Our club has four main areas of interest: Horticulture, Floral Design, Conservation and Photography. Each has its own committee and members are expected to participate in at least one. Perhaps more importantly, our group is involved in various ways in our communities. Remember: you need not be an expert to enjoy a committee, and you may wish to join more than one in order to meet more people and learn what the committees do. Members are expected to be involved in at least one major committee, preferably more than one.

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Committees

in alphabetical order

A   C   D   E   F   G   H    P   S   V   W 

 
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Archivists liaison between The Weeders and The Philadelphia Historical

Society and organizes, catalogs and maintains records and minutes.

Historian -- Maria Thompson - Chair

Laura Mitchell, Marty Morse

Awards  makes recommendations to the Executive Committee and/or the Membership for Weeders who qualify for the various Club and GCA awards.

GCA & Club Awards   Nancy Holmes — Chair Patty Greenhalgh, Vice Chair

Jackie Burke

Cheryl Cheston

Jeanne May

Ellie Penniman

Cindy Pierce

Marilyn Sprague

Sally Wood

Weeders Flower Show Awards -- Jen Fryberger

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Christmas Sale: at each December meeting, Weeders bring homemade

comestibles, cut winter branches, holiday decorations, craft projects and

assorted goods for sale to one another.  The committee organizes and staffs

the sale. Proceeds from the sale are used to fund community projects. Some

of the winter greens are also used to make holiday tray-table decorations for

shut-ins.

Heather Gallagher -- Chair  Annette Toebe – Vice Chair

Linda Anderson --Advisor

Pam Bagby

Michele Bolton
Laura Carpenter
 

Monica Church
Heather Gallagher

Jeanne May

Alice Nacey

Wreaths --  Lynn Gibbons

Melissa Oeth
Laura Riedel

Robin Smith

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Community Affairs The Club takes on various community projects in the

Philadelphia region, some of them short-term, others ongoing. All members

are encouraged to participate as they are able.

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Gazebo Garden at Bryn Mawr maintains garden weekly during the

growing season, 1-2 hours in the morning.

Cheryl Cheston -- Chair

Connie Carlson

Hazel Hannaway

Elaine Lisle

Marty Morse

Ellen Pemberton 

Anne Rhoads

Marilyn Sprague

Reggie Thomas Maria Thompson

 Mariana Wilson

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Hilltop House Gardens   The gardens of this former mainline estate is maintained and enhanced by a group of volunteers Weeders.  Now part of Easttown Township, the venue is used for community events, weddings and other social activities.         

Nancy Holmes – Chair;  Jeanne May – Vice Chair

 

Tamra Adams

Pam Bagby

Michele Bolton

Laura Carpenter

Julie DeVuono

Jen Fryberger

Heather Gallagher

Beth Hayes

Diane McCallister

Melissa Oeth

Laura Riedel

Karen Shepard

Robin Smith

Marilyn Sprague

Annette Toebe

Avery Bissell Nancy Evans

Weezie Johnston

Ellie Penniman

Liz Price

Ronald McDonald House (St. Christopher's, Philadelphia)-- group

does floral arrangements twice/year at a member's home, then 1-2 deliver

to hospital

Ellen Pemberton — Chair

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Laura Carpenter

Monica Church

Lynn Gibbons

Diana Mason

Diane McCallister

Marty Morse

Alice Nacey

Lorraine Wallace

​Strafford Station maintains plantings and containers; meets Tuesday

mornings in season.--

Alice Doering -- Chair, Melissa Oeth -- Co-chair

Pam Bagby

Laura Carpenter

Monica Church

Polly Garnett

Nancy Holmes

Gretchen Kiernan 

Jeanne May

Wendy Quereau

Marilyn Sprague 

Lesley Undercofler

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Conservation/National Affairs & Legislation

Conservation investigates environmental projects for the committee/club

members to act upon, and reports findings to the club at meetings;

encourages members to adhere to good gardening practices, and keeps them

aware of environmental concerns The Committee keeps the Weeders

informed on current conservation issues and promotes respect for natural

resources and responsibility for environmental stewardship. Identifies and

carries out conservation work locally; may include a hands-on project that

The Weeders could promote in our community. The Chair or a delegate attends

the NAL conference in Washington, DC annually. Makes recommendations and

manages Conservation Contributions in conjunction with the Treasurer. 

Lloyd Brown -- Conservation Chair      Weezie Johnston, Co-chair        

Laura Carpenter

Monica Church Phoebe Driscoll

Martha Edwards

Floy Ervin

Heather Gallagher

Beth Hayes

Diana Mason
Ellie Penniman

Anne Rhoads
Laura Riedel

Marilyn Sprague Reggie Thomas Penny Watkins 

National Affairs and Legislation (NAL)

 

Keeps members abreast of environmental legislation, both national and state, and

may suggest action on bills before the legislature when appropriate; sends a member to the annual meeting of the GCA Conservation and National Affairs Meeting in Washington, DC each February.

Nancy Evans -- GCA NAL Rep.

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Crazy For Containers -- Ellyn Spragins, Chair

Michele Bolton

Laura Carpenter

Cheryl Cheston

Alice Doering

Floy Ervin

Jennifer Fryberger

Heather Gallagher

Patty Greenhalgh

Jane Kline

Jeanne May

Ellie Penniman

Cindy Pierce

Laura Riedel

Maria Thompson

Data Base -- Ellie Penniman

Email Manager-- Ellyn Spragins 

 

Finance meets with the treasurer to help create budget and other financial

matters.

Laura Mitchell-- Chair

Jackie Burke

Nancy Evans

Sharon Hermann
Karen Shepard

Ellyn Spragins Mariana Wilson

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Flower Show and Floral Design creates the schedules for two Club

Flower Shows each year, runs those shows and organizes occasional

workshops.

Flower Shows encompass three disciplines: horticulture, floral design and

photography. We have two flower shows plus one photography show. Overall responsibility of Photography falls under FS Chair.  All members are

encouraged to exhibit, and novice classes are often included. The committee

creates the schedules for two or three intra-club shows each year, then sets up

and staffs the show with clerks, passers, stagers and registrars.

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Monica Church -- Chair            Jen Fryberger --Vice Chair                    

Melissa Bullitt -- Photography Chair

Kathleen "Murfee" Aceto

Beth Bartle

Connie Carlson
Laura Carpenter
Julie DeVuono

Alice Doering

Lynn Gibbons
Heather Gallagher

 Sarah Harrity
Nancy Holmes
Coco Jarvis
Audrey Kese

Jane Kline

Elaine Lisle
Anne Marble

Jeanne May

Dianne McCallister

Patty Minehart

Melissa Oeth

Laura Riedel
Linda Schanne

Karen Shepard

Robin Smith
Ellyn Spragins

 
 
 
 
 

GCA Bulletin acts as liaison to the GCA to publicize news and activities of

the Weeders.

Marilyn Sprague -- Chair 

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Garden History & Design documents the written, graphic and

photographic records of significant gardens belonging to both Weeders and others in the area and submits them to the Smithsonian Institution for permanent recording.

Cheryl Cheston – Chair, GCA Representative

Diane McCallister – Co-Chair

Lynn Gibbons and Laura Mitchell – Photographers

Beth Bartle

Polly garnett

Diana Mason

Maria Thompson Lesley Undercofler

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Ellie Penniman  -- Chair

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Governance (formerly known as Nominating) identifies and recruits

members or Officer positions and the Admissions Committee.         

Michele Bolton
Laura Carpenter

Nancy Holmes
Karen Shepard

Maria Thompson

 
 

Horticulture plans and executes hands-on workshops on a variety of topics such as seed-starting, propagation by cuttings, trough-making and pruning; works with the Program and Flower Show committees to coordinate

activities. 

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 Cindy Pierce -- Chair    Jeanne May, Vice Chair

Pam Bagby 
Laura Carpenter Cheryl Cheston Monica Church Julie DeVuono Alice Doering
Lynn Gibbons
Beth Hayes

Nancy Holmes Weezie Johnston
Elaine Lisle
Diane McCallister Anne Marble

Alice Nacey

Anne Rhoads

Laura Riedel

Karen Shepard Maria Thompson Lesley Undercofler Lorraine Wallace Mariana Wilson

Sally Wood

Judging Rep. to GCA                 Alice Doering

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Membership   Lorraine Wallace -- Chair 

                

See Handbook for information about proposing a new member.

Admissions

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This committee shepherds the application process and ensures new members feel welcome and get involved as soon as possible. Committee members are elected to a three-year term.

Linda Anderson ...................to serve through 2022

Jen Fryberger ......................to serve through 2022

Monica Church ....................to serve through 2023

Maria Thompson .................to serve through 2023

Annette Toebe .....................to serve through 2024

Lorraine Wallace...................to serve through 2024

 

Membership/Hospitality welcomes, and mentors new members --

Marilyn Sprague

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Philadelphia Committee of the Garden Club of America (PCGCA)

 A Garden Club of America committee comprised of the GCA clubs in the Philadelphia area. A chief focus of this group is to raise funds from the

member clubs, typically for seed money for urban horticultural projects.

Karen Shepard, (as Club President)

            Sonya Driscoll, Delegate (Second Vice CoChair)

            Nancy Evans, Delegate

Weeders Delegates attend monthly meetings of the Philadelphia Committee of the Garden Club of America and report back to the members.

                

Magnolia Tribute Garden Marilyn Sprague --  

Laura Carpenter

Physic Garden

Laura Carpenter, Laura Riedel, Melissa Schweiter

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​Photography designs the schedule for Flower Show photography classes

and may hold workshops.  Also takes photos of Weeders meetings and

events for inclusion on our website and for GCA submissions.

Melissa Bullit -- Chair

Nancy Evans

Taddy Dawson

Anne Marble

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Club Photographers:

Melissa Bullitt

Cheryl Cheston 

Taddy Dawson

Nancy Evans 

Anne Marble

 

Print and Communications requires skill in Word to create documents for the “Blue Book” and other printed materials. 

                 

Cheryl Cheston -- Chair  
Annette Toebe

 

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Program This critical committee plans the meetings each year, including topics, speakers, venues and hostesses. Each Committee member is

expected to oversee a meeting. All Weeders are expected to act as hostess/helper on a rotating basis. (Sustainers are exempt.)

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Laura Carpenter- Chair  Annette Toebe- Vice Chair

 Monica Church Meg Devereux
Julie DeVuono Alice Doering Biddie Edwards

Jen Fryberger

Patty Greenhalgh Nancy Holmes Elaine Lisle

Diane McCallister Laura Riedel Karen Shepard

Ellyn Spragins Marilyn Sprague Reggie Thomas Annette Toebe  Sally Wood

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Meeting

Chairs

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Hostesses

 

Scholarship identifies and recommends qualified individuals to the

Executive Committee for GCA scholarship awards.   

Sonya Driscoll -- Chair and Rep. to GCA,   Coco Jarvis-- Vice Chair

Connie Carlson

Nancy Evans

Tessa Hooper

Weezie Johnston

Patty Minehart

Melissa Oeth

Ellie Penniman

Cindy Pierce Marilyn Sprague Maria Thompson

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HULL AWARD           Julie DeVuono

 

Cheryl Cheston -- Chair

 Sonya Driscoll
Elaine Lisle
Anne Marble

Diane McCallister

Melissa Oeth

Laura Riedel

Ellyn Spragins Marilyn Sprague Maria Thompson 

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Visiting Gardens  arranges occasional garden visits for members and their guests. Coordinates through GCA Zone Rep. visits for members of other

GCA clubs who are visiting this area.  For further information, to visit gardens as you travel, see the GCA website (www.gcamerica.org) or contact the

Visiting Gardens Chair

Polly Garnett -- Chair and Rep. to GCA

Laura Carpenter

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