Trees of Life    Defiance, OH

Trees of Life


The Trees of Life Chapter was chartered in January 1992, with members from Defiance, Archbold, Bryan, and Napoleon. We also have members from New York, Michigan, California, Georgia, Kentucky, and Texas!

Contact Person

Deb Weisgerber
(419) 782-4311



Jan. 21: Meeting at Deb Weisgerber's; 2:00


March 4: Meeting at Virginia Degler's; 2:00


April 29: Meeting at Lana Shingledecker's; 2:00


May 12: Lilac Festival; 10-4:00; Downtown Defiance 


May 20: Happy 85th Birthday, Pat


June 6: Meeting at Jane Parker's (potluck); 6:00


June 24: Art in the Park; 10:30-4:00; Defiance Fort Grounds


Aug. 8: Meeting at Shirley Bertram's; 6:00


Sept. 20-23: Society Trip to Virginia


Sept. 24: Prep Meeting at K of C; 5:00


Sept. 30: BENEFIT for Brady Chapa; K of C Hall 4:00 (set-up 11:30)


Oct. 5-7: Moss Show in Berlin, OH


Oct. 14: Meeting at Rita Meier's; 2:00


Oct. 26-27: Moss Show in Waynesville, OH


Nov. 11: Holiday Dinner; 3:00

Current Projects:

Our 2018 projects will benefit Brady Chapa, a 10-year-old from Liberty Center who is being treated for Rhabdomyosarcoma childhood cancer.

There are 2 ways to help Brady:  A Benefit gathering in Defiance, OH on Sept. 30, or our "Prize-a-Day" Calendar Raffle.

Brady poster
Our 2018 recipient is 10-year-old Cancer patient Brady Chapa.

2018 Calendar
"Prize-a-Day" Calendar for 2018

There will be 19 different prizes awarded, including a framed Moss giclee "Winter Splendor" ©2005, hand-crafted items, gift cards, gas cards, and many other great prizes!

Donation for tickets is $5.00 each, 3 for $10, 7 for $20

Send check to "Trees of Life" c/o Deb Weisgerber; 1051 Wayne Ave., Defiance, OH  43512

Please enclose address labels to put on tickets, and a SASE if you want a copy of the calendar.

Thank you for your support for Brady!

2018 poster

Benefit Event for Brady.  Sunday, Sept. 30 at Defiance K of C Hall; 4:00 pm

"Defiance Has Talent and Heart" / "A Salute to Our Heroes"

Tickets are $20 ($10 for students) and are pre-sale only by Sept. 23

Contact Deb Weisgerber at 419-782-4311

Past Activities:

Trees of Life donated $20,000 to Hospice-The Caring Way of Defiance for a room at the new in-patient care facility. The room was dedicated on Feb. 15, 2007 in memory of our dear friend, Jeannie Lehman, who passed away in December 2004. The group also donated the giclee "Winter's Calm" which hangs in the entry. The funds were raised from the sales of a chapter cookbook, "Ohio Traditions with P. Buckley Moss".

2018 group pic
"Trees of Life"  gather for their Holiday Celebration Nov. 2017

2018 moonshadows
Several members joined Pat at the Society's 30th Anniversary party in Virginia, July of 2017 and enjoyed dining at her son John's restaurant in Luray.


Past Fundraisers:

The total raised from 1992-2017 is $276,000 which has helped children, families, and charitable groups in need of assistance.

Our 2017 benefit project was for Erica Reineck, a high school student recovering from Traumatic Brain Injury as the result of a serious accident.  We raised $20,000 at the "Defiance Has Talent and Heart" -"I Hope You Dance"  Benefit.

Erica sign

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Pat joins "Trees of Life" members in presenting "Ho-Ho-Ohio" at the Roanoke, VA Convention costume parade in 2013


"Trees of Life" members present "Sisterhood" and "Starlight" at the Dayton, Ohio Convention costume parade in Oct., 2003.


Remarks to Potential Members:
We are fortunate to have a wonderful group - currently about 30 members - of all ages and from a variety of backgrounds, but we all share the common thread of a love for Pat's art and for helping children in need. We share lots of laughs - and some tears - and have developed many treasured friendships.
Dues are $10.00---send to Deb Weisgerber; 1051 Wayne Ave., Defiance, OH 43512
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