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Our Members at Work

Archivist: Susan Hinkel

Keeps up-to- date records of Club activities, honors and achievements; keeps a file of yearly programs, membership lists and a complete set of yearbooks. The Archivist is familiar with parliamentary procedure and is a resource for the presiding officer.

Awards: Rene Wilson

Prepares and submits applications for State, New England Regional and National Garden Club Awards in order that Club activities and members may receive the recognition they merit.

Birds: Martha Pfeiffer and Barbara Powers

Coordinates the Annual Bird Walk that takes place in spring where we identify species of birds during their spring migration with the assistance of our leaders and other community experts and to spot and identify wildflowers along the way. The walk is followed by breakfast and a program speaker.

Boswell Botany Trail: Carol Munson

Assists in the conservation and educational self-guided trail at the Southern Vermont Arts Center that was founded by Petey Boswell and maintained for many years by the Club.

Civic Beautification:

  • Manchester:  Susan Hinkel

    • Coordinates planting and maintaining baskets, boxes and planters in Manchester during the summer months.

    • Garden Maintenance at the Town Green: Schedules dates for clean-up and weeding at the Town Green. Maintains a pollinator garden at the Green.

  • Dorset and East Dorset: Claudia Kinder

    • Coordinates planting and maintaining baskets, boxes and planters in Dorset during the summer months.

    • Garden Maintenance at the Town Green: Schedules dates for clean-up and weeding at the Town Green. Maintains a pollinator garden at the Green.

  • Litter Pick-up: Barbara Powers -  Coordinates litter pick-up along River Road, Manchester twice a year.​

  • Wreath Workshop: Susan Hinkel and Carmen Bodge - Coordinates workshop to decorate wreaths that are donated to local municipal buildings and churches during the holidays.

Flower Arrangements:

  • Manchester Community Library:  Jane Davis & Jean Morris

  • Yester House at the SVAC TBD

​Your name will be added to the list of members who provide floral arrangements weekly to the Manchester Community Library and also on occasion for the Southern Vermont Arts Center.



  • Email Announcements: Lisa Welp - Provides program reminders, updates and bulletins via email blasts to the membership.

  • Publicity: Lisa Welp - Fosters community awareness of Club activities and to encourage community attendance at Club events open to the public through press releases to local newspapers and television.

  • Website and Facebook Editor: Barbara Shimaitis - Keeps members, constitutes and area community informed on Club community service activities, fundraising efforts and Club events.



Provides the membership with reviews of current and relevant issues in the area of conservation.

Garden Therapy: Carol DuPont 

Assists residents in local care facilities with  making small floral arrangements with live material at monthly workshops.  Provides small arrangements for residents unable to attend.

Garden Tour 2024:  TBD

Help facilitate the garden tour by assisting the Chairperson with various responsibilities, including welcoming attendees at various home garden locations. This event is held every other year.

Holiday Market: 

Committee members and volunteers man the GCM booths for this annual event.

Horticulture: Carol Berry, Robin Seitz

Acts as a clearing house for the exchange of gardening methods and seeks to identify plants which can be grown successful in our area.


Hospitality: Christina Nichols

Bring a light refreshment and floral arrangement to monthly meetings and events as asked.  Assist Chairperson with set-up the day of the meeting/event.

Junior Gardeners:  Lisa Welp

Coordinate programs to help foster a love of gardening, focusing on youth education.


Membership:  Christina Ruggeri

Memorial Books: Cynthia McTaggart

Photography: Donna Davis

Makes a photographic documentation of all Club activities.

Plant Sale:  Carolyn Brogan, Anne MacLaurin & Becky Moore

Help distribute posters and flyers prior to the event.  Assist the committee with set-up,

sales and clean-up.  All members asked to contribute plants, garden related items and baked goods.

Programs: Becky Burke

Join the committee that selects possible programs, presenters, day trips and events. Coordinate specific programs as assigned.

Scholarship Program for Area High School Seniors: Carolyn Brogan

Coordinates application process with area high school guidance counselors. Sets a time table for applications deadline.  Appoints readers from the membership to review and rate applications. Attends Awards Ceremonies



Prepares and distributes yearbook containing all pertinent information of Club structure and activities, programs, membership contact information, Constitution and By-laws and policies at the Annual Meeting.  

Members are asked to select 2 to 3 committees or events to join and participate in as an Active Member of GCM. If you would like to make any changes to the committees on which you currently serve, please click here to complete an online form to select your committees.

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