Central Region Conference Highlights

It’s A Wrap

The 86th Annual Central Region Convention, led by Region Director Fran Stueck, came to an official close Tuesday evening, October 23. It capped a highly successful, informative, enlightening and fun event in Frankenmuth, Michigan, hosted by the Michigan Garden Clubs, Inc. Here is a farewell recap of the events.

The Bavarian Inn and Lodge provided four major meals, and gracious hospitality. The kickoff event was an NGC Horticultural Specialty Flower Show featuring great exhibits and entries. While the exhibits were set in place and judged, there was a bus tour to Midland, Michigan where attendees experienced the longest canopy walk in the country at Whiting Forest of Dow Gardens. Meanwhile back in Frankenmuth, others took self-guided tours of the city’s historic sites, and some participated in a workshop learning how to create pretzels.

The evening dinner featured strolling according music, and a presentation by the 97 years young matriarch of the Bavarian Inn, Dorothy Zender. Dinner was followed by the awards presentation and recognition of the seven state presidents. Entertainment featured each president, and an aide, in creating their own Blumenkranz (German head piece). This fun experience was topped off with a presidential parade of their designs.

Tuesday’s schedule included the annual meeting and three major speakers – one at each meal. They were: Gene Hopp, (owner of Frankenmuth Florist), Kyle Bagnal (program manager of Dow Gardens’ Whiting Forest), and Jan Bills, (owner of Two Women and a Hoe and author of Late Bloomer; How to Garden With Comfort, Ease and Simplicity in the Second Half of Life).

Throughout the afternoon there were vendor booths to visit and workshops covering harvest centerpiece creations, another pretzel making opportunity, and a presentation teaching how to create a pollinator garden. Before I say Auf Wiedersehen, I want to extend a Big Thank You to all those from Michigan Garden Clubs who contributed hours and hours of time in addition to their talents to make this convention one to remember. Now I can say, “Auf Wiedersehen. See you at our 87th convention next year in St. Charles, Missouri.”

Sharon Yantis, Convention Chair 2018