Phillips County News - One Nation, Under God

By Sarah Osmundson
PCN Reporter 

Malta Dirt Daubers honored by Montana Federation Garden Club


November 15, 2017

Sarah Osmundson

Malta Dirt Daubers Garden Club members Toni Ziegler and Jane Ereaux bookend Gloria Tilleman after the first place certificate was presented.

The Malta Dirt Dauber Garden Club had a festive evening on Monday, November 6.

The regular meeting was held at Toni Ziegler's home where once again a delicious supper of Indian Tacos was served.

Guest speaker was District Director Gloria Tilleman of Havre.

Tilleman congratulated the Dirt Dauber's on taking first place in the Rocky Mountain Region of National Garden Clubs, Inc.

A certificate was presented and stated as awarded to the Dirt Daubers Garden Club from the Montana Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc.

This was a 3A Montana Award in writing and yearbook of the clubs service and activities that they have achieved over the year.

Jane Ereaux and Ziegler accepted the award on behalf of the club.

Tilleman then covered the highlights of the Fall board meeting and relayed information on several grants that are available.

Next the evening took a turn to this year's centerpiece idea for the Phillips County Historical Society - Christmas Festival to be held at the Phillips County Museum.

Traditionally the club had made and donated a tree or a wreath to be auctioned the night of what was originally known as the Festival of Trees.

Then about five years ago the members decided to sell the centerpieces instead.

The pieces have ranged from snowmen, snow couples, and a floral arrangement. The money made is then donated to the P.C. Historical Society.

This year the P.C. Musuem curator Lori Taylor was approached by local crafter Nancy Knudsen with a top hat idea for the centerpieces. Knudsen said she would also like to make them for the Festival event.

Taylor contacted the club about this idea and the club contacted Knudsen. A plan was set into motion and after a collection of coffee cans, vinyl records, and holiday sprays were collected the meeting was arranged.

Knudsen was on hand to instruct how to assemble the top hats and to give moral support in the individual creations.

Several creative Christmas Top Hats were the end result with each guest able to create two and take one home, or extra product to make one at home.

If you love to craft there is a joint gathering of the Malta Dirt Dauber and Kiwanis clubs for a Santa's Workshop. Volunteers who wish to help make this evening magical is always appreciated.

This children's event will be held at the Boys and Girls Club on Monday, November 27th from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Parents who drop off their children at the Malta Boys and Girls Club receive a special coupon for that Monday's late night shopping and dining.

The children will enjoy making crafts, cookies, playing reindeer games and treats in the elf lounge. Every child is welcome and need not be a Boys and Girls Club member!

Remember and don't miss out on this opportunity to purchase a top hat and donate the night of the Christmas Festival "Christmas is A'glow" held at the P.C. Museum on Thursday, November 30th starting at 6:30 p.m.

Just like the children's classic Frosty the Snowman these Christmas Top Hats are truly magical and will hold something special inside for everyone.


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