October 2019

President’s Letter

As I write this letter it is almost October—and still warm out! I had to order a pumpkin
cold brew at Starbucks the other day because it was almost 80 degrees out. Here’s
hoping this means nice (not sleeting or snowing) weather for Halloween. There are
so many kids in the neighborhood and the excitement of candy and costumes is
almost palpable.

The Salad Supper had a wonderful turnout again this year. Thank you Emily Kowal
for stepping in to organize the event and for stepping into the roll of Welcome
Committee. If anyone knows of a new family that has moved into Saybrook please
reach out to us so that we can welcome them to the neighborhood with a directory
and some flowers.

I would also like to thank Melissa Lavigne who has been in the role of beautification
these past 3 years. She has worked to improve the process of paying the
beautification dues (Yeah PayPal!) and coordinated some needed repairs to the 12th
street lights. As a reminder Beautification dues are separate from SGC dues. They
are completely optional but so vital to keeping our signs and islands looking good.
Those areas are the responsibility of our neighborhood to maintain and that requires
money and coordination. This past summer Melissa coordinated electrical repairs
that totaled $900. I know she is looking for help coordinating mulch and spring
cleanup, so if you are looking for a way to help please reach out. Also, when those
forms for beautification dues come out in the spring please remember to contribute.
All monies raised from the poinsettia sales goes to the beautification fund.

Thank you Amanda Solomon, Liz Waterstraat and Laura Gaskill and anyone that
donated root beer and ice cream to the Ice Cream social. The next kid friendly event,
the Hayride, is right around the corner on October 20th, also courtesy of Amanda! If
you haven’t yet, please like us on Facebook since we send out a lot of notices about
upcoming events on the FB page. Tricia Hutton graciously stepped into the roll to
keep everyone up to date.

This years Christmas Tea committee has just started planning, so keep an eye out for
the invite. I know I say it in every letter but volunteers are the lifeblood of SGC, and
SGC is one of the things that makes our neighborhood incredibly special. So if you
are looking for a way to get involved, no matter how small, reach out to us via email
at saybrookgardenclub@gmail.com.

SGC Co-Presidents,
Jennifer Riordan and Maura Hof

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August 2019

Summer In Saybrook

Summer is the time that brings neighbors together. Cheering for water polo
or swim team; playing tennis at the pool; walking through the neighborhood
with friends; playing a round of golf or a pick-up basketball game. I love the

The Saybrook Garden Club takes a little break during the summer and I’ve
been reflecting about the past year.

The Trivia Night raised funds for three scholarships in the amount of $1000
each for Naperville North students; 10 Jefferson Junior High boat trips for
students who wouldn’t be able to afford the celebration; assisted with the
5th-grade pool party; donated to buy trowels and other supplies for the
Beebe Garden. These things make our community strong, give to those in
need, and give us a goal of something bigger than our daily lives to work

Plus this year’s Progressive Dinner was amazing. Kristen, Jennifer, Kia, Samar,
Christina, Amanda, Natasha, Melissa, Anna and many others, all worked
so hard to make it one of those nights people love. I heard stories about
neighbors meeting for the first time, and exciting ideas for costumes, and
homes with amazing decorations.

The work we put into our neighborhood makes Saybrook and the surrounding
area unique. It makes everyone more comfortable with each other and
therefore more likely to reach out when someone is sick, or let their kids
roam free knowing that tons of other parents are doing the same.

I am proud to tell everyone I know about our community, our Garden Club
and our friendships.

Now I’m excited to plan for the coming year. See you at salad supper!

A Letter From Our Co-President,
Maura Hoff

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April 2019

Spring is in the air!

For most of us it felt like winter would never end. Trivia Night was a wonderful break from the long winter blues. There were a lot of new faces there which is always a wonderful thing to see. For those of you that have never attended the event you are missing a good time. The trivia host said more than once that we are his rowdiest group! Trivia night would not be possible without our wonderful committee of organizers. So a big shout out to Tricia Hutton, Hillary Andrlik, Becky Stanton, Mary Kate Watkins, Amanda Solomon, Chrisma Ibarola and Christin Kacedan. The ladies that organized the event do such a wonderful job at gathering raffle items (which is no small task), organizing the small prizes for winning at trivia and helping out with ticket sales on trivia night. That being said, some of these ladies are looking to move on to bigger and better things within SGC, so this event will need some new members to keep it going. Trivia Night is our largest fundraiser, which provides high school scholarships and 8th grade graduation boat trips.

It would be a huge loss to the SGC and would greatly inhibit our philanthropic goals. I know that the ladies have a process in place to make the event successful, so if you would be interested in helping out next year please send an email to Saybrookgardenclub@gmail.com or signup during the Salad Supper.

With spring comes the highly anticipated Progressive Dinner. This year’s Progressive has a funky theme with a focus on food, so make sure you have your annual dues paid up so that you receive your invitation. You can check your SGC status on our website under Membership.

As any successful organization, we rely solely on volunteers and many hands make light work. None of the committees are difficult and after years of practice there are easy steps in place to make each event successful. Also the planning is sometimes more fun than the event itself, and is a great way to meet new people in the neighborhood. Once summer approaches keep an eye out for more information on the Adult Float and the Salad Supper, which are both in August!

SGC Co-Presidents

Maura Hoff and Jennifer Riordan

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January 2019

A Community of Treasured Traditions

Saybrook is an amazing place! I am reminded of this daily. We have long standing traditions like this year’s 52nd annual Christmas Tea which included women from many generations: Lillian Cera and Ann Potterton were there and shared memories of many past teas; Suzanne Troy reminded all of us of Jon Benton who, in past years, had played piano at the event; Kia Cvengros hosted the event this year while still being one of our “new” neighbors;and most importantly the committee of women who planned the whole event!

Where do people welcome you with open arms (and flowers) when you move in? Or give you an opportunityto really know a group of neighbors more than 100 strong? Or include anyone who wants to join the group? Or raise funds to help students at our local schools, sponsor individuals with scholarships, etc? Saybrook is a special community with treasured traditions. We should be proud of this thing that was started by some amazing women years ago and is nurtured by each of us every day.

As the new year begins, I hope you will join us! Saybrook Cares hosted a Blood Drive on Sunday, January 13th. Watch for additional Blood Drive’s this summer or fall hosted by Saybrook Cares. Or perhaps we’ll see you at the Trivia Night Fundraiser on Friday January 25th. SGC will be raising money to help our local schools or other organizations that may request help. Last year we awarded three $1,000 scholarships to seniors at Naperville North. Or perhaps you have something you’d like to share and you’ll create an eventto help support the community. We’ll join you!

SGC Co-Presidents

Maura Hoff and Jennifer Riordan

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Fall Newsletter

President’s Message

As we write this it still feels like summer outside, but we’re sure the weather will

change soon! The weather was our friend for both the Adult Float and for the

Salad Supper this year, which meant that they were well attended events.

Thank you to everyone that came out to the Salad Supper; we had such a

wonderful turnout with a lot of new faces! Most importantly we had a lot of

people sign up to volunteer for our different committees. Volunteers are the

backbone of the Garden Club and there are many ways to get involved—

both big and small. This year we held the Salad Supper a little earlier, which

helped to ensure that the weather was good and that it stayed light longer.

We also had great feedback about not being ”required” to bring a salad ; )

The Garden Club is about community and friendship, so always know that

you are welcome to join an event without the stress of cooking. There are

a lot of events coming up for both adults (Christmas Tea) and kids (hayride)

so be on the lookout for information. If you want to get involved in SGC, are

looking for information about upcoming events, or want to know if your dues

are paid please visit our website www.saybrookgardenclub.com and like us

on Facebook.

SGC Co-Presidents

Maura Hoff and Jennifer Riordan

Fall 2018 Newsletter

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We have just updated some important forms for this coming year 2018-2019. You can find more information on our resource page.

Reimbursement SGC

Deposit form SGC

Membership form 2018-2019


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Introducing our new Board for Saybrook Garden Club 2018-2019

All these wonderful ladies have taken on important roles for this year and we are very thankful. Our historian chair is open and if you like taking pictures, collect pictures or other fun history from a year in the garden club – please contact us.

Co-President: Jennifer Riordan and Maura Hoff

Secretary:  Lynn Silvia

Treasurer: Ashley Molidor

Fundraiser: Trish Hutton

Children’s Programs: Maura Hoff and Amanda Solomon

Saybrook Cares: Maura Hoff

Philanthropy:  Deb Wright & Jennifer Riordan

Website + Social Media:  Henriette Pentz

Publicity: Hilary Andrlik and Heather Huether

Membership:  Christina Papa

Beautification: Melissa Lavigne

Bouquet of Cheer and Curb Appeal: Kristin Locy

Historian : Open

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Location: Saybrook pool
Description: Mark your calendars for the annual Salad Supper – Friday September 8th at 6:30 pm at the Saybrook pool! Bring your favorite salad to share and your annual dues!
The garden club will be providing wine and refreshment, and prizes will be awarded to the top three salads. So dig through those recipe books!Theannual SGC salad supper is an important event as it kicks off another season of garden club events.
This event is a great way to catch up with new and existing members, and it is also your opportunity to pay your dues and to sign-up to volunteer with some of our events.

Dues paid on the evening of the salad supper are $20, after that date they go up to $25.

Membership information

In case of inclement weather, we will have a back-up residence to move the party to. The location is currently TBD. If you are willing to offer up your home in case of emergency please contact Jennifer Riordan (jsriordan@live.com).

Start Time: 6:30
Date: 2017-09-08

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Location: Beebe Park
Description: Our annual back to school ice cream social will be held on the black top at Beebe school the day before school starts. We are looking for a few people to donate ice cream or soda. If you are willing to help out please contact Anna Mulrooney at Annaelizabethlewis@gmail.com
Start Time: 3:00
Date: 2017-08-14
End Time: 4:00

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Adult Float

Title: Adult Float
Location: Saybrook Pool
Description: Come celebrate the winding down of summer. The Saybrook Garden Club is joining up with the Saybrook Bath and Racquet Club again for a brunch and adult float at the pool.
The date is set for August 6th from 9:30 am – 12:00pm. This event is open to Garden Club members and pool members, but you do not have to be a pool member to attend.
So bring a pool float and if you would like a brunch item. The Garden Club will be providing a build your own bloody mary bar and mimosas.
Hope to see you all there.
Start Time: 09:30AM
Date: 2017-08-09
End Time: 12:00PM

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