The Garden Club of North Carolina, Inc. is experiencing growing pains, just as is most other states. Our membership totals are slowly going downward as we strive to put more life into them. Our membership is 5,505 members and 197 clubs. Our membership lists were sent out in February and are due back in by March 31. Pamphlets were handed out at our District Meetings in the fall on “Be Proactive about Membership” and “Grow Your World by Joining a Garden Club” as well as being put on our website along with Brenda Moore’s power point presentation program.
Our Youth Garden Clubs total 33 clubs with 777 members. Our Youth Award Chairman, Darene Honeycutt, is hard at work working on enticing new Youth Garden Clubs.
Our Blue Star Memorial Program continues to grow as we continue to add Blue Star Memorial Markers state-wide.
Our clubs and members are answering the “Million Pollinator Garden Challenge”, with our directors encouraging their members to sign up and to participate in this worthwhile program.
Our scholarships program continues to strive with $24,500.00 in scholarships given between seven applicants. Each applicant receives $3500.00 for the 2016-2017 academic year.
Our club members continue to support their communities and neighborhoods by channeling their efforts through health organizations, hospice and palliative care, gardens, libraries, town halls, civic organizations, schools and many other opportunities. These gals and guys are out there working and learning ways to enhance the beauty of their surroundings and moving forward to make things happen from the mountains to the sea.
Our association with the NCDOT and their wildflower program is a testament to the beautiful highways throughout our state. The Department of Transportation is working with us to plant more pollinator friendly flowers and cut back on pesticides to help bring back our pollinators is also a testimony of our working together.
We have six designers who are taking part in Art in Bloom at the NC Museum of Art in in April. Some of these designers have displayed before and it’s a special opportunity and an honor to be recognized as designers for an event that attracts over 10,000 people. We are very proud of our designers and wish them well in this endeavor.
The Garden Club of North Carolina, Inc.
Speech give to SAR Annual Meeting on March 13, 2016
5512 Seven Gates Drive
Greensboro, NC 27410-2694
Theme: “Growing Forward Together to Plant America”
1st Vice President (Membership & District Directors), Brenda Crocker, 252-443-6513; firstname.lastname@example.org
2nd Vice President (Awards) Darene Honeycutt, 910-587-6283; email@example.com
3rd Vice President (Youth Garden Clubs) Betty Gorrie, 336-623-0633; firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer: Barbara Walters, 910-346-3743; email@example.com
Recording Secretary: Pat Cashwell, 919-801-2446; firstname.lastname@example.org
Corresponding Secretary: Marilyn Wright, 828-264-9727; email@example.com
Headquarters – The Garden Club of North Carolina, Inc.,
Ruth Garver, Office Manager;
DIRECTOR of South Atlantic Region of National Garden Clubs
South Atlantic Region (SAR) Director
3616 Schoolhouse Lane,Charlotte, NC 26270
Theme: “Inspire Conservation Through Education”
PRESIDENT of National Garden Clubs
Nancy L. Hargroves
1235 Dover Creek Lane,
Manakin Sabot, VA 23103-2532
National Garden Clubs, Inc.
Theme: “Plant America”