2016 October

A message from our very own Marty Winn….

I am a volunteer at the Chicago Botanic Gardens with the Roadside Flower Sale. We will make arrangements out of dried flowers fromOctober 17 – 20 and sell them from October 21 – 23. It is called Roadside Flower Sale because when it began (1980) all the plant material was collected by roadsides, railroad tracks and vacant lots (weeds). Now we collect from The CBG itself, from mass plantings where no one will notice a few missing plants. I am attaching five photos of arrangements made for last year’s sale. This year’s will be made next week. Barbara Reich bought one in 2013 and it is as good as new today.  Even if you do not want to buy anything, come to see what we make. If you are not a member of the CBG, find a member to come with because the parking fee is $25 Friday and $30Saturday and Sunday

 The following is from the CBG web page.

Shop one-of-a-kind natural plant and dried flower arrangements at the Chicago Botanic Garden’s annual Roadside Flower Sale. Visit the sale in the Regenstein Center to view gifts incorporating dried flowers, pods, and grasses from the Garden.

More than 300 flower arrangements and wreaths created by talented volunteers are available for purchase. The sale features arrangements, wreaths, bouquets, wall hangings, stationery cards, potpourri, and more.

Volunteers design the floral arrangements using plant materials they collected at the Garden throughout the year. Professional floral designers lead the creation of each item at special workshops, allowing volunteers to showcase their unique talents and perspectives.Volunteers first hosted this event in 1980.

October 21 – 23, 2016 from 10am–4pm

2016 April

Optimist International President Dave Bruns provides a halftime pep talk for all Optimist Clubs and Members. Halftime is a time for renewal and an opportunity to reevaluate our game plans.

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2016 March

Honor teachers, law enforcement or public safety officers, veterans or active duty military personnel as your #OptimistHero.

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