Officers for 2020

Becky Burke and Carol Munson are Co-Presidents of the Garden Club of Manchester.  

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.


Becky is an active member of the community and has served as the Club's Program Chair for 10 years. Becky was the chairman of the 2016 Garden Tour.

First Vice President

Ellen McDuffie, a resident of Windham, has been a Club member since 2012 and is editor of The Garden Post, the Club's newsletter.  

Vice President - Membership 

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!


Barbara Shimaitis, a resident of Danby, has been a member since 2013.  Barbara is the Cub's "money" lady and handles all the Club's finances.   In addition to handling the money matters of the Club, Barbara edits the Club's wesite and facebook page.  Barbara works on the Garden Therapy Committee serving Equinox Terrance residents.  "The ladies are so funny and have such great stories, many were Garden Club members!"

Assistant Treasurer

Beth Alden

Corresponding Secretary

Anne H MacLaurin.

Anne has been a Garden Club member since 2016.  Ann 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

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!!

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.