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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

OCTOBER 20, 2016 Muhlenberg Botanic Club Meeting

From Ruthann Richards

Greetings, Muhlenberg members!

As those of you who were at the April, May, and September meetings know, this has been a tough year for the Society, in part because of the death of our President and one of our long-time field trip leaders, Joan King. In addition, as Tim Draude indicated at the last few meetings, only a few people have been carrying the burden as officers for the last couple of decades. If we aren't able to recruit new people to take over these tasks, the organization may have to fold.

Both Tim and Mike Slater have suggested that we might combine with the Butterfly/Insect Club since our interests are similar. That is a possibility, but those who attended the September meeting seemed quite keen on finding a way out of this conundrum. I would like to suggest that we try to keep going, with the help of new people, through next spring and then reassess the situation.

Various people came up with new ideas at the Sept. meeting—ideas that we need to discuss in more detail. Therefore, I suggested that we use the October 20 meeting primarily as a springboard to gather ideas and figure out ways to make this a viable organization again, even though our membership may remain small.

In order to facilitate matters at the October meeting, I would like to request that members send me their ideas so we don't just waste time with a “free for all” discussion that doesn't achieve any concrete results.

These are the areas in which we need the most suggestions:
1.        For officers—even if you will only serve as an interim officer;
2.        For people who have contacts to potential speakers;
3.        For people who will set up field trips.

Please send your suggestions to me at   or call (717-872-7574) as soon as possible so I can organize them. Even if you think an idea might not work, send it anyway: one never knows.

Whether or not you have any suggestions, please respond to two matters:
1.        Do you want to see the organization continue? And
2.        Would you be available to meet on a different day of the third week of the month? List which days (Monday through Thursday) you would be available in order of preference.

We agreed to have a seed exchange at the October meeting, so please save seeds from native plants (or others that are valuable as pollinator plants in your garden). Bring envelopes for others who might like some of your seeds (I use primarily old envelopes from all the solicitations that arrive in the mail). If the seeds need particular care over the winter, be ready to explain that as well.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Upcoming Meeting of the Muhlenberg Botanic Club WILL BE OUR LAST ONE EVER unless volunteers step forward now!

Hello Muhlenberg Botanic Club Members and Friends,

There will be a meeting of the club this coming Thursday at 7 pm in the Kinsey Room at the North Museum. We will have a members sharing night so bring show and tell items or pictures to share. We will have a computer and projector available to use and also I can bring an old fashioned slide projector if anyone has old pictures (Just let me know if it is needed. ).

We will also have our regular plant exchange. Please clean the outside of pots to avoid bringing dirt into the building. We will have the tables covered.  Please try to keep the area as clean as possible.

Finally as we announced last spring, we have been unable to get anyone new to serve as club officers. We need a president, a program coordinator, a field trip coordinator a newsletter editor at least. We have no one for these positions, The people that have done these for years can’t do it anymire. If people don’t volunteer, this will be the very last meeting of the Muhlenberg Botanic Club!

One proposal has been to merge with the Lancaster butterfly club which in hopes that between the two groups we can get enough people to keep a natural history club going in the Lancaster area. There is a lot of membership overlap between the two groups already and their programs are often about general nature and wildflowers too. I think this is a good fit. I
will be making a formal motion about this at the meeting on Thursday.

The Lancaster Butterfly and Entomology Club meets at 7 pm on the first Monday of each month (in the same room we do at the North Museum) from March through October. However, in September the meeting is on the 2nd Monday due to the Labor Day Holiday, so tomorrow night is their meeting. It should be a good one. Dr. John Wallace from Millersville University will be presenting a Program on Forensic Entomology

I hope to see you all Thursday night (and maybe Monday too).
Mike Slater, web master and Past President

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

May 2016 Meeting of the Muhlenberg Botanic Club

OUR MAY MEETING - May 19th at 7 pm at the North Museum.

Our last regular meeting of the spring includes our spring plant exchange and members sharing of all things of botanical interest.  Bring pictures to share or anything else of botanical interest. Also bring plants, native or not*, to share and exchange with others. There are always lots of extras for people to take home for people who don't have any to bring at this time. Everyone goes home with some good plants if they want some!

* but please don't bring any plants that are known or suspected to be problems as invasives. If you are in doubt please email Mike Slater for clarification.

FIELD TRIP: Saturday May 7, 2016

Walnut Run Area.   10:00 am- Leader Tim Draude
Meet at the Game Commission Parking lot on the South side of US 322 3.5 miles west of the inter section with Rte 501 at Brickerville. Many interesting and beautiful wildflowers like yellow lady slippers grow in the areas with rich circum-neutral soils derived from the diabase bedrock in some areas and while pink lady slippers grow only in the acid sandy soils. Having both types near each other is interesting. Many other good plants grow there as well. Hiking conditions are pretty easy except the one stream crossing can be challenging, at least with dry feet.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Plants from the Mountains of Ecuador: April 21st, 2016, Presented by Dr. Susan Munch.

April 21016 Muhlenberg Botanic Club Meeting -7:00 pm at the North Museum in Lancaster

Many of the plants from the mountains and a high plateau that I visited in Ecuador are very tropical in appearance, but because of the altitude and  and cooler temperatures, others are more similar to members of the flora of western North America.  Especially among the herbaceous plants and smaller woody plants there are interesting similarities and differences when they are compared to our plants.  More info about the Trip Dr. Munch was on at the Ceiba Nature Tours Web Site.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Next Meeting Thursday February 18th at 7 pm at the North Museum.

Hello Muhlenberg Botanical Society Members,

Club President Joan King hasn't up to planning Spring Muhlenberg Club programs and field trips due to health issues. Unfortunately the room at the museum hadn't yet been reserved for any meetings this spring. Tim Draude and I and both contacted the museum and Tim just got confirmation this past Friday that we can meet there next week. And on the other 3rd Thursdays this spring.

The meeting this Thursday (Feb 18) at 7 pm
The program will feature past-President Tim Draude explaining how and why plant seeds stay dormant and what triggers germination. Tim’s talk will be followed by a brief presentation by me of tips for successfully getting seedling from germination all the way to having them happily growing in your garden. We will have seeds of some native plants available to you to take how and raise yourselves.
We will be having a discussion about organization for the rest of the year, planning field trips and programs and getting out a newsletter, new officers. etc..
Any information about cancellation due to weather will be posted on our web sites.
I hope to see everyone on Thursday,
Mike Slater, Muhlenberg Botanic Society Vice-President

MEMBERSHIP DUES are due in January/February. They are $10.00 per household. Extra contributions are always welcome; if you include one, however, please designate it as such so our treasurer doesn’t think you are paying for two or three years at a time!
If you would like to be contacted by email for occasional spontaneous work days or field trips, plant rescues, or similar events, please include your email address. At the bottom of the form, please include comments or suggestions for field trips and meetings, or topics you might like to see added to the newsletters or the website. Bring dues with this form to the September meeting or mail them to:
Matt Dilley
20 Greythorne Rd.
Lancaster, Pa. 17603-7403
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