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The Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, Inc.

 

STATE AWARDS APPLICATION

 

A. 1.  The State Application Form for all State Awards, except Flower Show Awards, can be found on the GCFM website under GCFM Awards/ Application Form. The application form is limited to three printed pages—front of pages only.

 

A. 2. The State Flower Show Awards Application Form can be found on the GCFM website under GCFM Awards/Flower Show Award Application. A Book of evidence is required.

 

B. CLUB YEARBOOKS

Follow format under Award XI-C. Send 3 copies to the GCFM office before the Fall Conference. One copy will be forwarded to the Awards Chairman.

 

C. EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS

No officer or committee chairman serving on the executive board may receive an annual award while in office. Exception: Flower Show awards.

 

STATE AWARDS

 

I.  ARBOR DAY

THE CHARLOTTE LANE CONNOR ARBOR DAY AWARD (1984)

     A silver bowl will be presented at the Fall Conference to the GCFM club which conducts the most outstanding Arbor Day tree planting ceremony. Applications must be received by the state awards chairman by July 1st.

 

II. CIVIC DEVELOPMENT-CIVIC BEAUTIFICATION AWARDS

A.  PROJECTS (1957)

     A certificate of merit may be awarded to a GCFM club or groups of clubs for an outstanding civic project completed within the current year which has resulted in a permanent improvement for public benefit in a town, county or counties of the Commonwealth:

1.  Establishment of sanctuaries, e.g. birds, butterflies and animals.

2.  Municipal gardens

3.  Landscaping public buildings

4.  Memorial gardens

5.   Blue Star markers

6.  Planting for a religious edifice

7.  Other

     Application form must include “before” and “after” pictures and a landscape plan where appropriate. No commercial project may qualify for this award.

 

B.  The President’s Bowl (1970)

     A silver compote may be awarded at the Fall Conference to the club which develops the best civic development program. The program may include civic beautification, roadside improvement, conservation, youth education, and historic restoration or preservation. Applications must be received by the state awards chairman by July 1st.

 

C.  Continuing Civic Projects Award

     A certificate of merit may be awarded to a GCFM club for continual maintenance of one or more civic projects (i.e., window boxes, plantings at municipal/historical building, flowers at hospital/library, etc.). Application form must include number of years project/s has (have) been maintained.

 

D.  WILLIAM J. THOMPSON AWARD (1989)

     A silver vase in memory of William J. Thompson may be awarded to a garden club for excellence in horticultural achievement. The activity may involve education, community planting or a conservation project. The activity must include others in the community, children, senior citizens or the public at large. Winner is not eligible for Award IX. A, Evelyn Cronin Award.

1.  Club 10-49 members

2.  Club 50-99 members

3.  Club 100 or more members

 

E.  CIVIC DEVELOPMENT AND HISTORIC PRESERVATION GRANTS

PURPOSE: To encourage GCFM clubs to pursue community improvement and historic preservation projects by providing seed money grants for new or ongoing permanent plantings. Completed projects and commercial plantings are not eligible. Up to $2000 is available each year to be awarded according to the Committee’s decision amongst no more than four applicants. A certificate of merit is also awarded.

 

Procedure: Submit five (5) copies of the application no later than July 1 to the Civic Development and Historic Preservation Grant Chairman.

1. Clubs receiving grants are expected to take an active role in completing their projects.

2. Clubs have one year after the official notification of their award at the GCFM Fall Conference to complete their projects and must provide photos of progress made on the project and a one-page report showing expenditures and improvements by Oct. 15 of the following year.

3. Grant money cannot be transferred to another project.

4. Clubs who do not submit a progress report will be asked to return their grants. A one-year extension may be arranged if the report substantiates its need.

5. Winning clubs are not eligible to apply for a new project until 3 years after receiving a previous award.

 

CIVIC DEVELOPMENT GRANTS are made for new or on-going projects that garden clubs will help maintain. A long-term maintenance plan must be included. Examples of appropriate projects:

• Municipal planting projects, including traffic islands, parks, etc.

• Landscaping at schools, memorial halls, libraries

• Plantings of labeled trails at nature preserves.

 

HISTORIC PRESERVATION GRANTS are given for new or on-going projects designed to preserve the past in the context of the present. Grants are awarded for improvement of sites that are of historic importance to the local community. Approval of site owners is necessary, if appropriate. Preference is given to accurate period plans that are practical for current uses of the property. A long-term maintenance plan must be included. Examples of appropriate projects:

• Restoration of landscaping at a historic building/property in your community.

• Projects undertaken with local Historic Preservation groups.

• Creation of a garden that is site appropriate and authentic to a particular significant historic period.

     Grant applications are available on the GCFM website. For more information contact the Civic Development & Historic Preservation Chairman.

 

III. CONSERVATION and ENVIRONMENTAL AWARDS

A.   MILDRED S. PARKER CONSERVATION AWARD (1962)

     A silver bowl given in honor of Mildred S. Parker will be awarded to a GCFM club, a group of GCFM clubs or an individual member of a GCFM club for an outstanding conservation project.

 

B.  CONSERVATION (1957)

     A certificate of merit may be awarded a GCFM club or clubs, which by the completion of one or more projects in conservation, have demonstrated outstanding leadership. The project may be one of the following:

1. Education

2. Open spaces

3. Legislation

4. Municipal gardens

5. Other suitable activity

 

C.  NORMA ZETTLER “FOR THE LOVE OF BIRDS” AWARD (2011)

     This award is in honor of Norma Zettler, GCFM Bird Chairman from 2001-2011. The award is a certificate of merit and a copy of “Norma’s Birds” booklet, if possible, to be presented annually at the Fall Conference. The award may be given to a club or individual for educating the public about the “love of birds”. The project may be a single program for a community; a series of club programs; a project or program for school children or the creation of a local garden that encourages birds. The state awards chairman must receive applications by July 1st.

 

IV. Flower Show Awards

See current NGC Handbook for Flower Shows for requirements.

Awards A-F: More than one may be awarded if merited. Flower Show Awards that do not have a specific Scale of Points will be evaluated by the current NGC Book of Evidence Evaluation Form. Awards B, D, E, F, G, J and K require that the flower show complies with NGC requirements for Flower Show Achievement Awards, be evaluated by a panel of three judges, score 85 points or more and submit a Book of Evidence. Recipients of these awards are not eligible for the Bay State Award.

 

A.  BAY STATE FLOWER SHOW AWARD (1957, Revised 1988, 2007)

     May be given to a Standard Flower Show staged by GCFM Garden Clubs and/or Districts of GCFM clubs. Such a show may be staged in conjunction with an outside organization.  A Book of Evidence is required.

 

B.  MASSACHUSETTS HOLIDAY FLOWER SHOW AWARD (1965, Rev 1988)

     May be given to a GCFM club or group of clubs, for a Standard Holiday Flower Show.

 

C.   MAYFLOWER AWARD (1957, revised 1969)

     The Mayflower Award may be given to the design division which is part of a horticulture show sponsored by another organization. This division must be staged by members of GCFM clubs and judged by a panel of NGC evaluation judges using the following:

Scale of Points

1.  Schedule: 30 points

   a. Originality, appeal, suitability of theme (10 points)

   b. Relationship: Suitability of class themes to division theme (10 points)

   c. Scope and number of classes (10 points)

2.  Staging: 35 points

   a. Interpretation of schedule (10 points)

   b. Practicality, spacious exhibits, adequate and unobstructed aisles, sufficient lighting (9 points)

   c. Unity, neat staging, related color, general order and balance, uniform signs (8 points)

   d. Beauty, eye appeal (8 points)

3.  Quality of entries: 35 points

   a. Interpretation of schedule (10 points)

   b. Imagination (originality) (10 points)

   c. Overall distinction of exhibits (15 points)

TOTAL: 100 points

 

D.  MASSACHUSETTS HOME FLOWER SHOW (1978, Revised 1988)

     May be given to a GCFM club or group of clubs for a Standard Home Flower Show.

 

E.  MASSACHUSETTS HOME AND GARDENS SHOW AWARD (1982, Revised 1988)

     May be given to a GCFM club or a group of clubs for a Standard Home Show including two gardens.

 

F.  THE MARGARET BENT PATTERSON SILVER BOWL NEAR CLUB AWARD (1979)

     This award may be given for a Standard Flower Show sponsored by two or more GCFM clubs geographically situated near each other, but not affiliated as a recognized council or district. The show must have been a project sponsored and staged by the GCFM clubs applying for this award.

 

G.  THE MARGARET E. MARSH FLOWER SHOW ACHIEVEMENT AWARD (1963)

     A silver bowl, in memory of Margaret E. Marsh, whose interest in flower arranging was an inspiration, will be presented to that GCFM club and/or a group of clubs, which stages a Standard Flower Show receiving the highest point scoring of all shows currently applying for either a national or state flower show award.

 

H.  THE VIOLET E. MACLAREN FLOWER SHOW SCHEDULE AWARD (1966)

     In memory of Violet E. MacLaren, an award has been established for the garden club and/or group of clubs that submits the best schedule for a Flower Show presented during the awards year. The Flower Show need not have been evaluated to receive this award. The award consists of a scholarship to a flower show school course currently given by The Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, Inc. The winning club is to designate one of its members as the scholarship recipient. Accrued interest from a memorial fund established by the Hamilton-Wenham Garden Club will finance the scholarship.

     The schedule will be judged using the Scale of Points for evaluating schedules in the latest edition of the NGC Handbook for Flower Shows. An application form, in duplicate, and one copy of a schedule must be submitted, but no Book of Evidence is required.

 

I.  The ARRANGERS OF MARBLEHEAD FLOWER SHOW AWARD FOR STAGING (1974)

     This award is to be given for excellence in staging of a Small Standard or Standard Flower Show presented during the awards year. This award is given in memory of deceased members of The Arrangers. The award consists of a scholarship to a flower show school course currently given by GCFM. The winning club and/or group of clubs is to designate one of its members as the scholarship recipient.

     Application form, in duplicate, one copy of the schedule, and an abbreviated Book of Evidence, two pages, four sides, consisting of pictures and description of the staging is required.

Scale of Points

1. Interpretation of the schedule: 20 points

2. Practicability: spacious displays, adequate and unobstructed aisles, sufficient lighting, ease of progress from section to section, class to class: 15 points

3. Unity: uniform containers in horticulture divisions, all elements such as placards, signs, related in color, order, and balance: 15 points

4. Distinction and artistry: originality, simplicity, eye appeal, and special features raising quality above average: 30 points

5. NGC’s standards observed: 20 points

TOTAL: 100 points

 

J.  JANE D. PORTER STATE FLOWER SHOW AWARD (1971)

     A pewter bowl, in memory of Jane D. Porter, who gave many members a start in flower arranging and who encouraged the club to stage standard flower shows will be presented to the GCFMA garden club which stages a Standard Flower Show receiving the highest point scoring in the Design Division.

 

K.  THE BERTHA D. ROQUEMORE AWARD (1972)

     A sculptural form is given by the Falmouth Garden Club in memory of Bertha D. Roquemore, a beloved member, to honor her great interest in promoting flower show excellence. This sculpture may be given to the GCFM club staging a placement show which received the highest point scoring.

 

Note: The following awards noted (L, M, N, O, S) are determined by a panel of three NGC judges using the scale of points as listed with each award. The standard National Garden Club Scale of Points, which the daily judges must use, is not considered. All of these awards are given once for the entire show, if merited, in Design Division One, (GCFMA), of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s Spring Flower Show, and are presented at the GCFMA Annual Meeting.

 

L.  THE MARIE HANCOCK COOK CERTIFICATE OF MERIT FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN TRADITIONAL FLOWER ARRANGMENT (1963, REVISED 2002)

     This certificate is given by GCFM to the blue ribbon entry, receiving the highest number of points in class or classes of Traditional Designs. Traditional Design type or period chosen must be stated in the schedule. See note above.

Scale of Points

1. Appropriateness to design type or period: 45 points

2. Design: 30 points

3. Expression: 15 points

4. Distinction: 10 points

Total: 100 points

 

M.  THE DIANE BULLOCK AWARD

     This award, a silver trophy, is given to the entry that is the most original interpretation of the class theme, and uses an adventurous combination of plant material and components. Entry must score 85 or above. Blue ribbon winners are not eligible. See Note above.

Scale of Points

1. Interpretation: 40 points

2. Creativity: 30 points

3. Design: 20 points

4. Distinction: 10 points

TOTAL: 100 points

 

N.  THE CLARE L. RICHARDS AWARD (1979)

     This award, a plaque, may be given for the entry that best exemplifies the sensitive use of color. The recipient need not necessarily be a blue ribbon winner. See Note above.

Scale of Points

1. Color selection: 40 points

2. Color balance: 10 points

3. Color proportion: 10 points

4. Color rhythm: 10 points

5. Color scale: 10 points

6. Color dominance: 10 points

7. Color contrast: 10 points

TOTAL: 100 points

 

O.  THE JEANNE-MARIE PARKES CREATIVITY AWARD (1986)

     This award, a silver bowl, is given to the design judged by the evaluation panel to be the most creative interpretation of the class title. The recipient need not necessarily be a blue ribbon winner. See Note above.

Scale of Points

1. Design: 25 points

2. Interpretation: 30 points

3. Creativity: 30 points

4. Distinction: 15 points

TOTAL: 100 points

 

P.  BETTE LEVINE AWARD (1984, revised 2012)

     A certificate of Merit is to be given by The Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, Inc. to the exhibitor receiving the greatest number of blue ribbons in all classes in the amateur horticulture section of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s Spring Flower Show. The winner will be determined by the Amateur Horticulture Committee.

 

Q.  RUTH A. WALLACK SCHEDULE AWARD (1991)

     A silver tray to be given by the Beth Shalom Garden Club of Needham, in memory of Ruth A. Wallack, whose interest in flower arranging and judging was inspirational. The award is given for the Small Standard or Standard Flower Show schedule with the most creative design division.

     One copy of the schedule and an application form, in duplicate, must be submitted, but no Book of Evidence is required. The show need not have been evaluated to be eligible for this award.

 

R.  THE JANET BUBIER FLOWER SHOW AWARD (1999, revised 2008)

     An engraved silver bowl, in memory of Janet Bubier, creative designer, who loved miniature designs, may be given annually to a Standard Flower Show in Massachusetts, which displays the greatest creative interpretation in a section of Petite Designs.

     An application form, in duplicate, one copy of the schedule and an abbreviated Book of Evidence of two pages, four sides, showing the designs and the staging is required. The show need not have been evaluated to be eligible for this award.

Scale of Points

1. Creativity: 40 points

2. Interpretation: 30 points

3. Design: 20 points

4. Distinction: 10 points

TOTAL: 100 points

 

S.  THE BARBARA MAY AWARD OF DESIGN EXCELLENCE (2002)

A traveling trophy, given once during the show, if merited, to a blue ribbon winner in the Design Division I (GCFM) of the New England Spring Flower Show, scoring the highest number of points in a designer’s choice class.

Scale of Points

1. Design: 48 points

2. Conformance: 18 points

3. Distinction: 14 points

4. Artistic Concept: 14 points

5. Expression: 6 points

Total:  100 points

 

T.  THE PAULINE BOWDEN AWARD (2004)

     In memory of our beloved member, Pauline D. Bowden, an English Teapot, will be presented at the GCFM Fall Conference to the highest point scoring design during the week of the Topsfield Fair. A certificate will be presented with the award.

     Pauline touched many lives through her lectures, teaching and mentoring. Her hands wore the scars of her passion for gardening and flower arranging and reflected the kind of person she was, full of life, deviltry and passion, yet soft and full of love.

     The Award is determined by a Panel of one or more NGC judges appointed by the Topsfield Fair Flower Show Judges Chairman.

Scale of Points

1. Design: 40 points

2. Color Selection: 25 points

3. Creativity: 20 points

4. Distinction: 15 points

TOTAL: 100 points

 

U.  THE POLLY M. POVALL SMALL STANDARD FLOWER SHOW AWARD (2006)

     This award is given to honor Polly Povall, an indispensible and faithful board member of GCFM for many years. She has served on major committees and led the Federation as an outstanding President and volunteer. Polly’s years of continuous commitment as a steadfast supporter of flower shows have been inspirational. She has been instrumental in educating and encouraging the staging of Small Standard Flower Shows.

     This award, a Certificate of Excellence, will be awarded to GCFM clubs scoring 85 points or more. No Book of Evidence is required.

     An application form, in duplicate, one copy of the schedule and an abbreviated Book of Evidence of two pages, four sides, is required. The following Scale of Points will determine eligibility for this award:

Scale of Points

1. Schedule: 25 points

2. Staging: 25 points

3. Horticulture: 25 points

4. Design: 25 points

Total: 100 points

 

V. GARDEN THERAPY

A.  Mrs. Ralph H. Davis Silver Bowl will be awarded to the club which earns the greatest number of points for active participation in an outstanding program of garden therapy.

 

B.  GARDEN THERAPY certificates may be awarded to a District, GCFM club and or clubs for active participation in an outstanding program of garden therapy.

     Application form must include the achievements of the project as measured by the value to the handicapped, hospitalized and/or institutionalized, duration of the project (years in progress), and the plan for the next year.

 

VI. HISTORIC PRESERVATION

A.  BARBARA M. SAULNIER HISTORIC PRESERVATION AWARD (1994)

A silver bowl may be awarded to the club receiving the highest number of points for the completion of a Historic Project.

 

B. HISTORIC PRESERVATION CERTIFICATES may be awarded to a club in each size category for the completion of a historic preservation project such as the restoration of a park, building, and/or garden of importance to the heritage of a particular locality.

1.  Club with membership equal to or less than 50 members

2.  Club membership more than 50 members

 

C. HISTORIC PRESERVATION CERTIFICATES may be awarded to a GCFM club in each size category for decorating in historical buildings of importance to the heritage of a particular locality.

1.  Club with membership equal to or less than 50 members

2.  Club membership more than 50 members     

 

VII. LANDSCAPE DESIGN

VIRGINIA F. THURSTON LANDSCAPE DESIGN AWARD (198

     An award donated to honor Virginia F. Thurston’s great interest in promoting landscape design. This award may be given to a club or clubs for outstanding activity in the area of landscape design. The activity may consist of a landscape design education program or an actual project using good design for public benefit.

 

VIII. MEMBERSHIP

MEMBERSHIP AWARD (1984)

     A certificate of merit and silver tray may be awarded to a GCFM club showing the greatest per capita percent (%) increase in paid membership, as of December 31. The winner will be determined by treasurer or dues chairman. No application is required.

 

IX. PROGRAM AWARDS

A.  THE EVELYN D. CRONIN HORTICULTURAL AWARD (1970)

     A certificate of merit may be awarded at the Fall Conference to the club with an outstanding horticulture meeting, workshop or series of horticulture workshops with member participation or an outstanding garden therapy horticulture program.

     Applications must be received by the state awards chairman by July 1.

1. Year-long workshop program

2. A single program workshop

 

B.  BRIDGING THE GENERATIONS AWARD (1988, revised2002)

     Two silver trays, one for clubs under 50 members, and one for clubs over 50 members, given by the Littleton Country Gardeners, may be awarded to GCFM clubs which have sponsored an outstanding program, preferably in environmental or horticulture nature. Said program should be conducted in such a way that it brings generations together, either by presenting it to senior citizens and school children at the same time or at separate venues. This award may be retained for one year only.

1. Club with membership equal to or less than 50 members

2. Club membership more than 50 members

 

C.  HELEN FREIDBERG AWARD (1993)

     A certificate of merit to be given for the most outstanding horticulture program/programs given by a member, or  members of the garden club to its membership.

1. Single program

2. Series of programs

 

D.  PATRICIA C. MICHAUD (2006)

     A silver vase, given by the Scituate Garden Club, may be awarded for an outstanding design program or series of programs, given by a member or members of a club to its membership or to neighboring clubs.

 

X. PUBLICITY/PUBLIC RELATIONS AWARDS

A.  PUBLIC RELATIONS (1960)

     A certificate of merit will be awarded to an individual member of a GCFM club, a GCFM club, a group of GCFM clubs who, by some project, have reached the general public in an especially outstanding way according to the approved aims and principles of the state garden club.

 

B.  PUBLICITY PRESS BOOK AWARDS

     No application forms are necessary. There is no limit on the number of pages. Eligibility: All garden clubs, districts, councils and garden centers belonging to the NGC, Inc. may submit press books. Garden club entries are divided into four categories based upon membership:

1. Small club: up to 25 members

2. Medium club: 26-50 members

3. Large club: 51-150 members

4. Extra large clubs: 151 members or over

     Winners will be presented a National Garden Club, Inc Certificate of Commendation during the national convention. Winners may be named 1st, 2nd, 3rd and honorary mention in each category (small, medium, large or extra large) in NGC’s eight regions.

Format: Entries must be submitted in a folder with holes to firmly hold pages—a theme style binder amphile or oxford brief folder. No heavy scrapbooks, oversized portfolios or loose clippings will be judged. Size is 8.5”x11” or 9”x12”. The cover must have a label affixed stating the category as follows:

Garden clubs: Note category (small, medium, large or extra large); name of garden club; city, state, region; and the name and address of the person submitting the press book.     

Districts: List name, location and state.        

Councils and garden centers: List name, location and state.  

CONTENTS:  Material must consist of only actual newspaper, magazine, newsletter or any printed publication “clippings” with the name/date of publication over each article. A table of contents is required. Affix the contents in chronological order beginning with January 1 and ending with December 31.

     Each published item must contain the name of the garden club, district, council, garden center and/or individual (s) identified as a garden club member and/or member of the GCFM district, etc. Underline the first use of the club’s name, the district’s, council’s or garden center’s name in the story.

     Press books will be judged on the quality, quantity and diversity of coverage and requirements set forth on the Guidelines for Evaluation of Publicity Press Book. Press books will be returned if stamped, self-addressed envelope is included with the entry.

     Deadline: January 25. Send to Publicity Press Book Chairman.

Scale of Points

1. Press book criteria: 30 points

   a. Label on front cover (2 points)

   b. News clippings in chronological order (5 points)

   c. Underline first mention of garden club, district/council/garden center/state garden club in each news story (3 points)

   d. Name and date of publication over each article (10 points)

   e. Material neatly assembled in press book, news clippings evenly cut, attractive order of placement, pages numbered and table of contents is required ( 10 points)

2. Quality: 35 points

   a. News articles to include WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, etc.  (20 points)

   b. News articles relate to garden club/district/council/garden center activity and/or to individual member’s related activity (magazine, newsletters, journals)  (15 points)

3. Quantity: 20 points

   a. Articles for each month (take into consideration dark months) (10 points)

   b. Use of publications in addition to newspapers (magazines, newsletters, journals etc. (10 points)

4. Diversity of coverage: Local, district, state, region and NGC: 15 points

TOTAL 100 points

 

XI. PUBLICATIONS

A.  PUBLICATIONS AWARD

A certificate of merit may be awarded to a club or district for publications, excluding periodicals or yearbooks. A certificate may be given in each separate category if merited. Examples: cookbook, calendar, handbook, etc. Application form is required.

1. Clubs under 50 members

2. Clubs over 50 members

B.  MARGARET K. BELL NEWSLETTER AWARD

     A silver tray for a newsletter: 3 consecutive issues.  Application form is required.

C.  YEARBOOK (1957)

     A certificate of merit may be awarded for the best garden club yearbook submitted in each of the following classes:

1. Clubs under 20 members

2. Clubs of 20-29 members

3. Clubs of 30-44 members

4. Clubs of 45-69 members

5. Clubs of 70-99 members

6. Clubs of 100-300 members

7. Clubs over 300 members

 

     Application Form is NOT required. Three copies of the yearbook must be received in the GCFM office prior to the Fall Conference.

Scale of Points

1. Format: 15 points

   a. Book structure (convenient size, durability, neatness): (3 points)

   b. Arrangement of contents (12 points)

       i. Cover: Name of club, town, state, year (design optional). If permanent-type binder cover is used, substitute paper cover for contest (2 Points)

       ii. Title page: Name of club, town, state, year, number of members, NGC and other organizational membership. (4 points)

       iii. Subsequent pages: Names and addresses of national president, regional director, state president, state district or regional director, association or NGC chairman (if any) and club officers. Club membership roster with complete mailing addresses, zip codes, and phone numbers. Calendar of events (other than regular meetings). (6 points)

2. Program content: 85 points

     Goals for ideal club program: Study and activity on some of the NGC objectives such as birds, Blue Star Highways, civic development, garden therapy, high school junior gardening, horticulture, landscape design, legislation, litter prevention, roadside development, world gardening, etc.

   a. Club meetings (50 points)

         i. At least seven meetings a year

         ii. When-Date of meeting; Where-Place of meeting; What-Title of speakers’ subject (extras like roll call, exhibits or social activities optional). When a theme is used, it should prevail in at least a majority of the meetings.

   b. Club projects (35 points)

         i. Continuing projects and new projects for current year should be listed separately.

         ii. Give location, description and member participation of both types of projects.

         iii. Note where subjects of meetings pertain to project work.

TOTAL  100 points

 

XII. ROADSIDE BEAUTIFICATION

THE  MARY F. BREWER ROADSIDE BEAUTIFICATION AWARD (1965)

     A silver tray to be known as the President’s Tray. This award may be given to an individual club or clubs for outstanding roadside beautification within the boundaries of the club’s township. The project may be a continuing one, but sufficient accomplishment must be apparent to merit the award. No commercial project will be eligible. Application must include ‘before’ and ‘after’ pictures.

 

XIII. SERVICE AWARDS

A.  SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT (1957)

A certificate of merit may be awarded to a club or group of clubs or individuals who are members of a GCFM club for especially outstanding garden club work.

 

B.  Presidential Citations

Awarded at the direction and/or discretion of the president for meritorious service.  No application form is required.

 

XIV. WEBSITES

THE  BARBARA MAY WEBSITE AWARD  (2004)

     This award is named in honor of Barbara May, a former president of t5he GCFM and former President of the national Garden Clubs, Inc. Barbara was the first person to introduce the use of a website to the GCFM.

     A certificate of merit will be awarded at the Fall Conference to a member club, for a website maintained by that club. The website must contain information pertinent not only to activities of the garden club, but also those of the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, Inc, the New England Region and The National Garden Clubs, Inc (Calendar of Events, special programs, etc.). The website must be linked from www.gcfm.org

     Three certificates may be awarded as follows:

1. Small club (29 or fewer members)

2. Medium club (30-99 members)

3. Large club (100 or more members)

     A GCFM Awards Application must be filled out. It must contain the following information:

1. Website address

2. Who maintains the website

3. How often the website is updated

     The GCFM Awards committee will go to the websites and review them to determine the Website Award winners. Clubs must apply by July 1st.

 

XV. WILDFLOWER PRESERVATION

THE LA VERNE R. COLLARD WILDFLOWER AWARD (1986)

     A silver bowl  will be awarded to a GCFM club, a group of GCFM garden clubs, or a district for an outstanding development of a wildflower project, using wildflowers or a combination of wildflowers and other indigenous plant material  in historic gardens, memorial gardens, nature trails, parks, school grounds (outdoor classrooms), cemeteries, fairgrounds, Blue Star markers, town entrances, etc.

     Application must be accompanied by “before” and “after” photos. No club, group of clubs, or district may receive the award two years in succession or retain it for more than one year.

 

XVI. YOUTH ACTIVITIES

A.  MITZI BELITSY AWARD (1983, Rev.2002)

A silver vase, the gift of Leslie Frost, will be awarded to a GCFM club or district in recognition of an outstanding program of achievement in work with children.

 

B.  Junior Garden Clubs (1957)

A certificate of merit may be awarded to a junior gardening group sponsored by a GCFM senior club, for an outstanding program promoting GCFM objectives.

 

XVII. GCFM SPECIAL AWARDS

A.  CINDORA GOLDBERG AWARD (2003)

     This award is given in tribute to Cindora Goldberg. The award honors her ability to continually see and create in an innovative manner. The award is in the form of a certificate, and will be given to the most outstanding design submitted by a member of the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, Inc.

     The entries should represent the very best examples of design work, and must be in the form of photographs, transparencies, slides, JPEG or digital photographs. The entries will be judged by the Cindora Goldberg Award Committee.

     The winner will be announced at the Annual Meeting of the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, Inc. A full color photo of the winning design will appear in the September/October issue of the Mayflower.

 

Rules

1. Designs to be submitted will be limited to three entries from any one designer. They should represent the most outstanding example of that designer’s work. The entries will take one of the following forms:

   a. A color photograph at least 5”x7” in size

   b. A color transparency

   c. A 35 mm slide

   d. A JPEG or digital photograph

2. An entry form must accompany each application listing all the plant material and other components, along with a short description of the design.

3. All entries must be received by April 1st.

4. Entries become the property of The Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, Inc. and will not be returned.

5. Entries will be judged by the Cindora Goldberg Award Committee.

 

B. HELEN DEORSAY FREIDBERG TRIBUTE SCHOLARSHIP (2006)

     One scholarship will be awarded each year for EACH of the NGC schools held in Massachusetts: Landscape Design, Garden Study School, Flower Show School and Environmental Study School.

1. An applicant must be a member of a Federated Club and may apply to any school in any given year in the following manner: An application form must be filled out by the applicant and signed by the President of her club. It is submitted to the Chairman of the Helen D. Freidberg Tribute Scholarship Committee by May 1st of the calendar year.

2. Only one member per club permitted in any course.

3. The Schools must be held in Massachusetts.

4. The applicant may not be a previous recipient of the scholarship.

5. The scholarship is a one-time award.

6. The scholarship awarded covers only tuition. Books, lodging, travel and incidentals are not covered.

7. The scholarships will be awarded at the GCFM Annual Meeting and must be used in the current fiscal year. Schools beginning before the Annual Meeting will be covered.

8. One scholarship for each school will be awarded.