President’s Welcome

Theme

Grow and Share Colorado

Project

Befriend our Pollinators

President’s Message

Hello, Fellow Gardeners,
We had a very successful Colorado Federation of Garden Clubs State Convention in June with our NGC President Nancy Hargroves and our RM Region Chair Jackie Watts attending and taking part in the installation of new officers.

At this writing, all chairmanships for CFGC have been filled; however, we were sorry that Joyce Cassidy, our Editor, resigned after seven years of keeping us so well informed. Chuck Pelto accepted the challenge along with his wife Susan, and the summer issue of The Colorado Connection’s first appearance did not disappoint!

At this writing, I do not have the latest membership figures for our state, so I’ll report that Margie Soileau, then-Assistant Treasurer reported at Convention that we have 20 clubs and a total membership of 445 which is down slightly from last year. The good news is that two new garden clubs have formed and we shall ratify the Denver Garden Club and the Ground Busters Garden Club at our Executive Meeting in September.

We do not have a Children’s Garden Club, but perhaps one of our clubs can reach out to a neighborhood school and propose one.

From NGC: Re. PLANT AMERICA, COMMUNITY PROJECT GRANTS
Guidelines:
The PLANT AMERICA Community Project Program is sponsored by National Garden Clubs, Inc. for new or existing club projects in their respective communities. Projects may be a joint venture with another organization/s. The scope of these projects may include:

  • Beautification and/or restoration
  • Community gardens
  • School gardens/classrooms
  • Habitat for Humanity landscaping
  • Blue Star Memorial landscaping
  • Implementation of environmental practices A horticulture or environmental educational event for the public
  • Grant Amount: Up to $1,000.00 is available to be used for direct expenses of projects
  • Blue Star Memorial landscaping
  • Implementation of environmental practices
  • A horticulture or environmental educational event for the public

Grant Amount: Up to $1,000.00 is available to be used for direct expenses of projects

Application Deadline: November 1, 2017
If your club is interested in applying for a grant, please contact me. I have additional information.

Our CFGC Convention will be held on June 2, 2018, in the Denver area. Michele Gustin, President of the Northern Front Range District, is the convention chair.
I look forward to working with each of you the next two years. Together we can make a lot happen.

Betty Roberts
CFGC State President, 2017-2019