Barbara Brown, chaplain, led the devotion followed by the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. Langston Carter, grandson of the hostess, gave an instrumental titled “Concerto No. 2 in C Major” by F. Seitz, which the members thoroughly enjoyed.
Kay Cox, president, presided over a short business session. The minutes from the last meeting were given by Jackie Westfield, secretary, and the treasurer’s report from Dorothy Keith.
Cox thanked the members of the nominating committee, which presented a slate of officers for the 2011-12 calendar year. The new officers were voted on and will be installed at the February meeting. She reminded members of the upcoming District Spring Meeting on March 24, and the Tennessee Federation of Garden Clubs’ State Convention April 28-30 in Memphis.
McKissic presented a very informative program on roses, including an educational display board on the common colors of roses and what each color symbolized, growing tips and a handout titled “Preventing and Treating Common Rose Pests and Diseases” from Jackson and Perkins.
She told the members a rose is a prickly, stemmed bush which normally bears red, pink, yellow or white flowers which are usually sweet smelling. There are cultivated and wild roses. The rose is the National Flower for the United States. McKissic told the group that all roses symbolize love, but in addition to that, each color has a special meaning.
She then took one word from each color and gave examples of its meaning. These included the following colors: Red — Courage, which means boldness, bravery and valor; Yellow — Freedom, which is a state of being free, liberty, independence; Pink — Happiness, which is good fortune, prosperity; Cream — Thoughtfulness is being mindful of other people; White — Reverence is to respect and honor a person or thing; Lavender — Adoration is the act of adoring, worship, deep love or devotion; and Orange — Desire is to long for something, as people desire peace. In closing her program she read a poem titled “Be Thankful” by Lena McMinn.
Refreshments were enjoyed by all and aloe plants were won by Kay Cox and Edwina Robinson as door prizes. Thank you was extended to the hostess by Joan Steward. Other members in attendance were Billie Blair, Barbara Ector, Sheryl Gash, Cynthia Humes, LeliaWare and guest Cora Bea Bailey.