Monday, July 15, 2013

Syringa Club Accepting Submissions for Fundraisers

   Two projects this summer are topping fundraising concerns for the Garden Valley Syringa Club, a community service organization for ninety-nine years.
   The Poetry/Prose book publication is on hold while submissions are still being sought: Poems up to 60 lines; prose essays with a max of 800 words; and black and white photos or sketches. Any subject is acceptable. Artists must be over fifty years of age and residents of Boise County. Mail to: 223 Middle Fork Road, GV 83622 or
   Submissions received so far are very appreciated—thank you for your donations.
  The popular annual Birthday Calendar features a color photograph of Crouch/GV subject matter. In recent years, photos by Elaine Baker and CJ Scharf have been chosen, and the club is grateful for the honor of displaying the work of these talented artists who have donated their photos for the calendar fundraiser. The club is now accepting submissions for the 2014 calendar. Please e-mail photos in jpg format, to
   New calendar advertisers are also encouraged to contact Judy Prachyl at 805-717-9325 or 462-2576, or Carol Wyckoff, 462-3371.
   It’s time for the annual summer luncheon. It will be difficult to train sandals to trip lightly to another location, after so many years of lovely luncheons catered by Cheryl Goo. This year, the luncheon will be held at Two Rivers Grill, 347 S. Middle Fork Road, (next to the Dirty Shame), for private party dining. Members and guests may choose from menu items. Mark your calendar for Thursday, July 18, noon—3 p.m. Guests and past members will pay $15 plus gratuity. Anyone interested in Syringa Club may attend. RSVP not necessary but appreciated.
   Syringa Club members have been active this year. One-hundred plants—larch, Idaho poplar, rugosa rose, ornamental American cranberry, and red osier dogwood were planted and most have been sold at the Crouch Farmers Market. Call Jayne at 462-4698 for purchase. Thanks to Leigh Ward, at Warm Springs Greenhouse, and Bill Partridge, for their generous help.
   Former member, Helen Mills, passed away last year and in January, members wearing Helen’s hats presented $100 to GV Library, in her name.
   Syringa received a $1500 grant from the Senior Center, to publish a community-fundraiser book by resident artists over 50.
   Golden Eagle Radio in Crouch was awarded $250 by Syringa. The radio board chose to use the funds toward music licensing.
   A large antique basket filled with Idaho-themed gifts was donated to the library’s St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser auction. John Tucker, husband of former member Pilar Tucker, was the successful bidder, at $80.
   The Nosy Neighbor Home Tour to benefit the Senior Center was supported with a $100 sponsor-donation.
   Lunchtime meetings were enlivened, and members enlightened, by various interesting guest speakers: Mary Jo Dawson, GV Trail and Sleigh Rides; Pat Marion, Zone IV representative on the school board, speaking on school safety and firearms; Lonnie Bramon, advising the group on book publishing; Mary Wilson, two-time speaker as the Crouch Cat Lady and president of the GV Center for the Arts; and Vickie Chandler, Crouch City Clerk, with information on the Crouch/GV Historical Museum and offering a prominent corner of it for Syringa Club memorabilia.
   There are six months left of this year to have more fun and be of service to the community. For information, call President Jayne Carlson, 462-4698; VP, Judy Prachyl, 462-2576; secretary, Mac Angel, 462-2511; or treasurer, Ione Messick, 462-3284.

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