Archive for December, 2009

OC CNPS News – December 2009

December 11, 2009

1.  General Meeting, Thursday, December 17, 2009

2.  Nominations for Chapter Board

3.  Garden Tour, May 8, 2010 – still seeking a few gardens!

1.  General Meeting – It’s Your Turn!!

Please join us this Thursday night, December 17, 2009 at the Duck Club, Riparian View Way, Irvine  (see for directions):

6:45 PM-  Doors Open – Holiday Hospitality provided by board and members, special prices on selected books, tshirts and gifts.

7:30 PM- Main Program: Lights Out, Program Begins: It’s Your Turn!!

Members and guests are invited to share some favorite photos of native plants, wildlife, habitats, or gardens—local, California or anywhere in the world. What amazing and beautiful photos and creative presentations will we see this year?

Allium praecox in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

Your board members will provide a festive spread on the hospitality table. If you have a special holiday recipe to share, please feel free. Come join us for a light-hearted and relaxing evening.

To make sure everyone gets the chance to share, and that we get home before Christmas arrives, the time for each presentation will be limited. So choose your 10 best photos and plan on a presentation of no more than 5 minutes. That’s right, 10 photos or 5 minutes, whichever is less.

Where in Orange County are we?

Digital photos must be in one of these standard digital photo formats: .jpg, .png, or .psd. They may be placed within a Powerpoint or a Keynote presentation file. Submit them on a flash drive, portable hard drive, CD, or DVD. (Windows users: do NOT submit them as an autoexec [.exe] file).

Video presentations must be in one of these standard video formats: .mov (preferred), .avi, .wmv, or .mpeg. (Windows users: do NOT submit them as an autoexec [.exe] file).

We hope you will choose to share your special memories.  If you’re bringing digital stuff, please try to arrive early to allow time for data transfer before the meeting. If there are questions, contact Laura Camp (, about logistics) or Bob Allen (, about technical details).

2.  Nominations

The chapter board has approved the nomination of the following members to board positions:

Sarah Jayne, Richard Schilk, Dan Songster – Board Members – 2010-11

Nancy Heuler – Board Secretary – 2010

We will ask for a vote of the general membership at the December 17th meeting to elect these chapter leaders.

Continuing in their current positions for 2010 will be Laura Camp-President, Brad Jenkins-Vice President, Jennifer Mabley-Treasurer, and Celia Kutcher-Board Member.

Thanks to Joan Hampton and Gene Ratcliffe who participated on the board during the past year (and prior!) for their service.

We have one opening on our chapter board, and we are open to new participation.  Volunteering with CNPS is very rewarding, and you can start small.  Please see any board member or committee chair if you have an interest in further involvement.

3.  Native Garden Tour – May 8, 2010

Put the above date on your calendars!  A number of outstanding native gardens have been identified for our tour, but we are still seeking a few gardens.  If you know of a garden or would like to participate, please contact Sarah Jayne at

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