The Flower Press - - a newsletter of the Lincolnshire Garden Club
Decmeber 2007

General Meeting and Program

January 17, 2008

Warm Your Heart with Roses

A hands-on workshop led by Diane Rycerz



Hospitality Committee

Eve Jacobs, Joan Keyes, Elaine Peterson and Meg Zimmerman


Thursday, January 17, 2008

Vernon Area Public Library

9:30 a.m. – Brunch

10:00 a.m. – Business Meeting

10:30 a.m. – Program



January is the time to relax, visit with friends, and remind us that spring will come.  Come join your Garden Club friends as we create and visit.  Our own Diane Rycerz will lead us in creating a lovely Rose Petal votive candle.


From the President’s Desk

Elaine Petersen, President


I am in disbelief that I am writing the final Newsletter until 2008.  Just cleaning up the dining room and finishing off the last of the Thanksgiving turkey, 2008 seems so far away.  As we all have remarked so often: “Where did the time go?”  It was only yesterday that we were laughing and enjoying the delicious luncheon at Meri’s home and purchasing treasures at the Benefit.  And here we are frantically storing away the Thanksgiving décor and stringing up the Christmas lights. 


The Benefit was a surprising and gratifying success.  The figures of as of November 15 showed a 17% increase over 2006.  The Club netted $8,641.00 in profit!  Applause to everyone who helped with the fabulous event and to everyone who attended.  


Tomorrow the Anniversary Committee will be presenting our sculpture to the Village Board for their approval.  If all goes well, we hope to have our little girl installed for the formal dedication in May.


The Committee is also planning for a gala luncheon on May 15 at the beautiful Ivanhoe Club.  Mark you calendar and invite your friends to join us in celebrating fifty years of Lincolnshire Garden Club success.


As this year closes, I want to thank you for your support of the Garden Club and to personally wish you a perfect holiday and peace and health in the coming year.




By Jan Stefans


What a fabulous Benefit!  I would like to thank all of you who helped make it possible:  Meri and Jeanne, the kitchen team; Cheryl and Eve tracked down the solicitations; Nina Peterson, the goody bags; Merle, the designer: Sandra Beutel, the invitations; Kathleen Young-Perkins, the Bake Shop Queen; Barb Gilman, signage; and our On the Money Treasurer, Kathleen Hamilton.  All put time in before and during the Benefit.  The day of the Benefit we had quite a group to make it through the day, so thanks to you too:  Char, Kelly, Hazel, Denni, Hope, Meg, Mary Ellen, Tina, Ellen, Joan, Connie, Sandy, and Diane. 


It has been my pleasure working with you all, we did a great job!   Fondly, Jan.





We would like to try a new format for next year’s Benefit.  Meri Finocchi has once again offered her house, but this time for an early October Friday evening Benefit.  To insure a successful event, it is necessary to get our key people in place now.  Meri, Jeanne Top, and Kathleen Abdo will be co-coordinating the all the food.  Jan Stefans will be an advisor as well as head of the Raffle. A Benefits chair is needed to put the various components together.  We are also seeking a Solicitations Chair who can get started in January.  A system for handling solicitations is in place, but we need an organized person to step in and execute it. Will you help?  Please let Elaine or Jan know what role you will take in our 2008 Benefit.


By Eve Jacobs


Tis the Season to be Giving…..


This is the time of year that our club looks around to identify needs in the surrounding communities.  The Allocations Committee is in the process of identifying worthwhile causes.  If you have any special ideas, your input would be most welcome. Committee members are Kathleen Hamilton, Eve Jacobs, Mary Spiewak and Meg Zimmermann.  Please call them to share your suggestions.  In addition, we are in need of one more person for our team.  Won’t you please consider joining us in this most important task?  If you are interested contact me at 847-680-8082 or




Time to Leave

By Mary Spiewak


Did you know that mistletoe has the potential to do more than provoke a kiss?  There are a lot of mythological stories relating to mistletoe.  There is a story about Frigga, a Norse goddess who made mistletoe a symbol of peace and love promising a kiss to all who pass under it.  There is a story from Rome involving fertility, and there is a British story, which promises protection from thunder and lightening when standing under mistletoe. 


From a horticultural point of view, mistletoe is an evergreen plant that is considered a “hemi parasitic plant”; meaning that although it has its own photosynthetic properties, it also steals nourishment and water from its host plant.  The mistletoe family of plants grows in tropical and subtropical regions and can infect hundreds of different types of trees.  Under heavy infestations it can be fatal to the host tree/shrub, but often it just causes poor growth in the host plant.  If the host plant dies, the mistletoe will also die. 


All of the plant parts from mistletoes are poisonous if ingested and have serious side effects including seizures and even death.  If we bring the plants into our homes during the holidays, we should be very careful to prevent accidental ingestion.  Fortunately, there are many beautiful artificial representations of mistletoe that are sold for use in decorating our homes.


There are many different genus of mistletoe.  The mistletoe that is harvested in the U.S. for Christmas decoration is Phoradendrom flavescens (Eastern Mistletoe). 


An important genus that is studied by the scientific community is Viscum album (European Mistletoe), which is native to Great Britain and Europe.  Scientists have studied the medicinal properties of the purified extracts derived from V. album for many years and the extracts have been used for centuries to treat hypertension, epilepsy, arthritis and more.  Current research and clinical trials are ongoing which study the extracts for their therapeutic effects in treating cancer, HIV, and for stimulating the immune system.  Extracts for injection are legally available by prescription in Europe but are not approved by the FDA for sale in the U.S.  Both the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) have quite a bit of information available on the studies and clinical trials using V. album


So, why not hang a symbol of mistletoe in your doorway?  It might just get you that kiss, protect you during storms, improve your fertility or help keep you healthy!


Enjoy the Day!



(1)  National Institutes of Health

(2)  National Cancer Institute




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May 15, 2008 for our Club’s 50th Anniversary celebration.



Calendar Corner


January 10                            Board Meeting – 9:15 a.m. – Village Hall

January 17                            General Meeting – 9:30 a.m. – Vernon Area Public Library

January  25                            Articles due for February newsletter

February 7                            Board Meeting – 9:15 a.m. – Village Hall

February 21                            General Meeting – 9:30 a.m. – Vernon Area Public Library