Winter recess comes, with our September dinner September 17. This dinner is our 22nd birthday dinner and members are asked to wear purple or green or both if they have these colours in their wardrobe, purple and green being the 'official' VIEW colours. Zone Councillor Therese Welsh will be the guest speaker on the evening.
Our last dinner seems such a long time ago but none of us will have forgotten lovely Melise Hutchings from Blayney Botanicals. Melise demonstrated the art of constructing a box of flowers in two different ways and talked about the busiest days of the flower business. The wedding season is very busy of course, as is Mother's Day and Valentine's Day.
Melise gets all her flowers from Sydney markets which results in extremely long days if she goes down herself but she also has a reliable courier who picks up her orders and delivers them to her.
On the topic of indoor plants Melise's advice is that they don't like to be cold or wet - quite like people!
They need to be kept out of draughts and prefer filtered sunlight. They do not need a lot of water but watering must be regular. A good sign of overwatering is yellowing leaves. The best way to test whether you are getting the watering correct is to push you finger into the pot. It should feel dry up to your first knuckle.
During the winter break we had some communication from our 2 Learning For Life students. One of these students, who we've been sponsoring for quite a few years, is now in first year at university. She is currently doing an Arts degree but is looking at transferring to an Arts Law double degree. She loves Politics and is majoring in it. She also has a passion for anthropology and philosophy.
She is hoping to eventually be a Public Defence Attorney as she would like to be able to help represent those without the resources to find representation in court.
She says that the support she has received from the Learning For Life programme has helped her to purchase text books and the laptop she needs for university this year.
I think it's safe to say that our club is extremely proud of her achievements. We've thoroughly enjoyed the quite often very amusing contact we've had with her over the years and could not have wished for a better student.
If you are not planning to attend the September dinner meeting, you need to contact Ros on 0412 291 054 before noon, Friday, September 13.