Magnolia Garden Club hosts first meeting of new year

The Magnolia Garden Club met January 12, at the home of Haidee Floyed. Guest speaker for the meeting was Mayor Bill Jeanmard.

He asked the club to partner with the mayor's office to place a memorial plaque in the Native Plant Heritage Garden to honor late member Corine Roberie who had worked so diligently for the establishment and maintenance of the garden.

Jeanmard said the City of Ville Platte will sponsor the Cleanest City contest the first week of April and discussed plans for the opening of the Swamp Pop Museum in the near future.

He discussed the establishment of an emergency preparedness policy and the cross-training of his office staff. This will allow staff to be aware and assist other workers in their jobs. He also stated the water tax will be placed on the ballot later this year. He then answered questions from club members.

After the refreshments, the regular meeting was held. A discussion was held on ways to improve the Lighting of the Oaks for the next Christmas season.

There will be no Garden/Civic awards presented during the months of January and February. A committee will be established for each month to choose the Garden/Civic awards for the 2009 year.

Mable Foreman, a garden club member, invited the club to an open house for Ville Platte Home Health March 12. The organization will be celebrating it’s 10-year anniversary. At first, it had eight employees. Now, 38 people are employed with Ville Platte Home Health. Club president Joyce Coreil thanked Foreman for the photographs she takes at club events.

Nominations for new club members are to be presented at the February meeting for a vote. The February 16, meeting will be hosted by Annette Graser. Door prize winners were Judy Waters and Hazel Fontenot.

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