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"Cookies, Chocolates and Tea, oh my!" by Lila Johnson, Mill Creek Garden Club

Julie serves tea to new member, Hyun. Photo courtesy of Mill Creek Garden Club.
Julie serves tea to new member, Hyun. Photo courtesy of Mill Creek Garden Club.

By Lila Johnson, Mill Creek Garden Club Publicity.

Mill Creek Garden Club is fortunate to sign up new members throughout the year, but it makes it a bit tricky to plan just one event to graciously welcome everyone.

An invitation was extended to recent joins to attend a casual Tea & Goodies gathering hosted by MCGC President Julie Jacobson.

The group cleaned up well, left their Wellies (rain boots) and garden gloves at home to graciously accept the offer. Julie was assisted by officers Judy Morrier, Gloria Buchanan and Nancy Hedges who helped with the treats and warmly welcomed the special guests.

The group initially gathered in the dining room, with a view overlooking of the golf course. The table was festive with lit candles and a bouquet of fresh flowers, not to mention overflowing with a variety of cookies, chocolates, breads, salad and fruit. There was tea of course, with coffee and water too.

In keeping with the idea of “getting acquainted” one of the highlights of the afternoon was the around-the-room sharing of backgrounds, work history and family life.

There were about four native-born Washingtonians in the group, with Hawaii, Korea, Indiana, California, Oklahoma and other states in the mix. It is interesting how some move to be where grandchildren and adult children are located—no real surprise. For that very reason, the State of Tennessee may beckon one new member in a year or two—who can blame her.

Some stories made everyone laugh especially the long-ago college-era one about discovering a housemate’s “grow lights in the closet.

One woman accompanied her newlywed husband to the Pacific NW, expecting to stay one year and 24 years later, they’re still here.

Many in the group retired from dynamic jobs; one referred to her business experience as the “job from hell” from which her friends urged her to finally retire.

Most of these amazing women sought out Garden Club because they like to garden, or they want to learn how to grow things in the NW climate, or they wish to meet people active in the community or they just want to fill their spare time with a fun group and eat a tasty lunch at Shawn O’Donnell’s.

The Tea & Goodies event was a delightful, unstuffy gathering, which accomplished its purpose of helping newer members make a connection with one another and Garden Club.

Mill Creek Garden Club members are the friendliest people and May is the perfect time to join for the 2018-19 year, which starts in September. Checkout the Club’s website: www.millcreekgardenclub.com and you too can be one of their amazing members—garden gloves not required but do bring some enthusiasm.

Eating, chatting and sharing life stories in the comfort of Julie’s living room. Photo courtesy of Mill Creek Garden Club.

Eating, chatting and sharing life stories in the comfort of Julie’s living room. Photo courtesy of Mill Creek Garden Club.


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