It’s that time of year again, where we celebrate our history and community by participating in the largest LGBTQ event in the state, the Utah Pride Festival.
Our participation at Pride isn’t necessarily about increasing the club’s membership, though it’s certainly a welcome bonus. All of us engage, voluntarily or not, in more than our fair share of banal economic exercises, and our attendance at Pride shouldn’t be one of them. What this is about is celebrating our history and supporting our community by being an available avenue of expression and a welcoming option for any interested party. It’s important for us to recognize our club’s uniqueness and celebrate our own diversity within the larger context of the LGBTQ community. So please, stop by and say hello.
For the several members that came and saw us last year, the location is the same (see map below). We wish to thank Thom Sawyer and Millcreek Gardens for once again supplying the plants for this year’s AGC Pride booth and to Shane Breeze for his designer’s acumen and impeccable style. Yes, we did have the best booth in all the land last year; this year will be no different.
Date: Saturday and Sunday, June 2nd and 3rd
Time: Saturday, 3:00pm – 8:00pm+; Sunday, 11:00am – 7:00pm (parade is at 10:00am)
Where: Washington Square (City & County Building block)
Cost: $10 for Saturday, $10 for Sunday ($20 for both days)
This is the actual map from the Utah Pride Center’s festival page. The only editing was to add in our location and the compass.
Today at approximately 3:30pm MST, the Alternative Garden Club website went offline. The website was down for several hours as we worked to restore the site from backup. We have resolved the underlying cause and should now be fully functional again and for the foreseeable future. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.
If you notice any errors or incongruities, please let us know via the Contact Page. Thanks!
The annual calendar, located here, has been updated with the latest information regarding the year’s activities and lectures. We will also be adding specific pages for tours (both those that are official AGC tours and those activities available within the state throughout the year, such as Hooper Tomato Days, Green River Melon Days and the Brigham City Peach Days) as well as service projects for the upcoming year.
Please be advised the calendar is subject to revision and not all changes may be reflected on the calendar page. Members and guests are encouraged to review the official posts on this site for more detailed and up-to-date information regarding activities, lectures, and projects.
We had a great turnout and a great time; thanks to everyone who came to the January meeting and participated in the planning of the year! Just a reminder that annual dues ($20) are due this month. Please see Geoff Ellis at our next meeting (February 1st) to make your payment with cheque or cash. The Alternative Garden Club is proud to announce the 2012 officers (contact information as well as the complete list of committee positions/members can be found on the roster):
President: Shane Breeze
Vice President: Dianne Swan
Treasurer: Geoff Ellis
Recording Secretary: Randy Holladay
In addition, the previous month’s minutes were approved as were the bylaws (as proposed). We were also able to come up with several excellent ideas for the upcoming year (see below). 2012 looks to be the best year yet for the AGC, and it’s thanks to all of you.
Please keep in mind the dates and activities are, for the most part, still tentative. This is a rough draft of the upcoming year. Official site posts of upcoming lectures/activities will always supersede the information (conflicting or not) found on the calendar.
1: Monthly Meeting. Lecture, Dean Anesi, The Keeping of Bees.
7: Monthly Meeting. Lecture, lecturer TBD, Urban Poultry: rules/regulations, coop design, care and consideration.
4: Monthly Meeting. Potluck dinner, brief business discussion and seed and plant exchange (details to follow on the specifics of the seed/plant exchange).
15: Field Trip: Spring at Red Butte Garden (4/22 reserved as a rain date).
2: Monthly Meeting. Lecture, Alan Barnett, Utah Historic Homes and Architecture (with perhaps a side of historic landscaping).
26: Field Trip: Spring City Heritage Day Tour.
2-3: Pride Festival (Saturday & Sunday). The AGC will again be sponsoring a booth.
6: Monthly Meeting. Lecture, lecturer TBD, Hybridizing How-To as well as an iris plant exchange.
23 (Tentative): Wasatch Community Gardens, Tour de Coops. Club members will meet at the office of Urban Garden Design for breakfast then join the tour.
Arguably, the most important meeting of the year organizationally. We are offering delicious food provided by the current officers to both show our appreciation and provide an enjoyable and relaxing post-holiday evening out. We’ll also keep all that parliamentary stuff to a safe and sane minimum.
For those of you worried you may be nominated for a position, the Nominating Committee already has a list of nominees. This doesn’t mean someone else can’t be nominated, it just means that if no one else is, we’ll vote on the existing nominees.
The AGC officer nominees are:
Shane Breeze, President
Dianne Swan, Vice President
Geoff Ellis, Treasurer
Randy Holladay, Recording Secretary
The January Meeting is also where we plan out the yearly events, tours, lectures and other activities. This is your club and we’d love to be able to plan the year around what you’d like to see, do and hear. We want your comments and suggestions on how to make this club work best for you. For these reasons, we would strongly encourage everyone to attend the January meeting. It’s sure to be a great time with great food and friends.
Below are the proposed bylaws for the Alternative Garden Club:
ARTICLE 1: Name and Purpose
Section 1: The name of the organization shall be The Alternative Garden Club (“AGC”).
Section 2: The AGC is organized to promote and advance various aspects of gardening, including educational programs, community service, and social activities and events.
ARTICLE 2: Membership
Section 1: AGC Membership shall be open to any person subject to the payment of annual dues set forth in these Bylaws.
ARTICLE 3: Meetings
Section 1: Meetings and activities for the general membership shall occur on a monthly or other regular basis at a time and location determined by the AGC Officers.
Section 2: AGC Officers shall meet on a quarterly basis or as otherwise determined necessary by the Officers at an agreed on time and place.
Section 3: An Annual Meeting shall occur each year during the month of January to which all AGC members shall be given notice and invited.
ARTICLE 4: Officers
Section 1: AGC Officers shall include a President, a Vice President, a Treasurer, and a Recording Secretary.
Section 2: Officers shall serve a one (1) year term, but are eligible for re-election.
Section 3: Election of Officers shall occur at the Annual Meeting by simple majority vote of the membership attending the meeting.
ARTICLE 5: Duties of Officers
Section 1: The President shall convene regularly scheduled or other meetings and shall preside or arrange for other Officers to preside at each meeting.
Section 2: The Vice President will assist the President and will preside in the event the President is absent. The Vice President may, at the determination of the other Officers, serve as President-elect for the upcoming year.
Section 3: The Treasurer shall collect membership dues, pay approved AGC expenses, keep a record of income and expenses, and make monthly reports to the general membership.
Section 4: The Recording Secretary shall be responsible for keeping records of official actions and membership votes, including overseeing the taking of minutes at all meetings.
Section 5: In the event of an Officer’s resignation or termination, the remaining officers shall determine and establish replacement officer(s) on a pro tempore basis until such time as elections occur at the next Annual Meeting.
ARTICLE 6: Annual Dues
Section 1: The Officers shall determine annual dues to be paid by AGC members. Dues are payable in January and shall be submitted to the Treasurer. Dues shall not be pro-rated for members joining later than January of any year, and shall not be refundable.
Section 2: The fiscal year shall be the calendar year with respect to dues and other AGC business.
ARTICLE 7: Committees
Section 1: The Officers shall determine the need for and shall create committees as needed. Committee appointments may include a social chairperson, a service project coordinator, a tour director, a special events coordinator, and any other committee chair determined as necessary and which promotes the AGC purposes and goals.
ARTICLE 8: Standing Rules
Section 1: The Officers may determine Standing Rules as needed for the orderly function and operation of the AGC. The Standing Rules shall be recorded by the Recording Secretary and made available to the general membership either electronically or other means.
ARTICLE 9: Amendments
Section 1: These Bylaws may be amended when necessary by a two-thirds majority of the general membership during the Annual Meeting. Notice of proposed amendments shall be provided to the general membership not less than one month in advance of the Annual Meeting.
We’d like to thank everyone for coming out tonight. It was great to see so many of you and share in the great food and conversation.
Again, a huge thanks to Thom and Millcreek Gardens for providing such wonderful centerpieces and the fall plant display. Thom and Millcreek Gardens have contributed a lot to our club this past year, and we encourage members to make Millcreek Gardens their local garden center. Much appreciated, Thom!
Here are the highlights from the agenda (the full agenda is posted after the jump):
And here is the full agenda:
As most of you are aware, Dave Mash has stepped down from his role as AGC president in order to pursue other interests, and we’d like to wish him the best of luck in all his future endeavors. The 2011 officer positions have been filled, pro tempore, until January of 2012. Please see the member roster for the list and contact information of the current AGC officers.
There have also been some additions and changes to the calendar of events. Those changes are:
We apologize for the site outage this past week. Everything should now be up and running. Please let us know if you notice any inconsistencies or errors.
Be advised the September 10th field trip to the Brigham City Peach Days has been cancelled as well as the September 11th Utah State Fair field trip. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. At this time, we do not know whether the Oktoberfest field trip (9/25) and/or the Alpine Loop field trip will continue as scheduled, but expect we’ll have a final decision by the end of next week. Thank you for your patience and understanding.