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News From the Pound Ridge Garden Club

Posted By Bill Cary On January 16, 2013 @ 2:19 pm In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled

News (and very nice photos) from Barbara Mayer; thanks for sending!:




The landscape may be in winter’s grip, but the Pound Ridge Garden Club is already preparing for a busy 2013 growing season. Club members elected a new slate of officers to serve for next two years. Annie Thom, a 12-year member of the Pound Ridge Garden Club and an award-winning floral designer, is the club’s new president. She and other officers were sworn in at the club’s awards luncheon at the end of 2012. The luncheon capped off the annual workshop in which club members make the wreaths and swags that decorate town buildings and signposts throughout the holiday season.

Thom succeeds Carol Cioppa, who completed a two-year term as club president. Other new officers are Deborah Benjamin, first vice president and program chair; Janet Buckbee, second vice president and flower show chair; Dee Aspros, third vice president and horticulture chair, Connie Marchetti, recording and corresponding secretary; and Judy Kennedy; treasurer. Jeanne T. Nelson, representing the Federated Garden Clubs of New York State, presided over the swearing-in ceremony.



The club’s annual awards for design and horticultural achievements were presented at the luncheon, as was the coveted Margery Fay Sachs Award for outstanding contributions to the community and the club. The 2012 Sachs award recipient is Dick Lyman, a lifelong Pound Ridge resident, member of the town board and all around volunteer. He has been a member of the fire department, the elementary school association, police department, highway department, and zoning board.

“The man never says no,” declared Joan Goldberg, awards committee chair, in presenting Lyman with the award, a silver bowl which will be displayed at the Town House.

Other award recipients are: Carrie Sears, Boyden Roseberry award for outstanding horticulture exhibit; Carol Cioppa, Elizabeth Williams award for best vegetable garden and Helen Follett Ochocki award for a perennial grown for 3 years; Joan Goldberg, Cioppa-Lee award for imaginative garden design; Anne Lyman, Dee Aspros pin for best plant grown from a bulb, tuber or rhizome; Annie Thom, Florence R. Casey award for outstanding table arrangement; Mary Miranda, Augusta Carter award for best flower arrangement displayed in the library; and Connie Marchetti, Marietta de Blonay award for a miniature design exhibited in a flower show. Virginia Todar won the Gladys Wallingford award for outstanding participation by a new member.

The Pound Ridge Garden Club is a community service and educational organization, founded in 1941 and affiliated with National Garden Clubs Inc., Federated Garden Clubs of New York State, Inc., 9th District. Membership is open to anyone interested in horticulture, floral design, environmental planting and resource conservation. For more information, please contact Patricia Napoli, membership chair, at 203-862-9118.



PRGC New Officers: L to R: Judy Kennedy, treasurer, Connie Marchetti, secretary, Dee Aspros, 3rd vice president, Janet Buckbee, 2ndvice president, Deb Benjamin, 1st vice president, Annie Thom, president


Outgoing pres gets award: Carol Cioppa, (R) outgoing president of the Pound Ridge Garden Club, receives an award from Joan Goldberg, awards chair, at the club’s year end awards luncheon


Swag makers: L to R: Pound Ridge Garden Club members Amanda Sutton, Virginia Todar and Anne Lyman make swags to decorate signposts on town roadways through the holiday season.


Dick Lyman receives Sachs award: Town board member and all around volunteer Dick Lyman receives the Marjorie Fay Sachs award for outstanding community service from Joan Goldberg, Pound Ridge Garden Club awards committee chair.


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