By Patricia Huckell, Mill Creek Women’s Club Publicity Chair.
When spring is in the air and summer is just around the corner, Mill Creek Women’s Club knows how to celebrate the return of our sunny and warm weather in style.
Women’s Club members welcomed spring at the April Program and Luncheon Meeting when the entertaining and informative Steve Smith, the Whistling Gardener and owner of Sunnyside Nursery in Marysville, demonstrated some great ideas for container gardening and spring planting.
Steve and his assistant had a container gardening competition, and then auctioned off the containers to benefit our philanthropy efforts at the YWCA’s Pathways for Women.
Women’s Club also celebrated our glorious April spring weather at a social outing to Kenmore Rhododendron Park where members had an informative guided tour.
After the tour there was time to explore the Park and enjoy the many varieties of Rhododendrons that were in full bloom.
The group made a stop at the Rusty Pelican in Mill Creek to enjoy a delicious breakfast before the tour.
Members had a special opportunity in May to get their gardens ready for summer and to benefit Pathways for Women at an open house at Lynn’s Gift and Garden in Bothell.
There was a wide variety of plants and garden décor available, as well as container planting demonstrations, gardening advice, refreshments, and a raffle. Lynn generously donated 15% of all sales to the YWCA’s Pathways programs.
Our May Program Meeting featured a more serious, but very important topic, MYN or “Map Your Neighborhood.” Members were enlightened about disaster preparedness, the importance of having a plan in place, and how neighbors can come together to help one another should a disaster strike.
Program meetings and luncheons will resume again in September. Even though the Club doesn’t meet during the summer months, many members are still active with Bunco groups, book clubs, craft groups, Mah Jongg, and social outings.
Preparations for our annual November “Thanks for Giving Auction” to benefit Pathways will be underway during the summer, and our volunteers at the Y’s Women’s Working Wardrobe continue year round.
Most of the volunteers at Working Wardrobe are Women’s Club members, and last year over 900 women were helped to prepare for work with wardrobe donations from the community.
If you are interested in learning more about Women’s Club, you can visit us at the Mill Creek Festival this summer where you can sign up for the Newcomers’ Coffee and Brunch to be held in September.
If you are a woman living in the greater Mill Creek area, you can be a part of the fun, make new friends, and help make your community a better place to live. There are so many ways to get involved.
Membership dues are $35 per year, and the luncheon and program cost is $30 for members and $33 for non-members.
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