Ongoing Committees of The Garden Club At Palm Coast

Arrangers’ Guild – a part of the Garden Club that focuses on Floral Design, its study and love of flower arranging. Learn the basics of floral design from experienced members of the Guild and certified FFGC members. The Guild meets the third Tuesday of each month from September to April. Separate membership is required.

Awards Committee – a committee of several members help with application preparation and submittal for FFGC awards. Previous submissions include yearbook, newsletter and website. Award winners receive a monetary award.

Arbor Day (CITY) Committee – a one-time event. A committee of several members set up a table at the Palm Coast Arbor Day celebration in May and may sell plants, hand out our Club Brochure, and answer questions about the Club.

Florida Arbor Day (CLUB) Committee of several members arranges with the City for a tree to be planted in Central Park at Town Center to memorialize members who passed away since the last Florida Arbor Day. A bronze plaque is ordered and installed by the City. Invitations are sent to family members and honored guests to attend a Florida Arbor Day Ceremony held the second Friday in May.

Blue Star Marker – A committee of several members is responsible for maintaining the landscape around the Blue Star Memorial Marker at Bull Dog Drive and S.R. 100.

Creekside Festival Committee – a one-time event. The club purchases a booth at the annual two day Festival held in October or November at Princess Place Preserve in Flagler County. Members are needed to sit at the booth and sell plants, bulbs, books, etc. This is a Club fundraiser. Members are needed to do set up as well.

Door Prizes Committee – this Committee is responsible for picking up donated plants from Gospel Gardens Nursery in Bunnell and bringing them to the meeting for prizes when door prize tickets are pulled.

Giving Tree Committee – this is a once a year event. The Board chooses 2-3 charities that the membership can contribute to. At the December meeting donation envelopes are available with the charities on them to choose from. Envelopes are collected and checks written from the Club to the charities.

Horticulture Committee – a committee of several members is needed to present monthly at the General Meetings an item or horticulture and explain its care and growing habits.

Hospitality Committee – a committee is needed to collect, present and serve food items donated by the members at the monthly meetings. The committee also sets up drinks.

Junior Garden Club – a program at local elementary schools to teach children the fundamentals of gardening.

Library Christmas Tree Committee –a one-time event. Members of the Arrangers’ Guild create ornaments to put on the Club’s Christmas tree at the Flagler County Palm Coast Library Festival of Trees in December. The Committee sets up and takes down the tree.

Mailchimp – a committee that maintains the email information for our members and sends out club related emails to the membership.

Membership Committee – a committee of several members is responsible for greeting visitors at the General Meeting and giving them Visitor badges, for signing up new members at the General meetings, for advising the Board and all Committee chairs of new member contact information, submitting new member information to FFGC for its records and their billing back to the Club, creating members badges and keeping up the card file of members.

National Garden Club Week – held the first full week of June is a program of the National Garden Club of which GCPC members are members of. The Committee puts a display at the Palm Coast Library publicizing this event.

Newsletter Committee – a committee of several members is responsible for collecting submissions from Club committees for inclusion in a monthly e-newsletter sent to all members on a monthly basis.

Penny for Pines Committee – a committee of a few collects “pennies” from the membership at the General Meetings. The money is given to the Treasurer who sends a check to FFGC for the planting of pine seedlings in damaged areas of Florida.

Plants for Pleasure Committee – a one-time event. A committee of several members prepare for the collection of festively wrapped plants from the Members at the November meeting. Boxes are needed for the collection of the plants, decorative pics showing the Garden Club on them are made and inserted in the collected plants, and the plants are delivered to members who are ill and to two local nursing homes on the November General Meeting day. The Committee contacts the Social Directors at the nursing homes and advises them when to expect the plants.

Plant Sale and Propagation Guild – a part of the Garden Club its members focus on the education and application of horticulturally sound propagation techniques, sharing “best practices” as well as propagating and selling plants at the General Meetings and at other events of the Club. Meetings are held the first Wednesday of the month year-round.

Propagation Guild – The guild holds monthly meetings with a focus on sharing knowledge of propagation techniques. Plants propagated by its members are sold at membership meetings, community events and at our annual Spring Festival & Plant Sale.

Publicity Committee – a committee of several members send out electronically notifications of upcoming Club events, i.e. monthly meetings, Spring Festival, Flower Shows, etc.

Selection of the Month Committee – a committee of several members look for residential homes in Pam Coast with outstanding landscaping. Photographs are taken by the Committee. The homeowner is given a sign to put in their yard for a month, given a certificate from the Club and provided with a photo CD of their property and invited to the next meeting of the Club. The Committee is active September thru May.

Scholarship Committee – a committee of 4-5 members advertises the Club scholarships (from three to five scholarships are awarded) to the local high schools and/or continuing education students and puts an article in the local press. Applications received are reviewed by the Committee and 3-5 students may be selected for scholarships after an interview process held by the Committee at the Palm Coast Library. Students learn of their scholarship at the Flagler County School Awards Ceremony. Scholarship winners and their families are invited to the Club picnic in May.

Spring Festival and Plant Sale – This is the Club’s major fundraising event of the year. Held at Flagler Palm Coast High School gym in April, it has become an event for the entire community and profits benefit the Club’s scholarship programs.

Sunshine Committee – a committee of several members sends get well cards to members who are ill, sympathy cards to members/families that have lost someone. Input comes from the President or any member who advises the Committee. The Committee buys the cards and stamps submits an accounting of expenses to the Treasurer.

Telephone Committee – a committee of members who call Club members to remind them of upcoming meetings and events. Some members prefer to receive e-mail reminders which the assigned Committee member can do. The Chairman of this Committee gives out the assigned names and calls each committee member with the information to pass on.

Treasures in the Attic – Members donate “like new” items for a yard sale to benefit scholarship programs.

Website Committee – The Club has a website which needs updating monthly with activities of the Club and photos of events. Computer experience is needed and a computer. We do have a Webmaster.

Wekiva Youth Camp – Club awards scholarships to Flagler County youth to attend summer camp at FFGC Camp Wekiva.

Welcome Committee – a committee of several members who greet visitors to General Meetings and bring them to the Membership Table to sign in or join. The welcome committee member stays with the visitor and takes them to assign seating at the meeting.

Yearbook Committee – a committee of several members who are responsible for updating the current Club Yearbook for the next year. The yearbook is updated electronically using special software and a computer. The Committee proofreads and then sends the updated yearbook to the printer electronically and determines the number of copies needed. The Committee obtains labels with member names on them and attaches them to the yearbooks. The yearbooks are then available for the September General Meeting.

Flower Show, Garden Tour and Spring Festivals/Plant Sale are events involving all members of the Club. A Chairperson is needed to oversee each event and coordinate with members who are helping. The Spring Festival/Plant Sale is an annual event.