February 2021 Free Speaker Series

Gardeners Connect is bringing back the Free Speaker Series for 2021. It will all be digital for the time being using Google Meet, which is available on internet browsers on PC and Mac and via apps for Android and iPhone. It even allows someone to dial in with just their phone. We did a lot of searching for some format that reached the most people, didn’t require a user account or software to download, was affordable for Gardeners Connect, and provided the most flexibility.

It all starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 20, 2021 when we take a journey with Gardeners Connect Board member, director of horticulture at Powell Gardens, and garden writer – will present her “Favorite Flowering Shrubs.”

Join the Meeting

The annual meeting and January 2021 Free Speaker Series will be held via Google Meet at 10 a.m. and can be accessed by the following link https://meet.google.com/jsk-wibg-bpw.

The meeting can also be accessed by phone at 219-321-0301 and by entering the PIN 526 330 500# when prompted.

We hope that these digital meetings will bridge us over until we can all meet again in person.

January 2021 Free Speaker Series

Gardeners Connect is bringing back the Free Speaker Series for 2021. It will all be digital for the time being using Google Meet, which is available on internet browsers on PC and Mac and via apps for Android and iPhone. It even allows someone to dial in with just their phone. We did a lot of searching for some format that reached the most people, didn’t require a user account or software to download, was affordable for Gardeners Connect, and provided the most flexibility.

It all starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 16, 2021 when we take a journey with Gardeners Connect Board member and newsletter writer Bibie Chronwall as she presents, “Gardens, Gardeners and Gardening: Vignettes through History.” The journey will take us through gardens from many cultures and times established by renowned gardeners of many philosophies and styles. We will see furniture, garden ornamentation and tools that range from the useful to the whimsical to the never-ever-in-my-garden. There are trends and fashions in gardening throughout time though you should create your own garden that brings you joy, beauty, creativity, contemplation and a workout.

The meeting will start at 10 a.m. with election of executive committee and new board members and the vote on bylaws update.

Join the Meeting

The annual meeting and January 2021 Free Speaker Series will be held via Google Meet at 10 a.m. and can be accessed by the following link https://meet.google.com/jsk-wibg-bpw.

The meeting can also be accessed by phone at 219-321-0301 and by entering the PIN 526 330 500# when prompted.

We hope that these digital meetings will bridge us over until we can all meet again in person.

Board Elections

Members at the Saturday, January 16, 2021 Gardeners Connect online annual meeting will be asked to vote on these nominations to the Gardeners Connect Board of Directors and Executive Committee.

Dan Burkholder, reelection to board.
Dianne Swann, reelection to board.
Shaurna Andrews, election to board.

2021 Executive Commitee Nominations
Dan Burkholder, President.
Ted Houdek, Secretary.
Susan Mertz, Treasurer.

The amended bylaws will be voted on by the membership at the January 16, 2021 annual meeting. The annual meeting will be held via Google Meet at 10 a.m. and can be accessed by the following link https://meet.google.com/jsk-wibg-bpw.

The meeting can also be accessed by phone at 219-321-0301 and by entering the PIN 526 330 500# when prompted.

We hope that these digital meetings will bridge us over until we can all meet again in person.

Members will be able to vote by poll within the meeting or by emailing their vote in advance of the general meeting to the executive director at info@gardenersconnect.org.

Proposed Bylaws Changes

Active and growing organizations need to make sure they stay current. With that in mind, the Gardeners Connect Executive Committee, with input from the Board of Directors, embarked on a review of our bylaws as part of our overall approach to continuing operations in this new and changing environment. The bylaws were last updated in 2012.

The board proposes the following changes to the bylaws of Gardeners Connect for approval by the members. This is a summary of the changes. The complete bylaws with all changes may be downloaded from GardenersConnect.org, or a request for a printed copy may be submitted to the Executive Director to be mailed to current members.

One of the key concerns the board sought to address was having the bylaws clearly provide for digital meeting formats and to allow voting by digital formats as well as by proxy. These options would be available to members and the Board of Directors and clarify the process for doing so.

Other changes:

Adopt the minimum number of directors to those set forth by the state of Missouri, where the organization is chartered. This would change the minimum from the current eleven (11) to three (3) and make the position of Vice President optional.

Change references of Membership Chairman to Membership Coordinator and change all pronouns from “he, his and him” to “they, their and them” and change the section on gender to include all gender pronouns.

Alter the position of Treasurer to allow the Treasurer to designate someone else to complete tasks, such as financial reports or tax filings.

Add a Business Member category to the membership classes.

Download the full text of the proposed bylaws here.

The amended bylaws will be voted on by the membership at the January 16, 2021 annual meeting. The annual meeting will be held via Google Meet at 10 a.m. and can be accessed by the following link https://meet.google.com/jsk-wibg-bpw.

The meeting can also be accessed by phone at 219-321-0301 and by entering the PIN 526 330 500# when prompted.

We hope that these digital meetings will bridge us over until we can all meet again in person.

Members will be able to vote by poll within the meeting or by emailing their vote in advance of the general meeting to the executive director at info@gardenersconnect.org.