The Wellsville Crescent Club met Dec. 18, 2018, at the home of Lenore Mauslein, our hostess. The co-hostess was Kathy Reddy.

President Barb Rademann opened the meeting with fun facts about December. She also read our monthly quote written by Jan Myrdal, “Traveling is like falling in love! The world is made new!” Our theme for programs this year is about travel.

Ellen Neis presented the program about the Everglades National Park. It was established on May 30, 1935. It is actually a long river about 100 miles long and 60 miles wide. It is North America’s largest subtropical wetland ecosystems. Floridians rely on the clean flowing water at the Everglades for drinking needs. They say there are only two seasons in this area, wet and dry. Dry is usually from December to April and wet is from May to November. Dry season is peak tourist season because water levels are lower and animals usually are in the central water area. You can take a tour on an airboat to see the wildlife. This includes alligators, manatees, white tail deer, bobcats, the American crocodile and the Florida panthers (these two are on the endangered species list). Unfortunately Burmese pythons — which have come from Hurricane Andrew — are putting a lot of these species on the endangered list. These snakes eat the smaller animals and they now have 36 species of the smaller animals on the endangered species list. They have a volunteer python removal program and two sanctioned hunts every year. Ellen is from that area and passed around weaved baskets the she had been given or purchased that were made from the Everglades grasses.

Thirteen members attended the meeting with the roll call question, “What is your favorite Christmas tradition?” Everyone had interesting stories to tell and share and some traditions have been going on for years and years.

The treasurer’s report was given by Colleen O’Neil. We donated money to the Library Building Fund.

New business: 102 pairs of socks were donated and the money from the Santa Raffle (donated by Deanna, Olive Buehler’s daughter) went to Hope House.

Sandra Hausler won the Santa and the Christmas sock contest was won by Betty Edwards.

The meeting was adjourned and refreshments were served. The next meeting will be at the home of Carolyn Silvius.

— Gail Crist, Secretary