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FGCM’S BETTY JONES MEMORIAL GAZEBO

posted Aug 27, 2018, 2:27 PM by chuck clark   [ updated Aug 27, 2018, 2:32 PM ]

The Betty Jones Memorial Gazebo on the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia was built in 1993 for $5,400.00 from the donations from the 243 Missouri Federated Garden Clubs and its members. President June Kummer spear-headed this project with the assistance from many other dedicated garden club members. The octagon-shaped Gazebo was dedicated in memory of longtime garden club member Betty Jones for her love and support of gardening and Flower Shows in the West Central District and her kindness to others. Visitors to the State Fair enjoy the Gazebo as a place of rest, and occasionally, musical entertainment during the two-week Fair.

Over the years, garden clubs have made Club Contributions on the Club President’s Report to maintain this beautiful structure. Since 2002, earliest records show the total annual Club Contributions for the Gazebo average at $459.18; however, since 2013, that average has dropped to $398.66. Clubs contributing to this designated fund has dropped from 172 garden clubs in 2002 to 94 clubs in 2018, which may explain this difference.

This Fund pays for cleaning the wood, staining and resealing, and repairs, if needed. Every three or four years the Gazebo requires power cleaning and re-staining, and this cost varies from $700.00 to $800.00. A private company is hired to do this job.

The money also pays for maintaining the landscape around the Gazebo: Removal of dead and overgrown plants, purchasing plants and replacing flowers, shrubs and trees, the needed weeding and mulching, water hoses for watering, and bright flower baskets to be hung in the Gazebo before the first week of the State Fair. For the last several years this fund has paid for landscape companies to do most all of this work, as the local garden clubs have been unable to complete this task. Our newest Sedville Petal Pushers Garden Club may be able to take over some of these duties.

From 2002 to the present, the Total Club Contributions and Donations were $7,347.00, plus Convention Overages of $4,957.45 equals a Total Designated Fund of $13,266.04. Total Disbursals are at $13,005.96; leaving a balance of $260.08 in the Designated Gazebo Fund. The Board of Directors voted to use the Convention Overage in 2005, 2016 and 2017 to offset the larger expenditures. In 2016, the BOD voted to use up to $1,000.00 annually, if needed, from the Convention Overage to cover the costs of ongoing Gazebo maintenance.

Have you visited our Betty Jones Memorial Gazebo and sat on the benches viewing the other Fair-goers and taking a rest? Have you seen the Blue Star Byway Marker in front of the Gazebo? Have you visited FGCM’s State Fair Flower Show? Does your Garden Club contribute to Gazebo maintenance annually through Club Contributions? Maybe your garden club would like to take a day trip on the first Wednesday during the Missouri State Fair to visit the Federation Day Flower Show held in the adjacent Floriculture Building? You can have lunch on the Fairgrounds with friends and visit the many booths and exhibits, and sit in our Betty Jones Memorial Gazebo. Enjoy yourself!


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