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   Karen Shepard — Chair

Jackie Burke

Cheryl Cheston

Patty Greenhalgh

Jeanne May

Ellie Penniman

Cindy Pierce

Marilyn Sprague

Lorraine Wallace

Sally Wood

Weeders Flower Show Awards -- Monica Church

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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

Laura Carpenter

 

Monica Church

Jeanne May

Alice Nacey

Christmas Decorations -- Polly Garnett

Christmas Wreaths --  Lynn Gibbons

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

Lorraine Wallace 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 Schweiter Oeth

Laura Riedel

Karen Shepard

Robin Smith

Marilyn Sprague

Annette Toebe

Beth Bartle

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 Schweiter Oeth -- Co-chair

Pam Bagby

Laura Carpenter

Monica Church

Polly Garnett

Beth Hayes

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. 

Nancy Evans -- Conservation Chair              

 Lloyd Brown

Laura Carpenter

Monica Church Phoebe Driscoll

Martha Edwards

Floy Ervin

Heather Gallagher

Beth Hayes

Nancy Holmes

Weezie Johnston

Diana Mason

Ellie Penniman

Anne Rhoads

Marilyn Sprague Reggie Thomas Penny Watkins Sally Wood

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 -- Ellyn Spragins, Lorraine Wallace

Email Manager-- Ellyn Spragins 

 

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

matters.

Michele Bolton -- 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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Jeanne May  -- Chair            Monica Church --Vice Chair                    

Melissa Bullitt -- Photography Chair

Pam Bagby

Beth Bartle

Michele Bolton Connie Carlson Laura Carpenter Julie DeVuono

Alice Doering

Lynn Gibbons

Jen Fryberger Heather Gallagher Sharon Herrmann Nancy Holmes Coco Jarvis

Jane Kline

Elaine Lisle

Anne Marble

Patty Minehart

Melissa Schweiter Oeth

Laura Riedel

Karen Shepard

Robin Smith
Ellyn Spragins

Lorraine Wallace

 
 
 

Founders' Fund Chair -- Sonya Driscoll

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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, 2021-22 Garden, GCA Representative

Diane McCallister – Co-Chair

Lynn Gibbons and Laura Mitchell – Photographers

Beth Bartle

Michele Bolton

Laura Carpenter

Jen Fryberger

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

Nancy Holmes

Karen Shepard

Marilyn Sprague

Maria Thompson

Lorraine Wallace

 
 

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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Elaine Lisle  -- Chair,  Cindy Pierce -- Vice Chair

Pam Bagby Michele Bolton Laura Carpenter Cheryl Cheston Monica Church Julie DeVuono Alice Doering

Lynn Gibbons Beth Hayes

Nancy Holmes Weezie Johnston 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

Lorraine Wallace

 

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

                 

Cheryl Cheston -- Chair  
Annette Toebe
Lorraine Wallace - Advisor

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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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Julie DeVuono — Chair, Laura Carpenter – Vice Chair

Michele Bolton Monica Church Meg Devereux 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 Lorraine Wallace 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,  

Connie Carlson

Nancy Evans

Tessa Hooper

Coco Jarvis

Weezie Johnston

Patty Minehart

Melissa Schweiter Oeth

Ellie Penniman

Cindy Pierce Marilyn Sprague Maria Thompson

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HULL AWARD           Julie DeVuono

 

Cheryl Cheston -- Chair

Laura Carpenter Sonya Driscoll Anne Marble Diane McCallister

Elaine Lisle

Melissa Schweiter Oeth

Laura Riedel

Ellyn Spragins Marilyn Sprague Maria Thompson Sally Wood

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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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