Wednesday, May 4, 2016

2016 Council Annual Meeting and Luncheon Gives Record Awards

Highlights from the Council Annual Meeting:  Club Presidents and members hold their certificates; Council Board members; Salads and gifts from the luncheon; GCNC Life Member recipient Jennifer Corser and "triple crown" winner Member Award of Honor recipient Linda Stewart.
The 2016 Annual Meeting of the Durham Council of Garden Clubs wrapped up its business year with a celebratory awards program and luncheon May 3, 2016 at the John Sprunt Hill House in Durham.

Most all of the Council’s member garden clubs received award certificates from The Garden Club of North Carolina, Inc. for their financial support of the Tomorrow’s Legacy program. The program disburses a $50 contribution among the Daniel Boone Native Gardens in Boone, NC, the Elizabethan Garden in Manteo, NC, and the Martha Frank Fragrance Garden at the Governor Morehead School for the Blind in Raleigh.

The Durham Council presented its 2015-2016 annual awards for large, medium and small size Durham garden clubs with Town & Country, Croasdaile and Heritage Garden Clubs winning a $50 award respectively. Town & Country and Heritage Garden Clubs also won the 2014-2015 annual awards for large and small clubs.

Special recognition awards were given to a number of Council members by President Trish Stewart. Some awards were special mentions of invaluable service given to Stewart. Retiring Council Treasurer Jennifer Corser was given a Life Membership to The Garden Club of North Carolina, Inc. for her seven years of treasury service and other committee chair responsibilities during that period. She will continue serving as social media and blog editor as a consultant for the Council. Stewart also recapped Durham Council sponsored awards presented at the April 17-19, 2016 GCNC Annual Meeting hosted in Durham. Trish herself was awarded the #200 Blue Ribbon for the 2015-2016 Durham Council Yearbook.

Croasdaile Garden Club member Linda Stewart was recognized as 2015 “triple crown winner” of the Member Award of Honor by The Garden Club of North Carolina, Inc., the Southeast Atlantic Region (SAR) and the National Garden Club. Linda began the Youth Club for Garden Therapy at Durham’s Northern High School 17 years ago and has led its efforts with special needs student ever since.

Also mentioned from the GCNC Annual Meeting was the welcome video taped by NC Governor Pat McCrory praising the work of the state's garden clubs. Daylily Garden Club member and Past Durham Council President Brenda Pollard had secured the video, and it can be viewed with the following link:

Catering the Council's Annual Meeting vegetarian luncheon was Town & Country Garden Club President Robin Marin and her sister Holly Davis. Board members and committee chairs were each gifted a potted Chlorophytum vittatum (spider plant) by Robin. Attendees of the Annual Meeting were all gifted quilted coasters from avid quilter and Council President Trish Stewart.

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