Hot Topics Leadership Workshop

Valley Lode District Hosts

Garden Club members from all 18 garden clubs in the Valley Lode District (counties of Stanislaus, San Joaquin, Alpine, Calaveras, Mono, Tuolumne, Amador) were invited to attend the Hot Topics Leadership Workshop on Tuesday, November 14.  Hosted by the Valley Lode District elected officers, both past and present, attendance was free.

Matt Cranford, CEO Stanislaus County Fair, as keynote speaker presented tips and great ideas on how to conduct a successful fundraising event.

Break-out Sessions followed with rotation to “How to Conduct Super Meetings” by Bob Taylor, Professional Business Trainer; “Minutes and Archive Documents” by Cindy Martin, VLD Recording Secretary; “Hands-On is Right-On:Crafts” by Karen Thomas, Crafter Extraordinaire; and “Awards & Blue Ribbon Garden Club” by Berni Hendrix, CGCI Awards Chairman.

Breakfast bar snacks including the much in demand Valley Lode Savory Breakfast Bites , handmade by Barbara Hawkins, Ceres Garden Club, and beverages started the morning sessions which ended with a catered lunch of chicken fajitas, rice, beans, chips & salsa.

Valley Lode District Director, Pam Fish, coordinated the entire event and directed the fun VLode Bingo game.  Judy Scheppmann, Past Valley Lode District Director announced that a new garden club had been conceived in the Farmington/Escalon communities.

The fun-filled learning Workshop ended with a planning session to host the California Garden Clubs, Inc annual Convention on June 3-7, 2018 in Tuolumne, CA at the Black Oak Resort Hotel.  Members and Club Presidents from the represented Valley Lode District garden clubs shared and planned together to create a coordinated effort to make a long remembered Convention in the Valley Lode District.




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