New Carrollton Garden Club Celebrates 50 years

Annapolis, MD, June 20, 2009: Co-President Norma Hetrick welcomed old and new members and their guests to the 50th anniversary celebration of the New Carrollton Garden Club at the beautifully decorated Moorings Bistro at Heritage Harbour.

Norma (below left) proudly showed the Certificate of Merit from the National Garden Clubs, Inc. and presented it to Andrew Hanko, mayor of New Carrollton. Mayor Hanko read a proclamation thanking the garden club for initiating and maintaining the beautification of New Carrollton. He will devote a display case in city hall to the achievements of our club.

Mayor Hanko above with Norma and founding members Polly Wilson and Dotty Zahringer.

The two founding members still with us, co-president Polly Wilson and Dorothy Zahringer, recounted the first meetings of the club. Below, Dorothy shows her 50 year membership certificate from National Capital Garden Clubs, Inc.
Norma thanked Claireen Enciso (below left) for her long term as treasurer and Freia Lorimer (below right) for being the president for the four last years.

Project chair Margaret McKnew (right) talked about the Blue Star Marker, a marker promoted by the National Garden Clubs, Inc., to honor all service men and women of all wars. New Carrollton Garden Club, in conjunction with the City of New Carrollton, is soliciting funds to be able to place a marker at the intersection of Rt. 450 and Riverdale Road.

Member Charmane Truesdell gave a short demonstration on how flower arrangements changed over the past 50 years,

Following a delightful lunch, attendees were invited to reminisce and all shared in our 50 years as a garden club.

--Submitted by Freia Lorimer

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