Good morning,                                                                                                                                      Clackamas Dist. Meeting Oct. 7, 2021

I feel very honored and thankful for the opportunity to speak to you today as your State President.
My President’s Theme is Promote our Pledge, Protect our Pollinators.
As I pondered the State Pledge, it touched my heart knowing I could do something about being a caretaker of natural resources.
But where would I start?  To conserve natural resources could mean decrease water usage, turn off lights when not being used, recycle using the products I already have, choose ceramic or glassware products and eliminate plastics.  That sounded easy.
How would I Protect our Pollinators?  I could avoid pesticides, choose plants that allow for continuous bloom to provide pollinators access to food sources, provide water sources, create habitats for nesting bees, and plant milkweed for monarch butterflies.
You may ask why are Pollinator Gardens so important?  Did you know humans consume one-third of their food, which is vegetables, and fruits, from pollinators?  Having a pollinator garden attracts bees, butterflies, and other pollinators.
My President’s Project is to plant pollinator gardens in home and in the community.  I have plants in my yard that provide pollen and nectar flowers that offer a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, and provide a variety of plants that bloom from spring to late fall.
My vision is for each club’s membership to plant two pollinator gardens during my two-year term.  That would be 72 clubs x 2 = 144 new pollinator gardens!
On another note, I’d also like to mention the Pacific Region GC Director is Lana Finegold.  Her Theme and Project is One Green World.  One for Unity. Green for Environment and Climate concerns. World for Everyone to participate.
Also, The NGC President is Mary Warshauer.  Her Theme is Plant America-Play Outdoors.
I have additional information
Positions that need to be filled: Mahonia Assistant Chair, Awards Chair, and Mall Chair.  If you are interested, please contact me.
Thank you,
Cheryl Drumheller
OSFGC President