bruce johnstonSince its founding in 1953, Avon Garden Club has developed certain values that are reflected in our traditions and our practices. At the time the Club was created, there were relatively few avenues for women to develop and exercise leadership. This club has a tradition of building effective leadership and offering a wide variety of roles in which members can provide leadership in and service for our Club and in our community. In addition to strong leadership, we value our world, our community, our Club, and each other. Our meetings, projects, donations, and all our activities demonstrate our concern for our community, our desire to protect our environment, and our caring for one another. During the Club year we will continue to carry on those traditions.

The absence of meetings during the summer does not mean that the Club has not been active. We had a wonderful work day at Avondale Elementary School in May during which members installed donated plant material on the Covington Highway side of the school. The Club was recognized by the Mayor of Avondale Estates in a proclamation celebrating National Garden Week. In coordination with Avondale Estates Garden Club, we had a banner on the City triangle to recognize and honor National Garden Week. Also with Avondale Estates Garden Club, we placed a memorial wreath at the Blue Star Marker to honor those who have, those who are, and those who will serve in the U.S. military to protect our freedom and our safety.

You will notice that our standing committees have been reconfigured somewhat to reflect our current organizational structure, with some new committees being added and some committees being revitalized. Committees have been hard at work, meeting, brainstorming, and planning for our Club year. We should have a year of exciting projects and activities!

As we enter our new Club season, we are also planning for the future. The Board is looking at ways to streamline our business meetings to ensure that we conduct all necessary business while being mindful of members’ time. We are evaluating the way we do lunches at the monthly meetings. The Program committee is evaluating the feasibility of incorporating evening meetings into our schedule. The Garden of the Month committee is evaluating the feasibility of incorporating recognition for commercial and/or public landscaping into our award system. Our membership remains stable. The Club is on sound financial footing. The Board will work to ensure that our finances continue to be sound for future Club year.  I look forward to working with each of you this year. This Club is blessed with a wonderful, talented, dedicated group of women, and I am proud to be a part of this group!

Bruce Johnston, President