Dancing in the Street at Shirley Nicolai Installation

May 29, 2011: District I's Shirley Nicolai was installed as president of National Garden Clubs, Inc. at a glittering gala banquet in the ballroom of the J.W. Marriott Hotel. Shirley is a member of both Tanta-Cove Garden Club and Fergie's Gardeners.
Inside the ballroom:
Outgoing NCAGC President Mary Ellen Alden (left); Incoming NCAGC President Vickie Godwin:

There were a lot of Tanta-Cove Garden Club members in attendance.

Julie Harrison, president of Mount Airy Clay Breakers Garden Club (left, with David), was a table host; Jo Sellers was in charge of esprit de corps:

Past District I Director Ann Gardenhour of Cheverly Garden Club (center right) also was a table host:
At Table 27, we were flanked by Wyoming (right) and Delaware:

Past NGC President Barbara May installed the new officers:
Incoming president Shirley Nicolai with outgoing president Renee Blaschke:

The regional directors were installed:
Joyce Meyer of Mount Airy Clay Breakers Garden Club congratulates Shirley; District I Director David Healy congratulates Poss (Hallie Beth) Tarpley of Tanta-Cove Garden Club who was installed as NGC corresponding secretary.

And, we weren't kidding about dancing in the street!
--photos by Bill Dean