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January 10, 2022 Speaker Announced

“Creating inside the Bento Box” by Margy Metzler.

Kado Sensho Ikenobo Sensei Margy Metzler received her training from Master Sensei and Japanese National living Treasure Keiko Robbins while living in Okinawa, Japan. 

Margy studied for many years to receive her Sensei certificates.  She is a step below Master Sensei. 

Margy brings an art and design background to her Ikebana.  Margy offers group and individual lesson ( in person and via zoom), workshops and demonstrations.  Margy also preforms the Japanese Tea Ceremony in the Urasenke Chado tradition. 

You can contact Margy at or call 239-470-4079  You can go to to find out more about the Sensho Ikenobo school.

Bento boxes are Japanese food boxes.  The ones Margy uses are the more elaborate lacquer ones used for celebrations. 

Photos from Margy Metzler

March 8, 2021 Meeting

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photos from Bob Cook’s presentation “Pests in the Garden”
Meeting Minutes, March 8, 2021

March 8, 2021 Meeting




PROGRAM – “Pests in the Garden” – Bob Cook, Florida Nursery Grower & Landscaper, and teacher of Certified Horticultural Professional classes.


Board Positions (Secretary, Membership and Treasurer).  These positions need to be filled; however, the current officers have agreed to remain until Fall.

Flower Show.- February 25-26, 2022.  Need a chairperson to coordinate. Karen Hauwiller has been working with Kathleen Hawryluk on writing the schedule.  Please let Karen know if you are willing to chair this event or  help in any capacity.





BLUE STAR MEMORIAL – Monday, March 29, 2021 at 2:00 PM. Diane Schmidt volunteered to help finalize the event. If you plan to attend please send an email to Diane.


Also on the agenda for Monday’s meeting will be approval of the February 8, 2021, minutes and the budget for 2021-2022. Click here to read the minutes, and here to read the budget.

Message March 2021

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Happy March!

We are so lucky to have sunshine, blue skies, and flowers here in SW Florida. I know that I have missed getting together, seeing everyone, and sharing information. I have learned so much about Southwest Florida gardening from GCGC.

The GCGC Board of Directors just finished our March Board meeting and there were important decisions to communicate to members.

Our President, Pat Townsend, is still being treated in the hospital for a blood clot in her foot.  Pat needs to concentrate on her recovery.  Any notes or cards can be mailed to Pat’s home address. The rest of the board is working hard, doing our best under present circumstances: COVID limitations, trying to get a vaccine scheduled, everyday life, etc.

  1. Exciting news! We are going to start having in-person meetings again beginning with our next club year’s calendar. Our first meeting would be on October 11, 2021.  This also means that we can plan outings and excursions.

    We still have Board positions that need to be filled: Secretary, Membership, Treasurer. All clubs need member participation to be viable, and so far no one has communicated a willingness to help on the Board.  Present board members have agreed to stay in their positions until Fall.
  2. The Blue Star Memorial dedication is planned for Monday, March 29, 2021, at 2pm.  The event will be held outside at the site of the marker.

    If you have not yet seen our marker, it is located near the corner of Old 41 and Reynolds St in Bonita Springs.

    If you plan to attend, please email me at and let me know, so we can plan accordingly.  The dedication marks a major milestone for our club.
  3. Save April 12. 2021 for our annual April luncheon. Since there are no installations to perform at this time, the luncheon will be an opportunity to get together and socialize. More information to follow. 

— Diane Schmidt
Past President

Annual Dues deadline

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Dues for 2021-22 – May 1 Deadline

At our recent February general meeting, members voted to accept the Treasurer’s recommendation that our dues for the next year be reduced to $30. The one-year decrease is due to the fact that the pandemic has altered how we have been meeting, and has limited the club’s usual activities. Any shortfall in revenue for 2021-22 will be covered by reserve funds. This is a one-year-only reduction in dues, and applies to current club members only. Any former member, who did not renew for 2020-21, must pay the usual $50 yearly fee.

All members must mail their checks to be received no later than May 1st, 2021.

Make checks payable to GCGC and mail to Claire Flynn, VP Membership
Claire’s address is in our directory
Member Directory | Gulf Coast Garden Club

February 8, 2021 Meeting

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photographs taken during the meeting

February 8, 2021  10AM via ZOOM
General Meeting Agenda

Open meeting

Pledge of Allegiance

Inspirational Message

Old Business:

President’s report  –  Pat Townsend

Several positions are up for renewal.  GCGC needs Nominating Committee.  Looking for volunteers.

Comments on future Flower Shows

 Comments on status of Blue Star Marker, plantings and dedication ceremony

  • Fall of 2021 or Spring of 2022

Status mailing Year books

  • Put In the mail

Review web site status

All Yearbook information updated to the minute is on our web site:

Treasurers’ report       Diane Schmidt  and  Sue Hamilton

Status.  Financial Statement


  • review dues issue

Plan for after/COVID –  thoughts

Recording Secretary’s report – Anne Duffy

December 2020 General Meeting Minutes attached

January 2021 General Meeting Minutes attached

         Click for Attached:    December and January General Minutes

Accept December and January minutes.

Motion to approve.

Membership report – Claire Flynn

Any change in status

New Business

COVID-19 and face-to-face meetings

Nomination committee

  • Replace officers leaving positions.  Anne Duffy, Secretary, Claire Flynn, Membership, Laura Sullivan-Program Chair, TBA: Green Thumb, Hospitality

  *  ???? let me know

Show What You Know      –        Valentine Cards by Pat Townsend 

January 11, 2021 Meeting

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Meeting photos showing presentation by Matthew Bagley


10:00am  Meeting call to order
   Pledge of Allegiance
    Inspirational message

Board Member reports
    * President
    *  Secretary – meeting minutes December 2020
        To be read and approved. Will post on Web site under member login section
    * Treasurer
    * Membership
    * Programs

1)  Questionnaire on meetings in person or via ZOOM

2)  Passing out the Directory
    a. some 30 books have been handed out to date.       
    b. Passing out or mailing remaining books.3)  Meeting topics
    * Any additional ‘Show What You Know’ or ‘Table Designs’, etc.

4)  Looking for replacement board members for positions that are expiring  
   Need to form Nominating Committee
  * 3rd VP – Membership
  * Program 
  * Green Thumb – TBA
  * Hospitality – TBA
  * Recording Secretary

5)  Update from 2022 Flower Show committee – Karen Hauwiller

6)  Budget for 2021 – 3022
  * Finance Committee reviewing7)   Blue Star Dedication Ceremony


See attached documents (click on items to download):
1) list of members by zip code to pass out directories
2) info from Courier on future Ft Myers-Lee County activities

10:30am  PROGRAM:
Bromeliads 101: the perfect plant for SWFL, Landscapes and Lanais presented by Matthew Bagley, Owner, Bonita Bromeliads

Continue OLD Business

Member Anina Bachrach will talk about
how YOU CAN MAKE LITTLE BOXES from your holiday cards
    a)  decorate a holiday wreath
     b)  store little treasurers in it
     c)  etc. 

click here for Anina’s slides


End of meeting

Hamilton Beach Indoor Grill

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New in the Box – Never Opened $70

Hamilton Beach 25361

Locks in juices and flavors: Sear at 450 degrees or use adjustable temperature dial to grill at lower heat for optimal grilling results
Enjoy grilling all year long: This indoor grill with hood has a high searing heat that locks in juices and flavors, and lid closes to give you signature grill marks; Serves up to 6 with 118 square inch grilling surface
Easy to clean: Indoor grill hood, plate, and extra-large drip tray are all removable and dishwasher safe
Less mess: Extra-large drip tray catches juices so they don’t spill on your counter and it’s dishwasher safe for easy cleaning
Power and preheat lights: Eliminate guesswork while using your electric grill
Cooks more than steaks, Bbq and burgers: Grill chicken, fish, pizza, vegetables, fruit and more. Also great for paleo and Keto diets.
Powerful 1200 watts and 1 year limited warranty.
Dimensions: 12.4 inches L x 16.7 inches W x 6.8 inches H

Item specifics

Finish:Stainless Steel
Number of Tiers:1
Power:1200 W
Material:Stainless Steel