by Margaret Sequeira
I have never attended one of our AGM’s, and after serious thought decided it was time. By the end of the weekend I did not regret my decision.
Day 1: As we put our overnight bags into the car Saturday morning I was a little apprehensive about the weather. It was overcast and they were saying the weekend would be a wash out. On our drive to Oshawa the skies were gray and it poured on and off. Upon arriving in Oshawa we decided to check in at the Best Western first, get our bearings and see if by chance we could get into our room early. The motel was very accommodating and allowed us to check in and the front desk gave us easy directions to OVBG. We drove to the Flower Show with another torrential downpour thinking that this show was going to be a washout.
We were to man the CPS booth from 2 to 4pm and I wanted to take in every bit of the grounds before then. There were several booths located around the peony beds filled with artisans selling painted floral’s, including peonies, a man who created metal flowers for $60.00 and a horse out of metal going
for $6,000.00, this man also did all the iron work at OVBG(railings on bridge, obelisk in center of peony garden, front entrance), the Oshawa Camera Club with photo’s of peonies and examples of photo’s taken by the club for competition. Beside the CPS booth was the Master Gardener’s and across the way was an information booth. Overall the OVBG was very well set up and extremely busy despite the weather.
The current Board has never actually met each other and Blaine decided to have an impromptu Board meeting and this went on during the time I was supposed to be in the booth. Hubby however manned it with another member and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Sharon Yu and Hubby chatted with many passersby, sold cut peony blooms and gave out pamphlets.
After the plates were cleared we set out to make a bit of money for the Society by holding an auction. Ken Brown was the official auctioneer selling 12 roots, 3 peony prints, an 3 seed lots with several packets of seeds in each lot. The icing on the cake was the sale of "Lemon Chiffon" with a reserved bid of $175.00.
After all the excitement of day 1 it was time to go to our rooms and get some rest before packing and getting ready for the final day.
Day 2: We awoke around 8:30am, cleaned up, packed our overnight bags and headed down to the breakfast room to grab a quick bite and prepare for the day. In the breakfast room we caught up with a few members before heading back to OVBG.
Overall, all I can say is if you have never volunteered for something like this I highly recommend it. You can learn a lot from listening to other members, pick up some tips, and have a great time meeting people and other members. We hope to see you at the next AGM.
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