October 24, 2019 –

President Jennifer Stanek brought the October 2019 meeting of the Memphis Herb Society to order at 7:00 in the Goldsmith Room at the Memphis Botanic Garden.  Members and guests were given a warm welcome and all those that brought refreshments were extended a special thanks. Members and guests were reminded to renew their memberships for the upcoming year, which will run through December 31, 2020.  Jennifer also reminded everyone to make plans to attend the upcoming November 21, 2019 meeting. The meeting will include a silent auction and a workshop.

On motion made, seconded and approved, the September meeting minutes as presented in the October Newsletter were approved.

Sherri McCalla gave the Herb Garden report. The Herb Garden is still weedy, minus the basil pulled for tonight’s meeting, and in need of volunteers to help weed. On November 9th, there will be an Herbal Work Study program beginning at 8:00. Participants will work until about 10:00 a.m. and then Sherri will teach a class on seeds. Updating the Herb Garden signage is still a continuing project.

Jennifer Stanek then reminded us of the Herban Renewal grant program. Applications are now available for organizations to apply for these grants. The application deadline is March 2, 2020.

Sister Maria van Werkhooven received a 2019 grant and shared the work that was completed using grant funds. Her garden is located on Rayburn Street in South Memphis, near South Parkway and Third Street and benefits the neighborhood by providing work opportunities and the shared harvest. The garden was started in 2016 with greens and has been expanded over the years. Currently, it is 24’ by 16’ with an herb garden in front.  The grant was used for seeds and soil supplements, mulch, a trellis and more. Herbs planted this year included bee balm, thyme, mints, and oregano.

All those members that brought refreshments were thanked and a drawing was held for door prizes.

Jennifer Stanek then presented the Bylaws amendments recommended by the Board to address the confusion that has arisen regarding half-priced memberships. A vote was made on this Bylaw amendment. On a motion made, seconded and approved, the Bylaws amendments were approved.

Jennifer Stanek then introduced our speaker, Dr. Manjit Kaur. Dr. Kaur is a former research scientist, passionate cook, and blogger. Her presentation included a discussion of beneficial herbs and spices and the variations in the cuisine of different parts of India. Everyone enjoyed tastes of several dishes including:  Masala Chickpeas, Butter Chicken, Vegetable Korma and Basmati Rice.  Recipes are available on Dr. Kaur’s blog: http://zaikabharat.blogspot.com/.

Following the presentation, the meeting was adjourned.

32 members and 9 guests were in attendance for the October meeting.

The next meeting of the Memphis Herb Society will take place on November 21, 2019.

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