As our Garden Club season comes to a close for the summer, I wish to take a moment to thank our officers, committee chairpersons and everyone who supported and participated in all our projects during this past year. It is only through your support and positive attitude that we accomplished many new FFGC goals this year. More than 5,000 trees were planted in Martin County to replenish our tree canopy. Your "loose change donations" for Penny Pines totaled $680 to help reforest the 3 National Forests in Florida. The income from our monthly Opportunity Drawings / Ways & Means Table has been phenomenal, enabling us pay all our Operating Expenses without raising membership dues.
Our 2014 Secret Gardens Tour netted $22,000+ profit. And given the current economy, that is just fabulous as it funds our Civic Expenses for two years. At our annual luncheon, 3 students will be awarded scholarships of $1500 each, using funds from the garden tour profit. Funding for two Seek scholarships, many Wekiva camperships, trees for Habitat Homes, Arbor Day projects, Youth gardening at 4 elementary schools, National Garden Week and several gardens throughout Martin County are funded through garden tour profits as well.
The week following our annual luncheon, the Deep South & FFGC Conventions are scheduled in Sarasota and many of our members plan to attend. The convention is a terrific place to interact with other like-minded gardeners and floral designers, getting ideas for new programs, classes, activities and trips. Many Books of Evidence were submitted to FFGC and we hope to receive awards as well. Following the convention is the spring District X meeting in Lantana, April 25th.
It has been a great year! And we inducted 17 new members who are eager to join with us in our projects, make new friends and learn more about gardening in South Florida. The annual luncheon is fast approaching where we acknowledge our accomplishments, recognize members with special awards and have a good time before many members begin their travels elsewhere for the summer. Again, many thanks and kudos to all of you for your support and participation in our Garden Club this year
Donna J. Berger, President
Our Mission Statement
The Garden Club of Stuart, Inc., is a nonprofit organization for the purpose of engaging in activities which are charitable, educational and scientific and to further the education of members and the public in the fields of gardening, horticulture, floral design, botany, land- scape design, conservation of natural resources, civic beautification, public sanitation and nature studies.