Thursday, November 25, 2010

Dinner, Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Although it was a very cold evening, it did not stop an excellent turnout of members and guests at tonight’s dinner. Thank you all for visiting!

A welcome first course was the hot tomato vegetable soup and this was followed, in our last dinner before Christmas, with a wonderful turkey dinner, complete with cranberry sauce, stuffing, creamed potatoes, and vegetables. Such a filling dinner was rounded off with a light sponge cake complete with strawberry filling and cream topping. An excellent way to start the evening with such a delicious meal!

Nick, as President, welcomed our guest speaker, Mary Butterfield, the Capital Campaign Director, VanDusen Botanical Garden, and continued to report on upcoming events. On Sunday, December 5, the Welsh Mens’ Choir will visit Massey Theatre and there are group rates available. If you wish to attend, please contact Earl. The club’s Christmas Luncheon will take place on Wednesday, December 15, at La Rustica on 6th Street. The cost is $15 per person and wine, etc. will be extra. The members will be phoned to see if they and their guests wish to attend. The next Directors’ Meeting will be on Wednesday, January 13, 2011 at 7p.m. in the Plaskett Room of the New Westminster Library.

Thanks to the many who brought non-perishable items for the food bank at the Salvation Army and thanks too to Nick for delivering these goodies!

Following dinner, we adjourned to the Theatre to listen to Mary Butterfield and her beautiful presentation on the growth and development of the Capital Project at the VanDusen Botanical Garden. It was interesting to see the progress that was made from the initial drawing board to the many aspects of the Project, which eventually took shape. This will be a sustainable and ecologically friendly structure composed of a lake, walkways, meeting rooms, cafeteria, and volunteers lounge (for the 1600 volunteers, the coordination of which is quite an undertaking in itself). Please see the site plan here.

A wonderful achievement and we thank Mary so much for advising us of what has been happening at VanDusen over the past year and taking time to explain the Project and outline it so clearly and effectively. Congratulations Mary, and we wish you and all at VanDusen Botanical Garden much success with your efforts and fulfillment of your goals.

Thanks for viewing and look forward to seeing you in the coming weeks!

Best wishes,