It began in 1952. After 13 years of sharing a club with Old Saybrook, the Essex Garden Club established an independent entity and became a member of the Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut. Initially, a “white glove”, formal group of community-minded women set goals to enhance the villages of Essex, Ivoryton and Centerbrook and in so doing, created an organization that has over the years become an integral part of our community. Though since 1952 the white gloves and dresses have given way to blue jeans, and men have joined the membership ranks of the club, the fundamental goals remain the same: civic improvement and beautification of our town, development of education and conservation initiatives to benefit both the membership and the broader public, foster programs within the school system to enhance awareness of our natural resources and grant scholarships to those younger people who demonstrate an interest in environmental sciences.
Essex Events Magazine cover 2012, celebrating 60 years of the
Essex Garden Club
ESSEX GARDEN CLUB OFFICERS 2014-2015
PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE : "A TRIBUTE TO YOU"
Being your president this past year has been a wonderful and enjoyable experience for me. I am proud to represent such a remarkable organization. Essex Garden Club is so very special because of YOU.
This year's theme is "A Tribute to YOU". YOU are the ones who volunteer over and over again for the countless number of jobs there are to do in order for EGC to be successful. YOU step right into the midst of the hard work, never complaining, even when you are wet, cold, and tired. I celebrate YOU who give so much of your time and energies in managing and organizing the details of running this club. YOU continually share your unique talents and amazing creativity with all of us. I salute YOU who have been members for many, many years and still contribute in any way you can. I commend all of YOU for everything you do to make this club run smoothly. Essex Garden Club is an efficient and effective club because of YOU, our extraordinary members.
Linda Newberg, President