By Faye Gaston
Mary Richards, the outgoing president of the Chunnenuggee Garden Club, gave the highlights of the work of the club in 2018.
In February 2018, the club presented an Arbor Day program and planted a dogwood tree in the parking lot behind Union Springs City Hall.
It is a tradition of the club to decorate the window of the Union Springs Pharmacy twice a year, with a Field Trials theme in February and a Veterans Day theme in November.
The club helped beautify downtown Union Springs by maintaining the rose bed at the Red Door Theatre and provided plants for the planters in the business district.
Twenty yellow Lantanas were planted in pots and watered weekly by members. Members placed posters promoting June as National Gardening Month in some local businesses.
The club made a donation to the Distinguished Young Women's scholarship fund, assisted the Forestry Commission with students' day at Wehle Nature Center, and sponsored the Smokey Bear poster contest for grades 3 and 4 at a local school.
The club provided a Christmas tree and decorations for the Union Springs Senior Citizens Nutrition Center and provided a poinsettia for the local Southern Springs nursing home. The biggest project was a fund-raiser.
Members set up a booth and sold home-made pies, cookies, candies and cheese straws at the annual Chunnenuggee Fair in downtown Union Springs.
The club nominated Sadie Pugh and Sharon Capps for Life Membership into The Garden Club of Alabama, Inc. with $100 donation to its scholarship fund, and the nominations were approved with a certificate and pin.
A special treat every year is to attend the annual turning on of the lights on the Alabama Christmas tree at the Capitol by the Alabama Governor.
This ceremony follows the tea for Alabama's garden clubs at the Governor's Mansion.
It was a delight for "Moe", the Biscuits baseball team mascot, to give Mary Seymour a hug as they posed for photos.
The club did not have business meetings during the summer months, but enjoyed day trips and lunches at selected restaurants.