Nan McCabe President of Federated Garden Clubs of Missouri
Also, Congratulations to her Executive Committee for 2019-2021
First Vice President: Linda Houston
Second Vice President: Beverly Wattenbarger
Third Vice President: Tanya Stanley
Recording Secretary: Diane Neterer
Treasurer: Marjorie Motley
Corresponding Secretary: Mary Officer
Parliamentarian: Sheri Menscher
Garden Forum Editor: Barbara Harrison
Web Manager: Chuck Clark
Their information can be found in the new roster for 2019-2021
NEWS FLASH FROM THE DESK OF NAN
Monday, June 22, 2020
Dear Executive Committee, Board of Directors, District Directors & Assistant Directors, Club Presidents and Members of Federated Garden Clubs of Missouri,
After much thoughtful deliberation it is with great sadness that I write to you today that we are CANCELING all SCHEDULED EVENTS for FGCM for the rest of the 2020. That includes FEDERATION DAY AT THE STATE FAIR, ALL 10 FALL DISTRICT MEETINGS, NATIONAL SCHOOLS and the FGCM FALL BOARD MEETING. National Garden Clubs has canceled the National Fall Board meeting and Central Region has canceled the Central Region Convention. Both had been scheduled for the fall of 2020.
The safety and health of FGCM members is of upmost importance during this time of the covid-19 pandemic. The uncertainty of what lies ahead this fall causes us to make the best decision based on what we do know now. In a vote taken with the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors, more than half voted NO they would not attend meetings this fall. It is with wisdom that we cancel ahead of time.
Amid all this uncertainty, I pray that the business of garden clubs continues via email, zoom or other means. Keeping in contact with our members will help to keep a strong bond during this difficult time. Please be sure to check the FGCM State Calendar for changes in meetings and schools for 2021.
I imagine our members gardens across our nation are more beautiful this year than they have ever been. We each have very full lives with other obligations that need tending to. During this pandemic, it has allowed us to focus and work in our gardens with no where else to run off to. So, even though we may not have been able to go about the workings of our Garden Clubs, we have beautified our communities through our own yards!
I will miss not seeing you all this fall and pray, Lord willing, we will see each other in 2021! FGCM is a strong organization of plant loving gardeners and we will continue being strong as we move through this historic National emergency into the New Year. Please continue to stay safe and well.
President FGCM 2019-2021
*Landscape Design School-April 14, 15, and 16 2020. Cancelled !
*NGC Flower Show School-May 22-24, 2020. Cancelled !
*87th ANNUAL FGCM STATE CONVENTION - Cancelled !
*NGC 91st Annual Convention, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Cancelled!
*Garden School-June 2-3, 2020. Cancelled!
*Central Region Convention-October 19-20, 2020, Cancelled!
Presidents Message from Summer 2020 Issue of the Garden Forum
Greeting Members of FGCM,
Plant America: Keep Missouri Blooming
Dear Garden Club Friends,
As I write this article, we are still quarantined in our homes due to COVID-19/coronavirus. It will be July when
you read this, and I pray by then our lives are back to normal. But without knowing and until then, I pray you’re
well. I hope that this time, although fraught with concerns, has been restful. That it has been a time when you could
stay home and do things you had been thinking of doing but hadn’t had time to get done. That it has been a time
spent leisurely working in your gardens because there has been no place where you rushed to go or no obligation to fulfill. I pray it has been a time for doing and thinking at a slower pace. Hopefully slowing down has been the blessing
of this time!
Canceling the state convention, spring district meetings, plant sales, and garden club meetings has, at best, been difficult. Thank you to all of you for following the restrictions. Doing so has helped keep the virus from being worse! It has been fun to learn how clubs have been communicating with each other through Zoom meetings and sharing gardening tips and other club information through email. In this Issue of THE garden forum we have listed all the awards that would have been printed in the Awards Program and given at the 87th Annual FGCM State Convention.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF YOU! YOU ALL HAVE SO MUCH TO BE PROUD OF!
ALL 83 OF OUR GARDEN CLUBS WITH ALL 1861 MEMBERS ARE OUR BRIGHEST BLOOMS!
When we are no longer quarantined and are back to normal in our nation, state, and communities, please let me know the new date/location and time if your club reschedules your plant sale. Looking ahead, plan to enter and attend the State Fair Flower Show on Federation Day, August 19, in Sedalia. The Flower Show Schedule is in the spring issue of THE garden forum. Visit the website of the Central Region Garden Clubs, and register to attend the Central Region Convention, October 19-20, 2020, in Middlebury, Indiana. Visit our FGCM website to see all the new, updated changes that have been made including the addition of the entire Garden Club Manual. Check our FGCM calendar for date changes of all the national schools, then register to attend.
We have so many things to look forward to doing while we wait, rest, and catch up! I look forward to seeing you all at your fall district meetings! Until then, Plant America and “Keep Missouri Blooming”— if only in your own yards!
Many garden hugs,
Nan McCabe, FGCM President
Federated Garden Clubs of Missouri, Inc., is a member of National Garden Clubs, Inc. (NGC) whose national headquarters is located in St. Louis, MO. There are 80 affiliated garden clubs with 1734 members in Missouri. FGCM was officially organized on March 30, 1933, in St. Louis, by representatives of nine clubs from various sections of Missouri. The state is divided into 10 geographic districts. FGCM joined NGC in 1937.........