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November 2017 Greenleaf


  • The doors open for members at 6:30 pm and for vendors at 5:00 pm.
  • The GREETER tonight is Merle...will there be antics?!

  • Arrive early for the CRAFT SHOW and shop until you drop at our annual one-of-a-kind, craft show. We plan to have a dozen tables, showcasing watercolours, stained glass, note cards, local honey, barn board decor, clay garden items, sedum planters, knitted items, premium loose tea and more! Thank you to the vendors for generously donating to the end-of-meeting draw.
  • This is the last meeting to purchase your ticket $20.00 for our December 4, 2017, Garden Club Social. The meal will be prepared by the Lviv Hall caterers. The Board encourages all members to attend this informal gathering, as this is a chance to visit and get-to-know your fellow gardeners. Guests are welcome. Special thanks to Monika and her committee.
  • This is the last meeting to purchase a ticket for the Winter Basket and the winner will be drawn at the December 4 Social. Thank you to Jan K for her work on this.
  • Janice will be selling 50-50 tickets. Good Luck!
  • Lug-a-mug and thank you to the BAKERS.
  • The ANNUAL REPORT 2017 is available and contains President Robin's year-end message, a financial report, and a summary of our 2017 activities. Thank you to Secretary Catherine for compiling this document.
  • VOTE for your favourite Blooming Oshawa Photo 2018 Bookmark.
  • 2017 VOLUNTEERS, please enter your name in the draw box. This is a new initiative from the Board to acknowledge the importance of our volunteers. 
  • President Robin will confirm that we have a quorum and then walk us through our ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING. Rick Causton, our District 17 Director, will be our guest tonight. 
  • Bylaw addition: Merle will make the motion, for the addition to our bylaws, and a vote will be held. You can read the bylaw addition at the end of this newsletter, as we will not be setting up the overhead screen tonight. 
  • You will be introduced to your new Board members.
  • It is our tradition, after the business meeting to have a presentation of floral designs, created with a variety of decorations and winter greenery. Creative member Vida is sure to inspire us.

Thank you to the Oshawa Garden Club members, who submit volunteer hours. OMAFRA is our parent organization and they require all Ontario Horticultural Association Garden Clubs to submit volunteer hours to qualify for a grant. If you do any garden work in the community, outside of the Oshawa Garden Club, you are also eligible for volunteer hours. If you are unsure of what hours qualify, see the form on the website.
➤Pass your hours to Nadia at the Sign-in table tonight, as the November meeting is the deadline.

Last year, our grant money decreased, because our membership fell below 200. Presently, we have 166 members. The Board conducted a brief survey and found that people left the Club due to poor health, moving away from the area, dislike of night driving, and loss of interest in gardening. If any of the respondents had a negative review, they did not share it with us.
The grant money is calculated on our December membership numbers and the Board is concerned that members who renew in the new year are not counted for 2017. For this reason, the Board is considering changing our membership renewal time to January instead of September. Stay tuned...


Hello, fellow club members. Please note the updates on the website this month. After careful review, it’s been noted that the number one page everyone is looking for is the Greenleaf. To make it easier to find the newsletter we’ve redesigned things for easy access. Note the Greenleaf Newsletter is now in the navigation area at the top of the website. This is the easiest way to find the current issue. You can also bookmark or go directly to the following address. 
We’ve also been busy looking at the number of visits we’re receiving overall. As noted above, the number one “hit” is the Greenleaf, which is closely followed by our membership, journal, and speaker pages. This summer saw the greatest increase in visits over 2016 with 50 visitors a day and in some cases, we’re seeing a 150% increase. 
Where are folks coming from? 
The U.S. and Canada mainly, but we’re getting visits from all over the globe, especially Europe. There’s a lot of interest in things gardening!
We intend to keep a close eye on our stats, so keep the website bookmarked for additional changes and improvements. Feel free to contact us, as we are very open to ideas and comments. 
Thank you, Jim Cook, Oshawa Garden Club Webmaster

Last December, 300 volunteers wrapped Christmas gifts to raise money for their various causes. President Robin and Past President Debi took part and they recommend this opportunity to raise Club funds. If you are interested in a 4-hour shift in mid-December, please leave your name with Nadia at the Sign-in table.

Toronto Botanical Garden is reading Weeds: In Defense of Nature's Most Unloved Plants by Richard Mabey in November and The Jewel Garden: by Monty and Sarah Don in December. Monty Don has always been candid about the garden's role in helping him to pull back from the abyss of depression, this is a story of despair and redemption.


Margaret Bennet-Alder started this gem of a book, full of gardening resources, 26 years ago, and now at the age of 90, she has handed the reigns to Helen Battersby and Sarah Battersby. Pre-order your Toronto Gardener’s Journal here
To read Margaret's very interesting personal story or to find out more about the Journal or to enjoy an excellent gardening blog, click here Toronto Gardens.


Start your New Year at our January meeting surrounded by gardeners!
The contact information for your new Board of Directors and the List of Speakers 2018 will be ready. 
We always look forward to starting the New Year with an informative talk from the Durham Master Gardeners and the topic this year is Easy Care of Houseplants. Don't miss these important tips, as our houseplants need a little TLC on the cold, dark days of January.

Please submit your ideas, comments and questions to

Webmaster Jim:
Board member:

The next Greenleaf deadline is Tuesday, January 2, 2018


This is the explanation for the Addition to our Bylaws

Our parent body, the Ontario Horticultural Association (OHA) has asked that all member organizations ensure that they have a section of their bylaws that provides for the indemnification of their directors. This ensures that Director Insurance is in place to cover any expenses that might arise in defending our Directors, individually or as a group, against litigation that arises from their actions or lack of actions with regard to Board responsibility, provided that they have acted in good faith and according to our bylaws and traditions.
The OGC has provided this kind of coverage, at the club’s expense, for many years now. As there was no provision for this coverage in our bylaws, this proposed addition to the bylaws will provide a basis for the continued provision of this coverage. The wording of the proposed bylaw addition is based on wording provided by the OHA. Additional reference material sourced from a local advisor has been added for clarity for Directors and describes what constitutes due diligence and acting in good faith.
Merle Cole for the Oshawa Garden Club Board.

This is the proposed addition to our bylaws that members will be asked to approve at our Annual General Meeting in November.

ARTICLE 5 Board of Directors
5.11 Every Director and Officer of the Association and his or her heirs, executors and administrators respectively shall from time to time, and at all times, be indemnified and saved harmless out of the funds of the Oshawa Garden Club, only from and against:
a) all costs, charges and expenses whatsoever such Director or Officer sustains or incurs in or about any action, suit or proceeding that is brought, commences or prosecuted against him or her for or in respect of any deed, act, matter or thing whatsoever made, done or committed by him or her, in or about the execution of the duties of his or her office;
b) all other costs, charges and expenses he or she sustains or incurs in or about or in relation to the affairs of the Association; except such costs, charges and expenses as are occasioned by his or her own negligence or default, or failure to act honestly and in good faith with a view to the best interests of the Oshawa Garden Club.
c) as directed by their directors, the Oshawa Garden Club will purchase and maintain annual insurance to cover all Directors in good standing against any liability incurred by the Director or Officer, in their capacity as a Director or Officer of the Oshawa Garden Club, except where the liability relates to the person’s failure to act honestly and in good faith with a view to the best interests of the Oshawa Garden Club. (see reference note below)
Reference Note:
Standard of Care and Liability
Every Director and Officer in exercising his or her powers and discharging his or her duties to the Corporation shall:
I. act honestly and in good faith with a view to the best interests of the Corporation; and
II. exercise the care, diligence and skill that a reasonably prudent person would exercise in comparable circumstances.
Every Director and Officer shall comply with the Act and the regulations and the Oshawa Garden Club’s Letters Patent and Bylaws.
A Director is not liable and has complied with his or her duties if the Director exercised the care, diligence and skill that a reasonably prudent person would have exercised in comparable circumstances, including reliance in good faith on:
i. financial statements of the Corporation represented to him or her by an Officer of the Corporation or in a report of the auditor/reviewers of the Corporation to present fairly the financial position of the Corporation in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles;
ii. an interim or other financial report of the Corporation represented to him or her by an Officer of the Corporation to present fairly the financial position of the Corporation in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles;
iii. a report or advice of an Officer or employee of the Corporation, if it is reasonable in the circumstances to rely on the report or advice;
iv. a report of a lawyer, accountant, engineer, appraiser or other person whose profession lends credibility to a statement made by them.
No Director or Officer shall be liable for:
i. the acts, receipts, neglects or defaults of any other Director, Officer, employee, or for joining in any receipt or other act for conformity;
ii. any loss, damage or expense happening to the Corporation through the insufficiency or deficiency of title to any property acquired for or on behalf of the Corporation;
iii. the insufficiency or deficiency of any security in or upon which any of the monies of the Corporation shall be invested;
iv. any loss or damage arising from the bankruptcy, insolvency or tortious acts
v. any loss occasioned by any error of judgment or oversight on his part;
vi. any other loss, damage or misfortune, whatever which shall happen in the execution of the duties of his office or in relation thereto, unless the same are occasioned by his own willful neglect or default;
provided that nothing herein shall relieve any Director or Officer from the duty to act in accordance with the Act or from liability for any breach thereof.