One of the reasons I joined the Lower Macungie Garden Club was to give back to the community. Mixing the joy of gardening and community work seemed to be the right fit for me.
On May 8, the Lower Macungie Garden Club participated with other community organizations and businesses in Community Day at the Lower Macungie Community Center.
The garden club did a lot of work to get the outside of the community center looking its best for the occasion. Weeding and trimming were done at the driveway and gazebo area and the planters in front of the community center were filled with colorful pansies. Even though it turned out to be a rainy evening, the event was a success.
There were many people who attended, and it was wonderful to speak to residents and people from other organizations and businesses.
The most heartwarming moments came when the children looked with concentration through the baskets of seeds we were giving away to find the "right" flower to grow. How delighted they were when they began to look forward to planting the seeds and watching them grow. As parents looked on, the children spoke about their plans for planting when they got home with their seeds. As an Early Childhood educator, I know that such an insignificant event can open a new world for a child and sometimes lead to a future career.
Our members not only worked hard on the outside, but the inside as well. Art Persing built a wooden display board complete with wooden flowers, lady bugs, pictures of garden club events, and newsletter. People enjoyed looking at the pictures and reading about our members and what we do. Janet Persing did an amazing job decorating the table. Sue Rothrock, Ellen Murray, Sandy Andrecci, and Pat Ruch-Barth came out to greet people and talk about our garden club and what we do.
We enjoyed meeting residents and people from other organizations and businesses, too. Fellow garden clubber Danielle Sixsmith was not far away helping out at the Girl Scout table.
We each got a chance to take a "tour" of what was offered and I was even able to pet a snake! Of course there were other samples and freebies there less fearful if you don't like snakes.
All in all, looking around the crowded room, I was impressed at what I saw and was so proud that our club was able to participate in such an important event. On a very rainy evening, the residents of Lower Macungie came out to see what helps make our community a great place to live. If you have never been to Community Day, make a point to come next year. It's an informative good time for everyone in the family.