We left the CH Fire hall because they
told us we could no longer bring our own refreshments, we had to
use their catering service and pay an additional fee. They also
stopped showing up to let us in.....
On 7/17/2020 10:54 AM, Kathleen Harvey via groups.io wrote:
After reviewing the string of comments, it seems joining the 2
clubs isn't feasible. With that in mind, the next issue is
determining if there are venues that will accept our small groups
for in person meetings. To me, personally, I enjoy the camaraderie
and socializing of our groups, and seeing everyone's orchids each
month. I have missed those occasions the last few months.
Years ago, the
Pinelands group met at the local fire hall on route 38. I wasn't
part of the decision to leave that venue, and am unaware why we
did that. Could we consider asking them to host us again?
is the cherry hill municipal building has a meeting room with a
kitchen where another garden club met before covid.
As for south
Jersey, I thought Marie had another local church close to the
one where we met this past year. Is that venue open to visitors?
If all else
fails, we can meet virtually, but I prefer meeting in person.
On Fri, Jul 17, 2020 at 10:42, Bob and Sherron Davis
reasons you mentioned I really don't think the
societies will merge. So that leaves us with our two
separate groups. I also don't think with the way this
pandemic is heading that there will be any in-person
gatherings until there is a vaccine. Bob and I are
happy to do zoom with whomever wants to do it just to
hold us together. The declining membership the last
several years, due to age attrition and lack of young
members, has put us at a disadvantage. Then we are hit
with this terrible pandemic. I'm not sure if we could
just meet together via zoom ,thus eliminating driving,
time, etc. As a friend of mine has said to me, "
There is a beginning and an end to everything" but I
like to be more optimistic and hope that somehow we
can still see our friends and their beautiful orchids.
From: Marie Hageman via groups.io
Sent: Fri, Jul 17, 2020 9:32 am
Subject: Re: [pinelands] Future Meetings
idea but slight problem. Everytime
that we have had this discussion in
the stumbling blocks we ran into are
day/time, and location.
isn't really merging as so many
members are in both societies and the
are not have said that it's because of
the day/time conflicts and/or
the net result would be not really
merging, but one club absorbing the
At which point some members, who could
not drive that far or make meetings at
that particular time, would be left
out, so the membership would really
When offering the better church, up
the street, as an option for our
holiday dinner, several Pinelands’
members said, I’m not driving all the
way down there.”
online Meetup group has 20 people
interested, however IF any of them
becomes a dues-paying member remains
to be seen.)
members who have joined both societies
have stated they enjoy the comradery
everyone and the orchids, so they
would lose half of that, with only one
meeting to attend per month.
it's only a temporary rejoining, both
boards can agree to just pay half of
but if it's permanent we have the
legal expense of dissolving one club
funds. Since neither club is flush
with cash, those fees may take all of
balance, meaning that the other would
not be gaining members nor money.
the all-important question is, if we
rejoined, when would our meeting time
Do we cut out those who can't make
Tuesday evening or Sunday afternoon?
would we maintain both clubs’
schedules, which, isn't really
brings us back to the original problem
of where can Pinelands meet?
We need clarity on
what is really being proposed? First
Tuesday meetings, third
Sunday meetings, or both, or something
On Thursday, July 16, 2020, 08:01:11
PM EDT, John Rogan via groups.io
7/16/2020 7:16 AM, Gerald Giles
Good solution John, we should give
it a try. Jeanne Giles
I think it's about time for
Pinelands and South Jersey to rejoin
the societies, at least temporarily,
while the covid virus is still a
concern. We could at least try it,
anyway. And since South Jersey meets
at a church, and the churches (I
think) are allowed to operate, we
could use that facility for the
combined meetings. Anyone else think
this might work?
7/15/2020 5:27 PM, Marie Hageman via
Just in case you are not aware
of it, there is a virus
going around and, our
meeting place is closed to
us, and all outsiders, with
no date for reopening.
This presents an issue as our
new year is about to start.
Our first meeting is Sept 1st.
(As Memorial Day is the
second Monday of the month
this year, postponing our
meeting until the second
week is counterproductive.)
I have booked a speaker
several months ago.
We have two choices:
1. Find another location, if
we are comfortable with
having physical meetings,
2. Going cyber.
Both have advantages, and
disadvantages, of course,
and neither is perfect.
Rather than just vote
blindly on which way to go,
we first need to see if
there is another location
that would work. It may not
even be a possibility, no
matter what the majority’s
Our group is rather small, so
the distancing-thing is not
a problem, but we need a
kitchen, or drink service,
and many tables, not only
for plants, but the
projector as well, and some
chairs. Mostly we need to
consider the cost. We
couldn’t hold our only
fundraiser last May, and our
membership is dwindling,
while speaker fees are
increasing. So, the $150-
200./night fee, which I was
finding when searching for
our Holiday- dinner
location, is prohibitive.
So, if anyone has any
connections, or suggestions,
please first call them to
verify that they will be
open to us, and get the
price, then forward the info
to me, or post it here for
Let’s see what we can do to
get the fun going, again.
to see you all, soon.
Valerie J. Oldham
DaCosta Olives, LLC
101 Heritage Rd.
Haddonfield, NJ 08033