July 23 Chapter Meeting Notes

Members present:
Kristine Brown – president, AHG general member
Nancy McCoy – AHG general member
Kathryn Chapman – AHG student member

Amanda Canete of Elements Herbology has generously offered to donate a ticket to the weekend immersion with our AHG professional member Leslie Alexander. If you are interested in a chance for this ticket, you can purchase tickets through Amanda at her shop. Tickets for the raffle are $2 each or 3 for $5. You must sign up for the raffle by Friday, July 29 to be included in the raffle. This is a $225 value. Amanda’s store will cover any remaining costs for the raffle out of her store’s account. For more information and to sign up, call (636) 493-9364 or visit the store at 700 S Main St, St Charles, MO 63301 (open today, 12 – 5 and Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm.

Today we explored essential oil scent combinations to make a signature blend for a soap for the AHG booth fundraisers.

We worked through 5 different combinations:

#1 Cedar Himalyan 2 gtt, Cardamom 3 gtt, White Grapefruit (Mexico) 3 gtt – we found this combination to be pleasing

#2 Ylang Ylang Complete 4 gtt, Myrrh 1 gtt – we found this combination to be horrible

#3 Lime 10 gtt, Ocimum basilicum – France 3 gtt – we found this combination to not be pleasing

#4 Tagetes 2 gtt, Litsea cubeba 4 gtt – we found this combination to not be one anyone would want to buy

#5 Rosemary 3 gtt, Spearmint 6 gtt, Orange 3 gtt – we found this combination to be very nice and unique.

We unanimously chose #5 and decided to dub it “Confluence” in honor of the chapter’s name and the combining of 3 scents to create it. The soap will be yellow with green swirls.

After we finished up the scent blends/choosings, Kathryn took us for a tour of her beautiful gardens. The patio garden displayed a variety of mints as well as climbing plants on rustic grapevine arbors; the front gardens hosted a variety of pollinator attracters as well as many medicinal herbs tucked between. The meadow and woodland edge gardens contained a variety of wild species including a variety of Hypericum (St. John’s wort), Prunella vulgaris (all heal), Solidago spp. (Goldenrod), as well as milkweed, blackberry, black raspberry, sumac, Sambucus nigra (elderberry), Solomon’s seal and more. At the top of the meadow, we were able to view the entire valley below, quite a beautiful scene!

Our next meeting is August 15 at 6pm at Elements Herbology in St. Charles, MO. Please try to attend this meeting as we are wanting to make a variety of tea blends, etc. to sell at the upcoming Festival of the Little Hills on August 19 – 21.

We will be filling out a volunteer sheet to run the booth at this meeting as well. If you cannot make the meeting and would like to volunteer a shift, please contact Andrea Jason Miller.

Chapter scent/ products

Hello! As of now the next chapter meeting is scheduled for this Sat 7/23/16 3p, at Kathryn’s (directions can be found in the comment of the June meeting minutes). The plan is to pick a soap scent and discuss chapter specific products to be sold at fairs, festivals, conferences, etc. We will be making these products at the August Chapter meeting and selling them at the Festival of the Little Hills. I have room for 6 people in my vehicle if anyone wants to carpool, you can respond on here, message me, text, call, and the like. 636-734-6435, futurefarmer81@gmail.com

GCHG Chapter meeting: June 27, 2016

Members Present
Kristine Brown – AHG general member
Michelle Hrebec – AHG general member
Amanda Canete – AHG general member
Angie Abernathy – AHG general member
Andrea Miller – AHG general member
Laura Hutchinson – AHG general member
Dani Gallagher – AHG general member
Nancy McCoy – AHG general member
Rebekah Dawn – AHG general member
Emily Spivey
Elisa Thomas
Shannon Shepard

Discussion

  •  We’ve deiced to postpone the 7/30/16 camping trip to later in the season when the weather is cooler.
  • We are also postponing fund raising events until we can establish chapter specific items to sell.
  • Instead of paying for a booth at the St. Louis World’s Fare Aug 19-21, we will have a booth at the Festival of the Little Hills the same weekend.
    • Amanda has offered to share the side yard at her shop: Elements Herbology 700 S. Main St., St. Charles, MO
      http://www.festivalofthelittlehills.com/
      – 2016 Festival Dates: August 19 through August 21
      – Friday, August 19 — 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM
      – Saturday, August 20 — 9:30 AM – 10:00 PM
      – Sunday, August 21 — 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
      – Please check your calendars and help out at the booth if possible.
  • At the meeting in July we will be choosing a scent to use as the signature for the chapter.
    – We will be discussing things to sell at the Festival of the Little Hills.
    – The meeting in August will be 8/15/16 so that we can make things to sell at the festival.
  • There is possibility of a field trip to a Traditional Chinese Medicine office 8/22/16. Further details to come.
  • The chapter funds currently stand at $610 and will be placed in a bank account as soon as the 501c3 certificate is sent from AHG.
  • The descriptive paragraph has been submitted to AHG and our chapter should be listed on their website soon.
  • The next meeting will be a potluck at Kathryn’s in Calhoun County: July 23rd (Saturday), 3pm. Directions will be posted on this page and the facebook page.
    • If possible bring chairs and dinner ware, carpools will be available for those interested.

GCHG Chapter meeting 5/23/16

Members Present
Kristine Brown – AHG general member
Angie Abernathy – AHG general member
Andrea Miller – AHG general member
Laura Hutchinson – AHG general member
Dani Gallagher – AHG general member
Nancy McCoy – AHG general member
Elisa Thomas
Bekah Getz

Discussion
-Books shared:

GCHG Chapter meeting: April 25, 2016

Members Present

Kristine Brown – AHG general member
Michelle Hrebec – AHG general member
Amanda Canete – AHG general member
Angie Abernathy – AHG general member
Andrea Miller – AHG general member
Laura Hutchinson – AHG general member
Dani Gallagher – AHG general member
Lois Zollner – AHG general member
Nancy McCoy – AHG general member
Elisa Thomas
Danielle Johnson
Lauren Waters
Bekah Getz

Discussion
– Funds collected: $243 from the Herb Summit, $167 from the Earth Day Festival
– The AHG petition is still in process; once approved we are free to use the AHG logo.
Danielle Johnson is interested in helping design a symbol/ logo for group use when making shirts, bags, etc. Please share any ideas with her.
– Suggestions for fund raising:
-Tables at IL/ MO farmers markets selling plants and products
-weekend event in Steelville possible date of 7/30/16
 -The idea for the event is to have a few different workshops (plant walks, sweat lodge, survival and/or Native American skills) in combination with camping.
 -The event will open to the public with discounted/ free cost to members.
-If anyone knows of local festivals, please comment or suggest ideas
– The idea was discussed to have group specific products to market. We will need to look into State and Federal regulations.
-Tea blends: immunity, headache, allergy.

– Suggestions for hosted events:
-Pulse Reading/ TCM through a practice in Kirkwood; Dani will share information.
-Reiki
-Singing Bowl sessions

– Books brought for discussion:
Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide
Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health

– NEXT MEETING: Monday 5/23/16, 7pm, at Laura’s house: 3 Davis Woods, Collinsville, IL.