Clear Spring Garden Club reorganizes to kick off new season

September 14, 2010|By KATE S. ALEXANDER
  • Leadership for the Clear Spring Garden Club includes, standing from left, Linda McNamee, business coordinator, and Isabelle Stottlemyer, meeting coordinator, and seated, Junedale Anderson, program coordinator. Not pictured are Carol Miller and Ellen Black.
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CLEAR SPRING --As autumn approaches, the Clear Spring Garden Club is about to kick off a new season under new leadership.

Going away from the traditional structure of president, vice president, secretary and treasurer, the club in March appointed five coordinators, newly appointed Business Coordinator Linda McNamee said.

It now operates under the leadership of a program coordinator, project coordinator, meeting coordinator, recording coordinator and business coordinator.

The Clear Spring Garden Club formed in 1996 with four members, McNamee said. The club has since grown to 76 members and meets monthly, she said.

"We grew in numbers and responsibility," McNamee said.

For the last 10 years, that responsibility fell on the shoulders of Cindy Downs as club president.

"And as vice president for three years before that," Downs said.

Downs said she tried resigning from leadership before but no one wanted the job. It was not until March that she was able to step back and hand over control to someone else.


Leading the club is a lot of responsibility, McNamee said.

Now, that responsibility is spread among the five coordinators, she said.

When Downs finally stepped down, the club restructured to keep active leadership, McNamee said.

Downs said she is glad to have the work lifted from her shoulders, adding that she feared being rooted permanently as club president.

The structure is new to the club, but as the group approaches the start of its season, McNamee is optimistic for the future.

"We will continue to do everything we have done so far," she said. "We find out what our members like, and we promote that."

The club will kick off the new season with Scarecrows in Clear Spring, she said. Participants can register to create a scarecrow for the event, she said.

From Sept. 25 to Oct. 31 the scarecrows will remain on display. They will be judged and prizes will be awarded, she said.

With help from the L.P. Snyder Fund, McNamee said the club will also replant and expand the garden at the Welcome to Clear Spring sign on U.S. 40 east of town this fall, she said.

McNamee encouraged everyone to participate in the scarecrow event and to consider joining the club.

The Clear Spring Garden Club is trying to attract new members, especially junior members, as it begins a new season, McNamee said.

For Downs, a local artist, gardening is art.

"I really enjoy how I can turn a garden into a work of art," she said.

McNamee, a master gardener, said she has always worked with plants.

"It's fun," she said.

The garden club does not restrict its membership to just Clear Spring residents, she said.

The club will hold its first program meeting this season under new leadership Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. at St. John's UCC Church in Clear Spring. The meeting is open to the public.

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