Master gardener speaks to retiree group

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The March meeting of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association was held at Gardner’s Restaurant on N. Wesleyan Boulevard.

President RuthAnn Kleinfelt welcomed members and visitors. She introduced guest speaker Peter Imke, who is with the Master Gardener Volunteer Association of Nash County.

Imke gave an interesting and informative program on growing vegetables, flowers and shrubs. He said the Master Gardener course is now available in Edgecombe and Wilson counties, but not in Nash County at this time due to funding cuts. For information or if there are questions, Imke may be reached at the Extension Service Office at 459-9810.

Barbara Holden announced that NARFE National Headquarters has made the decision to eliminate five of the current 10 regions effective Nov. 1, and North Carolina will be in Region II rather than Region X. A proposal will be voted on at the National Convention in August in Orlando to have two national officers instead of the current four, and they would be national non-resident officers, a president and a treasurer. These measures are necessary due to loss of income from a drop in membership throughout the organization.

The North Carolina convention will be held May 6-8 at the Rocky Mount DoubleTree Hotel and Gateway Convention Centre. Robert Allen, Area IV vice president from Roxboro, is serving as convention host chairman, assisted by Treasurer Gracie Couch.

The Rocky Mount NARFE chapter meets the second Tuesday of the month, except July and August, at Gardner’s Barbecue Restaurant. It is an active, friendly chapter of 104 members and welcomes visitors and prospective members. The next scheduled meeting is at 12:30 p.m. April 8.

For more information, call Barbara Holden at 823-2404.