CONTACT US


Headquarters:
Garden Club of North Carolina, Inc.
P. O. Box 33520
Raleigh, NC 27636-3520
919-834-0686

 

Physical Location:
J.C. Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Road
Raleigh, NC

 

Email: theGCofNC1@aol.com
Office Hours:
Monday - Thursday 9:00-5:00

 

For Website Submissions:
See the Website Submission
Rules in Members Only
Contact:
Marcia Loudon, Website Chairman
gcnc.web@gmail.com
919-338-3957

Blue & Gold Star Memorials

Below is the letter I have sent out for years, But I am contacting both of you because I have

been approached by the City of Havelock, NC home of the Marine Corps Naval Air

Station at Cherry Point about restoring the Blue Star Memorial Highway Marker

in their City. Here is the marker: http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WMGGM_US_Highway_70_Havelock_North_Carolina

If you know of any other clubs that want to have their markers restored I will be

in Havelock next month (April) please have them contact me. Here is one I saw

that is nearby Havelock : http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM7YCC_Blue_Star_Memorial_Johnson_Blvd_at_Glendale_Rd_Jacksonville_Onslow_County

Thank

you,

Tom

My name is Tom Stelling, my company is Historical Markers

Restorations a division of The Tombstone Cleaner we are located in Daytona

Beach. I have been restoring Blue Star Memorial Highway Markers and other

Bronze Historical Markers around the United State for the last ten years.

Please look at my web site for before and after pictures, it is http://www.historicalmarkersrestorations.com I was in Savannah, GA for the Deep South Convention in 2013, St

Petersburg, FL 2014 and 2017 in New Orleans. I was at the National Garden Club

Convention in Louisville, KY 2015.

I will be doing a loop around the United States in

spring,  if any of your clubs are interested in having the marker that

their club sponsored please let me know,

Please spread the word!

“We

come to you and do the markers on site. There is no need to remove and ship.”

Thanks,

Tom Stelling

Historical Markers

Restorations

Division of  The

Tombstone Cleaner

www.HistoricalMarkersRestorations.com

386-299-7841


BLUE STAR MEMORIAL MARKER PROGRAM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 7, 2018
BLUE STAR & GOLD STAR FAMILIES MEMORIAL MARKERS PRICE INCREASE
FROM SEWAH STUDIOS
 
EFFECTIVE 1 MAY 2018 THROUGH 1 MAY 2020
 
Hello Team Blue & Gold Star Members:
 
EFFECTIVE 1 MAY 2018 THROUGH 1 MAY 2020, THE FOLLOWING PRICE INCREASE FOR THE MARKERS ARE AS FOLLOWS:
HIGHWAY OR MEMORIAL (LARGE) MARKERS – delivered with a 7’ pole (Includes Shipping) = $1,530 (an increase of $60)
MEMORIAL BY-WAY MARKER (SMALL) MARKER – (Includes Shipping) = $510 (an increase of $20)
REPLACEMENT POSTS – $325 (No Change in Price)
HIGHWAY OR MEMORIAL (LARGE) MARKER REFURBISHMENT – NO POST (Round Trip Freight Included) = $800 (No Change in Price)
HIGHWAY OR MEMORIAL MARKER REFURBISHMENT WITH CAP REPAIR – NO POST (Round Trip Freight Included) = $900 (No Change in Price)
EXTRA SHIPPING CHARGE (Western States) for HIGHWAY & MEMORIAL (LARGE) MARKERS ONLY – $50 (No Change in Price)
If you are thinking about honoring our Armed Forces and their Families, please take advantage of ordering your Memorial Markers NOW through 30 April 2017, and take advantage of the current prices.
The beautiful NGC Blue & Gold Star Tri-fold brochures will be updated by Headquarters to reflect the increases.
PLEASE NOTE:  Patti Smith, Gold Star Families President has moved – New Address:  Patti Smith, 12201 W Route 150, Brimfield IL 61517; Email:  pattidc@yahoo.com – All Gold Star Families Memorial Marker applications must be signed by Patti; Patti will then forward these applications to the NGC Blue & Gold Star Chairman.
State Presidents and State Blue & Gold Star Families Chairmen; please ensure that every garden club in your State receives the information provided above.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED DEDICATION AND SUPPORT OF THIS VITAL NGC BLUE STAR AND GOLD STAR FAMILIES PROGRAM TO HONOR AND THANK ALL OUR ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA & THEIR FAMILIES
SEMPER FI – ANDREA LITTLE, NGC BLUE & GOLD STAR FAMILIES MEMORIAL MARKER CHAIRMAN
MARTHA PRICE, NGC BLUE & GOLD STAR FAMILIES MEMORIAL MARKER VICE CHAIRMAN

Paula Hartman

The Blue Star Memorial Marker Program has been very active here in North Carolina over the past two years. Markers have been placed in Veterans Centers and on Highways and By-Ways to honor all Armed Forces of the United States of America. Of special note is the By-Way Marker placed at the Dunn Veterans Park in November which was sponsored by the Junior Garden Clubs of Dunn which is the FIRST Blue Star Marker in the nation sponsored by a youth club.

The Blue Star Memorial Marker is a project of the National Garden Club. This project is explained in full under the National Garden Club website and also here in North Carolina under the NCDOT website. A federated garden club must sponsor the marker, but there are many ways of funding this tribute. One can reach out to local civic organizations to help with financing, construction, planting and maintenance. The dedication is always a special event for the town or area where the marker will be placed.

The process from ordering the marker to the actual dedication is about 10 weeks. NCDOT installs and maintains the highway marker.

If you have a marker which needs refurbishing, there is a veteran from Florida, Tom Stalling, who will come to NC and rehab the marker on site rather than shipping it to Sewell Studios which can be costly.

There are over 90 markers in our state. What a wonderful tribute to the men and women who have served, are serving and will serve. For more information, contact Paula Hartman at lilsra@suddenlink.net

Poppies for WWI Centenial

 

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The Clubs in District 9 in conjuction with the NC Department of Transportation, Garden Club of NC, Daughters of the American Revolution and Veterans Affairs are planting poppies and blue cornflowers to make the public aware of World War I and the veterans who served.
Although barely anything survived in the muddy wasteland of the Western Front, by a miracle of nature one flower not only bloomed but thrived.
The fact that the flowers were bright scarlet added to the uncanny aptness of the symbolism: the fragile red petals vividly suggested the spilt blood of the millions of young men who had died, while the growth of these flowers against all the odds represented hope in the face of despair.
Since the end of the conflict the poppy has been an internationally recognized sign of remembrance, for the Great War.

 

 

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New from NGC for 2015 was the addition of a Gold Star marker to allow Gold Star Families who have lost a loved one defending the USA to sponsor a Gold Star marker.  Prices will remain the same through May 1, 2016.

It was announced that Blue Star pin are available for $10.00 through Member Services on the NGC website under Shop Online, NGC official jewelry.

 

If you have markers that are in need of restoration, you might want to check with www.HistoricalMarkersRestorations.com as a source for this service.

 

The 2015 guidelines for Blue Star and Gold Star markers are on the NGC website under Projects, Ongoing Projects, Blue Star Memorials.

 

Another NGC program that is related to Blue Star markers is the Sage and Roses.  This program involves sending greeting cards on holidays to servicemen and others along with a $1.00 donation for each.  The money goes into a fund which is used to fund a BSM for the winning states.  Details are available on the NGC website under Projects, Ongoing Projects, Sage and Roses.

 

The NGC website is www.gardenclub.org.

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