Wow — time is flying by! Soon many of our snowbird friends will start heading back to their summer homes. Consequently, March has become a very busy month with many activities on the agenda. The SunBird Garden Club sponsors two such events in March. One is the Community Appreciation Night on March 3, featuring guest speaker Kelly Mero, publisher of the Arizona Highways magazine. The second is our annual SunBird Garden Club Home Tour which is coming up on Sunday, March 8. This event allows you to view six homes within our community with refreshments served at one of the homes. Tickets are $10 and will be for sale at the clubhouse at select times (not at the office as was done in the past). This year, the tour will run from noon to 2 p.m., and it is always a fun event. We look forward to seeing you at both events, and we sincerely thank you for supporting us through your attendance.
Past news — Our February activities included a visit to the Mission San Xavier del Bac and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum via the HOA-sponsored trip as well as our Valentine’s Day tea. Thank you to those who were responsible for organizing both of these events. All of us who attended had a great time.
The second winner in our “Rock of the Month” contest is Mary Jane Mogdans. After seeing the poster in the clubhouse, Mary Jane looked everywhere and finally spotted it after her round of golf, hiding in the bushes in the parking lot just off the 18th hole. Along with our congratulations, she also received a $10 gift certificate for the Horizon Room. In order to become a contest winner, take a look at the newest “Rock of the Month” poster on display in the clubhouse, then keep your eyes open for that specific rock in and around all the gardens near the clubhouse/golf course. This contest will run until April.
Our next regular meeting will be Friday, March 13. On that day, along with our regular business meeting, we have a speaker, Deina Burns from the City of Chandler Water Conservation Bureau, coming to give a presentation on water conservation and irrigation. As we all know, water is at a premium in the desert, so having a little more information on plant selection, irrigation efficiency, and maintenance should be quite helpful.
Lastly, our final meeting will be held on April 10 when we will wrap up our season with a business meeting. As well, we are hoping to finalize our new roster of board members for the upcoming season.
Just for your information, a few of the permanent resident members of the Garden Club remain active during the spring and summer months with various projects that have been approved and/or sponsored by the club. Often, some of these projects are proposed by the HOA or the Golf Club and are collaborative projects that are undertaken during the spring and summer when there are not so many people around. Then, when we all come back from our cooler climes, we are able see new improvements and beautification to the common areas, clubhouse, and golf course. We are so fortunate to live in a community where we have such diligent volunteers and workers who help to keep our community looking wonderful — not to mention maintaining and improving the value of our real estate. All who reside here owe all of them (and you know who you are) a debt of gratitude.