The Garden Club of Orange President Linda Bradford announced the following members of the club received state recognition at the Federated Garden Clubs of CT, Inc. Awards Luncheon held on October 24, 2018 at the Acqua Turf Country Club:
Nancy Matthies received the LILLIAN M. RATHBUN AWARD, a traveling silver tray established in 1990 by the Lyme Garden Club. It’s the highest award presented to an individual garden club member.
Maryellen Bespuda received a Certificate of Individual Achievement for her leadership work in designing and planning the herb gardens at the Stone-Otis House and Horticultural projects for the club.
The TERRY STOLESON CREATIVE DESIGN AWARD was given to Larry Huzi for his “Velvet Green Hills” floral design at the 2018 CT Flower Show – a purple and orange rosette presented to the design that best represents the creativity, imagination and originality in creative design.
Lana Ho earned a Tribute Award in Design for generously sharing her creativity in floral design as a club member for 35 years.
A Club Certificate of Appreciation was awarded to Patricia Dray for her consistent support of club activities.
Caroline Dirsa earned a Certificate of Individual Achievement for her commitment as a volunteer in the club’s garden therapy program.
The Club newsletter “News N’Notes” edited by Terry Azoti and Brenda Zandri and the club’s Yearbook edited by Nancy Mellone each were awarded First Place Certificates.
The Garden Club of Orange is a member of the FGCCT, NEG and NEC. For membership information, contact Joanne Friedrichs 203-795-4255.
Back l – r: Eileen Eisenman, Gaii Nixon, Diana DeFillippo, Pat Dray, Larry Huzi, and Teresa Evangelista. Front l-r: Nancy Matthies, Terry Azoti, and Lana Ho. Linda Bradford . Photo by Linda Bradford.