National Garden Clubs, Inc. President, Sandra Robinson, 2015-2017, has a new theme and new projects. They are as follows.
Theme: "Leap Into Action"
Special Projects - "Service in Action"
Pres. Projects - Pollinators, Amphibians, Leadership
"Plant It Pink" - plant flowers with pink blooms to recognize NGC partnership with Susan G. Komen Foundation.
"Blue Star Memorial Programs" - A "guidelines" booklet may be ordered from Member Services for $5, which explains all procedures, including awards available to clubs.
"Habitat for Humanity Landscaping" - Emphasis is on enhancing HFH homes by landscaping with hardy native trees, shrubs and plants that also attract butterflies.
"Membership Increase Contests" - Monetary awards will be given annually to the State Garden Clubs with the greatest increase and the greatest percentage increase as of Oct. 31 and also as of March 31.
"National Garden Week" - The first full week in June, beginning on Sunday, is a special week designed to focus public attention on the programs, projects, and activities promoted by garden clubs. June 5-11, 2016.
"Penny Pines" - A $68 donation may be made in honor or memory of one individual, organization or theme. This is a reforestation/forest education program where the replanting of trees is necessary.
Find out more about these projects from your state president or NGC website, www.gardenclub.org
Please remember that clubs are encouraged to make donations to the Arkansas Flower Show Fund and receive points on their President's Report which is due February 1, to District Directors. Your checks may be sent to the AFGC Office with a memo designating "Flower Show Fund". Our AFGC President is so committed to these wonderful shows and works so hard, along with committee members, to make them very special.
Rose Knight, AFGC President, 2015-2017
Theme: Designing for Our Future: GROW
Your AFGC President, Rose Knight, and many members are selling beautiful note cards that will be enjoyed by all. Purchase 10 of these special jewels for only $5. 1/2 of proceeds will go to our Scholarship Fund and the other 1/2 to AFGC General Fund. Rose will continue the great license plate project to help with financing a Blue Star Memorial marker in AR. The license plate with the AFGC logo and name is beautiful on your vehicle, lawnmower, wheelbarrow, or just hanging in your garden. Cost of each license plate is $5. What a bargain!
Your President also continues the AFGC Member's Pin project which sells for $5. All AFGC members should love purchasing and wearing this beautiful pin. Proceeds will be added to the Blue Star Memorial Marker fund.
GROW stands for...
GROWING NATIVE PLANTS is our Presidents love and the best project (application due Jan. 1, 2017) will be the winner of $100. Send your application directly to Pres. Rose Knight.
"It's Just Lunch", designer Kathy Storey.