Membership Rules

 

Regular meetings are usually held on the fourth (3rd) Wednesday of each month.

 

Active membership is open to anyone with an interest in gardening and in supporting Club objectives. Guests may apply for membership after attending three (3) meetings, which may include a working meeting such as Garden Therapy.

                              

Active members are expected to attend monthly meetings, be a supporting member of at least two (2 ) Committees, help with the maintenance of the Club’s main “public” garden space, take a turn supplying refreshments,  pay dues and participate in any special meetings or ongoing Garden Club projects.

 

Dues   

 

Dues are payable by March 30th

           Regular Member - $60 per year

           Associate Member - $70 per year

 

COMMITTEES

 

AWARDS

Shall determine the Club’s award eligibility in various areas, coordinate and compile the books of evidence (by following instructions provided by the Garden Club of NJ) and submit them for consideration of State awards.

Committee Leader - Maureen Sammis  

 

COMMUNICATIONS

Shall send emails or make telephone calls to the membership, at the request of the President, keep members apprised of Board activities prior to regular meetings or to convey important information between meetings.

Committee Leader - Christine Yates

 

ENVIRONMENTAL

Shall circulate to the Club and the public ideas for “going green”; keep the Club informed of pertinent environmental and watershed issues; recycling initiatives; etc.; and provide club and community education.

Committee Leader – Arnold Mercer                             

 

GARDEN THERAPY

Shall endeavor to stimulate interest in Garden Therapy among Club members; oversee continuing Club projects at local institutions and county programs; be responsible for requests from the State Garden Therapy Club Chair.

Committee Leader – Mary Ellen Ikenson

Dorothy Aquila                      Judith Serafin                Pat Morse

Juliana Kraft                          Carol Haglund              Christine Yates

Kathy Madden                       Michele Liana

 

HISTORY

Shall keep all records and files of the Club’s past and present activities, including photographs, awards, publicity, and all memorabilia pertaining to the Club’s history.

Committee Leader – Joan Fairchild

Joyce Lindabery            Alexis Mercer

 

HORTICULTURE & CIVIC BEAUTIFICATION

Shall oversee the maintenance of Club horticulture projects; share, educate and encourage members on garden techniques and new and better plants; shall facilitate the exchange of plants; shall arrange members’ garden tours; shall in every way stimulate interest in the purpose of the Club.

Committee Leader - Peggy Moskway    

 

HOSPITALITY

Shall oversee the host/hostess and supplies for monthly meetings; shall secure a substitute host/hostess if the host/hostess is unable to serve at the monthly meeting. Host/hostess shall be in charge of the Club’s related equipment and supplies.

Committee Leader – Meryl Campbell

 

Hospitality Committee duties for monthly meetings:

SET UP

The lead hostess/ host will be the first person in bold, next will be listed the Hostesses/ Hosts for the month. They should arrive before the meeting and ensure all refreshments are available by 9:30A.M.

                                    

CLEAN UP

All the hospitality hostesses/hosts of that month’s meeting will help with the clean-up.  The Committee Chairperson will check the yearbook for the next month’s hostesses/host and announce their names for the next meeting.

 

 MEMBERSHIP

Shall advertise for new members, distribute application forms to and oversee the integration of prospective members into Club activities. (A candidate for active membership shall attend three (3) general meetings within a six (6) month period); shall notify candidates of election to membership, including with this notification a copy of the Yearbook, By-Laws  & Operational Procedures; shall call prospective candidates for membership, prior to all meetings and activities, to invite them to attend and keep them informed of the meetings and the Club agenda; shall see that all new members  are greeted at the door, assigned a mentor and assigned to committees; take attendance at all meetings and activities.                                     

Membership shall call members after two (2) unexplained absences to inquire why the member has not been attending meetings; shall assist Hospitality to plan for September’s New Member Luncheon.

Committee Leader - John Moskway        

Carol Haglund

 

NOMINATING

 

Shall consist of three (3) members, who rotate through on alternating years, with each member serving a three-year term.  The member serving in his/her third year will Chair the committee; shall create a slate of officers to replace retiring officers; shall present slate to the membership each April for a vote in May to be installed in June.

Committee Leader – Meryl Campbell (2013)

Carol Haglund (2015)         Judith Serafin (2017)

 

PROGRAMS AND YEARBOOK

Shall set up programs for the year and engage speakers, transportation, staging, and having everything ready for the speaker’s arrival; shall notify Publicity for newspaper coverage as applicable, introduce the speaker and send a note of thanks after the meeting; shall type, copy and distribute the Club Yearbook to all Country Garden Club members.

Committee Leader - Maureen Sammis  

Dorothy Aquila                        Juliana Kraft

                                                   

PUBLICITY

Shall have charge of all newspaper, website, magazine, and poster publicity as well as printed materials, programs, tickets, etc.; shall endeavor to make the community aware of all upcoming meetings and events.

Committee Leader - Kathy Madden

 

SUNSHINE

Shall be responsible for sending cards and flower arrangements etc., as appropriate, to Club members as directed by the President.  Members may be asked to assist in the delivery of items.

Committee Leader - Dorothy Aquila

 

WAYS AND MEANS

Shall determine ways and means in which to create revenue for the Club and shall direct members in these endeavors. 

Committee Leaders - Christine Yates

                    

WEBSITE

Shall keep the website www.thecountrygardenclub.com current with up-to-date information on trips, projects, gardening tips, and meetings for the benefit of the public and Club members; shall post pictures of monthly meetings and outings. 

Committee Leader - Michele Liana

 


 

 

 

 

 





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