Our President, Dianne McMullan, accepted a number of Awards presented to the BHGC at the GCFM Convention in June. These awards cover projects the club undertook in 2017.
—By Michaeleen Ward and Barbara Pretorius, Awards Co-Chairs
2017 Club of Distinction Awards —We won the Gold Seal for the highest number of points of any club: 355! This award recognizes club accomplishments in all areas of garden club activity during the award year.
The Yearbook Award from GCFM – 2nd Place, 70 – 99 members. Yearbooks must conform to the format outlined by the National Garden Clubs, Inc.
The Gloria Bryson Burrill Tree Planting Award – This award comes with an honorarium of $25 to the club with the most outstanding tree planting project. Emphasis is on low maintenance, quality trees suited to local climate and environmental conditions. We had a number of projects to submit:
- another pagoda dogwood at the Blue Star Memorial Marker,
- the witch hazel (hamamelis virginiana) at Mount Desert Island Hospital, in which we partnered with the Garden Club of Mount Desert, and
- the project of planting apple trees at local elementary schools. (Connors Emerson and Mount Desert Elementary schools were the recipients in 2017.)
Norene S. Veal New Members Award – for the club with the most new members from March 1 through the end of February each overlapping year. The BHGC had 12 new members within the time frame of 2017 – 2018.
Certificate of Recognition for continuing to maintain the Blue Star Memorial Marker – The club won a certificate from GCFM, New England Garden Clubs, Inc. and National Garden Clubs. Inc.
Certificate of Participation for outstanding work with the development of school gardening projects – The club’s Youth Activities Committee, to which this certificate is connected, has also won a number of awards for their projects. Please click here to see the list of these awards.