President Jean Hamil presided over the March 7 meeting of the Twentieth Century Club at the home of Barbara Williams. Yearbook committee members Bridget Fowler, Irma Williams, and Becky Skinner assisted Mrs. Williams with hostess duties. Recording secretary Abby Stewart called the roll in reverse order at a member's request. Members responded by sharing "A flower that reminds me of my grandmother's garden". The most popular answer was roses but others mentioned included petunias, larkspur, daisies, hydrangeas, zinnias, gardenias, and honeysuckle. Jeannie Smith read a letter of thanks from Refuge International for the club's recent donation. She also distributed information about the upcoming annual Spring Trip on April 4. The club will travel to Shreveport for shopping and a luncheon at the Greenfield Village Tea Room. Becky Skinner announced she was making hair ornaments for members planning to attend the Literacy Council's Spelling Bee on March 21st and requested a show of hands for those attending. Scholarship Committee chairman Cindy Murry confirmed that all scholarship recipients from the 2012-2013 year have received their awards and that information and applications have been sent to Upshur County high school counselors for the 2013-14 and an announcement has been placed in the Gilmer Mirror.
Yamboree Queen Candidate Selection Committee chairman Barbara Williams announced that Carly White, granddaughter of member Raye White will be representing the club during the Yamboree Queen's contest from July 1-12.
At the conclusion of the business meeting, member Reta Lewis presented a program entitled "How Does Your Garden Grow". She visited Smotherman's Nursery located in Longview and obtained a vast amount of information about plant selection and care. Their most sought after plants include Indian hawthorn's, knock-out roses, azaleas, crepe myrtles, begonias, hydrangeas, camellias, gardenias. hibiscus, mandevillas, and bougainvilleas.She also described popular trees including dogwoods and redbuds. In conclusion, Mrs. Lewis emphasized that for a successful garden the most important criteria was the selection of plants that are adapted to this area.
Following the program members were served black forest ham and Swiss cheese petite sandwiches, green bean bundles, fresh fruit with vanilla bean sauce, apricot congealed salad, spiced tea and coffee.
Members attending in addition to those mentioned above include Cal Arnold, Annette Breazeale, Mikie Clark, Sandy Dean, Betty Finney, Annette Herrmann, Betty Orms, Mary Ann Patterson, Bettye Lou Smith, Melinda Smith, Janice Gage, and Rolinda Shipp.