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Announcements and News

 “Gardening is learning, learning, learning. That’s the fun of them. 

You’re always learning.” - Helen Mirren 

September 4, 2023 

Dear Evergreen Garden Club Members, 

Happy Labor Day and welcome to Evergreen’s 70th year as an organization! We ended last year on such a nice high note with our 70th anniversary luncheon at Jean Barquin’s lovely home. Many thanks to Jane Dana for recognizing and heading up our anniversary celebration, which continues this fall. 

While the rest of us have been enjoying the summer, Doris Dixon, our First Vice President, has been hard at work since June to plan a year filled with wonderful programs and meetings - all focused on learning, supporting, and preserving gardens and nature. The schedule of programs for this year is attached. Please mark your calendars now. RSVPs for all meetings should be sent to Donna Roberts at wrobe22481@gmail.com

And please note that our first meeting, a trip to Oak Hill Cemetery in Georgetown, including a visit to the Van Ness Mausoleum, followed by a dutch treat lunch, is coming right up -- September 19th. Please RSVP for that ASAP and be sure to let Donna know whether you are also planning to stay for lunch. 

I am looking forward to a full schedule of in-person meetings this year (except for our January Zoom meeting about members’ gardens). As we have the last couple of years, we will pivot to Zoom if needed, but fervently hope that it will not be necessary. Reminder that Active members are required to attend 3 meetings and strongly encouraged to attend at least 4 meetings each year. We hope to have a good turnout each month for our interesting speakers. 

Our membership roster is attached. We have one opening for a new member, so please give some thought to nominating candidates this fall. Nominations should be sent to our Membership Chair Xenia Wilkinson (xeniavw@aol.com) by October 1. 

Susie Taylor, our Treasurer, will be sending a dues invoice in a separate email. Dues are $150 and are payable before October 31. (Do it now before you forget!) 

All of this information (including a new Directory!) will be provided in hard copy by the end of September. It is also posted on our website. http://evergreengc.org. The password for the Members Only section is: Forevergreen. 

Looking forward to a wonderful year of learning with all of you. 

Warmly, 

Winkie Crigler 


The lesson I have thoroughly learnt, and wish to pass on to others, is to know the enduring happiness that the love of a garden gives.                  – Gertrude Jekyll

      

                                                                                                            August 22, 2022

Dear Evergreen Garden Club Members,

 

As the long lazy days of summer begin to wind down, my thoughts are turning to the beginning of our 69th Evergreen Garden Club year!  Many members have been working hard this summer to plan a year filled with wonderful programs and meetings - all focused on learning, supporting, and preserving gardens and nature.  I hope all of you have enjoyed a relaxing and refreshing summer, spending time with family and friends.  

 

Our theme this year is existing and possible future community partnerships.  Many of our programs and tours will help us to learn more about the organizations that we support, either financially or through volunteer work. Our wonderful Program Chair Jane DeCell has put together a varied and interesting program schedule for the months ahead. should plan to Please mark your calendars for the 70th anniversary celebration of our Club’s founding at a luncheon on May 16.  More information to follow on that special event! 

 

Over the past two years, our members have stayed in touch principally through virtual programs, and outdoor events and tours, enjoying the time together even when in-person meetings could not be planned.  EGC provided an outlet not only to discuss gardens but also to see friends and perfect tech skills together.  This year, we hope that programs, other than the Zoom January program, will be in person.  Second VP Ellen Thrasher has been contacting members about hosting and providing snacks, and I appreciate members’ willingness to help in this way.  As we did last year, the club will follow CDC guidance.  Should the need arise (and I am hoping it will not) we will move a meeting to Zoom, with advance notice to all. 

 

I am happy to welcome new members Donna Roberts, Rosa Wallach, and Lauren Sherlock to our club.  New members are key to this club’s continuing vitality, and we have two openings in our roster now, so please give some thought to nominating candidates this fall.  Nominations, should be sent to our Membership Chair Xenia Wilkinson by October 1.  

 

The September mailing includes the Program Summary and Directory. The dues letter from our Treasurer, Winkie Crigler, will be sent separately.  This information is also posted on our website. http://evergreen.org.  The password for the Members Only section is:  Forevergreen.   I am looking forward to seeing you on September 20. 

                                                                                                                Warmly, 

 

                                                                                                                 Jane T. Dana

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