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The Atoka Red Rose Garden Club, member of the National Garden Clubs, Inc., met on Monday, October 19, 2020, at 5:30 p.m., at the First United Methodist Church.
Mask wearing, social distancing, brown bag carrying members were called to order by Judy Elliott, and Sue Franks led the group in the Gardener’s Creed, Conservation Pledge and Environmental Mission Statement.
A crepe myrtle, donated by Fran Walker, has been given to the Stringtown Legacy Project and has been planted.
Members were reminded to bring gravy mixes for the Community Food Baskets.
Judy Elliott presented an informative program on Bats. Members were surprised to learn there are more than 30 types of bats in Oklahoma. Bats eat up to 1,000 mosquitos in one night while eating their body weight in insects in that one night’s feeding. Contrary to popular belief, bats pose little threat to humans. Most members were also surprised to learn bats are pollinators.
Mike Elliott constructed a bat house for viewing, and members were given guidelines on proper installation of bat houses. Fredda Norman received the bat house as the hostess gift.
Those attending were Melody Bensley, Margie Eldridge, Judy Elliott, Sue Franks, Fredda Norman and Fran Walker.
The meeting was adjourned. Members then played Brown Bag Bingo to benefit the scholarship fund.