Greenbelt, Md, May 19, 2012: Goddard Garden Club celebrated its 50th Anniversary with a reunion banquet at the Sir Walter Raleigh Inn. All but one of the club’s six members were present. They were joined by eight former members, four spouses, and three guests including District I Director Danielle Brabazon. Former club president Linda Foote traveled the farthest. She came from Florida to be there.
The event proved to be a very special evening of laughs, heartfelt hugs, and memories. The memorabilia table set by President Christine Hambach had some correspondence and notes both to and from several of those who could not attend. A silent, continuous, 17-minute, big-screen slide show provided quick glimpses through five decades of club activities and accomplishments.
A rose ceremony highlighted the evening’s program. One-by-one, member Arleen Ankeney announced each woman's name and said something meaningful about her involvement with the club while member Charmane Truesdell presented the woman with a white rose tied with a sheer, green bow with streamers.
Truesdell presents a rose to the club's most senior member Billie Stansbury; District I Director Brabazon is on the left.
Members admire their roses.
Club President Hambach was surprised with a bouquet of pink roses and long, appreciative, enthusiastic, applause for her leadership and friendship through nearly two decades as the club’s President.--submitted by Arleen Ankeney