2022-2023 — Terri Breen, Editor
The eight issues of Potpourri published this year documented and celebrated our Membership's successes and achievements, our community service contributions, and our educational events.
Potpourri also serves as our Club's historical archive by documenting Flower Design, Horticulture, and Botanical Arts results and awards. The majority of our Members receive a full-color newsletter via email, while approximately twenty members receive a mailed hardcopy in black and white. Via links in our emailed version, Members can connect directly to information on our website and other informative websites.
I consider myself fortunate to have the assistance of some very special women. Thank you to Marilyn Zaret for picking up, labeling, and mailing Potpourri to our hardcopy list every month. Thank you to Barbara Baletti for her creative editorial contributions. This year, Barbara created a new fun and upbeat "column" called Grapevine that we hope to expand next year. Finally, special thanks to Fran Wong who not only oversees the monthly email blasts of Potpourri, but has patiently helped me through some thorny technical issues.
2021-2022 — Terri Breen, Editor; Claire Stepleton, Karen Whitehaus, Co-Editors
Potpourri provides the Club's membership with information on upcoming events including outings, workshops, programs, community service activities, and celebrations. It serves as the Club's historical archive by documenting flower design and horticulture results, awards, and events. We make the newsletter colorful and interesting with photos that illustrate the talent, hard work, and successes of our membership. To keep Potpourri fresh and informative, Members are encouraged to provide feedback, suggestions, and always-photos! With pandemic restrictions this year, Potpourri was an important way to communicate meeting and location changes to our membership.
Eight issues of Potpourri were published this year with December-January and May-June combined into one issue. Most Members receive the newsletter via email. Currently, 28 Members receive hardcopy. Special thanks to Marilyn Zaret for picking up, labeling, and mailing Potpourri to our hardcopy list. The newsletter is also available in the protected section of our website at: gardenclubofmontclair.com/potpourri. Please email Sue Young to obtain access. Terri Breen will resume her position as Potpourri Editor next year. Good luck, Terri!
2020-2021 — Terri Breen, Editor
For 2020-2021, seven issues of Potpourri were published. The majority of issues were sent to our Membership via email and 28 copies were sent snail mail. This was a decrease from prior years resulting in a savings in our printing and postage costs.
As a Committee, we decided to change the deadline for articles due from the 1st of the month to the 15th of the month. Committee chairs will see this change in the new Yearbook calendar.
I would like to thank Committee members Marilyn Zaret, who has been responsible for our monthly mailing, and Karen Whitehaus for meticulously proofreading and correcting my initial drafts. It has been a pleasure working with these women.
2019-2020 — Debbie Moran, Chair
Potpourri provides the Garden Club of Montclair Membership with information about upcoming events including outings, Workshops, Programs, community service activities, and celebrations. It also serves as the Club's historical archive by documenting Flower Design and Horticulture Competition results, awards, and event recaps. We try to make the newsletter colorful and interesting with photos that illustrate the talent, hard work, and successes of our Membership. We constantly strive to enhance Potpourri so members are invited to provide feedback and suggestions to keep it new and informative.
Seven issues of Potpourri were published during the Program year with December-February combined into one issue and May-June into one issue. The Newsletter was an especially valuable communication tool this year during the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic which resulted in the cancellation of most Club activities after mid-March.
Most members receive the Newsletter via email. Currently, 29 members receive hardcopy via US mail. Special thanks go to Karen Whitehaus for proofreading every issue and to Marilyn Zaret for picking up, labeling, and mailing Potpourri to our hardcopy list. The Newsletter is also available for viewing and download on this website.
It's been a great honor to be the editor of Potpourri the last two years. We are so fortunate to have Terri Breen taking the helm; I know she will enjoy the "job" as much as I did! Welcome, Terri!