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December 2016 Program - Annual Holiday Party
Food and Drink
A delicious and plentiful lunch will be served around noon. There will be something for everyone! Herb Stern, “The Wine Guy” will set up the bar. In the spirit of sharing, we will also have the traditional “Potluck Dessert Table.” If you have a special dessert you would like to share, please do! This is optional but always a much appreciated finish to our meal.

Gift Exchange
Another fun way of sharing is to participate in the Gift Exchange. If you and/or your guests would like to participate, bring a nice plant or plant related item (one per person please), and place it on the Gift Exchange Table. Make sure your name is on your plant! A committee will have the tough job of selecting the “Best Plant”, which will then be set aside for auction. Whoever brought the Best Plant will have first choice of the remaining plants, and the owner of that plant selects a plant, and so on until all of the Gift Exchange items are distributed. As you can imagine, the nicer the plant YOU bring, the sooner you get to choose.

Come prepared to bid on “show quality” plants at the annual Holiday Party Auction!! Up for bid will be bare root plants donated again this year by Western Cactus Growers, along with beautiful specimens donated by our own members. If you have 1-2 “show quality” plants you would like to donate to the auction, please contact Peter or Kelly and let them know.
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Gift Plant
The Society will continue the tradition of giving each member who attends this event, a gift plant. They will be distributed by lottery, during desserts. When you arrive, be sure to check in at the door to receive your ticket for the drawing. Then take some time to look over the beautiful selection of plants so you will be able to grab your favorite when your number is called. (this is a benefit of membership - no gift plants for guests).

Auction Procedure

If you bring in a plant for auction, take it to the front of the room and register it. You will be given a Plant Ticket to be filled out, top and bottom, with your name, the plant’s name, whether it’s a 100% donation (to the San Diego Botanic Garden) or a 30% donation (you keep 70%), and what the minimum bid will be. That ticket remains with the plant.

If you intend to participate in the bidding, get a ‘Paddle’ (numbered paper plate) from Candy Garner, or her helper at the sign-in table. She will register that number with your name and access info. The Paddle identifies you to the auctioneer.

If you bid and win, you will be given the bottom half of the item’s Plant Ticket, now amended with your Paddle number and the winning bid. Take the ticket to the cash register and pay. Keep the ticket and the receipt. Return them to the front of the room to pick up your prize!

Checks for the auctioned plants will go out to the registered owners shortly after the Party.

- An Affiliate of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America 
In lieu of our regular SDCSS Meeting, we will be having our
Annual Holiday Party:  Saturday, December 10th
10:30am (Lunch served at Noon)
Balboa Park, Casa del Prado, Room 101.
If you have not RSVP'd yet, please do so by 
making your payment here.