By Gillian Rozicer

The Garden Club of LBI received five Garden Club awards for their community work in 2023 -two from The Garden Club of New Jersey, another two from the Central Atlantic Region of State Garden Clubs, and one additional award from The National Garden Club.

The Holiday Tour of Homes received a Garden Club of New Jersey award for an outstanding project or program. This recognition of The Garden Club of LBI’s largest fundraiser, is very special in that every club member participates. Bev Reitinger chaired the event.

The Youth Garden Club chaired by Jeannette Michelson and Co-Chair Ginny Scarlatelli received The Violet M. Bennett Environmental Trophy for an outstanding program with youth.  The program offers kids a fun after-school activity that teaches them basic skills in horticulture and floral arrangement as well as the role of planting native species to sustain the local ecosystem.

In addition to these state awards, The Garden Club was named “Overall Winner” for the “NGC Standard Flower Show Award” by the Central Atlantic Region of State Garden Clubs. Titled “It’s a Musical World,” the show was held at the LBI Foundation of the Arts & Sciences in May 2023. Co-Chairs Julie Eller and Cindy McGrath were congratulated for having the Standard Flower Show qualify at the regional level.

Also, Janice Stonaker received “First Place” in the Central Atlantic Region of State Garden Club’s Yearbook Award division. The yearbook, distributed to each Garden Club member. was cited as an easy-to-use source of information that “inspires attendance and participation”.

Last but not least, The National Garden Club presented The Garden Club of LBI with a “Certificate of Appreciation” in the Social Media/Website division.  Chair Diane Macrides received the award for her creativity and day-to-day upkeep of the club’s website, Facebook and Instagram pages.  The five awards were presented to The Garden Club of LBI at the 2024 Awards luncheon in New Brunswick, NJ.

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