OUR HISTORY DATES BACK TO 1930
June 1930, a call was sent to the nine known garden clubs in Maine, inviting members to attend a meeting to consider a garden federation. The meeting was held at the Portland home of Mrs. Walter B. Brockway, President of Longfellow Garden Club, who attended the first annual meeting of the National Council of State Garden Clubs—later to be called National Garden Clubs, Inc. (NGC)—in Chicago. The Garden Club Federation of Maine (GCFM) was organized June 3, 1931 at Camden, with eight charter clubs and four more clubs interested. On June 7, 1932, the GCFM affiliated with NGC at their third annual convention in Boston.
Let us, O God, look to the tree and the flower for the beauty and serenity of orderly living. As each in its season, depending wholly upon Thee for development arrives at perfection, so may each of us in simplicity and trust, work out our divine pattern of her being. And help us to achieve in living, O God, the same harmony and loveliness that we strive for in gardening exemplifying in both the beauty of holiness.
—Mary Carpenter Kelley
The Collect by Mary Carpenter Kelley was chosen from several submitted and was adopted officially by the GCFM Board of Directors on June 26, 1938. By a later vote of November 13, 1952, the GCFM President was instructed to send a copy of the Collect to any group upon request.
It was voted on February 6, 1935, that the GCFM have an emblem. On July 29, 1935, Maurice (Jake) Day’s design was chosen. A former Walt Disney artist, Mr. Day created Bambi and other memorable animal characters. He was a well-known Maine outdoorsman. GCFM entities may use the emblem.
I pledge to protect and conserve the natural resources of the planet Earth and promise to promote education so we may be caretakers of our air, water, forest, land and wildlife.
Adopted May 19, 1994,
NGC Board of Directors,
The GCFM shall operate on a non-profit basis exclusively for charitable and education purposes within the meaning of Sec. 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 conducive to the well-being of the public; to cooperate with other organizations, agencies, and instrumentalities in furthering interests of horticulture and conservation; to coordinate the interest of member clubs; to further horticultural education, conservation, and landscape design through student scholarships; and to adhere to the objectives of National Garden Clubs, Incorporated.
NATIONAL GARDEN CLUBS, Inc. MISSION STATEMENT
National Garden Clubs, Inc. provides education, resources and national networking opportunities for its members, to promote the love of gardening, floral design, civic and environmental responsibility.
Adopted May 17, 1999,
Board of Directors,
Locally Grown Garden Clubs
Address current local, state and national concerns through local, state and national partnerships. Federated Garden Clubs develop and participate in a myriad of outstanding community service projects that involve and include people of all ages and backgrounds in Maine.
GCFM OFFICERS: 2015-2017
| President ||Suzanne Bushnell |
|1st V.P. |
|Judith Tarbox |
|2nd V.P. |
|Barbara Longstaff |
|Secretary ||Carmen Weatherbie |
|Treasurer ||Judith Stallworth |
|Asst. Treasurer |
|Marianne Dodge |
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