Monthly Meeting

Wednesday, Aug. 20., 7pm
Jim & Sue Mowder's home
3717 SE 31st
Bring lawn chairs!

Speaker:
Melody Weller from
Wild Bird House

Welcome to TAWGS

Topeka Area Water Garden Society (TAWGS) is an active and friendly club for people who are interested in the study and enjoyment of water gardens.

Monthly meetings provide a variety of activities including lectures and pond tours as well as an opportunity to meet other pond enthusiasts. Read more...

Minutes from the July meeting
Written by Sherry Reed   
President Tom Platis called the meeting to order. The scheduled speaker was unable to attend.

The treasurer's report showed a beginning balance of $1692.51, inflows of $160, and ending balance of $1852.51.


A bubbling rock in the memory garden at Ward-Meade Mansion - built by Bob Saathoff and Ray Schroeder.
Photo by Sherry Reed
A discussion of joining forces with Topeka Beautiful Association was again brought to the table. TBA's active membership is approximately four. They hold their meetings at members homes. It was discussed about combining the garden and pond tours, but questions were raised about dividing the profits made by the tours. After further discussion the majority of feelings were to leave the two clubs as they are and not join together.

John Guffy with Kansas Fish and Game notified Tom that they had lost their fish in the pond (constructed by TAWGS) due to muskrats. He was wondering if anyone had fish they would like to donate to restock the pond. It was decided to put out an e-mail asking for fish, which has been done. If there are no responses, Don Taliaferro made a motion to buy fish for the Fish and Game, setting a limit at $100. Helen Platis seconded the motion.

The minutes from the June meeting was approved with a motion made by Don Taliaferro and seconded by Tom Routh.

In a discussion of how to attract new members and keep them, a suggestion was made to have meetings possibly every other month at a member's home so members can learn more about ponds and get ideas. Jim and Sue Mowder volunteered to host the next meeting at their home at 3717 SE 31st Street. They will also provide the refreshments. We still need a volunteer to bring refreshments in September.

One person has received a membership from the card promotion. Sue Mowder will contact her and invite her to the next meeting.

It was suggested to be on the lookout for ponds for next years pond tour.

Don Taliaferro made a motion to adjourn and Jim Mowder seconded the motion.