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Posted: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 11:00 am

In the last meeting of the current year, Lodi Garden Club installed officers, honored six members and three non-members with Penny Pines awards, and gave three scholarships to high school seniors.

This year’s entire slate of officers elected for a second term in office were Gordon Schmierer, president; Martha Lind, vice president; Rose Hayles, secretary; Jeannette Moore, treasurer; Esther Kreth, membership secretary; and Betty Pfiefle, parliamentarian. They were installed in office by past president Alice Reimche.

In honor of their service to the club, Penny Pines awards were given to members Ruth Nies, Betty Pfeifle, Elizabeth Gooding, Lorene Hoffman, and Doris Amburn; honorary member Vern Weigum; and non-members Bobbi Pohlhammer, Lawrence Schmierer, and Judy Maakestad.

Purchases of Penny Pines plantations are part of a reforestation program for national forests in California begun in 1941 in honor of fallen World War II combatants. At first, only pine seedlings were purchased, but now funds go for different aspects of reforestation. Donors include not only California garden clubs, but women’s clubs, Boy and Girl Scouts of America, civic and sportsmen’s clubs, and many others. The funds go to restore forests scourged by natural and man-caused fires, pests, and disease.

Each Penny Pines plantation costs $68. Lodi Garden Club has so far donated 163 plantations for a total of $11,084. Monies come partially from half the income from sales at meetings’ conservation tables and from donatons put in collection boxes on luncheon tables. The Lodi club’s reforestation contributions go for work done in the Stanislaus National Forest.

Lodi Garden Club will ressume regular monthly meetings on Sept. 4.

— Source: Gwin Paden

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