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September 11, 2013

Thomasville Garden Club installs new officers

THOMASVILLE — Members of the Thomasville Garden Club celebrated a successful year and installed new officers at a membership luncheon held at the Garden Center in May.

Mary Tomlinson, outgoing president, presented the awards given at the Garden Club of Georgia convention, which was held in Atlanta in late April. Thomasville won first places for its Garden Center, Arbor Day celebration and for a patriotic Flower show, America the Beautiful, in 2012 chaired by Pam Wright. 

The council 2011-2012 Yearbook, which was authored by Mary Tomlinson, won first place at the state and at the regional level. The council scrapbook also won first place at the state level. Tomlinson congratulated Janet Webb, Susan Bannister, Janell Miller and Lucile Burgess for their work on the scrapbook.

Finally, club won the publicity/press book award at the State and Deep South regional level.  The popular “yarden” column written by Pat Pankey and published by the Thomasville Times Enterprise was cited as an excellent example of community education.

The new Camellia District director Avernell Rogers, was on hand for the installation of officers for the 2013-2014 year. She presented official mementos to Ann McKinnon, parlimentarian; Wright, 3rd vice president-Projects; Helen Huddleston, 1st vice president; Jane Allen, recording secretary; Marie Andrews, corresponding secreatry.  Also recognized but not present for the ceremony were Jane Delarber, 2nd vice president for membership and Barbara Brinson, treasurer. Other officers include Gale Milton, custodian of records and Janet Webb, historian. 

Julia Singletary presented Tomlinson, outgoing president, with a memento marking her years of service.  She thanked the group for the honor of serving as president, noting an exciting upcoming year celebrating the Centennial year of the founding of the Thomasville Garden Club and the grand opening and dedication of the Gardens installed at the Garden Center this fall following a successful capital campaign. She noted, “We are all looking forward to a fun and exciting year as we work together on projects that impact our community and touch those around us.

The Thomasville Garden Club consists of three individual Garden Clubs and will welcome a new fourth club this fall.  It is affiliated with the Garden Club of Georgia, Camellia District IV, and the National Garden Clubs, Inc, Deep South Region.  It was founded in 1914 to  “cultivate flowers, to create civic pride, to add to the beauty that nature has already so bountifully given us, to make Thomasville a more lovely place in which to live; and to foster in our children a love of the beautiful”.  The club will sponsor an annual holiday Lunch and Learn and an afternoon Wine and Cheese event “Food, Fun and Flowers” in November, Arbor Day and an annual Camellia Show in February and the 93rd annual Flower Show April 25 and 26 during Rose Show weekend.  The club will also launch a new community service project in September offering flower arrangements to patients served by the Hospice of Southwest Georgia. Additional children’s projects are also planned for the coming year.

For information on joining a Thomasville Garden Club or volunteering for any of the projects, contact Delarber, membership chairman, at 226-4707.

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