GCT NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 2014 / JANUARY 2015 Page 2 Treasury did a very thorough investigation of the various options regarding credit card point- of-sale transactions, e.g., at the Holiday Open House, and online payments. The solution provides convenience for our members and minimizes cost to the Club. The Treasury Committee proposal was approved by the board. The GCT investment policy was reviewed and it was agreed that we have a good sound policy and it should be maintained. The remaining funds of $13,225 in the TBG Entrance Garden Fund will be given to the TBG for amendments to the Entrance Garden in 2014/15. The Fund is now closed. Archives has now received an updated copy of the History of Garden Clubs of Ontario , completed to commemorate their 60th anniversary. Congratulations to the Floral Design Committee for the fun and work-intensive program at the October meeting, to the Program Committee for the creative Halloween treats, and to the Membership Committee for the very much appreciated Sustainers luncheon. Joyce Johnson, Vice President BOARD BITS PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE December. Winter is coming. The cold will be descending over the next few weeks, and then dominating for seemingly endless months. By December 21 the sun will set midafternoon, giving us only nine hours of daylight. What a perfect time to become distracted with festivities and entertaining! Without the social gatherings of family and friends, the glittering lights and decorations, the festive and traditional foods, and the exchanging of gifts, the cold, dimly lit and shortened days of December could indeed be dispiriting. We certainly are not alone in wanting to celebrate at this time of year. Many of the highly anticipated customs associated with our holiday season have historical roots from diverse cultures. The lighting of the eight candles on the menorah during Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, and the eating of traditional foods are essential parts of this Jewish holiday celebrated for eight days between late November and late December. Gift-giving and feasting played major parts in the Roman festival of Saturnalia. This feast in honour of Saturn, the god of agriculture, occurred between December 17 and 23. These traditions were continued by Christians celebrating Christmas on December 25. The Garden Club welcomes the Holidays and over the years has inspired members with creative suggestions for making them more festive. This year Fun with Flowers on November 27 will share ideas for decorating house and home as well as for innovative gifts. The Holiday Open House, December 4, partners the GCT with the TBG and Milne House Garden Club. Planning the event, making and selling decorations and evergreen urns, has brought together an enthusiastic, creative number of our members. It will be a fund- raising, as well as a friend -raising, event for the Club. The annual Holiday Party on December 9 brings us together in a member’s home festively decorated by Club members to celebrate our friendships and commitment to the organization that enriches our lives. Refreshed or exhausted from such revelries, we will return in January to take up GCT tasks, projects, and events. We look forward to increasingly longer days as we comb through seed catalogues, redesign our gardens, or plan entries for this year’s much-anticipated Toronto Flower Show at Canada Blooms. We will come together again with those friends, sharing our knowledge and expertise with others in our charitable endeavours. However you celebrate, with family and friends in town, at the chalet, or in a warmer climate, I wish you the best of Holidays! Ellen Carr, President ROSTERS Ladies, please pick up your Roster in the GCT office or at the Membership table at the November meeting. If you can’t attend the meeting, please ask a friend to pick up your Roster for you. We need to avoid the unnecessary expense of mailing the Rosters. CALLING ALL PHOTOGRAPHERS Help us capture the history of our club by submitting photos from meetings, events, and/or shows, for our new website. If you take a great photo, send it to us. This is a project that you all can be part of, so bring your camera when you attend committee meetings, events, or show competitions. We want our members to know who we are. Suitable photos will be posted on the website so the public, too, will know who we are and what we do. Please send photos to Myint Gillespie at firstname.lastname@example.org . When sending photos, please state the name of the committee, the date the photo was taken, the name of the event, the names of the people in the photo, and the name of the photographer.