District I Awards Meeting 2010

March 11, 2010: Babs McClendon, awards chair for National Capitol Area Garden Clubs, Inc., recognized Christine Hambach of Goddard Garden Club as the NCAGC Award of Recognition winner for District I. District I Director David Healy presented daffodils to her.
Danielle Brabazon, awards chair for District I, presented Christine with the District I Award of Honor certificate.
Christine has been a long time president of Goddard and also active on the District I board. She was instrumental in having Goddard establish and maintain a small garden on the former chapel site at historic Prospect Hill Cemetery and she was a prime mover in District I's memorial grove project at the cemetery.

Clubs and individuals were recognized for their support--financial and hands-on gardening-of the District I civic project--the planting of a memorial grove at historic Prospect Hill Cemetery:

Clockwise from upper left: Danielle Brabazon, Carolyn Fichtel, Ann Gardenhour, David Healy, Poss Tarpley, Shirley Nicolai, Dee Droter, Julie Harrison, Charmane Truesdell, Christine Hambach, Janice McKenney and Sonia Johnson.

Awards to District I clubs were presented by Awards Chair Danielle Brabazon and Director David Healy:

Janice McKenney accepts for Capitol Hill Garden Club (l); Cynthia Smith accepts for Cheverly Garden Club:

Ellen Spencer accepts for The Gardeners of the Junior League of Washington (l); Charmane Truesdell accepts for Montpelier Garden Club:

Julie Harrison accepts for Mount Area Clay Breakers Garden Club (l); Margaret McKnew accepts for New Carollton Garden Club:

Carolyn Fichtel accepts for Paint Branch Garden Club (l); Poss Tarpley accepts for Tanta-Cove Garden Club:

A panel discussed special projects by District I clubs:

Danielle Brabazon of Woodmoor Garden Club talked about the community involvement in the club's labyrinth at Montgomery Blair High School. She said some of the students were very protective of the labyrinth.

Carolyn Fichtel of Paint Branch Garden Club discussed their annual garden therapy at Hillhaven Nursing home which started when a member's relative moved into the facility.

Julie Harrison of Mount Airy Clay Breakers Garden Club told about their making floral arrangements and taking them room to room in the Veteran's Hospital to give to patients. She said it had been very rewarding since their very first encounter with a woman who asked, "Are these for me?"

Oliver Smith of Cheverly Garden Club told about his becoming involved with National Police Week activities following the death of his son in the line of duty. Each year his club makes corsages for the survivors of police offers who attend the memorial events..

Janice McKenney of Capitol Hill Garden Club discussed her club's annual giveaway of crocus and daffodil bulbs for planting in public areas of Capitol Hill neighborhoods.

Sheila Nebel (above left) gave the Treasurer's Report, NCAGC 1st Vice President Vickie Godwin (above right) discussed club membership and NCAGC President Mary Ellen Alden showed the NCAGC tote bags that are for sale as a fundraiser (r).

Director Healy thanked Danielle Brabazon for her work as awards chair (l) and Ann Gardenhour for her work with hospitality.

--Photos by Oliver Smith