Bethesda Community Garden Club Cares and Conserves
BCGC cares for the well being of the community and of its members. Club members care for and maintain the plantings at the Bethesda and Davis Public Libraries and prune the shrubs around both libraries. Typically, the club organizes work days at each library during the growing season. Volunteers weed, water, prune, edge and plant. BCGC also provides an annual garden therapy program for special needs children. At our Holiday Greens Workshop in mid-December, members make some 150 small festive arrangements for delivery to area shelters and social service organizations.
We follow green practices at meetings and events — everything from recycling lunch debris to relying on electronic correspondence instead of paper. The club endeavors to set a good example, encouraging members to be be good stewards of the earth. Club volunteers maintain the rain garden at Greenwich Park in Bethesda. We also offer ride sharing to our meetings and keep track of members who may need assistance.
Regular monthly meetings of the Club are held at 10:30 a. m. at the St. Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Road at 270. They are usually on the 4th Wednesday of the month, except for November and December when it may vary to accommodate the holidays. For the 2017 – 2018 program year the meetings are on September 28, October 25, November 15, December 13, 2017, and January 24 , February 28, March 28, and April 25, 2018.
Officers for 2017-2018
|Vice President:||Judy Termini|
|Secretary:||Judith Graef, Carol Meyers|
Chairs of Standing Committees
|Bethesda Library:||Candy Kessel, chair, Jeanne Weiss co-chair|
|Davis Library:||Janet Fernandez, Margaret Edison|
|Flower Arrangements:||Kasia Massie|
|Holidays Greens Workshop:||Deborah Shackleton chair, Patricia Pennington, Carolyn Randall|
|Environmental Concerns:||Barbara Collier, chair, Kay Hager co-chair|
|NCAGC Liaison:||Holly Joseph|
|Finance Committee:||Carol Meyers, chair, Lou Olin co-chair, Carolyn Kulik|
|Horticultural Notes:||Carole Ottesen|
|Luncheon Coordinators:||Kathy Benjamin, chair, Barbara Marin, co-chair, Lisa Dobbs, Yvonne Orkin|
|Membership:||Dee Lertora, Marge Pray|
|Newsletter Editor:||Lois Brown|
|Plant Sale:||Nina Stark-Slapnik, chair, Barbara Collier, Kay Hager, Elaine Hope, , Candy Kessel, Karin Kelleher, Carol Meyers, Judy Termini,|
|Programs:||Jane Malish, chair, Judith Graef, co-chair|
|Website:||Gail Henry, chair, Jane Boynton, co-chair|
|Parliamentarian (non-voting)||Mary Ellen Bittner|
Lunch is provided at the end of the program, except for those meetings noted “bring a sandwich to share,” where beverages and dessert are provided. Members are encouraged to bring guests. Please bring your own mugs to meetings to support our continuing efforts to “be greener”.
Board Meetings are held monthly, generally on the 1st Wednesday of the month to prepare for the general meeting.
If the Montgomery County Public Schools are closed, the Garden Club meeting is cancelled. If school opening is delayed, the meeting will be held as scheduled.
Strosnider’s Hardware in Bethesda offers a 10% discount on garden related purchases to BCGC members upon presentation of a current membership card. Ask the club treasurer for one if you need it.