President's Letters

As published in The Fringed Gentian™.

Spring 2019

Volume 67, No. 1

Dear Friends,
Our Garden, our little piece of earth, seems like such a small place, insignificant in comparison to the lands that are used to feed the world, or lands considered important enough to fight over and even make the ultimate sacrifice to preserve. And yet in each of our lives, the Garden, a little space of natural beauty, looms large in significance because of what it does for our intel-lect and our spirit. This is a reminder that even smaller natural spaces are worth preserving through our individual acts. This paradox reminds us that even small acts of support and generosity in our daily lives can and do make profound differences in the world.

Skunk Cabbage
Skunk Cabbage emerging. Photo Kari Ramstrom.

It is a small act, but an important one, that the Friends of the Eloise Butler Wild Flower Garden schedule an annual meeting of members. Unfortunately, very few members (except the Board) have been attending in recent years. At annual meetings, members elect the Board and are updated on financial matters and other reports about activities of the Friends.



Our notice of the 2019 annual members’ meeting appears in this edition of The Fringed Gentian™. Please seriously consider attending in order to become a more active supporter of the Garden!

This year’s annual member meeting will also feature an important vote on amendments to the articles of the Friends of the Wild Flower Garden, Inc. You can view a PDF of the proposed changes to the Articles on the Friends’ website. One amendment adds language intended to support the Friends’ application for exemption from Minnesota taxes. We are already a 501 (c)(3) organization for federal income tax purposes, but a separate application is required for the State of Minnesota status. Another amendment will make it possible for a quorum of the Board to change the Articles, without requiring a vote of the members, when the need arises.

Friends members are encouraged to provide your input. You are welcome to send me your thoughts, questions, and uggestions. Please email to the attention of Kathy Connelly at this address.

Kathleen Connelly

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