Welcome back to another nine months of Chapter programs, field trips, garden visits and other fun activities for you and your family.

Our first meeting is the dessert potluck and contributory slide show, and we welcome any and all OOOOH-AAAH pictures. Linda and I will bring in some grizzly bears and other
Alaskan goodies.

This year will have changes. We are working on a much improved web site, a Facebook presence and other new fangled stuff. We are debating changes in the newsletter, and those of you with e-mail will receive messages from us regarding use of that medium in receiving a full color PDF version of our newsletter.

Our plant sale will be at the same time (November 6) but the location will move from the “traditional” site on Madonna Road.

Thanks to Assembly Member Evans and many coauthors that included Sam Blakeslee, Assembly Concurrent Resolution 173 has declared the 3rd week in April as California Native Plant Week. This will set the stage for a big effort by our chapter to celebrate the week and introduce as many people as possible to our wonderful native flora. Send me your ideas.

— David Chipping