On Wednesday October 17th, Mary Bruce and I embarked on our trip to The Zone X Presidents’ Council Meeting in...you guessed it…Dayton! If I had been to Dayton before I didn’t remember it — but honestly now I will never forget it! We experienced a fabulous meeting at The Dayton Country Club.
The Garden Club of America is made up of 200 members, which are independent garden clubs from across the United States. Shaker Lakes Garden Club has been one of these since 1919 – we are entering our hundredth year.
San Francisco Zone XII and “How the West is One.” The Garden Club of America Annual meeting was challenging, inspiring, entertaining and absolutely educating. Across the country came 600 delegates from the 200 GCA clubs to learn more about the Garden Club of America and 400 members who volunteered to help with this meeting.
We arrived in San Francisco on a beautiful, sunny day. Buckets of gorgeous flowers stood on street corners, musicians played their instruments, and the warmth of the sun felt divine. After a very chilly April in NE Ohio, we had arrived in paradise for the GCA Annual Meeting.
The GCA Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture were awarded to 8 students for the 2018-19 school year, for a total of $21,500. The Scholarships, named in memory of a Shaker Lakes Garden Club member, are managed locally by 3 members of the Shaker Lakes Garden Club, and 3 members of the Garden Club of Cleveland.
The Founders Fund Award, established in 1934, was created by Mrs. Harold L. Pratt to honor the Garden Club of America’s twelve founding clubs and the memory of GCA’s first president, Mrs. J. Willis Martin, who served from 1913 to 1920.
They came to Cleveland from far and wide to attend this year's GCA Conservation Study trip, ably organized and led by SLGC's own Jane Ellison. This is what's being said about the intensive study of Lake Erie, its beauty and its challenges.
"I will always think of the Great Lakes with new eyes and intelligent understanding from here on out.
Did you notice an announcement of a Conservation Study Trip here in Cleveland in your latest GCA Bulletin? Here's the scoop:
The GCA 2017 Conservation Study Trip will be an exploration of the largest fresh water ecosystem in the world; the history, the challenges, the successes, the beauty. It will be a grand adventure exploring Lake Erie's shores and islands between Cleveland and Toledo.
I had the pleasure of attending the Zone X Meeting in early June and discovered my new favorite thing….the city of Cincinnati! The Town & Country Garden Club treated us to two days of tours, and dinner in members' homes. We visited Greenacres Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to generative farming, conservation, art, music and education. Wow!