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Monroe Garden Club Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Sunday, October 3, 2010 10:45:23 AM - Monroe Ohio

The Monroe Garden Club was chartered in July 1960. Founder, Ruth Cast toured around Monroe in the summer of 1960 looking for flower gardens and landscaped homes. She boldly knocked on the door of these homes to inquire if the lady of the house would be interested in starting a “garden club”. Ida Mae Woodward, Elsie Follmer and Mildred Oliver answered the call.  Ruth and these three ladies prepared the groundwork to establish The Monroe Garden Club 50 years ago.

Other members that joined in those first vital years and offered their contributions were, Marie Ervin, Ada Chamberlain, Florence Constiner, Catherine Campbell, Helen Rothwell, Mae Palmer, Cyrena Schrock, Myrtle Reed, Loena Whitenack and Barbara Peeling. Many other gardeners have been supportive of this club in the past 50 years.

Guidelines for organization and by-laws were garnered from the “Handbook for Garden Clubs”, offered by membership in the Ohio Association of Garden Clubs, Inc. Our members are still active in this state organization and our Region 4 includes the counties of Butler, Hamilton, Clermont and Brown. Twice a year there is a Regional meeting and the State Convention in July keeps us in touch with other clubs throughout the state and gardeners in our region. The OAGC motto is: Knowing, Growing, Showing and Sharing.

The objective of the garden club is to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening and flower arranging, to strive by improving our work by practice and study, to aid in the conservation and protection of our natural resources, and to encourage civic beautification.

Our seasonal agenda includes, Civic Beautification (plantings where appropriate), to provide a wreath for the Community Memorial Day services, Christmas Lighting Contest, Arbor Day activities, and awarding beautification certificates to those in the city that have earned recognition for their hard work with outstanding landscapes and gardens.

Club meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM. Meetings are currently held at the James Monroe Community Room in the City Administration Building. Each month a program is planned and speakers, slide presentations, horticulturist, flower arrangers, and garden related topics are presented to club members. The Monroe Garden Club is open to women in the Monroe/Middletown area who are interested in nature, conservation, civic beautification and flower arranging. Guests are always welcome.



Written by Judith Shillinglaw

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