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 President, Linda Newberg (second from right) with
Board Officers Barbara Burgess, 1st Vice President, Recording Secretary, Barbara Hall and Patricia Mather, Treasurer. Missing are:
Dianne Sexton, 2nd Vice President, Barbara Marden, Corresponding
Secretary and Carol Denham, Assistant Treasurer.
PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE: THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX
We have an exciting agenda planned for this year. The programs, trips and workshops will further enhance our skills and knowledge.
The activities correlate with our mission of beautifying our town, spreading horticultural knowledge and supporting the conservation of natural resources.
"Thinking Outside the Box" is this year's theme. We have a wonderful history of accomplishing all the goals of our mission. This year, let's reflect on past strategies and develop some new ways to successfully meet our objectives. By generating new ideas we can lighten our workload and make our jobs easier. I would like to encourage everyone to "Think Outside the Box". All suggestions are welcome in helping to streamline our processes.
Before I joined the garden club, I asked a friend, "Why do you like being a member of the Essex Garden Club?" Her response was "because of the camaraderie". This is so true. What better place to meet so many wonderful people while doing the things we love together. The more involved you get, the more friendships you will make. The Essex Garden Club is indeed a treasure!