Jackie Westfield, president, opened the meeting. Sheryl Gash gave the devotion and prayer titled, “Try Prayer Power,” followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.
Ware presented an informative program on butterflies. She provided an educational display board on butterflies, but focused on the monarch. The monarch is a common sight throughout North America with the exception of the extreme North. Their orange-and-black color, mixed with a little white, make them instantly recognizable. They live in the North during the summer and then fly south to live in warmer temperatures during the winter months.
The Monarch’s life span is so short that it could not live long enough to personally return to the region it started in. Amazingly, the newly born and young know where to go for the other half of the year. Like all butterflies, the Monarch begins as a caterpillar, feeding on the foliage and flower buds where available. It is black with white and has yellow rings from head to tail and its favorite plant to eat, milkweed, is abundant across the continent. In the case of Monarchs, milkweed species are critical for their survival. Some of the recommended native milkweed species are common, swamp, butterfly, purple, prairie, whorled and poke milkweed.
Butterfly gardeners show they care about the environment and their connection to nature. By providing food and shelter for Monarchs and other pollinators, they also help to conserve native plants, reduce habitat fragmentation and increase biodiversity.
Westfield opened the business meeting after the program. Cynthia Humes gave the secretary’s report and Margenia McKissic gave the financial report. Billie Blair provided a benevolence report. Westfield gave a special thanks to Kay Cox, Lelia Ware and Charlotte Scott, who completed the club’s scrapbook.
The Day of Gardening held on Feb. 15 at the Good Shepherd Luthern Church in Chattanooga was discussed. Billie Blair, Kay Cox, Lelia Ware, Charlotte Scott and Jackie Westfield attended and gave a report on some of the workshops.
Westfield discussed the 100 Black Men of Bradley County Inc. Annual Scholarship Banquet which the club will serve as Hostess. She reminded everyone of the District III Spring Membership Meeting at the Mountain City Club in Chattanooga. Eight members planned to attend. Westfield encouraged all members to attend at least one day of the TFGC Convention that will be held April 1-2 at the Marriott Convention Center in Chattanooga.
Other dates to remember is the upcoming Garden Expo April 12 and 13 at Camp Jordan in East Ridge. The next club meeting will be held on March 28 at the Bradley Cleveland Community Services Agency at 6 p.m.
Others in attendance were Dorothy Keith, Regenia Piersaul and Edwina Robinson.