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 

Admissions & Membership    See By-laws (Admissions Sections)

                                                                 for information about proposing a new member.

 

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.

Marilyn Sprague -- Chair               

Michele Bolton

Reggie Thomas

Jeanne May Marilyn Sprague

Jen Fryberger

Linda Anderson

to serve through 2020

​to serve through 2020

to serve through 2021

to serve through 2021

to serve through 2022 

to serve through 2022

Membership/Hospitality welcomes, and mentors new members --Louise Johnston

Archivists liaison between The Weeders and The Philadelphia Historical Society and organizes, catalogs and maintains records and minutes.

Historian -- Maria Thompson

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.

Patty Greenhalgh -- Chair


GCA & Other Club Awards

Jackie Burke

Cheryl Cheston

Sonya Driscoll

Ellen Pemberton

Ellie Penniman

Cindy Pierce

Marilyn Sprague

Lorraine Wallace

Sally Wood

Weeders Flower Show Awards -- Melissa Bullitt

 
 

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

Linda Anderson --Advisor

Pam Bagby

Wendy Calhoun

Laura Carpenter

 

Monica Church

Biddie Edwards

Jeanne May

Christmas Decorations -- Polly Garnett

Christmas Wreaths --  Lynn Gibbons

Alice Nacey

Laura Riedel

 

Club Flower Show and Floral Design creates the schedules for two Club Flower Shows each year, runs those shows and organizes occasional workshops.

Weeders Flower Shows encompass three disciplines: horticulture, floral design and photography. 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.

Wendy Bailey  -- Chair            Jeanne May --Vice Chair                    

Melissa Bullitt -- Photography Chair

Tamra Adams

Pam Bagby

Beth Bartle

Michelle Bolton

Chris Cacioppo

Laura Carpenter

Connie Carlson

Cheryl Cheston

​Monica Church

Alice Doering

Patricia Doolittle

Jen Fryberger

Heather Gallagher

Lynn Gibbons

Patty Greenhalgh

Jane Kline​

Elaine Lisle​

Anne Marble

Diane McCallister

Patty Minehart

Alice Nacey

Wendy Quereau

Laura Riedel

Melissa Schweiter

Ellyn Spragins

Maria Thompson

Sally Wood

 

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.

Ronald McDonald House (St. Christopher's, Philadelphia)-- group does floral arrangements twice/year at a member's home, then 1-2 deliver to hospital

Laura Mitchell — Chair

Wendy Bailey

Chris Cacioppo

Wendy Calhoun

Laura Carpenter Lynn Gibbons

Ellen Pemberton

Alice Nacey

Ellyn Spragins

​Strafford Station maintains plantings and containers; meets Tuesday mornings in season.--

Alice Doering -- Chair, Polly Garnett -- Co-chair

Pam Bagby

Michelle Bolton

Laura Carpenter

Monica Church

Karen Doyle

Beth Hayes

Nancy Holmes

Anne Marble 

Jeanne May

Laura Mitchell

Wendy Quereau

Laura Riedel

Melissa Schweiter

Marilyn Sprague 

Lesley Undercofler

Gazebo Garden at Bryn Mawr maintains garden weekly during the growing season, 1-2 hours in the morning.

Cheryl Cheston -- Chair

Wendy Calhoun Chris Cacioppo Connie Carlson

Laura Carpenter Patricia Doolittle

Hazel Hannaway

Elaine Lisle

Anne Marble

Marty Morse

Ellen Pemberton Lois Renthal

Anne Rhoads

Melissa Schweiter

Karen Shepard Marilyn Sprague Reggie Thomas Maria Thompson Mariana Wilson

Magnolia Tribute Garden, Philadelphia: group assists with maintenance once/year

The Herb Garden at Pennsylvania Hospital: group assists with maintenance once/year

 

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. 

Biddie Edwards -- Conservation Chair, Nancy Evans -- Co-Chair                

Linda Anderson 
Lloyd Brown

Wendy Calhoun

Laura Carpenter

Monica Church Phoebe Driscoll Heather Gallagher

Phoebe Fisher

Kim Frisbie

Beth Hayes

Nancy Holmes

Elaine Lisle

Anne Marble

Diana Mason

Ellie Penniman

Lois Renthal

Anne Rhoads

Melissa Schweiter Marilyn Sprague Regina Wagner 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.

Biddie Edwards -- GCA NAL Rep.

 

Data Base -- Ellie Penniman, Lorraine Wallace

 
 

Email Manager-- Ellyn Spragins 

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

Jackie Burke -- Chair

Michele Bolton

Cheryl Cheston Sonya Driscoll Nancy Evans

Patty Greenhalgh Jane Kline
Ellie Penniman

Karen Shepard

Ellyn Spragins Marilyn Sprague

Mariana Wilson

 

GCA Founders' Fund Chair -- Sonya Driscoll

 

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.

Diane McCallister  -- Chair and Rep. to GCA,  Nancy Evans  -- Co-Chair

Wendy Bailey

Beth Bartle

Michele Bolton

Laura Carpenter

Alice Doering

Kim Frisbie

Jen Fryberger

Polly Garnett

Diana Mason

Laura Mitchell

Sarah Price
Maria Thompson Lesley Undercofler

 

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

Marilyn Sprague -- Chair 

Anne Marble

 
 

Governance (formerly known as Nominating) identifies and recruits members for Officer positions and the Admissions Committee.         

Ellie Penniman  -- Chair

Jackie Burke

Michelle Bolton

Patty Greenhalgh

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. 

 Michele Bolton  -- Chair,  Jen Fryberger  -- Vice Chair . Elaine Lisle -- Vice Chair

Tamra Adams

Pam Bagby

Wendy Bailey Jackie Burke Chris Cacioppo 

Laura Carpenterl Cheryl Cheston

Monica Church

Julie DeVuono

Alice Doering

Lynn Gibbons Beth Hayes

Nancy Holmes

Elaine Lisle 

Diane McCallister Alice Nacey

Cindy Pierce
Anne Rhoads

Laura Riedel

Melissa Schweiter

Maria Thompson Lesley Undercofler Mariana Wilson

Sally Wood

Judging Rep. to GCA                 Alice Doering

 

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.

Patty Greenhalgh, Lorraine Wallace  -- Weeders Delegates attend monthly meetings of the Philadelphia Committee of the Garden Club of America and reports back to the members.

Marilyn Sprague -- -- Fertilizer Fund Representative

Sonya Driscoll, Co-chair Grant Applications and Review

                

Magnolia Tribute Garden Marilyn Sprague --  

Laura Carpenter

Physic Garden

Laura Carpenter, Laura Riedel, Melissa Schweiter

 

​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

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  Karen Shepard -- Vice Chair 

Lorraine Wallace - Advisor

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.)

Patty Minehart – Chair, Nancy Holmes – Vice Chair

Linda Anderson Wendy Bailey Michele Bolton Jackie Burke
Chris Cacioppo Sandy Cadwalader Wendy Calhoun

Laura Carpenter

Cheryl Cheston

Monica Church

Meg Devereux Alice Doering Patricia Doolittle Biddie Edwards Jen Fryberger

Patty Greenhalgh

Anne Marble

Diane McCallister Alice Nacey

Laura Riedel

Karen Shepard
Ellyn Spragins Marilyn Sprague Reggie Thomas Sally Wood

 
 

Scholarship identifies and recommends qualified individuals to the Executive Committee for GCA scholarship awards.   

Sonya Driscoll -- Chair and Rep. to GCA,  Regina Wagner -- Vice Chair

Sandy Cadwalader Wendy Calhoun Connie Carlson

Nancy Evans

Tessa Hooper

Patty Minehart

Ellie Penniman

Cindy Pierce

Melissa Schweiter

Karen Shepard

Marilyn Sprague Maria Thompson

 

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.

Polly Garnett -- Chair and Rep. to GCA

Laura Carpenter

 

Cheryl Cheston -- Chair,  Karen Shepard --Vice Chair

Wendy Bailey

Laura Carpenter

Sonya Driscoll

Anne Marble

Diane McCallister Elaine Lisle
Ellyn Spragins

Laura Riedel

Melissa Schweiter

Marilyn Sprague Maria Thompson Sally Wood

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