2015-2017 Special Two Year Project: Service In Action

Increase Awareness and Encourage Conservation

The 2015-2017 NGC President’s Special 2-Year Project, “Service in Action”, is intended to increase awareness of the seriousness of the demise of pollinators and amphibians and encourage conservation and protection efforts by clubs, the general public and governmental agencies.

NGC Serice In Action Special 2 Year President's ProjectOften called the first bio-indicators; amphibians and pollinators, by their presence, abundance, and activities reveal the state of their ecosystems. Pollinator and amphibian populations are declining worldwide through the effects of pesticides, habitat destruction, diseases, parasites, global warming, and introduced predators. Education, habitat conservation, and protection of at risk populations are issues we can change through our actions.

  • Section 1: Project Overview

    Clubs, states, and regions are encouraged to participate in the BeeGAP, Monarch Watch, The Frightened Frog, and Backyard Wildlife Habitat programs and projects designed to engage members in efforts to protect and conserve these important populations.

    Honeybees are in critical danger of colony collapse disorder.BeeGAP (Bee Gardeners Adding Pollinators), a partnership with Crown Bees, increases the awareness of native bees and encourages efforts to increase bee population. Native bees are effective pollinators often flying at lower temperatures and in cloudier weather than the honeybee and appear immune to the costly infestation of the mite species. Bees pollinate one-third of the food we eat with an estimated annual value to North American agriculture of $14.6 billion.


    Join NGC and Monarch Watch to help save Monarch Butterflies Essential Pollinators for our EnvironmentThe Monarch Watch Committee has programs and materials providing information about the decline of the monarch species with emphasis on the necessity of planting milkweed and nectar sources for endemic butterfly species. Monarch Way Stations establish monarch habitats in public and private gardens. We can make a difference, through action, for this threatened species.


    The Frightended Frog book for elementary school children teaching about environmental concerns from National Garden Clubs, Inc.“The Frightened Frog” book and program highlights the environmental issues affecting amphibians. Clubs will use the early reader book in preschool through 3rd grades. Lesson plans are available emphasizing the importance of amphibians and the role they play in healthy ecosystems. Amphibians are threatened with the largest mass extinction since the dinosaurs.


    Join NGC and NWF and get certified for a backyard wildlife habitat!Bee a Wildlife Action Hero, Garden for Wildlife Attract pollinators, butterflies, amphibians, and other beautiful wildlife to your garden so you and your families and friends can enjoy them AND provide a safe haven where they can live and reproduce. Sustainable wildlife habitats can be established on an apartment balcony, a yard or acreage, school grounds, nursing homes, Blue Star Markers, community gardens and parks and commercial buildings. There are no limits to the possibilities! By providing food, water, cover and a place for wildlife to raise their young (and by incorporating sustainable gardening practices) you not only help wildlife, but you educate others, and these gardens can qualify to become an certified wildlife habitat.


    NGC Leap Into Leadership: finding and growing our future leaders.Leadership Development materials will be available for local club and state officers, leadership development workshops, and club members on the NGC website. Clubs and states are encouraged to host workshops and to promote leadership development. Garden clubs educate, engage, challenge, and develop leaders within their membership. Do not say “no one will lead our club” but “Leap Into Action” and help develop tomorrow’s leaders today.


    General project information should be obtained from the Special Project Coordinators. Specific information should be obtained from the individual project chair.

  • Section 2: Chairmen and Contact Information

    Special Project Coordinators

    President’s Special Project Coordinator
    Kay Fisher
    Email: kkay19@windstream.net
    Cell Phone: (859)537-1776
    Address: 1905 Port Royal Court, Lexington, KY 40504-2262


    President’s Special Project Vice-Coordinator
    Ann M. Fiel
    Email: gckyann@fiel.us
    Phone: (606)784-8207 | Cell Phone: (606)776-3153
    Address: 141 Stone Brook Drive, Morehead, KY 40351-1846


    President’s Special Project IA Coordinator
    Olimka Sandoval
    Email: olisando@elcampanario.com.gt
    Cell Phone: (502)5632-5496 | (502) 2508-0529 | (502) 2389-0900
    Address: 2a. Avenida 6-73 Zona, Guatemala City, Guatemala 01010

  • Section 3: Individual Project Chairmen and Contact Information

    BEE A WILDLIFE ACTION HERO, GARDEN FOR WILDLIFE

    Chairman
    Becky Hassebroek
    Email: BeckyHasse@aol.com
    Phone:(907) 456-3066 | Cell Phone:(907) 590-7895
    518 Slater Drive, Fairbanks, AK 99701-3443


    CROWN BEES BEEGAP

    Chairman
    Jacqueline L. Connell
    Email: CTgdns1113@gmail.com
    Phone: (413)229-9977
    P.O. Box 588, Guilford, CT 06437-0588

    Vice-Chairman
    Leslie C. Martino
    Email: LCMartino@yahoo.com
    Phone: (203) 389-4434 | Cell Phone:(203)231-3580
    70 Penny Lane, Woodbridge, CT 06525-1531

    Bee A Wildlife Action Hero, Garden for Wildlife
    Becky Hassebroek
    Email: BeckyHasse@aol.com
    Phone:(907) 456-3066 | Cell Phone: (907)590-7895
    518 Slater Drive, Fairbanks, AK 99701-3443

    BeeGAP
    Bud Qualk
    Email: BudQualk@gmail.com
    Cell Phone:(270)933-7051 | Work Phone: (270)444-3014
    1235 Oxford Trace, Paducah, KY 42001-6540

    Advisor
    Debbie Skow
    Email: d.sk.1159@gmail.com
    Phone: (206)248-4313
    1375 SW 174th Street, Normandy Park, WA 98166-3462


    THE FRIGHTENED FROG

    Chairman
    Brenda Moore
    Email: B_Moore@frontier.com
    Phone: (304) 465-3647 | Cell Phone: (304)573-4140
    1709 Edgewood Drive, Oak Hill, WV 25901-2013

    Vice-Chairman
    Jean W. Ohlmann
    Email: J.Ohlmann@twc.com
    Phone: (502)245-4503 | Cell Phone: (502)396-7719
    17201 Ash Hill Drive, Louisville, KY 40245-6105

    Water
    Mary Sue Colvin
    Email: MSColvin2@gmail.com
    Phone:(318) 723-4725 | Cell Phone: (318)439-0222
    10473 Hwy. 562, Fort Necessity, LA 71243-5122

    Advisor
    Lynn White
    Email: blynnwhite@gmail.com
    Phone: (606)864-9747
    93 Stage Road, London, KY 40744-8872


    LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

    Chairman
    Robin Pokorski
    Email: RobinP@juno.com
    Phone: (818) 361-7873 | Cell Phone: (818)425-3247
    512 Newton Street, San Fernando, CA 91340-2421

    Vice-Chairman/Advisor
    Kitty Larkin
    Email: kittysltr@wi.rr.com
    Phone: (262)649-3399
    W161 N5711 Bette Drive, Menomonee Falls, WI 53051-5647

    Committee

    Liz Howell
    Email: lhowell@harding.edu
    Phone: (501)279-2091 | Cell Phone: (501)230-2667
    343 Tater Hill Road, Searcy, AR 72143-9537

    Mickie Marquis
    Email: MickieM@cinci.rr.com
    Phone: (513)850-1653
    P.O. Box 923, Lebanon, OH 45036-0923

    Deannie Picciotti
    Email: dmp77@charter.net
    Phone: (616)399-2323 | Cell Phone: (616)283-7744
    2394 Sunset Bluff Drive, Holland, MI 49424-2235

    Betsy Smith
    Email: Hydeezmom@comcast.net
    Phone: (717)854-1931
    1260 Wyndham Drive, York, PA 17403-4445


    MONARCH WATCH

    Chairman
    Marian M. McNabb
    Email: gwmmm@iowatelecom.net
    Phone: (712)296-4920
    311 Sweet Street, Linn Grove, IA 51033-7702

    Vice-Chairman
    Julie A. West
    Email: JulieAWest@aol.com
    Phone: (707)829-9342 | Cell Phone: (707)484-6199
    850 Grandview Road, Sebastopol, CA 95472-2930

    Container Gardening For Bees & Butterflies
    Mary Ann Moreno
    Email: jbmamoreno@gmail.com
    Phone: (505)266-8498
    4420 Avenida Del Sol NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110-6179

    Monarch Waystations
    Joanna D. Kirby
    Email: kirbys50@hotmail.com
    Phone: (859)792-9462 | Cell Phone: (859)559-8848
    1234 Lexington Road, Lancaster, KY 40444-9012

    Seed Savers
    Albert Chang
    Email: AFChangUSA@gmail.com
    Phone: (818) 363-5925 | Cell Phone: (602)418-2900
    12010 Susan Drive, Granada Hills, CA 91344-2641

    Advisor
    Arabella S. Dane
    Email: arabellasd@aol.com
    Phone: (603)253-4641
    Hillcrest Farm, P.O. Box 711
    252 Dane Road, Center Harbor, NH 03226-0711

  • Section 4: Award Application Procedures

    Awards Application Form

    General Rules

    Award Applications and information will be available from Regional Directors, State Project Chairmen or the President’s Special Project Coordinator.

    • General Rules Apply; Awarded Annually
    • Award Applications: Typed and preferably sent by email to designated chairmen. Postal mail acceptable.
    • Application Deadline: March 15 annually. Applications received after that date will be returned.
    • Award applications and rules are available at www.gardenclub.org
    • Retain a copy for your records. Applications will not be returned.
    • Application is limited to three (3) pages, letter size paper, printed on front of pages only. (No plastic or binder report covers allowed).
    • Photos should be included (digital photocopies permitted)
    • Top of First Page must include complete name of applicant (State or Garden Club) exactly as it should appear on any award/certificate. Include each of the following: State or Club Category (Small, Medium, Large, X-Large), State Garden Club, Region, Contact Person with their email address and telephone number (verify information), and Title of Program or Project with a Brief and Concise Description.
    • Project or Program Summary should "tell the story" and include involvement of members, public, other organizations, publicity expenses and/or funding sources, continuing involvement and follow-up if applicable, evaluation of goals or achievement.

    Scale of points

    • Presentation: 5 points
      Neat, concise, includes all required information on first page of application.
    • Achievement: 65 points
      Scope of program(s), goals, prior planning; brief history if ongoing or continuing; need; education programs and activities to attain goals; accomplishment and benefit(s).
    • Participation: 15 points
      Number of members and clubs; involvement of clubs and members; youth; community organizations; government agencies; others (Not all must be involved).
    • Documentation: 15 points
      Supporting applicable data; (may include labeled photographs, samples of publicity, program and speakers, letters of appreciation, financial report). Photocopies accepted.
  • Section 5: Participation and Award Details

    “Conservation in Action” | Roadside Development Award

    A NEW project that emphasizes native plants in roadside plantings to encourage new habitats for native species of bees, butterflies, and/or amphibians endemic to the state and/or region.

    A first place ($500), second place ($250), third place ($100) and youth award ($100) will be given.

    Send completed applications to:
    Debi Harrington, Roadside Beautification Chairman
    Email: PhotoDebi@gmail.com
    Phone: (505)296-8208 | Cell Phone: (505)206-0930
    1228 Landman Drive NE, Albuquerque, NM 87112-6069


    “Service in Action”

    Awarded to the most comprehensive and effective projects and programs within the three areas: BeeGAP, Monarch Watch / Waystations and The Frightened Frog (not Youth Clubs). Entries must include supporting information for educational value, environmental impact, conservation and preservation efforts, and participation of members. General Rules applicable to all applications.

    A First Place ($200) and a Second Place ($100) prize will be given in categories A, B, C, and D in EACH of the THREE project areas: BeeGAP, Monarch Watch / Waystations and The Frightened Frog. If merited, a total of 20 club awards may be given.


    State Award Applications

    State Garden Clubs applications will be judged based on their size category which is determined by number of members on whom NGC dues are paid.

    • Category A, Small State: up to 999 members
    • Category B, Medium State: 1,000 - 2,999 members
    • Category C, Large State: 3,000 - 7,999 members
    • Category D, Extra Large State: 8,000 and more members

    Club Award Applications

    Garden Club applications will be judged based on their size category which is determined by number of members on whom NGC dues are paid.

    • Category A Small Club 29 members and under
    • Category B Medium Club 30 - 59 members
    • Category C Large Club 60 - 99 members
    • Category D X-Large Club 100 and more members

    Send completed applications to:
    Kay Fisher, President’s Special Project Coordinator
    Email: kkay19@windstream.net
    Cell Phone: (859)537-1776
    Address: 1905 Port Royal Court, Lexington, KY 40504-2262


    “Protecting Our Pollinators” | Youth Award | Container Gardens for our Pollinators

    • For grades 1 – 5
    • Applicant projects must be sponsored by a garden club and planted in a public place

    A first place ($100), second place ($75), and third place ($50) award will be given to each grade level in addition to a certificate for each award. An Honorable Mention award ($25) will also be given with a certificate.

    A Certification of Participation will be given for each award application.

    Send completed applications to:
    Mary Ann Moreno, Container Gardening/Pollinators Chairman
    Email: jbmamoreno@gmail.com
    Phone: (505)266-8498
    4420 Avenida Del Sol NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110-6179


    “The Frightened Frog” | Youth Award

    • For grades K-4
    • Applicant projects must be sponsored by a garden club

    A first place ($100), second place ($75), third place ($50) and honorable mention ($25) will be given to a Youth Club, Youth Group or class in addition to a certificate for each award, for the most outstanding project dealing with the conservation of amphibians. A Certification of Participation will be given for each award application.

    A $25 award will be given to each NGC garden club that sponsors a winning applicant. A Certification of Participation will be given for each sponsor of an award application.

    Deadline for entry is March 15, 2017

    Send completed applications to:
    Brenda Moore, The Frightened Frog Chairman
    Email: B_Moore@frontier.com
    Phone: (304) 465-3647 | Cell Phone: (304) 573-4140
    1709 Edgewood Drive, Oak Hill, WV 25901-2013

    Click here to download a PDF with the award details.

    Bee A Wildlife Action Hero, Garden for Wildlife

    $500 annually will be awarded to the garden club with the largest percentage of its members committing to garden for wildlife at their homes in the preceding calendar year (excluding those committed in previous years). Commitment validations are available by clicking here, and should be included with the award application.

    $250 annually will be awarded to the garden club committing the largest percentage of public places to garden for wildlife in the preceding calendar year (excluding those committed in previous years) compared to the size of the club. Commitment validations are available by clicking here, and should be included with the award application.

    $250 annually will be awarded to the junior garden club with the largest percentage of its members committing to garden for wildlife at their homes and schools in the preceding calendar year (excluding those committed in previous years). Each individual home committment will be worth one point and each school committment will be worth five points. Commitment validations are available by clicking here, and should be included with the award application.

    Certificates of Participation will be given for each award application.

    Send completed applications to:
    Becky Hassebroek, Chairman: Bee A Wildlife Action Hero, Garden for Wildlife
    Email: BeckyHasse@aol.com
    Phone: (907) 456-3066 | Cell Phone: (907) 590-7895
    518 Slater Drive, Fairbanks, AK 99701-3443