Magnolia Garden Club holds monthly meeting, announces upcoming events

The Magnolia Garden Club met at the lovely country home of Melanie Vidrine Monday, November 10. President Joyce Coreil presided over the meeting. She opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance, and the Conservation Pledge was read by Hazel Fontenot.

Since the last meeting, an Area VII meeting was held in Lake Charles. Members who attended were Joyce Coreil, Debbie Fontenot and Lynn Landreneau. The theme of the meeting was “Woodlands, Wetlands and Waterways.” The featured guest speaker was Cecilia Richmond, who spoke on “Louisiana Native Plant Initiative: Bringing Natives in from the Wild.”

Patrice Hemmi was chosen to replace the late Corine Roberie on the Arboretum and Heritage Garden.

Pam McGee has been working on the lighting of the oaks project, making sure every tree’s lights and junction boxes are working.

On November 11, the club held a veteran’s memorial program at city hall by the club’s Blue Star highway marker. Glenda Mitchell planned and conducted the memorial program. Veterans from the club members’ families were honored.

During the month of December, store window decorations will be considered when choosing the Civic Award of Merit.

The club’s Christmas social will be hosted by Barbara Colligan and Patrice Hemmi at the Colligan residence December 8. Members were encouraged to participate in the decorated package contest. The three categories are prettiest, most religious and the use of natural materials.

An explanation of the club’s yearbook was the meeting’s program. Door prize winners were Glenda Mitchell and Mable Foreman. Other members in attendance, besides those already mentioned, were Kit Eckert, Debbie Fontenot, Lola Fontenot, Sharon Fontenot, Theresa Reed and Gwen Wolff. The club enjoyed refreshments and the social hour after the meeting.

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