Joe           Sykes, President MUD 374
§         Program Topics:
Kyle gave an informative presentation on Creating Butterfly Habitats within the Urban Landscape.
       Key highlights included:  choosing the right location, establishing a foundation of healthy soil,   creating water sources for butterflies, plant choices for host and nectar plants and complementing     the garden space with annual plants for additional color. 

       Secondly, Kyle recommended 3 possible locations where we can establish additional butterfly     planting areas.  Two of the locations are on CCL property and one is on MUD property.  The group   was enthusiastic about pursuing the planting.  Kyle provided itemized quotes which have been   submitted to the POA and MUD boards for review and approval.

Location Information:  The club had suggested planting wildflowers in the field north of the lake at the main entrance on Sunny Springs and between the lake and Black Horse golf course.  Kyle suggested that the area is not ideal.  Primary reasons include: the area is very large (10,000 square feet), soil preparation and planting would be costly and most importantly the area floods.  All agreed it would not be prudent to choose this location.  The group did agree with requesting approval from POA Section 1 & 2 Board for a 400 square foot planting behind the splash pad (left of the rest rooms) at the park on Sunny Spring and Cypress Creek Lakes Drive.  The second location is a small area on Cypress North Houston.  The location for planting on a MUD property is a 220 square foot area behind the club house on Cypress Creek Bend.

      Kyle had a wide array of butterfly friendly plants on hand to provide examples.  He concluded his presentation with a plant giveaway drawing.  Everyone went home with a beautiful plant.  Thank you Kyle!

      Joe Sykes provided an update on flood concerns that are being addressed.  The developer for Town Lake has built a levy in the area of Cypress North Houston and Greenhouse Road.  The MUD board is concerned that the levy will restrict water flow from Cypress Creek Lake which poses a risk for significant flooding.  The MUD board has retained an attorney and a Hydrologist to analyze the situation. 
­         Secondly, Joe informed us that the Sheriff’s office is investigating a robbery ring that is targeting an area in Katy and Cypress Creek Lakes.  They are primarily focused on stealing items from unlocked cars.  He encouraged all to not leave valuables in your car and to keep it locked at all times. 

Kyle and Larry Allen – Spring Planting for Butterfly Garden I:  Kyle presented a layout of the planting design along with an itemized list of plants.  The spring planting will be on Saturday April 6, at 8:00 am

Door Prize drawing – Nicole McWilliam won a beautiful planted Gerber Daisy provided by Mike Owens and Ellen Jones won a Bird Feeder and food provided by Bonnie Buhl
  Meeting Agenda
§       Welcome new members and Guests: Cathie and Lindy Bortz, Kyle and Sophia Franklin, Norma Islam, Dennis and Ellie O’Connor, Kara and Mike Roberts, Joe Sykes

§        January 14, 2019 Meeting Minutes – a motion to dispense of reading the minutes was made by Norma Chiaramonte and seconded by Marcia Mausolf
§        Treasurer Report was presented by Secretary/Treasurer Bonnie Buhl and approved by all

§        Mark Jones provided an update on the plans for Butterfly Garden II in section 3.  Mark noted that Kelly Doyle, the POA President for Section 3 and Brooke Marrs with Earthcare Management, have been extremely supportive in making this project a reality.  The design plan was presented to the group.  The overall design was approved by all.  The list of recommended plants will be provided to all members for review and recommendations. Earthcare management has generously agreed to provide all soil, labor for soil preparation, plants and materials. A motion was made by Ellen Jones to approve the selection and purchase of a Stone Monument Marker similar to the one at the original Butterfly Garden.  The approval of this motion was unanimous. 

§        Liz proposed a planning meeting for the Junior Gardening Event to be held on Saturday May 4.  It will take place at her home at 7:00 pm on Wednesday February 27.  All are invited

§        Yard of the Month – Kara Roberts graciously volunteered to be the YOM Chairperson.  The next judging will be for April and there will be an award for Sections 1 and 2, and one for Section 3.  Larry Allen will order a second sign.

§        Committee Chair Updates
­   Brick Fundraiser –new member Cathie Bortz, Realtor BHGRE Gary Greene presented an improved order form.  Cathie is sponsoring the printing of the form and has arranged for the Key Club to distribute the forms throughout CCL.  This should be very helpful in raising awareness and increasing brick sales.Thank you Cathie, Your support is greatly appreciated!
­   Social Gatherings – Norma Chiaramonte suggested a social outing.  Mike and Kara Roberts offered to host a dinner gathering in conjunction with the April meeting at their home.  The group readily welcomed the idea.  Kara will let everyone know at our next meeting what they can bring to the dinner on Monday April 8 at 7:00 pm.  Their home is at 20203 Nicholas Point Court

§        Monthly Meetings: 
March 11, 2019
­   Program Host, Refreshments and Door Prize - Norma Chiaramonte
­   Program Topic – TBD
­   Nomination and Election of new officers - Nominating Committee: Larry Allen, Debbie Haluch and Mike Owens
April 8, 2019
­   Program Host – Kara and Mike Roberts
­   Program – “Field Trip” -to see the butterfly habitat created by Kara and Mike followed by a sunset dinner.   
­   Refreshments and Door Prize:  Dave and Marsha Mausolf
            May 13, 2019
­   Program Host – all
­   Program Topic Share Table - Each member is asked to bring a gardening topic to discuss and share.  Examples: a unique plant (indoor or outdoor), a gardening problem you have resolved or need help in solving, landscape design, etc. 
­   Door Prize and Refreshments – Ian McWilliam
­   Installation of new officers

§          Gardening Tips for February - Zone 9 (gardening.albertarose.org)
­   Sow seeds for hardy spring-blooming annuals
­   Sow seeds of warm-season annuals indoors
­   Plant summer-flowering bulbs
­   Re-pot cacti and succulents, if essential, once they have finished blooming
­   Plant bare-root fruit trees
­   Apply dormant spray to fruit trees
­   Spray for peach leaf curl, peach leaf blight, and canker
­   Plant citrus
­   Repair or plant lawns
­   Plant or transplant frost-tolerant perennials outdoors
­   Sow seeds for tender perennials indoors
­   Plant bare-root roses
­   Plant bare-root trees, shrubs, and vines
­   Prune deciduous trees
­   Prune winter-flowering shrubs and vines just after bloom
­   Plant bare-root perennial vegetables
­   Plant seedlings of cool-season or winter vegetables
­   Sow seeds for cool-season or winter vegetables
­   Sow seeds for warm-season vegetables indoors

The meeting was adjourned at 9:15

Monday, January 14, 2019

January Meeting

Attendees:  Bonnie Buhl, Sandra Gilbert, Debbie Haluch, Sandy Haumpton, Ellen Jones, Mark Jones, Mike Owens, Ann Sansbury, Dale Smothers and Mike Roberts

Welcome:  New member Mike Roberts.  Mike is an avid gardener who has had great success in creating a habitat to attract many varieties of butterflies.  He and his wife Kara released over 300 butterflies last year including Monarchs and Pipeline Swallow Tails.  Mike shared that the movie, Flight of the Butterflies, is what stirred his interest in butterflies.  Welcome Mike!


§       Ellen Jones made the recommendation for all Garden Club member to attain Butterfly Garden Certification through the North America Butterfly Association (NABA).  Garden Club member, Ann Sansbury, has attained this certification.  The requirements are very basic: a non-pesticide environment with 3 different native caterpillar food plants and 3 native nectar plants.  Members agreed that in addition to creating a butterfly habitat, we can promote the program to others by example.  With certification, you receive a customized NABA Butterfly Garden and Habitat certificate along with a recent issue of NABA’s publication, Butterfly Gardner.  Weatherproof signs to place in your garden are available for $25.  For more information and to apply on line, visit https://nababutterfly.com/butterfly-garden-certification-program/

§       Ellen Jones provided an update on the location designated by CCL POA, Section 3 for the new Butterfly Garden.  Kelly Doyle, POA President for CCL Section 3 has designated a location for the garden. The location is an existing garden along both sides of the sidewalk leading to the playground at the park on Brazos Sage.  There was discussion and agreement among the group which included the decisions to:
o   Design the garden in the shape of a butterfly similar to that of the existing Butterfly Garden
o   Place the memorial bricks perpendicular to the sidewalk on both sides of the existing sidewalk
o   The importance of rich soil and organic undyed mulch was emphasized.  Ann Sansbury volunteered to provide compost for the gardens
o   In addition to planting milkweed, specific butterfly host and nectar plants to consider include cone flower, mist flower, lantana, may night salvia, parsley
o   A stone marker will be the keystone for the garden – similar to the one in the existing garden
o   A recommendation was made to include a small-scale tree such as Vitex on each side of the garden to provide a place for caterpillars to form a chrysalis
o   Members want to fully participate in the preparation and planting of the garden

Next steps include a meeting with the Kelly Doyle and the landscape developer to provide input and determine roles, cost and timeline.  Ellen will provide an update at the meeting on February 11, 2019

Business Meeting Results
§      November 12, 2018 Meeting Minutes – a recommendation to dispense of reading of the minutes was made by Mike Owens and seconded by Mark Jones

§      Bonnie Buhl, Secretary/Treasurer, presented the Year End/Monthly Treasurer Report.  It was approved by all

§       As a result of consensus of all members, a Memorial for CCL Garden Club Member, C. O. “Doc” Stokley has been made:
­   Butterfly Garden Memorial Brick
­   In lieu of flowers, $200 donation to Tennessee Technical University, Electrical Engineering Dept

§       Officer Nomination Committee Volunteers:  Larry Allen, Debbie Haluch and Mike Owens advised they will present their recommendation for Nomination of Officers for 2019 at the meeting on March 11, 2019

§        Monthly Meetings: 
­   February Program Host, Mike Owens, Refreshments and Door Prize, Bonnie Buhl
­   February 11 speakers – Kyle Franklin, IMS Landscaping and Joe Sykes, President MUD 374
­   February 11 Program Topic – discussion of feasibility of enhancing field north of main entrance on Fry Road between lake and Black Horse Golf Course
­   March Program Host, Refreshments and Door Prize - Norma Chiaramonte
­   March Program Topic – TBD
­   April 8 – Program Topic is Share Table.  Each member is asked to bring a gardening topic to discuss and share.  Examples include a unique plant (indoor or outdoor), a gardening problem you have resolved or need help in solving, landscape design, etc.  Mike Roberts has offered to host the meeting at his home.  In doing so, Mike will be able to share the butterfly habitat he has created and provide information on his pond.  Dave and Marsha Mausolf will provide the refreshments and door prize
­   May 13 – Program Topic TBD, Ian McWilliam will provide Door Prize and Refreshments

Committee Chair Updates

§       Brick Fundraiser – Mike Owen – special thanks to Cathie Bortz for sponsoring the printing of Memorial Brick forms
§       Field Trip and Events – the Bluebonnet Flower Club Annual Flower Show will be Thursday, March 28, 2019 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm.  It is a seated brunch in Barnhill Center at Historic Simon Theater in downtown Brenham.  Cost is $25 per person.  If you would like to attend, please contact Marsha Mausolf and she will coordinate
§       Social Media – it has been brought to our attention that the CCL Garden Club account on Facebook needs to be updated on a more consistent basis.  It was acknowledged that the promotion of meetings and events from this account has a greater impact than that from individual garden club member accounts.  Ellen agreed to provide timely updates (i.e. program speakers and events) to the site administrator, Debbie Haluch
      YOM Volunteer for Chair Positions needed - Next judging for YOM is April

Gardening Tips for January
§       PLANT TREES!!!
      Prune established trees as well as start fertilizing established trees and shrubs using balanced synthetic fertilizer 13-13-13.  *Note: Use organic fertilizers only on newly planted trees (< 2 years old in the landscape)