Club Ratings Info
(update in progress 2/14/2022)
BLUE RIBBON AND PURPLE RIBBON CLUB RATINGS
Blue Ribbon and Purple Ribbon Club Ratings are not awards, but rather an acknowledgment of a garden club’s accomplishments. These ratings are determined by the evaluation of the Club Presidents’ Annual Report.
The State Club Ratings Chairman sends or emails the President’s Report Form to the Club President in the fall. The report must be completed with one copy returned to the District Director and one copy to the State Club Ratings Chairman no later than February 1. On this Annual Report Form, the Club President reports the club activities of the year.
REQUIREMENTS FOR A BLUE RIBBON CLUB
A. Fulfill the Requirements for a Federated Garden Club:
1. Study, in some aspects, the Fine Art of Gardening;
2. Have a Minimum of Eight (8) Members;
3. Pay District and State Dues and
4. Subscribe to all other Objectives of the FGCM.
B. Club Treasurer sends to the State Treasurer before October 31:
1. State Dues for Next Calendar Year;
2. Complete Name and Mailing Address of each Member, typed in alphabetical order on the original Club
Membership Roster Form, making five copies;
3. Indicate Club President and Treasurer for next calendar year with complete address, email and phone number;
4. Indicate New Members with a check mark and
5. Include all Club Contributions with State Dues in one check.
C. Club Treasurer shall pay District dues to the District Treasurer before October 31, for the next calendar year and include the second copy of the supplied Club Membership Roster Form.
D. Club Treasurer shall send the third and fourth copies of the Club Membership Roster Form to the State Membership Chairman and the Circulation Manager of THE GARDEN FORUM.
(Keep the fifth copy for Club files.)
E. Club possesses current STATE GARDEN CLUB MANUAL.
F. Club possesses current NGC HANDBOOK FOR FLOWER SHOWS, REVISED 2017.
G. Hold at least ten (10) meetings a year.
H. Send Delegate/s to the District Annual Meeting or the Annual State Convention.
I. Participate in One (1) of the Following:
1. Sponsor a Garden Tour of a minimum of five (5) members’ gardens, with a majority of members participating; or sponsor jointly with another club, a showing of seven (7) members’ gardens with a majority of members participating. To be eligible for a State Award, all gardens must be toured on the same day. (See Garden Tours-Ch. X )
2. Sponsor a Standard or a Small Standard Flower Show with a majority of members participating; or sponsor jointly with other clubs a Standard or Small Standard Flower Show with a majority of members participating; or a majority of members participating in a Specialty Flower Show, such as
State Fair, Plant Society Show, etc.
3. Participate in an ongoing Community Service Project with a majority of members participating. This could be a Community Garden, Landscaping at a Public Building or Park, etc. Project must include Design, Preparation of Planting Area, Planting and Maintenance of the Project.
J. Have a project within the scope of Federation’s Objectives. Examples: Maintain Club Bird Sanctuary, Civic Project, Garden Therapy, Youth Group, etc.
K. Club President must complete Club President’s Annual Report Form and mail a copy to the District Director and the State Club Ratings Chairman. Due: February 1.
REQUIREMENTS FOR A PURPLE RIBBON CLUB
A. Fulfill ALL the requirements for a Blue Ribbon Club.
B. Send Delegate/s to both the Annual District Meeting and the Annual State Convention.
C. Participate in Two (2) of Three (3):
1. Sponsor a Garden Tour of a minimum of five (5) members’ gardens, with a majority of members participating; or Sponsor jointly with another club, a Garden Tour of seven (7) members’ gardens with a majority of members participating. To be eligible for a State Award, all gardens must be toured on the same day. (See Garden Tours-Ch. X)
2. Sponsor a Standard or Small Standard Flower Show with a majority of members participating; or sponsor jointly with other clubs a Standard or Small Standard Flower Show with
a majority of members participating; in a Specialty Flower show, such as State Fair, Plant Society Show, etc.
3. Participate in an ongoing Community Service Project with a majority of members participating. This can be a Community Garden, Landscaping at a Public Building or Park, etc. Project must include Design, Preparation of Planting Area, Planting and Maintenance of the Project.
D. Participate in Any Ten (10) of the Following:
1. Maintain Club Bird Sanctuary
2. Be involved in a Civic Project, such as a Horticulture orLandscape Project, etc.
3. Have a Conservation Project
4. Maintain Garden Center available to the Public
5. Have a Garden Therapy Project
6. Be involved in a Litter Control Project or Campaign
7. Have a regular Horticulture Educational Article or Column, a regular Radio or Television Program and/or a website with Gardening Information
8. Maintain a Butterfly Garden
9. Sponsor Youth Gardening Activities on Regular Basis
10. Hold a Flower Design Workshop
11. Hold a Horticulture Workshop
12. Have an Education Tour
13. Have at least one member enrolled in a Flower Show School, Landscape Design Study Course, Gardening Study Course, Environmental Studies School or Symposium
14. Host Annual State Convention or District Annual Meeting
15. Send Yearbook to State President, State Club Programs Chairman, District Director and District Awards Chairman. Due: February 1
16. Award One or More Citations
17. Organize and Sponsor a Federated Garden Club or Bring an Existing Club into the Federation
18. Majority of Members Purchase Current Vision of Beauty, NGC’s Flower Arrangement Engagement Calendar
19. Present a State Life Membership
20. Secure an Ad for THE GARDEN FORUM
21. Made a Contribution to the HONOR/MEMORIAL BOOK Garden Clubs May Also Count Any of the Following Club Contributions They Have Made Toward Their Ten (10):
1. BLUE STAR MEMORIAL MARKER FUND
2. GOLD STAR FAMILIES MEMORIAL MARKERS FUND
3. BOTANICAL/WOODLANDS GARDENS – UNV OF MO-COLUMBIA
4. MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN FUND
5. POWELL GARDENS/PRESIDENT’S ROW FUND
6. SPRINGFIELD BOTANICAL GARDENS FUND
7. HABITAT FOR HUMANITY FUND
8. MISSOURI PRAIRIE FOUNDATION
9. NGC PERMANENT HOME AND ENDOWMENT FUND (PH&E)
10. NATIONAL PRESIDENT’S PROJECT
11. NATURE CONSERVANCY
12. ROADSIDES/WILDFLOWERS FUND
13. SMOKEY BEAR/WOODSY OWL POSTER CONTEST PRIZE FUND
14. STATE FAIR GAZEBO/LANDSCAPE MAINTENANCE FUND
15. STATE PRESIDENT’S PROJECT/AWARD FUND
16. STATE SCHOLARSHIP FUND
17. USA DISASTER RELIEF FUND
18. WORLD GARDENING
19. YOUTH ESSAY CONTEST FUND
20. YOUTH POETRY CONTEST FUND