Holland Kiwanis

The Holland Kiwanis Club met at the Holland American Legion on Thursday Sept. 23. President Lynn Kahle called the meeting to order. President Kahle reviewed the Huntingburg Herbstfest worksheet citing the many challenges of putting a worksheet together during a pandemic and other challenges. President Kahle then announced the following officer nominations for the upcoming Kiwanis year. The new slate of officers are Dana Peacock, President; Bev Schmutzler, President-elect; Lynn Kahle, past-president; Brenda Kahle, secretary; and Randy Flamion, treasurer. A motion was made by Judy Satkamp to accept and elect the slate of officers as presented. Sharon Springston seconded it and the motion was approved.

President Kahle then addressed the program of the day which would have been member Ron Henke's program. Mr. Henke recently passed away and President Kahle turned the meeting over to Secretary Brenda Kahle who introduced John Trout as the speaker. Mr. Trout explained that when they built their home they planted trees on their 10 acre location but for the last several years he has been planting and caring for apple trees. Mr. Trout described how he mixes in crab apple trees for their pollinating abilities. His preference to plant is dwarf apple trees and he utilizes root stock and grafting to build his orchard. He explained how Honey Crisp apples do not like the Midwest heat and how Gala and Fuji apples are subject to disease.

He outlined his pruning technique and described how diseases such as scab, cedar apple rust, powdery mildew, and fire blight can cause lots of problems to an orchard full of apple trees. Mr. Trout noted that this is not the only challenge he faces as insects attack apples from dime-size on up. Add to that the fact that deer, raccoons, possums, and woodpeckers are constantly attacking the apples and you can see that there are many challenges faced by those who choose to grow apples.

After a short question-and-answer session, Mr. Trout's wife, Annette, passed out a sample of apples to Kiwanis members. The meeting was then adjourned.

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