The Simpsonville Garden Club installed new officers and received and gave awards at three separate events this Spring. The first event, the Garden Club of SC Annual Conference was held April 28-29th in Greenville at the Poinsett Hotel.. SGC took First Place prizes for its website (www.simpsonvillegardenclub.com) and its 2016-17 Yearbook, and honorable mention in the category of Publications for the cookbook the chapter published and sold to raise funds for its ongoing community beautification projects.
In May, SGC held its annual Awards Luncheon at the Garden House Bed & Breakfast on South Main Street in Simpsonville. Newly elected officers for 2017-18 are: President Judy Rogers, Vice-President Judy Wood, Secretary Debbie McWhite and Treasurer Sylvia Lockaby.
The luncheon also included three local chapter awards. Outgoing Vice President Judy McGinty received the Woman of the Year Award in recognition of her meritorious accomplishments and her dedicated service to the club. A Past President of SGC and out-going Secretary, Christine Barnett was awarded the club’s Horticulture Award in recognition of her contribution to the club’s knowledge and love of horticulture. The President’s Choice Award was given to Nancy Barton for her service, dedication and loyalty to the club and the President during the year.
Finally, at its Awards Celebration Luncheon, the Greenville Council of Garden Clubs, Inc. awarded the Simpsonville Garden Club with a $250 grant to continue its work beautifying the Simpsonville Police Headquarters gardens, accepted by Vice President Judy Wood. President Judy Rogers accepted the award for SGC’s Yearbook. Club member. Judy McGinty was recognized for logging the highest number of volunteer docent hours at the Kilgore-Lewis House in Greenville, and Past-President Christine Barnett was recognized for her outstanding contributions and service to the Kilgore-Lewis House.
The Simpsonville Garden Club meets the third Tuesday of every month except June and July. Admission is free and anyone with an interest in gardening is welcome to attend. For more information visit www.simpsonvillegardenclub.com.♦