Wild Ones Mid-Mitten Chapter news

Summary of Nov. 13 Annual Meeting

After a hearty delicious potluck shared by 17 members, we reviewed our 2023 activities and elected officers for 2024. Congratulations to new president Susan Erhardt, vice president Rachel LeClair, treasurer Vicky Brubaker, and secretary Sarah Galt! Thanks to the nominating committee of Karol Walker and Randy Kursinsky for contacting prospective nominees and counting the ballots. Great ideas for next year were recorded and will be planned accordingly. Thank you to Corrine Bloomfield for setting up the room and equipment for us at Chippewa Nature Center. Thank you to Kay Rochlitz for being our treasurer the past two years.

January 2024 News

Jan. 8, 2024 Sharing Native Plant Expertise in the Great Lakes Bay Region
Have you wondered who the local ‘experts’ are about all topics related to native plants? Did you know that Midland has 5 garden groups?  We asked several representatives of them to come and introduce themselves, share their goals and explain their projects. This will be a great opportunity to learn how we complement each other and to find ways we can collaborate.  This monthly meeting is 6:30-8:00pm at Chippewa Nature Center, 400 S. Badour Road, Midland, and is open to the public.

February 12, 2024 – Preparing native plant seed packets.
We will be preparing our native plant seed packets for the year.  These are given out at the upcoming Central Michigan Seed Swap (February 24, 2024) and other events in which the Chapter participates.  If you have native plant seeds you would like to contribute, bring them along.  All are welcome.  Materials for packaging, snacks and great company provided.

January Wild Ones Webinars
January is a great time to learn something new.  As part of your membership, the Wild Ones have many seminars on working with native plants and conservation that might be of interest to you.  Below is an upcoming Webinar.

Cultivating Change with Lorraine Johnson on January 25th at 6 PM (CT)
Explore how native gardening can address climate challenges in our next Wild Ones national webinar, “Cultivating Change” with author and activist Lorraine Johnson. There are also many saved webinars from years past available as well on the Wild Ones website. Just click on the link at the bottom of the page for webinars.

Chapter Membership
Tell your friends and neighbors about the Wild Ones and bring them to a meeting, which almost all are open to the public.  Youth are welcome when accompanied by an adult. New ideas about attracting and retaining members can be sent to Rachel LeClair ([email protected]).

New Logo, Branding, and Bylaws
The national Wild Ones staff worked this year on branding and creating new logos which are shown at the top of the newsletter.  You will be seeing a lot of it this year as we update our documents and social media. Remember to check your online membership for news, resources, our chapter webpages, and more information. Our chapter bylaws are available now for your review.

Happy New Year
Now is a great time to plan what additions or changes you might like to implement in your landscape.  What’s better than to dream about the garden and the warm days of spring during the dark days of winter.  Get our your seed catalogs and native plant books to see what is possible!

Susan Erhardt
President, Wild Ones Mid-Mitten Chapter