Gonzales Garden Club members reminisced during an end-of-season meeting May 6 in Gonzales.
All 24 members and their four guests attended the meeting.
At roll call, each member shared her most memorable garden club moment of the year, a news release said. Corresponding Secretary Loretta Speligene remembered Associate Member Coordinator and 2009 Circle of Roses Inductee Ruby Nell Smith, who died last month. Besides her family, Nell loved her church and her garden club, Speligene said. The club will donate a rose bush to her family and plant it at her church in her memory.
Circle of Roses honoree Barbara Guillot’s daughters, Celeste Bubrig and Melanie Bordelon, attended to share in their mother’s celebration of her nomination. Guest Donna Reynaud accepted the membership committee’s invitation to join the club’s luncheon.
Gonzales Library Public Relations Representative Anita Young attended to announce the People’s Choice Award Winners of the Annual Flower Show held in April. First-, second- and third-place winners of the show were, respectively, Janis Poche, Conchita Richey and Barbara Guillot. Young gave each lady a picture postcard of her arrangement, and the club gave each winner a monetary award.
Poche recognized outgoing 2013 to 2015 club officers and presented each with a pink rose, the club’s official flower. Next, Poche introduced incoming 2015-2017 club officers and presented each with variegated ivy and a balloon of a certain color that symbolizes the character of the particular office.
A highlight of the gathering was the club’s tribute of Guillot and Richey, who will be inducted into the Louisiana Garden Club Federation Circle of Roses at an upcoming District VI meeting.
Guillot has held eight different official positions in the garden club. She established partnerships with various civic organizations to promote civic beauty and the conservation of natural resources, the release said. In nomination comments about Guillot, Priscilla Monson said, “She has a deep appreciation for the history of our club and has become invaluably instrumental in continuing our connection with our ever-growing community.”
Richey is all about family, gardening and LSU. She joined the Gonzales Garden Club 37 years ago and has held many officer positions. She spends her summers planning the club’s series of gardening presentations at the parish libraries and publishing the club’s yearly handbook of member information, committee descriptions, club projects, calendar of events and meeting topics.
The Gonzales Garden Club works to promote better horticultural practices, civic beauty, and conservation of natural resources.