Spring has sprung and it’s once again time for the SOMC Scioto Guild Annual Flower Sale at the SOMC Friends Community Center in Portsmouth. The guild (pictured above) has organized the annual fundraiser for more than 40 years with the proceeds benefiting various projects at Southern Ohio Medical Center. The proceeds have purchased items such as computers for Hospice patients, fitting bras for the SOMC Breast Center and bras and breast prosthesis for patients without insurance. The guild has also purchased chairs for the Intensive Care Unit and defibrillators. “The guild was started in 1970 and we have limited the membership to 20 active members,” Gene Carlson, president of the Scioto Guild, said. “We needed a project to raise money to help patients and their families. We originally started selling flowers and delivering them to people’s homes.” “We average a profit of $5,000 to $7,000 a year from the flower sale,” guild member, Donna Shabot, said. “It started small and in someone’s front yard. Now it’s so big, we fill the entire SOMC Friends Center with flowers; it’s really beautiful.” Every year, the guild collects orders in February and March and customers pick up their hanging baskets, ferns or baskets of plants in May. All plants and flowers are grown and purchased locally. Varieties include Ivy Geraniums, New Guinea Impatiens, Purple Wave Petunias, Blue Angels and Million Bells. “We have taken orders and the pick up will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 1 and from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 2 at the Friends Center,” Rosalee Greene, guild member, said. “We do purchase extras and the flowers that aren’t picked up will also be sold. We encourage everyone to stop by on May 1 or May 2 to see what is available, it’s quite the operation!” For more information about the Annual Flower Sale sponsored by the SOMC Scioto Guild, please call Rosalee Greene at 740-353-2075.