Happy chilly start to February! Even as other areas are seeing snow, here we are seeing our beautiful camellias in bloom and daffodils popping up. There is nowhere more lovely to enjoy a brisk winter walk than Weymouth, so come bask in the beauty and perhaps even some sunshine.
Take a moment to notice the new/old brick walkway that is in progress around the Carriage House. Our dedicated Dirt Gardeners are moving, restoring, and relaying bricks to create a safer and more attractive walkway. Be on the lookout for new plantings as the project moves forward.
We have received two very generous gifts to further our programming work with children’s education and our Weymouth Equestrian concept. We are excited to be moving forward with future programming.
Brittany McFalls, our part-time bookkeeper and data-base manager, graduated in December and has taken on a full-time job with another company. Brittany has been an outstanding member of our team and though we will miss her, we wish her all the best in this new chapter of her career.
While we are in this transitional period, the Friends of Weymouth Board contracted a part-time Operational-Oversight person to assist the Board. We are pleased to announce that Katie Wyatt has taken a leave of absence as FOW Board of Director to take on the temporary, part-time role of Operations Oversight. With Ms. Wyatt’s experience and expertise in nonprofits, and her love for Weymouth, she will help ensure operations run smoothly during this transition time.
“I'm thrilled to be able to contribute to the family of Weymouth in this way - I fell in love with its history, mission, and people as a newcomer to Southern Pines and a new member of the Board of Directors. I hope to meet many of Weymouth's supporters as we together continue celebrating and treasuring this community gem!” -Katie Wyatt
Additionally, Marianna Grasso, who runs the front office, is back to full time hours. We are hard at work contracting a bookkeeper, keeping in the capital restoration grant cycle, managing on-going grant work on the Boyd House and improving our systems to streamline day-to-day operations. The board is working to re-write the Executive Director job description and plans to post the job in March. We appreciate your patience and assistance during this time.
As always, thank you for all you do to keep Weymouth strong for the future,
Friends of Weymouth, Inc.
Board of Directors
Staff member, Brittany McFalls, is off to a new career
Brittany joined Weymouth Center as bookkeeper and database manager in the beginning of 2019. A busy mom of 3 school-aged children, Brittany had her hands full with work at Weymouth and, at the same time, completing her certification with Dean's List honors. Even with the challenges of managing the books for a non-profit during long months of restrictions and uncertainty, Brittany greeted everyone with a smile and kept an easy-going demeanor. We wish her well in her new, full-time bookkeeping career! Go Britt!!
The former estate of author James Boyd, Weymouth Center links us to the rich, continuing history of conservation, literature and equestrian sport, and provides a place where the creative spirit is nurtured and celebrated.
Your membership is a vital part of sustaining the Weymouth Center for our community and future generations. Annual memberships provide critical support which helps to ensure that our gardens and grounds remain one of the finest parks in the region, a gateway to one of the oldest longleaf pine forests, and open for all to enjoy.
To renew your membership or for more ways to become a monthly donor or sustaining member, please call or visit the membership page on the Weymouth website.
Thank you for your support.
Dirt Gardener Plant Sale
We are continuing to collect plants: perennials, shrubs and small trees, ground covers, etc.
Donations are being accepted now for the garden White Elephant sale items such as:
- tools in working order and sellable
- outdoor furniture
- garden decor
- decorative planters (sorry, no terra cotta)
- garden artwork (indoor and outdoor)
- items with a garden motif
The Plant Sale will begin on Aprl 10. More information about sale procedures during covid-19 will be in future newsletters.
Reserve your St. Patty's day dinner
Come to Weymouth on Sunday, March 14 for a delicious boxed supper prepared by the Broad Street Bakery & Cafe in Southern Pines. They will prepare a full meal with corned beef, potatoes, cabbage, carrots, Irish soda bread and dessert. Advance purchase required. Call the office or online here: weymouthcenter.org/buy-tickets.
Pick-up your boxed dinner and take away or bring a chair or blanket to Weymouth for a picnic on the grounds.
Call for Nominations
Friends of Weymouth Board of Directors Nominations are now being accepted. Do you know someone who has a love for Weymouth, a desire to help and some time to spare? Weymouth members are invited to email nominations to Denise Baker (email@example.com) by February 12, 2021.
Your email must include the following information in order for your nominee to be considered:
Name of nominee plus a brief bio or reasons you think this person would be a good addition to the Board.
Nominee contact information.
Your name and contact information.
Thank you for your continued support!
Friends of Weymouth, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) not for profit organization.
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