We are honored to be the recipient of the

2018 Salvation Army Outstanding Community Service Award

Garden Club of York makes it easy to be involved

within committees throughout the year.

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    The Garden Club of York participates in ARBOR DAY by making a monetary contribution towards the purchase of trees that are planted in York City Parks in April. Area elementary school children participate in and enjoy educational activities. You are invited to join the dedication ceremony. The location will be announced. All members are encouraged to attend.


    One member is appointed as AWARDS AND LAURELS Chairperson for a two-year term. Duties include filing applications for eligible awards offered by the National Garden Clubs Inc. and the Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania. Laurels are non-competitive awards that can be given to any qualified District or individual club member. These awards encourage and recognize outstanding accomplishments that are "above and beyond" the regular duties of the office or committee. Each District may introduce its own special "Laurels" as a way to say "Thank you". Laurels are presented to the selected recipients and clubs at the Annual District Meetings held in the fall of each year. Proudly, many of our club members have been recognized.


    York City Mayor, Kim Bracey, signed a Proclamation honoring the Garden Club of York


    Members enjoy monthly reports on educational topics concerning birds, bees and butterflies. One or more members are appointed to research and present the information. We actively promote using native plants in your gardens. Providing food and shelter is one of the many reasons the birds, bees and butterflies will thank you!


    The members of this committee maintain the Blue Star Memorial Garden located on the site of York Revolution Baseball in York, PA. Proudly established by the Garden Club of York to honor all who serve in the United States Armed Services. This special garden was dedicated on June 13, 2009.


    In an effort to keep those GCY members without email up to date on current events one member is appointed to mail newsletters, and emailed information via USPS.


    The CIVIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE has the purpose of beautification through the planning, planting and maintaining of flowers and gardens in the city of York. Members are responsible for managing York's hanging baskets, planters, and the plantings on Broad Street. To fund projects they do significant fund raising. Committee members organize and execute a Holiday Luncheon in December that includes a greens workshop and sale, a silent auction, a bake shop, a live auction, a Christmas corner, and merchandise sales. Proceeds from this event directly benefit our hanging basket project.


    One or more members report on CONSERVATION & ENVIRONMENT topics to the general membership at our monthly meetings. They provide educational information about current events to stimulate an interest in ecology.


    FLORAL DESIGN Committee members enjoy monthly hands-on floral design workshops to explore the principals and elements of design. They assist in the planning and preparation of centerpieces for various GCY events when called upon. Members are encouraged to participate in NCG Flower Shows. This is a fun group whether you are an expert or novice! One committee member will serve as the GCY Liaison on the District IV Flower Show Committee.


    FLOWERS & FELLOWSHIP members participate in group floral activities three times a year with the residents of local nursing facilities. The locations are announced in advance. This is a hands-on committee spreading goodwill and cheer through flowers! GCY members and residents both benefit immensely from this activity!


    FLOWER PRESSERS is a crafting group who enjoy pressing flowers. Members learn the art of flower pressing from an experienced, talented instructor. This committee is open to any member who has an interest in this beautiful art form. Experienced or novice, everyone is welcome.


    GARDEN & HORTICULTURAL THERAPY committee members work with members of the community with physical or intellectual limitations or difficulties. This is a hands-on committee which provides meaningful garden related activities and fellowship by working in cooperation with the organization “Jessica and Friends” of York, PA.


    GARDEN FAIRE is a fundraising event open to the public. Committee members plan, organize and manage the GCY annual plant sale and garden faire. All GCY members are asked to donate plants, tools, yard sale items or unique garden accessories. Proceeds are allocated to the GCY general operating fund.


    HISTORIAN Committee members are responsible for preserving the history of the club. They are responsible to collect printed materials and create a yearly scrapbook. Historians report at general meetings items of interest from our club’s past. Our entire membership is encouraged to look for any printed materials about our club activities and pass them on to our Historian (s).


    The HOSPITALITY committee chair is responsible for scheduling members’ monthly hospitality assignments, managing paper products inventory, incidentals, and organizing the annual fall picnic at a member’s home.

    GCY members may select the month that they choose to serve on the “hospitality committee of the month” that is responsible to prepare and serve food at a general meeting. Members are notified in advance to confirm their selection and assignments are published in the GCY Yearbook under monthly activities. Hospitality is an annual requirement.   The committee of the month should provide appropriate flower arrangements and decorations with regard to the theme of the month. Hospitality is an annual requirement.  Members may elect to pay a $25 hospitality fee if they choose not to serve on a "hospitality committee of the month".


    The HORTICULTURE committee is made up of one or more members who are especially interested in horticulture. They will research and report on a monthly basis to the general membership during our meeting. Topics promote an interest in horticulture and entering exhibits during the District IV Flower Show.


    JUNIOR GARDENERS committee members work with youth to promote gardening in various settings throughout York City. This is done through programs and hands-on activities. Members of this committee are required to obtain PA child abuse clearances for volunteers at no cost by visiting www.compass.state.pa.us.


    This is a bi-annual fundraising event to benefit the Scholarship fund. Committee members plan, organize and manage all aspects of a one day tour of homes with landscapes designed and prepared by professional landscapers in York County. This tour is open to the public. This is a club wide event and all members are encouraged to attend.


    MEDIA committee is responsible for maintaining and updating the GCY website, social media page, the submission written materials for publication in local newspapers, and will alert the media of special events, communicate with radio stations, billboards or any other type of public advertising as directed by the Operating Board.


    NEWSLETTER EDITOR creates and publishes a newsletter in September, November, January and April. Officers and committee chairs submit articles and information for publication.


    MEMBERSHIP committee manages the current membership roster for the GCY, acts as greeters, staffs the check-in table at monthly meetings, provides welcome bags to new members and distributes GCY Yearbooks to the membership, provides guidance to new members, manages the distribution of name tags and attendance records.


    According to Garden Club of York By laws the NOMINATING COMMITTEE is made up of the three immediate Past Presidents of the GCY. The current committee consists of Betsy Smith, Priscilla Waldman and Tonya Young.


    The Garden Club of York supports PENNY PINES. This is a meaningful and practical conservation project sponsored by National Garden Clubs, Inc. (NGC). The GCY participates by collecting and contributing $68.00 to a Penny Pine plantation as part of the costs of replanting and/or replacement trees indigenous (Not Just Pine Trees) to a particular damaged area, whether by fire or by other natural catastrophe. Under a Conservation agreement, the Forest Service will do the planting, using our donation together with Federal funds, and will provide to the plantation the same protection from fires, insects, and disease given to other forested areas. For each $68.00 contribution, the GCY will receive a Penny Pines Certificate from NGC. One member is responsible for encouraging GCY members to support this project.


    Our club PHOTOGRAPHERS document the activities of our club through photographs and manage a photo library.


    PROGRAMS / CRAFTS has two different responsibilities. One, to select and propose interesting programs or speakers for monthly GCY membership meetings. The second, to plan organize and execute crafty garden related projects with interested club members.


    Committee members select homes throughout the community with gardens or landscapes that are beautiful and appealing from the street. Those homeowners are awarded a "Random Acts of Beauty" certificate by the Garden Club of York. The certificate reads "Your gardening or landscaping has created an area of loveliness to brighten our world!" Homeowners are also invited to attend a GCY meeting and have the option to have a sign placed in their yard as recognition of their hard work.


    SCHOLARSHIP committee members are responsible to evaluate scholarship applicants, select recipients and forward winning applications to the Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania scholarship chair for further consideration for additional scholarships. The committee manages scholarship information that is distributed to High Schools in York County and the information presented on social media. Members encourage donations and raise funds to support additional scholarships that have not been budgeted for.  The scholarships are awarded to the winners at the Annual Spring Luncheon.


    This committee plans, organizes, decorates and manages all aspects of the Spring Luncheon and any special luncheons for the club.


    Committee members contact members via a phone chain as deemed necessary by the President.


    WAYS & MEANS Committee members raise funds to support the general operating fund for the GCY. Committee members select, purchase, craft, and manage the inventory of items offered. The Ways & Means committee manages the Garden Club of York Booth during the PA Garden Show of York, Go Green in the City, and the PA Herb Festival. Members staff the Ways and Means table at monthly meetings, Garden Faire and the Holiday Luncheon.

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