Betsy Hauser of New Tripoli, Debbie and Dennis Barr of South Whitehall, Rose Marie Kandrac from Warminster, Sharon Fournier of Bath, and Barbara and Tom Campbell of Lower Macungie Township took an extended tour after the South Africa portion of their trip ended.
The group flew from Cape Town to Johannesburg to Victoria Falls, a town in Western Zimbabwe.
The visit began with a Sundowner river cruise on the Zambezi River.
There were hippos in the river with the tips of their ears coming up to the surface of the water and elephants playing in the river.
Allentown Garden Club recently hosted the annual Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania District ll-lll meeting titled “Sunny September,” at Lehigh Country Club.
Club members welcomed Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania President Joyce Milberg, First Vice President Sheila Croushore and Second Vice President Leeanna Ryba.
There were 109 members from 13 garden clubs in attendance.
Parkland Garden Club received a certificate along with Allentown Garden Club for having the most members there.
South Africa was a spectacular trip of a lifetime for seven residents of Lehigh, Northampton and Bucks counties.
Betsy Hauser of New Tripoli, Debbie and Dennis Barr of South Whitehall, Rose Marie Kandrac from Warminster, Sharon Fournier of Bath, and Barbara and Tom Campbell of Lower Macungie started their trip in Sandton, a suburb of Johannesburg, a modern city and the financial district of South Africa.
The group visited April 24-May 7, considered that country’s late fall and early winter.
Avleen Khinda, from Fogelsville Elementary School, took first place for fourth graders in the state for her poster of Smokey Bear.
Gaurika Devrani, a student at Cetronia Elementary, won first place for first graders.
Their posters will go to the Central Atlantic Region which includes Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, National Capital Area, and New York for further judging.
From there, the winning posters will go to the national contest.
Children from first grade through fifth grade are invited to participate in the contest.
The Parkland Garden Club recently hosted the District ll/lll meeting, with this reporter as the district’s director.
These meetings are a way to network with other clubs and to learn and share ideas on programs and different projects.
Chris Leskosky, GCFP president, attended the meeting.
One highlight of the meeting was the judging three Trash to Treasurers entries.
Connie Donklan’s entry from the Bethlehem Garden Club won first place. Brenda Aubert’s wheelbarrel took second and the entry from the Reading Club came in third.
A group of Lehigh Valley travelers recently took a nine-day tour of Nova Scotia and the Maritime Provinces.
Barbara and Tom Campbell of Lower Macungie organized the trip through Premier Travel.