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Doris Padgett Celebrates 50 Years with Sunnyvale Library

Doris Padgett 042415Our very own member, Doris Padgett, was recently recognized in the Dallas Morning News for her 50 years of service to the Sunnyvale Library.  Please take the following link to read the full feature:

Doris has praised the SGC for being instrumental in Sunnyvale getting a library.  In 1964 SGC members petitioned Judge Lew Sterrett to establish the Sunnyvale Library, making it the 13th library in Dallas County.

The Sunnyvale Library’s 50th anniversary celebration is scheduled for Saturday, June 6th from 10—2.  SGC has been asked to serve cookies, cake and sandwiches in 2 hour shifts.  If you would like to participate, please contact Sallyann Nevins at 972-226-1315 or


Submitted by:  Martha Billman – Communications Committee

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Why Recycle?

Trash is never “thrown away.” It’s only moved from one place (our homes and businesses) to another (landfills or incinerators).   You have the power to choose:  will you trash that item or recycle it?

Before you decide, read the following “Benefits of Recycling” and think about this question: Where will your trash do the most good for future generations? In a landfill? Or at a recycling facility?


Recycling creates jobs

Recycling creates new, well-paying jobs and promotes economic development in the recycling and manufacturing industries in the United States.

Recycling reduces pollution

Pollution from landfills — including cyanide, dioxins, mercury, methane, hydrochloric acid, sulfuric acid and lead — escapes into the air and leaches into groundwater. In 2012, Americans recycled 87 million tons of municipal solid waste (MSW), eliminating the equivalent of emissions from more than 33 million passenger vehicles. Making products from already refined waste materials reduces — and often avoids altogether — the need for manufacturers to use toxic chemicals, essential when using virgin materials. Municipal waste incinerators spew out all kinds of air pollutants, and are often located in urban neighborhoods. Recycling reduces the amount of waste sent to incinerators.

Recycling saves energy

The 87 million tons of MSW Americans recycled in 2012 saved the equivalent of energy consumed by almost 10 million U.S. households in one year.

Recycling conserves resources

Recycling conserves natural resources such as timber, minerals and water. Recycling 1 ton of paper saves 17 mature trees, 7000 gallons of water, 3 cubic yards of landfill space, 2 barrels of oil, and 4100 kilowatt hours of electricity, enough energy to power the average American home for five months. Turning trees into paper is the most water- intensive industrial process in the United States. Paper recycling mills nearly always use less water and they don’t pollute the water nearly as much. Recycling also protects wildlife habitat and biodiversity because it lessens the need to mine, extract or harvest virgin materials.

This is a public service announcement brought to you by Sunnyvale Garden Club.

Sources: U.S. EPA website and readyrecyles.comU.S. Flag

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Celebrate Earth Day – April 22

Earth Day 2015

Each year, Earth Day — April 22 — marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. Larger events such as festivals and rallies are often organized for the weekends before or after April 22. Many communities also observe Earth Week or Earth Month, organizing a series of environmental activities throughout the month of April.  For more information about international, national, and local events, please click on one of the following links.

Earth Day Network (an International Movement to protect the plant and secure a sustainable future)

Free Earth Day Classroom Resources

Earth Day Oak Cliff – (Oak Cliff – April 12)

Earth Day Texas 2015 – April 24-25-26 (Dallas Fair Park – free admission)

Submitted by:  Martha Billman – Communications Committee

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Meeting Reminder – Tuesday, April 14, 2015 – 10:00 a.m. (Time Change)

The next Sunnyvale Garden Club meeting is  scheduled on Tuesday, April 14th, 10AM.  The meeting will be held at the Sunnyvale Community Center, 417 E. Tripp Road.

*Note:  The start time for this meeting  has been  changed to 10:00 a.m. instead of 6:00  p.m. as listed in the Yearbook. 

Program:Cecilia Manousel 2

 “The Arrangement – Inviting Friends for Arbor Day”

 Program Speaker:   Cecilia Manouel is a Dallas County Master Gardener with more than 25 years of experience in the floral industry.  Cecilia enjoys creating arrangements using what nature has provided.  She is also a member of  the American Institute of Floral Design.

 Arbor Day Program – Sallyann Nevins

 Hostesses:  Kathy Dalby (Lead), Doris Padgett, Joyce Lee, Glenda Ricco, Joyce Taylor, Nancy Griffith, Sharon Kinkel


  •  Call to Order and President’s Welcome – Georgeann Moss
  • Inspirational
  • Pledges of Allegiance
  • Officer and Committee Reports
  • Invocation


  •  Sharing Life Community Outreach – please bring donations.
  •  Pay Dues for 2015/2016 Year

 Submitted by:  Martha Billman, Communications Committee

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SGC Hosting “The Love of Flowers” Design Workshop – 5/9/15

The Sunnyvale Garden Club (SGC) will host “The Love of Flowers” design workshop on Saturday, May 9 at Christian Care Center (CCC) Greenway Center dining room for SGC members (up to 30) and CCC residents (up to 20).  See attached document for more details.

There is no charge for this workshop. A variety of containers will the furnished, but SGC members are asked to bring a bouquet of flowers from the grocery store or Sam’s and greenery from their yards.

SGC members must sign up with Rachel Doyle (by May 6th) to participate.  Please contact Rachel (via cell phone or e-mail — 214.675.5218 or ) if you have questions or would like to sign up for the workshop.

Here are  samples of the types of designs that can be created  with the containers that will be provided.  Keep in mind that the look of  your design will vary depending on the type of flowers and greenery you provide and the designs that the instructor teaches.

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Reminder: SGC Meeting – Tuesday, March 17th, 6 p.m. (Rescheduled from March 10th)

Due to spring break, our March meeting has been rescheduled from the 10th to the 17th, 6:00PM,  at the Sunnyvale Community Center, 417 E. Tripp Rd.  Don’t forget to bring your plants for the plant exchange activity.

Call to Order and President’s Welcome


Pledges of Allegiance

Invocation st patricks day

Dinner – provided by hostesses Martha Billman/Georgeann Moss (Leads), Barbara Kline, Cristie Carter-Stewart, Helen Etheridge, Katie Frazer, Pat Morgan, Sallyann Nevins, Shirley Marlowe, Vicki Slaton,


 “Veg Out” with John Hunt

John is a garden coach, landscape consultant, member of the Gardeners of America and Garden Writers Association. He is a horticulturist and has written more than 100 articles for newspapers, magazines and newsletters.


Officer and Committee Reports

  •  Awards – Jean Holt
  • Sunnyvale Library Fifth Anniversary Celebration – Sallyann Nevins
  • SISD Community Relations Meeting – Georgeann Moss
  • Biblical Arts Center Project – Faye Nabors
  • Floral Arranging Workshop on Saturday, May 9 – Rachel Doyle
  • New Business?


  •  Sharing Life Community Outreach and Christian Care – please bring donations.
  •  The Plant Exchange  – please bring your plants.  If you have questions or need more information, please contact Joyce Taylor (  or Carol Duckworth        (

More about St. Patrick’s Day:

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Valentine Project Update – Thank You SGC Members!

L to R: Georgia Dowdey, Darlene Eberwein, Sallyann Nevins

L to R: Georgia Dowdey, Darlene Eberwein, Sallyann Nevins

Dear SGC Member,

 If I knew how to make this email open with a round of applause, I would do that right now!

Once again all the products you brought filled the table to running over with a variety of wonderful products in all sizes.

We managed to fill 85 gift bags to capacity! We ran out of gift bags. This was really a successful community outreach and made each recipient so happy.

At Christian Care Center, we had to empty all the bags and remove all the food items as she reminded me they could only give their residents what was approved on the list.    We still had plenty of toothbrushes, toothpaste, calendars, lotions, crossword puzzles, shampoos, pens, pencils, bud vase with a red rose, and extra surprises as well.   She wrote the name and unit number on each of the quart zip lock bags with the apricot fried pies, saying the resident would receive it on their tray tonight at dinner when someone can  help them. The other  food items will be given to healthier patients.   

It was sad to see so many patients  so ill and fragile. Many of the residents were sound asleep as we came to their rooms and left the bag on their table.  Nancy Keim took the time to accept a visit with one of the residents and visited for 15 minutes providing that welcome visitor they longed to talk to and enjoy connecting  with.  Another lady took the valentine out of her bag and held it to her chest, saying, “This is the only valentine I will receive.”  The creative, sparkling, hand made valentines were a big success in bringing these residents joy at all 3 locations we delivered to.

Imagine how happy they each were to open and remove all the contents and see the treats! Surely it will make them happy all week!    Suzie Duncan at Bakers Rib provided 70 fresh sugar free fried apricot pies that are definitely a great treat to taste and enjoy!   Helen Ethridge and her partner at Windsor Florist provided 70 white plastic bud vases with  an authentic red silk rose in it that was so genuine that you sniffed it expecting to smell a rose fragrance! 

We delivered to  a Rehab facility on Town East as well as  to Crescent Manor — both in Mesquite and completed the last delivery at 4PM.  A lot of people were blessed today and felt the wonder of being loved with these surprise gifts they received at their door!

Thank you for your outstanding and generous support and participation in reaching out to the community as a vital member of the Sunnyvale Garden Club!  You make a difference!  

Ginny Hale

Sunnyvale Garden Club

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