Two representatives from 4-H Club presented a program on "birding" at the January 9, 2020 meeting of the Chunnenuggee Garden Club.  Left to right: Joyce Turnipseed, Program Chairman; Shannon Andress, Regional Agent; and Brenda Henson, County Agent. (Photo by Faye Gaston)

 Two representatives from 4-H Club presented a program on "birding" at the January 9, 2020 meeting of the Chunnenuggee Garden Club.  Left to right: Joyce Turnipseed, Program Chairman; Shannon Andress, Regional Agent; and Brenda Henson, County Agent. (Photo by Faye Gaston)

By Faye Gaston

Joyce Turnipseed was the program chairman for the January 9, 2020 meeting of the Chunnenuggee Garden Club held at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church. The program topic was "birding".

Shannon Andress, Regional Agent and Brenda Henson, County Agent with the Montgomery Education-School Program and connected with Auburn University 4-H Club and the ACES-4-H Club and Montgomery County 4-H Club, presented the members with a poster featuring Alabama's 20 Birds of Prey (Raptors).

The poster gave information about the 250 sites around Alabama that highlight the best locations to watch birds ("birding") on the Alabama Birding Trails.They gave each member a Field Checklist of Alabama Birds to report sightings of hundreds of species of birds. They gave brochures about the triumph return of Bald Eagles in Alabama that were removed from the list of endangered species in 2007.

They gave brochures about the Red-Cockaded Woodpecker that is an endangered species.They also presented information about the favorite birds of the members: dove, hummingbird and chickadee.

The program ended with them assisting members in making bird feeders by filling large pine cones with suet to hang on a tree limb and watch the birds feast.

Joyce Turnipseed presided over the business session. Reports were made. The Smokey Bear poster contest for 5th grade students had been judged, a poinsettia was delivered to the local nursing home, a worker was paid to pull weeds from the flower beds at the Red Door Theatre, the members decorated a Christmas tree at the Senior Citizens Nutrition Center, and members decorated the Union Springs Pharmacy window for Veterans Day.

The club's project of decorating a business window was featured in the in the state-wide magazine, "Hortensia", under the "Wheelbarrow" section. Mary Richards reported to a state-wide committee four projects by the club from October through December.

Plans were made for January: to mail the club's press book to be judged among garden clubs state-wide, and club officers will meet to begin plans to host the district meeting in Union Springs on October 20, 2020.

Plans were made for February: to decorate a business window for Field Trials and present a program for Arbor Day.

Mary Seymour (club member) and her husband, Jeff (honorary member) were congratulated upon their 50th wedding anniversary on December 28, 2019.

Get well wishes were sent to club member, Anne Maxwell, following hip surgery. Hostess, Sadie Pugh, served a buffet supper after the blessing prayer by Faye Gaston. The meeting ended with three funny anecdotes by Mary Richards, Barbara Cox and Sadie Pugh.

Present at the meeting were Mary Seymour, Mary Richards, Barbara Cox, Faye Gaston, Joyce Turnipseed and Sadie Pugh.

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