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The Louisiana Garden Club’s June 10 meeting was held at the home of Donna Valentino. Co-hostess was Sue Deines. Twenty members were present along with one guest.
The meeting’s theme was “Time for Tea.” Valentino gave a presentation on edible flowers which included Johnny jump-ups, carnations which taste spicy, dill, mint, orchids, tulips (the tulip bulb is also edible), roses, but be sure to cut white part off, and nasturtium. The guests were served crystallized flowers on their desserts and rose petals in their ice. A luncheon was served, followed by Valentino’s homemade chocolate gelato.
Each member was given a pinwheel to be placed in their garden. This is part of a campaign by GFWC Chautauqua which supports Girls Town, a facility for abused and neglected young girls. The “Pinwheels for Prevention” highlight the serious problem of child abuse and neglect. Everyone is asked to please support young families, volunteer your time and talent to organizations that focus on children and their families and be a silent messenger for prevention of child abuse and neglect.
Members were asked to bring their most special teacup along with their story of why it was so special. Two of the oldest teacups belonged to Betty Jo Bryant, they were made in the late 1800’s. One had a steamship in Clarksville on it, and the other featured the railroad bridge in Louisiana. Sue Deines brought her long-time friend, Dr. Veronica Marie Hilyard, to entertain.
Dr. Hilyard resides in University City and is Ms. Missouri Senior America 2012. After retirement, she wanted to join Cameo Club, which is a group that entertains at childrens hospitals, alzheimer’s disease units, among many other places. In order to join Cameo Club, she had to enter a pageant for “The Age of Elegance” which means over 60.
Hilyard was judged on four areas, one which is her philosophy of life. “I love to learn and to ignite that fire of curiosity within the minds of others. Life-long learning is the key to an interesting life. I love to achieve and to contribute to a purpose greater than me. Staying active gives life meaning and vitality. I love to sing! The gift of song is powerful, magically evoking feelings of delight, peace, and understanding,” she stated. Members were then treated to her talented side. She sang “O Mio Babbino Caro” by Giacoma Puccini and “No Other Love” by Rogers and Hammerstein.