I was invited to join Three Rivers Garden Club in 2004. I was the first male to become a member of Three Rivers and to my knowledge, the first male to be a member of Rome Federated Garden Clubs, Inc. as well. Little did I know what garden clubbing would mean to me eight years later. Three Rivers is the most active club in the Federation and our community looks at us as the driving force to Keep Rome Beautiful.
Maybe it was our ribbons won at the Coosa Valley Fair Flower Shows: or maybe it was accolades received from awards submitted to The Garden Club of Georgia, Deep South, and National Garden Clubs; or, maybe it is our members willingness to be committee chairs in Laurel District/GCG/Deep South; or, maybe it was our involvement and leadership for “Cultivating Young Minds”, our cooperative children's vegetable and flower garden with the Boys and Girls Club. Whatever the cause, I am proud to not only be a member of Three Rivers Garden Club but also serving now as your president. I am truly honored and thank you for this opportunity.
When the school bells ring and the hot days begin to subside, we know the “good ole days of summer” are soon coming to an end. It’s that special time of year when Mother Nature presents her beautiful palette of color. The autumn season is awesome! Though many of our members have been traveling the state of Georgia for numerous committee meetings during the summer, a time when most garden clubs take a break, autumn is that time of year that we cease our coasting and “put the pedal to the metal” and FALL forward during the months to come.
Three Rivers Garden Club got in the swing of things on Wednesday, September 5 at 9:30 with our first club meeting for the 2012 - 2013 year. What a joy we had at the historic home of Wes Walraven, brother of Three Rivers Garden Club member Starr Helton. Starr served as our hostess, Jo Holder and Dean Guinn provided plants and Sue Crist provided a floral design pot and a bird house for our Ways and Means project. Pete Wilkerson, Historical Landscaper and owner of Scapes in Atlanta, GA shared information about historical gardens. A tour of the gardens and grounds highlighted the day.
Mary Louise Dixon has planned a wonderful variety of programs for the rest of the year. Be sure to go to the Programs and Events page on this web site to get a preview of programs on plant pounding, bald eagles, underwater floral designs, landscaping your yard, ferns and hands-on making of floral designs.
Join with me as we make a difference in our community and thank you, Three Rivers, for making a difference wherever you go. Your garden club talents have made our meetings very interesting and we look forward to the rest of the Club year. You are all leaders as you have proven by giving programs not only to Three Rivers, but to other clubs in the Federation. The leadership we provide for Rome Federated Garden Clubs, Inc. with the Federation project “Cultivating Young Minds” is now an ongoing project for our Club. From the idea, planning, planting and working with the youth, plus starting a new Youth Garden Club at the South Rome Boys and Girls Club has made this concept come to fruition and your continued interest and enthusiasm will continue through this administration.
So, let’s expand our horizons, branch out, take chances and share our talents with each other, with our community, and make Three Rivers Garden Club the very best we can possibly be during this administration. How can you use your abilities and talents to accomplish this goal? As we continue to follow our theme, “Growing in Membership, Gardening in Our Community, Embracing Our Environment," let’s also follow the themes from Laurel District, GCG, Deep South and NGC.