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Monday, December 9, 2019
PRESS PHOTOS COURTESY PGCRosie Ebersole, president of the Allentown Garden Club, shares a poster about her club at the annual district meeting of the Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania at Lehigh Country Club. PRESS PHOTOS COURTESY PGCRosie Ebersole, president of the Allentown Garden Club, shares a poster about her club at the annual district meeting of the Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania at Lehigh Country Club.
Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania officers include President Joyce Milberg (front), First Vice President Shelia Croushore, Second Vice President Leeanna Ryba, and District ll/lll Director Barbara Campbell in front of memorial candle to honor members who died in the last year. Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania officers include President Joyce Milberg (front), First Vice President Shelia Croushore, Second Vice President Leeanna Ryba, and District ll/lll Director Barbara Campbell in front of memorial candle to honor members who died in the last year.
Bonnie Keller, president of the Parkland Garden, gives her president report. Bonnie Keller, president of the Parkland Garden, gives her president report.

Garden club hosts annual district meeting

Saturday, November 30, 2019 by BARBARA CAMPBELL Special to The Press in Local News

Allentown Garden Club recently hosted the annual Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania District ll-lll meeting titled “Sunny September,” at Lehigh Country Club.

Club members welcomed Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania President Joyce Milberg, First Vice President Sheila Croushore and Second Vice President Leeanna Ryba.

There were 109 members from 13 garden clubs in attendance.

Parkland Garden Club received a certificate along with Allentown Garden Club for having the most members there.

A memorial ceremony was held to remember those members who have died since last September’s meeting.

Rosie Ebersole, district chaplain, led the ceremony.

A business meeting preceded the luncheon and program.

This was an opportunity for club members to share ideas they can implement into their clubs.

Each club president made a three-dimensional display showing something special about his or her club.

There were photos of the gardens the clubs maintain, interesting programs, garden tours, community projects and fundraisers.

Emmaus Garden Club President Faye Schuler highlighted the versatility of her club.

She included three categories: education, service, and fun.

Each president of the 13 clubs shared a photo of being involved in a club activity.

There were a lot of presidents digging in the dirt, giving out scholarships, working on Habitat for Humanity, holding a flower arranging workshop, doing a flower show, Arbor Day events, and installing a Blue Star Marker.

The GCFP will celebrate its 90th anniversary in 2020.

District ll/lll Montrose Garden Club is the oldest club in the state of Pennsylvania founded in 1905 and federated in 1930. Monroe Garden Club was also federated in 1930.

After the business meeting, attendees enjoyed a delicious luncheon.

Each table had a beautiful dahlia arrangement made by members of the Allentown Garden Club.

The program was presented by Deborah Pomroy Moyer.

She created beautiful designs incorporating different techniques and gave good advice on how to make a floral design.

The GCFP has a very important impact in their communities. The clubs help beautify their communities by planting and maintaining gardens, holding educational events, sharing the love of gardening and creating flower shows.

When Audrey Angelella, president of the Montrose Garden Club, wanted to join a garden club, a friend told her she would not like it.

She, however, said it was the best thing she did by not listening to her friend.

There are 170,000 garden club members worldwide.