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Happy New Year.


Just a short note below to let you know the parents do appreciate our efforts. 


And, thanks for coming to the meeting last night.  Next meeting, bring a friend (preferably a club member who has not been around for a while).






----- Forwarded Message -----
From: Kim Graffius <>
To: David Causer <>
Sent: Thursday, January 3, 2013 9:43 AM
Subject: Thanks

Hi Mr. Causer,

We really enjoyed the meeting last night.  Greta was so proud, and we appreciate all the nice things you said during the presentation.  We also loved the bugs (most of them lol).  I took pictures for Greta to take to the school.  Thanks so much for everything. 



Please put the e-mail below on our website as "Letters we like to hear"?

 Lucy is Katie McHugh's mom.

 Bob Stas made a CD for all the kids.  He made a copy for our archives also.





----- Forwarded Message -----
From: "" <>
Sent: Thursday, September 20, 2012 10:16 PM
Subject: pictures


Hi Dave:

Just had time to look at the disc of pictures the kids got last week. That was the best thing ever. The pictures were great and I love the captions he put with them.What a great way to put together memories. We will cherish it forever. Thanks for another awesome year. Katie is already talking about next year. My husband had an idea for you. Since it is the men's garden club youth program and the men's garden club horticulture show. Mark thought it would great if it was a requirement for joining the youth program that everyone has to enter at least one thing in the horticulture show. Wouldn't that be awesome to see all the entries? Just a thought.

Enjoy the winter months and see you in the spring!




From: Chris Carlson <>
Date: Tue, Oct 18, 2011 at 7:52 PM
Subject: Re: October 15, 2011 Tree Seminar
To: lynn <>

Dear Lynn,

Once again, "Thank You" for inviting me to be a part of your wonderful organization this last Saturday. I was very impressed on how well you and your commrades work together. It put a smile on my face!!!!

I had a good time Saturday and my students told me they learned "A LOT", so on behalf of my students, as well as myself, "Thank You Again".



Chris Carlson


Ps I'm going to see if our KSU librarian has the funds to add the aforementioned books. If so, we will put them "on-reserve" for everyone to enjoy. I'll also promote the Feb. 18th date to my students on our bulletin board.


Hi there!

My name is Alice Davis I’m here to tell you about what I learned at the Trees, trees, trees seminar. `When I was there I learned about the American elm tree or also referred to as Ulmus Americana. Elms you see are dying off from a disease known as Dutch elm disease or DED.I learned about restoration- riparian landscapes impacted by DED or EAB using elms and other tree species. Some elm trees are resistant to DED, for example Princeton, R18-2, Delaware 2, Valley Forge, and New Harmony.

There are eight elm hybrids that are resistant to DED. And there are some established areas for tolerant elms. I also learned about riparian ecosystems. When the elms died out Ash trees became dominant then came in the emerald ash borer. From west to east spreading are the banded elm bark beetles. Elms have been vectored by the bark beetle. DED has killed 100s of thousands of elms. Elms can survive in urban areas.

Nurseries have been selling elms that are immune to DED. Richard Olsen says elms can be saved by injecting fungicide every 2 to 3 years into the elm tree. Very few elms exist today because of DED. People can save the elm tree by planting more DED tolerant elm trees.

I have so much more knowledge from going to this seminar that my head still hurts. I learned native Ohio trees. I never knew that there are that many Ohio native trees around here. From the common juniper to the basswood tree. You can check them out

I found out also about a plant called the paw paw plant. It is a very intriguing plant. It has ball like fruit. I also learned how to structurally train young trees. First we prune back dead or broken branches, then we locate central leader and eliminate any co dominate leaders, prune back and remove competing branches.

I also learned about junipers, cedars, pines and the eastern larch. I learned so much and want to thank the men’s garden club for letting me come. It was a lot of fun and very informative. I’ll always be able to remember what I learned and use it to my advantage every day and at all my future competitions. Save the elms! Plant more DED tolerant elms!