Shirley Lowes, President Blackhawk BloomersIt’s that time of year! We are seeking Bloomers who will expend some much needed effort for us. Bloomers are being sought to help Blackhawk Bloomers thrive.
As another year comes to a close – just as our gardens are opening into full bloom – it is time to say THANK YOU and send warm embraces – like our fabulous Blackhawk California sun – to all our Bloomer Members who have stepped forward this year and made us reach a record 84 MEMBERS!
It is difﬁcult to know where to start, except to begin with the most recent fabulous event and that is our Spring Garden Tour and Party. As a Board, we decided this year to change it up a bit and do the tour earlier in the year and also to support our Blackhawk Country Club and hold the ending dinner/party there. Programs VP Cindy Inloes took charge of working with the Club and ﬁnding us superb entertainment. Tracey Lauer, Kay Moazed and Dextra Christiansen found our lovely gardens, out did themselves with all the ﬂoral arrangements, hosted at each home (with hubby’s) and provided lovely descriptions of how our gracious home owners gardeners turned their outdoor gardens into fabulous outdoor living environments. Kim Modersbach, as always, kept track of who was coming! Former Bloomers President, Diana Israel and hubby, Larry, donated the lovely red wine from their home vineyard. The Blackhawk Country Club, as always, did an outstanding culinary job and service. We decided this year to have an extra “social” for members. It has become apparent that we Bloomers do love to grow together in more intimate affairs at member’s homes in addition to our monthly club luncheons and meetings or outings.
All of our special hostesses deserve a BIG THANK YOU.
Eileen Rice,Two year Past Bloomer’s President, and Theresa Pecoraro, Two-year Bloomers Treasurer and Master Gardener, have done an enormous job of creating our community outreach programs with the development of our DIG IN THE DIRT efforts at Tassajara Hills Elementary School. They have been getting accolades from, not only the school, but gardening clubs from throughout our area. In addition, our Parliamentarian and former Bloomers President, Sharon Jones, single handedly organized the Bloomers effort on our Daffodil Hill by the waterfall on the Falls golf course. There was a wonderful write-up in the Blackhawk HOA last week commending her and all the Bloomers who helped her plant all those bulbs. It was a sight for sore eyes this spring. Absolutely beautiful.
Tracey Lauer, Membership VP – YES – 84 members and a Directory full of super advertising in support of Bloomers. To our Secretary, Nancy Wertheim, thank you for keeping us in line as to what our lengthy board meetings entailed and with such speedy delivery of the minutes and for hosting our extra Social. Eileen Rice, who in addition to Dig in the Dirt, has done our newsletter now for two years and brought it up – hopefully to AWARD winning standards – will keep you posted re. Theresa Pecoraro, Bloomers Treasurer for two years, for keeping us ﬁnancially correct and sound. Cindy Inloes, Programs VP (our growing membership and the enthusiastic response to our “Jaunts” away – especially to the De Young Bouquets to Art ) is a testament to the importance of good Bloomers programs.
The Committee Chairs who so enhanced our year – Anita Rollin, who with her ﬂoral committee of Marty Burt and Lynn Negovetich, who made our ﬂoral table centerpieces varied and outstanding; Jill Brennan, Meetings Cuisine, who took enormous efforts to give us varied and delicious menus that often supported our program themes; Carol Nothern and Elaine Willman who steadfastly represent us at Diablo Foothills meetings and keep us in touch with our surrounding garden clubs, Kim Modersbach who makes sure you are all accounted for at our events and Pepper Gillespie who has done an outstanding job of publicizing our endeavors as Bloomers this past year. Jodell Stout who amassed record sums for Penny Pines and headed up this year’s huge task as Nominating Chair and our Sunshine gals, Former Bloomer Presidents,Barbara Wilson, and Marty Burt, for always remembering Bloomers in need.
To all of you Bloomers, it is your membership, participation and support that makes us all happy Gardeners and willing volunteers!
THANK YOU ALL.