“Spread sunshine with flowers.”

That’s the motto of the Celina Flower and Garden Club. Sandy Snyder, club treasurer and member since 1986, promoted her club at a recent Celina Kiwanis meeting. Her club’s goal is to increase interest in gardening and flower arranging as well as to connect local gardeners. The club was organized in 1936. Currently, they have 37 members. Their meetings are held every fourth Tuesday at 6:30 in the Richardson-Bretz building March through November although they have activities throughout the year. Guest speakers are invited to some meetings and have included garden center owners, flower shop employees, and a representative of the OSU extension office. At other meetings members make crafts. At last year’s October meeting, members created Christmas arrangements in coffee mugs. Tours of public and private gardens are another popular club activity. Members plant and maintain the flowers in front of the  post office. They donate books in memory of deceased members and fund two junior fair awards. Despite the nature of the club, Snyder said not all members garden extensively. She said visitors are always welcome. Her presentation ended with a description of local  invasive weeds.

Prior to the program, Dona Kaler presented the Kiwanis club with a donation in memory of Dave Smith from his family and friends. Smith was a club officer until his recent passing.

Ohio District Treasurer Bob Day also attended the meeting and spoke about some important upcoming events. Karen Perts updated the club on the status of of their disaster relief grant application.

A thank you note from Kacy Holdheide, a HOBY sponsorship recipient, was passed around at the meeting.

Finally, Hans Rehrmann reviewed the activities of the Aktion Club.