On Wednesday October 17th, Mary Bruce and I embarked on our trip to The Zone X Presidents’ Council Meeting in...you guessed it…Dayton! If I had been to Dayton before I didn’t remember it — but honestly now I will never forget it! We experienced a fabulous meeting at The Dayton Country Club. Our afternoon began by learning of the progress that Metroparks of Dayton has made in improving the access to the riverfront, and their ambition to connect both Sunrise and Sunset Parks on opposite sides of the river. We had many inspiring reports from Zone Reps about how they can help our individual clubs. Most remarkable was the campaign that Nancy Linz, our Zone X Horticulture Representative, has put together to establish a Native Plant Month in the State of Ohio. In a very short time she has orchestrated broad support for the idea, and would welcome our campaign to legislators to promote this project into reality!
On Wednesday night we were treated to a fantastic dinner at the home of Lindsey Clark, our Zone X Chairman, and a chance to get to know other delegates. My takeaway from our evening was that SLGC has so much to be proud of, not only in our representation at the Zone level, but in the way we run our club!
On Thursday we had yet another glimpse into the quality that Dayton has to offer with our meeting at Carrillon Historical Park. There we explored the Marie Aull Tribute Garden, a Founders Fund Finalist in 2011, along with the Wright Brothers Museum, and the NCR display of all things cash register! We had reports from all Club Presidents and GCA Leadership Chairmen, and came away with ideas to further our club within the zone. MB has already established a Floral Design Chair, and workshops offered by the GCA are in the planning!
It might have been only twenty-four hours, but I am thrilled I didn’t go “a day without Dayton!”