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Classes of Membership

There are five classes of membership in the New Canaan Garden Club, designated as Provisional, Active, Sustaining, Affiliate and Honorary.  The combined number of these five membership classesis limited to one hundred and fifty (150).     PROVISIONAL MEMBERSHIP is required of each new member of the NCGC. Provisional obligations include participation in a one-year introductory program under the direction of the Provisional Chair as well as in all regular Club programs and activities.  During the Provisional Year, a Provisional Member will serve on: (a) at least one of the following committees: Floral Design, Conservation or Horticulture; and, (b) serve as one of the Waveny Walled Garden volunteers. Whenever a Provisional Member cannot participate in one of the above requirements an explanation must be shared with the Provisional Chair.   At the conclusion of one year, those Provisional Members, who have successfully completed the program, will be invited by the Board to become Active Members of the New Canaan Garden Club.   A person unable to meet the Provisional requirements may be invited to extend the Provisional status for an additional year.   Provisional members are non-voting members of the New Canaan Garden Club. Dues shall be the same as for Active Members, totalling $215 per year.     ACTIVE MEMBERSHIP requires consistent participation in NCGC activities, including regular attendance at meetings and workshops, active participation on at least one administrative or civic committee, and active participation in at least one civic project each year. Active members are strongly encouraged to participate in Conservation and Fund Raising and to exhibit in at least one Flower Show each year and/or in sweepstakes at Regular meetings. Absence from three regular meetings, or failure to fulfill other duties of membership, requires adequate written explanation to the Membership Chair.  Failure to comply may, at the option of the Executive Committee, constitute a resignation.   Active members are full voting members of the New Canaan Garden Club.     SUSTAINING MEMBERSHIP is available to Active members who, after fifteen years of active participation, wish to be relieved of club duties. In order to become a Sustaining member one must apply in writing to the Membership Chair. A summary of the member’s active history must be included with the letter. The transfer will become effective upon a majority vote of approval by the Board and at such time as a vacancy exists. The number of Sustaining Members is limited to no more than 30% of the total combined number of Active, Provisional and Sustaining Members.   Sustaining Members are full voting members of the New Canaan Garden Club.     AFFILIATE MEMBERSHIP is available to (a) those members who are no longer residents of New Canaan, and (b) those members who have been active for 15 years and spend the majority of the Garden Club year (September -June) away from New Canaan. Any member wishing this change in membership status should apply in writing to the Membership Chair. The change in membership status becomes effective upon a majority vote of approval by the Board. An Affiliate member residing in a town with a GCA club and wishing to become associated with its activities can do so by notifying the NCGC President and asking for a letter of recommendation.   There are two types of Affiliate Membership:   Primary Affiliate – those whose affiliation with the GCA is through the NCGC. These members are full voting members of NCGC.   Non-Primary Affiliate – those who have joined a GCA Club in their new town and still wish to be associated with NCGC. These Affiliates have full voting rights in their new primary club.     HONORARY MEMBERSHIP may be offered to long-standing members of the New Canaan Garden Club who have shown outstanding achievement in leadership, horticulture, flower arranging, conservation or civic endeavors. Honorary members will be elected by the membership upon recommendation of the Board. They will have all the privileges of the NCGC except that of holding office.     

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Committees – 2018/19

Appointed Chairwomen

Archives………………………………………….Cathy Pike, Pam Randon Bulletin……………………………………………Debbie Simpson Directory ………………………………………..Susan Valk Federated Liaison…………………………….Ellen Zumbach Founders’ Fund………………………………..Debbie Wright Historical Society Gardens………………..Trisha Albus, Sheila McMann Holiday Greens………………………………..Muffy Lewis Holiday Stroll…………………………………..Catharine Sturgess Properties……………………………………….Lydee Hummel Scholarship……………………………………..Susan Bergen Visiting Gardens………………………………Lydee Hummel Waveny Care Flowers………………………Shirley Stancik Waveny Care Hort. Therapy………………Stephanie Radman, Rachel Whitcomb Waveny Care Garden……………………….Sheila McMann      

Garden Club of America

COMMITTEE ROLES   GCA Zone II Chair ……………………………………………………………………………..Nancy Kalal GCA Bulletin Vice Chair………………………………………………………………………..Laura Case GCA House Committee……………………………………………..Manda Riggs, Jane Vanderzee      

Civic

Pam Randon, Chair

Diane Beck Susan Bergen Susan Blabey Patti Bradley Laura Case Diana Ferguson Gill Foster Jane Gamber, ex-officio Caroline Garrity Kris Johnson Amy Reid Weezie Reid Alice Runnette Barbara Schmidt Catharine Sturgess Jo Ziesing  

Conservation

Julie Peter, Co-Chair Jo Ziesing, Co-Chair Tracy Merrill, Co-Chair Ellen Zumbach, ex-officio Diane Beck Nancy Bemis Shelley Emery Polly Goodyear Lydee Hummel Anda Hutchins Pamela Randon Susan Rein Manda Riggs Alice Runnette Barbara Schmidt Debbie Wright Jo Ziesing

Finance

Kajsa Sheibley, Chair Ellen Zumbach, ex-officio Susan Rein Pamela Randon Manda Riggs Elizabeth Vigano  

Floral Design

Wendy Dewey, Co-Chair Martha Perry, Co-Chair Mary Tanzi, Co-Chair Ellen Zumbach, ex-officio Becky Barlow Marcie Blod Polly Boeschenstein Carrie Corocoran Lise Kaine-Dunn Diana Ferguson Tori Frazer Jane Gamber Polly Goodyear Mary Griffin Louise Havens Lydee Hummel Anda Hutchins Nancy Kalal Julie Marcus Ellen McMahon Nancy Means Karen Murphy Karen Murray Martha Perry Jennifer Pivirotto Weezie Reid Manda Riggs Debbie Simpson Shirley Stancik Katie Stewart Catharine Sturgess Taylor Tait Mary Tanzi Carol Taylor Elizabeth Vigano Rachel Whitcomb Debbie Wright

Historical Society Gardens

Trisha Albus, Co-Chair Sheila McMann, Co-Chair  Ellen Zumbach, ex-officio Laura Case Tori Frazer Jane Gamber, Jocelyn Glatthorn Mary Griffin Betty Grymes Diane Lynn Cheryle Richards Alice Runnette

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Past Presidents

1909  Miss Alice Driggs                                1910  Mrs. Payson Merrill                           1912  Mrs. Herbert Knox                             1914  Mrs. Henry J. Davenport                   1916  Mrs. Walter Wood                              1918  Mrs. Henry W. Chappell                    1920  Mrs. Myra Valentine                          1922  Mrs. Francis H. Adriance`                  1924  Mrs. Percy Williams                           1926  Mrs. Lewis Lapham                            1928  Miss Alice Taggart                              1930  Mrs. William H. Carey                                    1932  Mrs. Benjamin Vanderhoof               1934  Miss Mariam Walker                         1936  Mrs. H. Monros Humason                  1938  Mrs. Frederick T. Fisher                    1940  Mrs. T. Ferdinand Wilcox                  1942  Mrs. Wycliff Rose                               1944  Mrs. L. J. Calvoxoressi                                    1946  Mrs. Kenneth C. Faile                                    1948  Mrs. A. D. Wilt, Jr.                                1950  Mrs. W. Lawrence McLane                1952  Mrs. Eric Stainton                              1954  Mrs. Northrop Dawson                                  1956  Mrs. David M. Proudfoot 1958  Mrs. David M. Proudfoot 1960  Mrs. Redinton Fiske 1962  Mrs. F. David Lapham 1964  Mrs. William R. Crawford, Jr. 1966  Mrs. Fredric Legler 1968  Mrs. Thomas M. Schriber 1970  Mrs. W. Whittredge Katzenbach 1972  Mrs. David B. Kirkbride 1974  Mrs. Gouverneur M. Nichols 1976  Mrs. Donald G. Stewart 1978  Mrs. Joseph N. Olmstead 1980  Mrs. Gordon Fearey 1982  Mrs. Edmund R. Swanberg 1984  Mrs. Walter A. Bastedo 1987  Mrs. Kennon Jayne 1989  Mrs. John W. Christensen 1991  Mrs. James M. Stewart 1993  Mrs. Charles A. Parker 1995  Mrs. Howard K. Gray 1997  Mrs. William E. Pike 1999  Mrs. Charles D. Wright 2001  Mrs. Cynthia J. Goulard 2003  Mrs. Brace B. Foster 2005  Mrs. Robert M. Stephan 2007  Mrs. Robert E. Albus 2009  Mrs. Dennis J. Taylor 2011  Mrs. Jeffrey C. Sturgess 2013  Mrs. Jonathan Garrity 2015  Mrs. Scott Gamber

GCA Directors

1965-1967   Mrs. F. David Lapham 1987-1987   Mrs. Gordon Fearey 1991-1993   Mrs. Edmund R. Swanburg 2006-2008   Mrs. James M. Stewart

GCA Executive Committee

2009-2011  Mrs. James Stewart – Corresponding Secretary 2011-2012  Mrs. James Stewart – Vice President