Supporting Our Local Garden Clubs is the theme I have chosen for my presidency. Over the years, as I listened to each new state president’s acceptance speech, there was one common message- the GCNJ Board is here to serve you, our 100+ garden clubs and nearly 5000 members.
My focus is to encourage and help garden club members do more of what they joined Garden Club to do. I know that means something different to each of our clubs and each of our club
members. It may mean addressing and taking action on an environmental concern, encouraging the planting of more native plants, maybe even creating a native plant garden in your community or your home, maybe your greatest need is increasing membership or raising money, building more leadership capacity within your club, sponsoring that flower show you’ve always wanted or continuing your flower show tradition whilst maneuvering the new handbook, sharing the joy of gardening with those of your community, beautifying your community planters/gardens etc., bringing joy to those less fortunate through garden therapy and of course educating the next generation, our youth.
But most important we need to HAVE FUN. If we’re not having fun we are doing something wrong. It’s all about you, our local clubs and club members. You are the Garden Club of New Jersey.
Fall Presidents Workshops- Workshops designed to give club presidents “tools for success”, opportunities to troubleshoot leadership challenges and learn how GCNJ can help them with their challenges.
Plant America NJ Grants- New opportunity for clubs to receive grant monies for projects. The first grant (s) will be given at our GCNJ Annual Meeting.
Youth Grants- Three youth grants will be given at our GCNJ Annual Meeting.
NGC Grant Opportunities- NGC has partnered with Ames Tools and Epsoma to provide tools, gardening products and free programs.
Communication- Membership management software is being pilot tested. The results look good and the program expected to be rolled out to all our clubs in the near future. It will allow for faster, more efficient methods of communicating with our members, streamline the membership renewal process and allow individual clubs to take advantage of some cost free communication tools. Training sessions will be provided.