Ohio-Guyan District hosts 2014 Convention
HUNTINGTON — The Ohio-Guyan District, Despina Kapourales, director, of the West Virginia Garden Club, Inc. recently hosted the 2014 Convention at the Pullman Plaza Hotel in Huntington with Cheryl Hodge and June Ashworth as co-chairwomen.
Six area garden clubs received awards.
State officers and committee members met on Sunday afternoon. Those attending the board dinner that evening enjoyed Jim Casto’s portrayal of Collis P. Huntington. On Monday morning Patty Arndt, state president, called the business meeting to order. The JROTC unit from Spring Valley High School presented the colors. Mayor Steve Williams welcomed members to Huntington. He praised garden clubs for their efforts in civic beautification and thanked local clubs for their help with the “Huntington in Bloom” project.
Special speaker at the luncheon was Martha Morgan, South Atlantic Regional director from Kentucky.
Members toured Heritage Farm or attended workshops led by area extension agents. Lorie Bowling from Boyd County, Kentucky, demonstrated wreath and bow-making. John Porter from Kanawha County discussed green gardening practices and answered gardening questions. Featured speaker at the evening banquet was Dan O’Hanlon, bee-keeper for more than 30 years.
Indian Rock Garden Club of Salt Rock, Diane Foreman, president, won the West Virginia Garden Club Award for outstanding civic contributions including educational activities which help emphasize the objective of WVGCI. The project at Salt Rock Elementary included a playground landscaping renovation as well as educating the students about their environment with special emphasis on litter control. The club also received the Sampson Award for Environmental Education for its work with the students at Salt Rock Elementary.
The Rockwell Small Club Beautification Award was presented to the Village of Barboursville Garden Club. Lisa McComas, club president, served as the floral display committee chairwoman for Huntington in Bloom. Through her leadership club members raised funding for the project by selling t-shirts and sponsorships for large downtown flower pots. They also planted and weeded at downtown landscaped areas, planted flowers in 82 pots, decorated for fall, and planted 1000 daffodil bulbs at Big Sandy Superstore Arena.
Wildwood Garden Club of Williamson, Anne Lambright, president, received the Rockwell Large Club Beautification Award. The club decorated the area in front of the Williamson City Hall.
Two clubs received Award of Merit Citations. The first went to Hemlock Hills Garden Club of Man, Freda Napier, president, for the maintenance and planting at a Blue Star Memorial and their annual military recognition ceremony. The second award was presented to the Huntington Garden Club, Gale Williams, president. Club members moved a Blue Star Memorial Marker to a permanent location on the Cabell County Courthouse lawn and landscaped with rhododendrons and other plants.
The State Presidential Award for Environmental Issues was given to Inwood Garden Club, June Ashworth, president, for their efforts to find a solution for the area deer problem.
West Virginia Garden Club, Inc. is a non-profit organization solely for the benevolent, charitable, scientific and educational purposes conducive to the well-being of the community and useful to the public.
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