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Annual Meeting, 2014

84th Annual Awards Luncheon, 2013

NEW ENGLAND REGION MEETING October 14-15, 2013

 


2013 Presidents' Day

 



2013 Plant Science Day at Lockwood Farm.

Federation Board members who attended The Connecticut Experiment Station's many field experiments, barn exhibits, lectures, and walking tours on a beautiful summer day on August 7, 2013, were from left to right: Pamela Weil, Donna Nowak, visitor Lillian Weaver, Jacqueline Connell, Ronnie Schoelzel, and Ellie Tessmer.

 

Maria Nahom was elected to serve as New England Region Director for the 2013-2015 term by The Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut (FGCCT) at their March 21, 2012 Board Meeting. A Past-President of FGCCT (2007-2009), Maria has served as NGC Environmental Studies Accrediting Chair, FGCCT’s Judges Council Chair and NER Blue Star Memorial Chair and she is currently serving as NER Recycling Chair. Maria is an Accredited Life Flower Show Judge, a member of National Flower Arrangers and the Creative Arrangers of Connecticut and is both an NGC Accredited Master Gardening Consultant and an Accredited Environmental Consultant. Maria and her husband Edmund reside in New Milford, Connecticut, and have five children and eleven grandchildren. Maria was officially installed by outgoing National President Shirley Nicolai at the National Garden Club’s 83rd National Convention held in Seattle, Washington, on May 26, 2013. Donna Nowak, FGCCT Past–President 2009-2011 will be Alternate Director.

National Convention in Seattle, May 24-26, 2013


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Maria Nahom named NER Director-Elect for 2013-2015

Maria Nahom was elected to serve as New England Region Director for the 2013-2015 term by the Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut (FGCCT) at their April 2012 Executive Board Meeting. A Past-President of FGCCT (2007-2009), Maria has served as NGC Environmental Studies Accrediting Chair, FGCCT’s Judges Council Chair and NER Blue Star Memorial Chair and she is currently serving as NER Recycling Chair. Maria is an Accredited Life Flower Show Judge, a member of National Flower Arrangers and the Creative Arrangers of Connecticut and is both an NGC Accredited Master Gardening Consultant and an Accredited Environmental Consultant. Maria and her husband Edmund reside in New Milford, Connecticut, and have five children and eleven grandchildren. Maria will be installed by outgoing National President Shirley Nicolai at the National Garden Club’s 83rd National Convention being held in Seattle, Washington, on May 26, 2013. Donna Nowak, FGCCT Past–President 2009-2011 will be Alternate Director.


2012 Plant Science Day at Lockwood Farm

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Above, Federation Board members stand in front of a butterfly bush at the Butterfly Garden on Plant Science Day at Lockwood Farm in Hamden. (Left to right): Ronnie Schoelzel; Ellie Tessmer; Donna Nowak; Nancy Cebik; and Polly Brooks


FGCCT Board

The July meeting of The Federation Board of Directors was held at the beautiful Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington on July 18, 2012. The business meeting was followed by a guided tour of the impressive Colonial Revival House and Art Museum with its many French Impressionist paintings.


17th Annual Newport Flower Show

The 17th Annual Newport Flower Show "Salsa! A Celebration of Latin Cultures" saw our President, Ronnie Schoelzel, function in three official capacities: As a horticulture judge, together with Helen Pritchard; as horticulture exhibitor, and as a Tango dancer with her husband Hugh at the Opening Night Party. Ronnie's white Delphinium 'Double Innocence' earned a blue ribbon and won the Mrs. Robert M. Grace Best in Show Award, while her Delphinium 'Aurora Blue' came in second. Congratulations, Ronnie, from all of us.


National Convention held in Buffalo, May 18-19, 2012

FGCCT Contingent at Awards Banquet Night, Buffalo Convention.
Seated: Jacqueline Connell, Donna Nowak, Jessica Fischer, Helen Pritchard, Ronnie Schoelzel, Barbara Bruce. Standing: Maria Nahom, Susan Harrison,
Jane Waugh, Barbara Deysson

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April Annual Meeting - April 18, 2012


Top: NER Director Joyce Kimball is joined by FGCCT Officers (from left to right) 2nd VP Jane Waugh; 1st VP Jacqueline Connell; Treasurer Barbara Bruce; and President Ronnie Schoelzel.

Left: Installation of FGCCT Treasurer Barbara Bruce by Parliamentarian Inge Venus on April 18, 2012 at the Annual Meeting at Aqua Turf.

 

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Garden Therapy Workshop - April 13, 2012


Above, Garden Therapy Chairman Dottie Fox welcomes participants to a very successful and informative workshop on different aspects of garden therapy - both active and passive - for different groups of young and not so young by providing a means of social interaction by way of flowers, gardening and garden-related activities.

Left: Swearing-in Ceremony on March 21. 2012 of Second Vice President Jane Waugh officiated by Parliamentarian Inge Venus.

Below: Newly installed Second Vice President Jane Waugh

Above, Official Election on March 21, 2012 of Maria Nahom as NER Director and Donna Nowak as Alternate Director

Above, First Vice President Jacqueline Connell (left) was officially installed by Parliamentarian Inge Venus on Nov 16, 2011. Both are pictured here at the December 8, 2011 Annual Awards Luncheon at AquaTurf.

Below, FGCCT President Ronnie Schoelzel presenting her power point program on the Merritt Parkway at the October 17, 2011 NER Meeting in Chelmsford, MA.

Above, New England States presidents attending the October 17, 2011 NER Meeting in Chelmsford, MA - from left to right: Judy Hager, RI; Ronnie Schoezel, CT; Kathy Marty, ME; Joyce Kimball, NER Director; Ginny Urdy, NH; Heidi Kost, MA; and Gay Gaston, VT.



Arbor Day Observed at The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station - As in several years past, The Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut, Inc. has given a tree to the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station in observance of Arbor Day. A beautiful Halesia tetraptera "UCONN Wedding Bells" was selected by The Federation Horticulture Chair Kathrine Neville. The Federation Past President Donna Nowak presented the tree to Director Dr. Louis Magnarelli, who accepted the donation on behalf of the Experiment Station. Groundskeeper Richard Cecarelli planted the tree. Board members Inge Venus and Spring Glen President Anne Bell joined the ceremony.

Arbor Day

Above: Partaking in the Arbor Day ceremony, from left to right, Kathrine Neville, Donna Nowak, Dr. Louis Magnarelli, Inge Venus, Richard Cecarelli, and Anne Bell.



Rooftop Garden

Front, left to right: Kathy Thomas, Kathrine Neville, Donna Nowak, Maria Nahom, Dee Mozzochi, Renee Blaschke, National Garden Clubs President.
Back, left to right: CT Science Center: Aaron Wartner, Director of Marketing and Communications and Matt Fleury, President and CEO

Proud members of the National, Regional and Connecticut contingents visited the Connecticut Science Center on September 20 for an interactive tour followed by the groundbreaking of the FGCC Rooftop Childrens' Garden.

The Connecticut Science Center is dedicated to inspiring lifelong learning through interactive and innovative experiences that explore our changing world through science. To that end, Dee Mozzochi, FGCC Connecticut Science Center Childrens' Garden Chair, has worked with Maria Nahom, FGCC Past President, Donna Nowak, FGCC President, and Kathrine Neville, FGCC Horticulture Chair to realize the dream of constructing a rooftop terrace garden for all visitors to enjoy. Over 50 member clubs, three private donors, and the FGCC Board have provided funding for the project.

THE FGCCT CHILDREN'S ROOFTOP GARDEN at the
CONNECTICUT SCIENCE CENTER

So many clubs have been supportive of our Science Center Children’s Garden by sending in donations. We welcome other clubs to join in.
This endeavor will be so rewarding to families visiting the center. For a complete list of clubs that have donated, check our website www.ctgarden.org/sciencecenter.html.

A special thank you goes to Chair Dee Mozzocchi, and to Kathrine Neville and her committee for working on the exciting garden plans.

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Here's news from National Garden Clubs that is of high interest for all local clubs!

National Garden Clubs ‘Plant It Pink’ In Support
Of Breast Cancer Awareness, Research


NGC Launches Nationwide Fundraising and Educational Partnership
With Susan G. Komen for the Cure®

If a stroll around your neighborhood this spring and summer includes gardens with a pinker-than-usual palette--and maybe even a proudly pink birdhouse--don’t be too surprised. There’s a good chance that you’re simply witnessing the most visible aspect of the new Plant It Pink project developed by the 200,000-member-strong National Garden Clubs Inc. in partnership with Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, the world’s largest breast cancer organization...

Click here to learn more about this special program!


"Keeping in Touch" (Aug-Oct 2010)
A Quarterly Publication of the National Garden Clubs with news and information from the NGC


BLUE STAR MARKER
Maria Nahom NGC Chairman


(condensed from the February-April, 2007, "Keeping In Touch" Quarterly Publication of National Garden Clubs)

2006 - BLUE STAR MARKER PROGRAM'S MOST INCREDIBLE YEAR

242 new orders were received this year. The unprecedented growth began with very welcome grants from Principal Financial Group, and continued to escalate when the manufacturer announced a price increase for all markers. Clubs hurried to place orders before the change - the last increase was in 1996.

Ultimately the final credit for this exciting growth goes to our members across the country who support our Armed Forces, and I predict that the program will continue to grow.

Congratulations to all clubs who helped to make this a banner year for Blue Star Memorial Markers.

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