President’s Report January 2020

The next Cowichan Valley garden Club meeting will be held January 8, 2020 at St. John’s Church Hall at 7:00PM. Doors open from 6:30 PM.

The featured entertainment for the December 11, 2019 general meeting was a musical presentation from the ‘Ukululu’ trio with a series of seasonal favorites. With support of audience chorus and hand-out percussion instruments, the session was a complete success.

Our speaker for the January 8, 2020 meeting is Ken Nentwig. His topic is ‘Rainwater Harvesting in a Nutshell’. Ken will explain the rationale for rainwater as a resource and talk about Best Practice ‘HOW-TO’s’ for developing a workable and sustainable home harvesting system. Applications such as irrigation and other outdoor uses, as well as indoor potable uses, are covered, along with examples of what-not-to-do, highlighting proper design and installation techniques. Some sample filters and rainwater management techniques will be available for viewing.

Ken Nentwig is an educator with Gaia College (courses also offered through Royal Roads University) and the Lead Trainer with the Canadian Association for Rainwater Management.  He develops and facilitates online courses in Rainwater Management and the CANARM Rain Water Harvesting (RWH) Certification Program for Canada and consults on RWH projects across Canada. “

As an aside from your President, I would like you to listen closely. The quality of rainwater may be described as ‘soft’ as it has few dissolved minerals and metals, and as such readily dissolves some of the soil minerals and improves the chemical balance between the hosting soil and the plants. Your plants will do better.

We have not had our usual Executive meeting this month due to timing, so there is nothing new to report on the ‘Name Tag’ issue. Also, Treasurer Robert has prepared a new pro-forma budget that we have to discuss before we bring it to you for further review, and approval.  We will have this for you next month.

I hope you are enjoying our winter.  Tanis brought in several varieties of decorative plants the other day, red berries from Flowering Bamboo (Bambusoideae), and fresh flowering Heather (Calluna vulgaris), an Aconite (Eranthis hyemalis), and snowdrops (Galanthus).

Teams preparing for the meeting will be Set-Up Jan Dwyer (Team 3), and Tea Sally Smith (Team 2).
Members, please bring our own mugs.

We look forward to seeing you on the 8th. 

Best wishes,
Michael Bapty