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"Mill Creek Garden Club’s Joyful Connection," by Lila Johnson

Since July I have been writing about the Garden Club’s raffle winners, this time it’s from the perspective of a member who donated the basket. As a longtime member and Garden Club lover, I see value in keeping our membership engaged with one another and our community.
A grateful and beaming Pam Brandon as she receives her basket just before Thanksgiving. Photo courtesy of Mill Creek Garden Club.

By Lila Johnson, Mill Creek Garden Club Publicity Chair, December 3, 2020.

Since July I have been writing about the Garden Club’s raffle winners, this time it’s from the perspective of a member who donated the basket. As a longtime member and Garden Club lover, I see value in keeping our membership engaged with one another and our community. 

Every raffle winner has expressed joy at receiving a basket, especially during Covid. Our “Delivery Lady” and 1st VP, Kathy Thomas, commented, “It makes my heart happy to deliverer the baskets to our wonderful members."

I answered President Lyndal Kennedy’s call for November and jumped at the chance to work with my creative and generous Garden Club friend, Barbara Mills. Our raffle baskets contain mostly new items, but we can also regift gently used items such as the actual basket. Who doesn’t have a basket or two around the house?!

Truthfully, at this time my arthritis keeps me from lengthy browsing in stores, so I had the easy part—I gave Barb some cash and she graciously did everything to put together a beautiful pre-Thanksgiving basket. We agreed it should be titled "Thanksgiving Appetizer Extraordinaire" and then Barb’s creative juices took over, with a suggestion from me, "Get a nice bottle of wine." 

Garden Club member Pam Brandon had her name pulled from that mystical Fedora and Kathy did her heart-happy job of delivering the goods and taking photos!

The basket contained everything Pam would need for a gathering of her household members: a cheese board with two artisan cheeses, crackers, Italian dry sausage, marinated artichokes, cashews & marinated olives, Dalmatia fig orange spread, Herbes de Provence, appetizer plates & napkins, a hostess apron and of course, that requested bottle of wine!

As you might expect, Barb tossed in a lovely Orchid—we are a garden club!  

Barb and I received the loveliest Thank You from Pam. She commented she loved the basket and its contents and could hardly wait to “have many new taste treats” to share.

It is great to be appreciated and even nicer to help keep the Mill Creek Garden Club connection strong and joyful.

 a cheese board with two artisan cheeses, crackers, Italian dry sausage, marinated artichokes, cashews & marinated olives, Dalmatia fig orange spread, Herbes de Provence, appetizer plates & napkins, a hostess apron and of course,  that requested bottle of wine!

Barbara Mills created a lovely basket of treats. Photo courtesy of Mill Creek Garden Club.

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