August 2001 Newsletter
The August meeting will be held on Saturday, August
11 at 9:00 am. We will enjoy air-conditioned comfort in the Sonora
Room at the Quality Suites located at 3101 N. 32nd Street in Phoenix (602-956-4900).
GPPS is going to spend some of the treasury and furnish breakfast for the
members this month! There will be breakfast pastries, fruit, juice
and coffee. Bring your appetites!! At the January meeting,
we had a great time showing off our gadgets and inventions. We will
do that again at this meeting so that the new members can gain from our
brilliant ideas. Please bring any gadgets you love, inventions you've
designed, products you can't live without, etc. and you will have a chance
to play Show & Tell! (At the July meeting, a CPR demonstration
was mentioned, but that will be scheduled for another meeting.) We
have permission to bring plants to share! Please do not bring them
into the meeting room. There will be an area outside where they can
be left. There is no need to bring your lawn chairs this month as
chairs will be provided. Hope to see you there!
From Phoenix and areas north: Take SR 51 south and exit at Thomas Road. Head east and go past 24th Street. Turn north (left) on 32nd Street. Quality Suites is 2 blocks north of Thomas on the east (right) side. Enter through the front lobby door and the meeting room will be straight ahead.
From the East Valley: Take the 202 west and
exit at 32nd Street. Head north and go past McDowell and Thomas Roads.
Quality Suites is 2 blocks north of Thomas on the east (right) side. Enter
through the front lobby door and the meeting room will be straight ahead.
JULY MEETING REVIEW
Although it was a warm morning, we had a great turnout
for our July meeting. We had many new members at the meeting and
also several visitors. The house is designed after a 500 year old
French olive pressing mill. With the house in the background and
beautiful pond and yard, we truly felt that we were having a meeting in
France (except for the temperature!). The meeting opened by welcoming
new members and introducing the executive committee. Brad J. explained
that our microphone is in for repairs and set up a bullhorn to use.
A report was given on the pond tour. Then, the meeting was turned
over to Grant Rinquette, the caretaker of the pond and landscaping.
He gave a brief description of the pond and then talked about lotus.
He said that lotus can DEFINITELY be grown in the Valley and answered lots
of questions. Below is what we learned about growing lotus:
A big thank you goes to Sylvia A., Jo H., and Amy
S. for volunteering to bring refreshments. I believe some other members
brought goodies, and we would like to thank them also. Your help
Welcome New Members
David & Dottie D. - Scottsdale
Believe it or not, it's time to start thinking about
2002!! Is there something you would like to learn more about? Have you
been someplace that would be a great place to hold a GPPS meeting? Would
you like to have a meeting at your house? Do you know someone who would
be a great speaker? If any members have suggestions for speaker topics,
meeting places, field trips, etc., please contact Dianne. (see the "membership
& contact info" link above)
GPPS members Brian C. and Annette A. (now "Annette C.") became husband and wife on June 9, 2001.