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 Connie Morella (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. At our Holiday Greens Workshop in mid-December, members make some 185 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 2019-2020 program year the meetings are on September 25, October 23, November 20, December 11, 2018, and January 22, February 26, March 25, and April 22, 2020.
Officers for 2020 – 2021
|Co-Presidents:||Judith Graef, Suzanne Grefsheim|
|Vice President:||Karen Fricke|
|Co-Secretaries:||Barbara Collier, Caroline Turner|
Chairs of Standing Committees
|Connie Morella Library:||Jeanne Weiss Candy Kessel|
|Davis Library:||Margaret Edison Sharon Wright|
|Flower Arrangements:||Phyllis Daen Kasia Massie|
|Holidays Greens Workshop:||Patricia Pennington|
|Environmental Concerns:||Barbara Collier Kathy Benjamin|
|NCAGC Liaison:||Holly Joseph|
|Finance Committee:||Carol Meyers, chair, Lou Olin co-chair, Carolyn Kulik|
|Horticultural Notes:||Carole Ottesen|
|Luncheon Coordinators:||Yvonne Orkin|
|Membership:||Dee Lertora, Marge Pray|
|Newsletter Editor:||Lois Brown|
|Plant Sale:||Elaine Hope, Nina Stark-Slapnik, 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.