Cactus & Succulent Society
The South Coast Cactus and Succulent Society is an affiliate of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America and the California Garden Clubs of California, Inc. (CGCI). It was formed in 1972 to promote an interest in and an appreciation of cacti and other succulents. In addition to learning more about cacti and succulents, club members are encouraged to show and exhibit their plants. But an unstated purpose is to allow succulent enthusiasts to share their knowledge and experiences, and have fun doing it.
As I start my sixth year as Club President, we have over 100 members, with about half attending meetings on a regular basis. Although some members continue to serve in positions they've held for years, a few new members are serving as Officers and Committee Chairs; blending their new ideas and renewed energy with the experience and knowledge of older members - all to the benefit of our Club.
I feel the Society has an unstated mission to educate the community. We do this by inviting the public to attend our meetings, where they can learn from our speakers, programs, and interaction with members. We also sponsor CGCI Landscaping Design courses that are open to everyone.
I feel the Society has an obligation to the community in the area of education. This year we will sponsor our third consecutive public lecture on "Landscaping with Succulents" in July of 2010. We plan on hosting such an event annually.
Our annual show and sale continues to provide the funds to support all Club activities, including our Newsletter, programs and other Club activities.
Last year we finalized our Club Bylaws and started working on Operational Procedures and Standing Rules. We are also exploring avenues to becoming a Non-profit organization under the IRS 501(c)3 rules which may require us to incorporate.
I look forward to more challenges and successes this coming year.
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