President’s Message Winter 2012

A Brave New Farm & Garden


It is a new year and a new look for our organization! The Board of Directors met in St. Augustine, FL over the recent Holiday Weekend. The date coincided with Founder’s Day. We accomplished so much business.  Louisa King and Jane Haines were looking over our shoulder. The Board covered many items on the agenda at the one-day meeting, among them:

  • Proposed budget for 2012
  • Findings of the Strategic Vision Planning Committee
  • A By Law Amendment presented by Beacon Hill Branch (see Spring Magazine issue)
  • Funding for Web Site completion
  • Horticultural Therapy vs Recreational Therapy
  • Chronicle Update
  • Restructuring of the Organization (see Spring Magazine issue)
  • 100th  Anniversary Gala Celebration

There were other items that merited discussion, too. The above will be presented for final approval at the Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA this June. It is imperative that members attend; it is your organization, your ideas and your commitment that make Farm & Garden work.

If you have questions, please call your Division/Branch President.

Our plans for the 100th Anniversary Celebration are taking shape. The dedication of the Hilda Justice House at Ambler College in November of 2011 was just the beginning. We now have permanent protected storage for our memorabilia. Our Giving Tree is leafing out; the lovely doves perched within the branches make it beautiful to behold. Make plans now to represent your Branch at Ambler College in 2014.

I wish each of you a very productive Spring season filled with sprouts, leaves and blooms.