Club Officers are elected at the May or June meeting, and attend all Board meetings. The PGC Board generally meets a week prior to the monthly Club meeting. Officer attendance is requested, and committee chairs may be invited as needed.
President – The president guides and directs the Club for a two-year term and is the liaison between the Club and the Federation. The president is responsible to secure a meeting place for Club meetings, reside over all monthly Club and Board meetings and appoint a Program chairperson. Upon completion of the term, the president attends all Board meetings for the following year in an advisory capacity.
Vice-president – The vice-president presides at monthly meetings in the event that the president cannot attend, and in case of the latter’s resignation, shall succeed her/him in office. The vice-president keeps roll call at each meeting. The vice-president’s duties also include the purchase of flowers and/or cards for members who are unable to attend meetings due to medical problems, moving, birth of a baby, or the death of a close relative.
Secretary – The secretary records the minutes of monthly Club meetings, and reads the previous month’s minutes aloud. The secretary also conducts all official Club correspondence.
Treasurer – The treasurer(s) act as a custodian of all Club financial records, handle all Club funds, and pay all bills approved by the Board. At each Club meeting, the treasurer reports receipts and expenses for the month and reports the balance on hand. The treasurer, along with the Welcoming/Name tag committee, sets up a table at the meeting room entrance to greet members and guests. The treasurer collects guest and membership dues. In September, membership information is passed along to the yearbook committee. As new members join, membership information is shared with the Club members as an addendum to the yearbook. (Revised 8/2013).
Committee chairpersons may circulate sign-up sheets during Club meetings or send emails to solicit member participation or assistance with upcoming activities. Committees may also send email reminders or place phone calls concerning commitments.
Aprons and Hats – PGC aprons and hats are ordered from specific vendors as needed. Members contact the committee if they need an apron or hat, and payment is forwarded to the treasurer. The committee coordinates orders and pick-ups and brings aprons to Club meetings. Extra aprons are in the PGC supply cabinet in the back room at the Senior Center. Members are encouraged to wear their aprons and hats at the annual plant sale.
Brochure – The Committee/person is responsible to maintain current information on the Club’s tri-fold brochure, which is distributed at local events to share Club goals and encourage new membership. A brochure template is available for use when updating. The Club reimburses printing costs.
Communications Facilitator – The Communications Facilitator emails Club activity information to members, such as work sessions or upcoming events. Some information may need Board approval before distribution. This member must have computer and email knowledge and capabilities. If time allows, notifications are mailed to members who do not have email, and the Club reimburses postage costs.
Fourth of July Float –In prior years, the Club entered floats in the Town of Pepperell’s annual 4th of July parade and celebration. Although this is not an annual activity, the Club plans to enter a float in 2018, on our 50th Anniversary year. A large trailer and a truck to haul the float are needed, along with an enclosed building to store it during preparation. Ideas will be solicited from members, and members will be asked to build the anniversary float. Of course, an entry between now and then is always a possibility.
Garden Safari – The Safari Committee plans several day-trips during the warm weather to visit places of horticultural interest, usually within a 30-mile radius of Pepperell. The trips are open to all members and some may require individual entry fees. The committee tries to plan tours on weekends and weekdays for convenience of all.
Green Team – This committee is an important contributor to the annual PGC plant sale. Team members dig and pot perennials from members’ gardens, Club-maintained town gardens, or other townspeople to sell at the plant sale. They solicit plant donations, coordinate digs and potting sessions, maintain our holding beds, keep records on types and numbers of plants in the holding beds and prepare laminated photo tags for plant sale displays. Plant digs and potting sessions may be in the fall or spring, and are scheduled at various times of the day so all members can participate. This committee works closely with Plant Sale Committee. The Club reimburses printing costs.
Disabled/Elderly Gardening – Members visit disabled or elderly clients twice a year. The first visit, soon after Memorial Day, is to clean the gardens after winter, and perform tasks such as weeding, pruning, perennial care, fertilizing or planting annuals. In the fall, before the end of October, the Committee returns to cut back perennials pull annuals and plant bulbs.
Holiday Party – The December Club meeting is a holiday party. In recent years, it was held at the Pepperell VFW. Part of the meal is purchased, with members contributing the remaining dishes. Members may gather earlier to make centerpieces for the tables and set up the space. Interested members are asked to bring a garden-related gift valued at $20 for a grab bag/Yankee swap. Members can also bring in homemade goodies to fill baskets to raffle off.
Holiday Wreaths – PGC provides holiday wreaths for various locations in Pepperell; usually on the covered bridge on Groton Street, the Town Hall, Lawrence Library, the Community Center, Police Department, Post Office, Highway Dept and the Fire stations. Members gather on a Saturday to make the town wreaths or may purchase supplies to make their own wreath. There is a minimal fee for supplies collected by the committee or the Treasurer. The wreaths are hung on the covered bridge by the Pepperell Highway and Fire Departments.
Horticultural Bylines and Green Tips – The Horticultural Bylines chairperson shares a brief topic at each meeting. This may be a short discussion, a quick demonstration, or a gardening-related handout.
June Social Committee – The June Social Committee arranges a dinner party for the last meeting of the Garden Club year. The committee chooses a restaurant, menu selections, and makes reservations. The treasurer collects money from members who plan to attend.
Nominating Committee – The Nominating Committee is responsible for developing a slate of new Club officers for the coming year. The president chooses a chairperson, who then appoints two members. Members attend the April Board meeting to choose officer candidates and alternatives for the ensuing year. The committee contacts potential candidates to advise them of their nomination and ask if they would accept the office, then relates results to the president. The slate of officers for the ensuing year is presented at the June meeting. If there are no further nominations from the floor, or no objections, the Club votes on the slate of officers. The gavel is passed between presidents at the end of the June Social. New officers are presented to the Club again in September.
Plant Sale Committee – The Plant Sale Committee is responsible for planning and organizing the annual plant sale. This is the Club’s main fund-raiser, and all members participate in some aspect of the sale. The plant sale is held on the third Saturday in May at the Pepperell Senior Center. The committee purchases annuals, herbs, vegetables, and hanging plants from local nurseries to sell at a profit. We also solicit plant donations from Club members and the public, working closely with the Green Team. The committee keeps notes about suppliers, quantities of plants ordered, and prices charged. There are numerous sub-committees involved in the sale.
Planting Committee – There are currently six subcommittees responsible for maintaining plantings around Pepperell: Main Street Barrels, Rotary, Senior Center, Town Hall, VFW Memorial, and Around-town. Each subcommittee is responsible for maintaning their own work schedules, choosing flowers for their area, ensuring annual plantings are completed prior to Memorial Day. Annuals and perennials are ordered ahead of time through the Plant Sale Committee or chosen from plant sale leftovers. The best plant choices for specific locations are described in a notebook that is updated each year by the Chairpersons. The Chairpersons organize work sessions to weed at the Town Hall, Senior Center and Rotary locations, contacting members to remind them of their commitments. Around-town and Main Street containers are watered and weeded by the businesses. The VFW Memorial Chairperson weeds that area. In the fall, plants in containers are removed and may be replaced with greens for the holiday season.
Program Committee – The Program Committee plans and coordinates monthly programs related to gardening. Programs based on members’ interests may include guest speakers, crafts and workshops. The committee schedules, prepares contracts and confirms speaker details. At the monthly meeting, committee members assist and introduce the presenters, and provide a brief overview to members and guests about upcoming programs. This committee works closely with the Publicity Committee, distributing event fliers in Pepperell and area communities and sending PGC fliers electronically to area Garden Clubs. The Program Committee Chairperson is a Board Member.
Fliers – This committee works closely with the Program Committee to create colored fliers to publicize monthly meetings. The Program Committee distributes the fliers at local business venues and with other garden clubs. Computer knowledge in graphics and photo capabilities is essential for this position. The Club reimburses costs.
Media – This committee ensures that Garden Club meetings and events are publicized in local media. They write newspaper articles to inform the public about upcoming programs or completed Club activities. If possible, this member takes pictures using their own camera to accompany articles. The president and appropriate committee chairpersons work closely with Media to ensure all pertinent information is included in the articles and notices. The committee shares published articles with the Scrapbook and Historian Committee for inclusion in the Club’s scrapbook, and maintain information regarding local media addressees, deadlines and requirements.
Refreshments Committee – The Refreshments Committee is responsible for refreshments at each monthly meeting. At the beginning of the Garden Club year (and monthly as needed), the committee circulates sign-up sheets for each month’s refreshments. Members may volunteer to provide a tablecloth and arrangement (flowers or holiday theme), beverages, or snacks. The committee contacts members each month to remind them of their commitments. The committee and members signed up for a given month set up the refreshment table before and clean up after the meeting. This committee replenishes the supply of paper goods and utensils, as well as, coffee, tea, sugar, and sugar substitute as needed. Receipts for supplies are submitted to the treasurer for reimbursement.
Scholarship Committee – Formed in 2003, this committee crafts guidelines for scholarships to students of horticulture and applied sciences. Previously, the committee provided scholarship applications and fact sheets to North Middlesex Regional High School and Nashoba Valley Technical High School. The committee reviewed the applications and presented candidate information to the Club for a vote to award the scholarships. In 2014, this procedure was modified when the Board turned the award process over to the two schools’ Scholarship Committees. The Club now sends scholarship money to the schools for their committees to select awardees according to Club guidelines. The amount and number of scholarships may vary from year to year.
Scrapbook and Historian – The Club scrapbook is a collection of newspaper clippings, souvenirs, and photos of Club activities and events. This member works with the Publicity/Media committee to clip published articles for inclusion in the scrapbook. Members’ pictures or articles can also be submitted. If possible, this member may also take pictures using their own camera to be printed out for the scrapbook. Printing costs, within a reasonable amount, are reimbursed by the Club.
Website – The PGC website was restructured in 2014, and is maintained by the Club’s webmaster. This site is our face to the general public who may not use printed media. Club committees or members may submit meeting or event information and photos to this member for posting. Submissions are subject to Webmaster and Board approval. Occasionally, the Club may contract-out for technical support. This member should have computer knowledge and photo editing capabilities.
Welcoming/Name Tags – This member is responsible for member nametags. As members enter the monthly meeting, they are greeted, pick up their name tag and sign the attendance sheet. Guests are welcomed and asked to sign a guest sheet, which is used by the president to introduce guests attending the meeting. The committee member collects name tags near the end of the meeting and returns them to the box. The box is kept in the storage cabinet in the back room of the Senior Center. Additionally, this member makes nametags for new members.
Yearbook Editor – The Yearbook Editor prepares the PGC yearbook. In August and September, the editor obtains new or updated information for the yearbook. This may include elements such as the president’s message, Garden Club Federation contact information, monthly program dates and subjects, new officers and updated membership information. Using prior yearbooks and Board/member feedback, the editor plans layout and artwork, and coordinates printing of the yearbook, ideally for distribution at the October meeting. Writing member names on the covers ahead of time makes distribution easier. Extra yearbooks are kept in the storage cabinet in the back room at the Senior Center.