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Volunteers Needed

Request from Beaumont
Council of Garden Clubs
New Hours and A Helping Hand: Now that we have the new Horticultural Center on the front of the Conservatory, we simply had to expand the hours of operation. The new hours for both buildings are Wednesday-Thursday-Friday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. These are all single shifts except for Saturday when the shifts are 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. We need each club to take on the duties of working the front desk. Volunteers have very comfortable surroundings to work in, hot and cold water, refrigerator for food and drinks, telephone, microwave, restrooms, TV and stereo system. It's an easy job. Bring a good book to read, knit, write letters, etc.  Working the front desk needs to be shared by all clubs  We should all be very proud of how these gardens have grown in recent years. everyone needs to become a part of it.
 To offer to help with the Horticultural Center and Conservatory call either Bob Whitman, (409) 835-0644 or Myra Clay, (409) 892-1137. 

(We have a duty to help as a member of the Beaumont Council of Garden Clubs. This is an opportunity for those who may not be able to help on our more strenuous activities.)

Volunteers Needed
Through Texas Audubon Society and the TNRCC's Supplemental Environmental Program, we have significant funds available to spend on habitat improvement at Sabine Woods. A plan has been drawn up and approved by Texas Ornithological Society. The work to be carried out will be entirely habitat improvement -- removal of old fences, control of non-natives and excess mustang grape and wild rose -- and is planned to take place mostly between May 15 and June 15. 
 Although the request for proposals that we will distribute to potential contractors will specify the work in considerable detail, it is desirable that we have as much on-site oversight  as possible. We need volunteers who may be available during the week to be at the Woods while the contractor is working. Volunteers will receive training in the duties and a full explanation of the goals of the work and the methods to be used to accomplish them, as well as the adverse effects we want to avoid.

Please contact John Whilttle at (409) 880-8276 (work) or (409) 722-4193 (home) or by email at whittleja


Each month, we rely on volunteers to provide the refreshments at our membership meeting. We thank Mary Alyce Wright for providing the refreshments in January; Pat Jeane and Lu Skillern for February; and Bob Collier, Jean Hollingsworth, Ann Nobles, Lynn Otto, and Needa Reed for March. Looking forward, John Haynes and Steve Mayes have volunteered for April; Andrea Billingsley and Marcelean Howell for May. Looking further forward to the meetings after our summer break in June and July, when we do not hold membership meetings, Sue Flanagan and Anne Lewing have volunteered for August; and Jack Baugh and Joe Tibbs for September. If we have accidentally overlooked anyone, please accept our sincere apologies and thanks. Additional volunteers will be welcome especially for October and beyond.