Officers for 2020-21

Beth Alden

Beth is happily retired from an investment management career, and lives on a mini farm in Pawlet with her horse, two donkeys and cat. Her love of all things gardening came from her father and paternal grandmother, both of whom propagated roses and azaleas. Originally from NC, she says, “The learning curve for the VT climate was steep, but after 33 years, and much help from friends and neighbors, I'm starting to get the hang of it". Beth greatly values the friendship of all the Garden Club members, and has served on the Scholarship and Fundraising committees.

First Vice President

Becky Burke

Becky. a resident of Manchester, is an active member of the community and has served as the Club's Program Chair for 14 years. Becky was the chairman of the 2020 and 2016 Garden Tour.

Vice President - Membership 

Carol Munson 

To quote Carol, "My gardening inspiration came from my maternal grandmother who had a lovely spring garden at her home in St. Louis and a perennial garden at Lake George that bloomed all summer. She kept a log, used proper identification of all plantings and, wore a series of seersucker gardening dresses and canvas shoes that she switched for spectator pumps (remember those) for lunch. I followed her lead, but have to admit, not all her good habits."

Carol, a resident of Arlington, joined the Club in 2002 and "...have enjoyed the fellowship of the membership and our shared interest in all things gardening." Prior to moving to Vermont, Carol lived in Princeton and worked in human resources at the infamous Educational Testing Service.

Historian Parliamentarian

Sue Hinkel, a resident of Danby, keeps the Club on track and brings order to meetings!  Sue is the President of the Federated Garden Clubs of Vermont (for the second time in 8 years), is Chairman of the Manchester Beautification Committee and the Christmas Greens Committee, is the Club’s Historian/Parliamentarian and keeps all the Club’s archives in her barn!  She has been a member of the GCM since 1991 and served as Club Co-President from 1998-2002.


Carolyn Smith resides in Manchester and has been a Garden Club member since 2007. Carolyn is our membership chair and provides new members with all the info they need to join!

Assistant Treasurer

Pat Cherry, a resident of Windham, has been a Club member since 2016.  Pat comes to Vermont by way of  Alberta, Canada which has short summers and early frosts.  Pat enjoys sharing ideas with other Vermont gardeners and learning new techniques from resident experts.  Need to get a hold of Pat....  You can find her in the garden, greenhouse, or blueberry patch!!

Corresponding Secretary

Anne H MacLaurin.

Anne has been a Garden Club member since 2016.  Anne was born and educated in Scotland.  After a short career in Insurance Anne married Anthony and raised two children Charles and Louise.


To our good fortune the MacLaurin’s moved to the US in 1990 and Anne became a US citizen in 2005.


In addition to Anne’s commitment to her community, Anne is an avid reader, a keen cook, and a lover of growing produce for the kitchen, and loves entertaining in her beautiful home.  Anne’s gardens were featured in the 2016 Garden Tour. 

Recording Secretary

Nancy Rhodes

Nancy retired in early 2019 from a career as a purchasing and operations exec. in the confectionery industry, (think goodies!!!!)  moved from Northern NJ and is now a year round resident of Dorset which Nancy considers ‘heaven on earth.’


Nancy joined GCM mid 2019 hoping to actively partake in activities centered around gardening and socialize with like-minded individuals.


Nancy loves working to improve her own property and gardens and was told her home was a garden showpiece 25 years ago.  We are sure Nancy’s home will be part of the next Garden Tour!!


Nancy is also interested in Dorset history and is in the process of compiling historical archives of their home that was built circa 1917-1920.