It’s with great pleasure that I became the 34th President of the Federated Garden Clubs of Vermont in June! Next year is the 80th anniversary of FGCV, and the 34th President has far different responsibilities than her previous leaders. My plan is to take on those tasks for the betterment of our members, our clubs, our environment, and our future.
Who would have thought 80 years ago that we would have a lack of pollinators?? And yet, that’s what’s happening all around us....... here in the U.S. as well as all over the world. Our National Garden Club President, Sandy Robinson from Kentucky, has taken “Leap Into Action” as her theme for her 2015-2017 term. She has several Special Projects in which all club members may participate. They include the Crown Bee project, Bee Gap; a Monarch Watch program with Monarch Way Stations adopted by clubs with an emphasis on education and planting milkweed and other host plants for endemic butterfly species, (backyard habitats are also encouraged to aid pollinators); a children’s project which is available is based on a wonderful book, “The Frightened Frog,” written by NGC members along with lesson plans that meet national standards for use by educators in the classroom, as well as club members with Junior Gardener programs.
My theme, “Jump In” stands for all of us trying out new ideas, projects, and ways to make our membership grow. Just “go for it” and get your feet wet! My hope is that each club will participate in some manner to embrace one of Sandy’s projects and thus help our pollinators and educate the public in all the good that garden club members can accomplish in Vermont. I look forward to working with all FGCV members to further the causes of National Garden Club.
Federated Garden Clubs of Vermont, Inc. provides education, resources and statewide networking opportunities for its members to promote the love of gardening, floral design, civic and environmental responsibility.