70 Year History of the A&M Garden Club (Part 6)

1976 – 1986

———41st year——–

1976 – 1977: Mrs. Paul [Eileen] Kramer
– ? members – HONOR ROLL CLUB –
– meeting place: Old City Hall, Mimosa Room, C S 9:30 a m 2nd Fri
– Club planted trees and provided programs for College Station schools.

 

Capsule Flower Show
Theme “Design for Living”
Chairman: Mrs John German
Friday, 8 April, 1977
in the Mimosa Room
at the old College Station City Hall

 

 

 

 

———42nd year——–

1977-1978: Mrs. G B [Nancy] Becker – “Say Yes–Together We Can Do It” –
– 67 members – HONOR ROLL CLUB –
– meeting place: Old City Hall, Mimosa Room, C S 9:30 a m 2nd Fri

 

Our 38th Annual Flower Show
Theme “Autumn Echoes”
Co-Chairman: Mrs C E Lusk
Co-Chairman: Mrs Al Nelson
Friday, 9 Dec, 1977
at the University Lutheran Student Center, C S

 

 

 

 

———43rd year——–

1978-1979: Mrs. G B [Nancy] Becker – “Say Yes–Together We Can Do It” –
– 60 members – -GOLD CLUB –
– meeting place: Old City Hall, Mimosa Room, C S 9:30 a m 2nd Fri

 

1978 – 3rd Edition of “Gardening in the College Station Area” by Members of the A&M Garden Club.
Editor – Kay McWilliams
Acknowledgements 1978 Edition –
The A&M Garden Club wishes to acknowledge and express appreciation to all members who gave of their gardening knowledge in consultation assistance in the compilation of this book.
Special recognition is due the following for their work in writing the articles:
Mrs G B Becker [Bulbs], Mrs Paul D Frederickson [Roses], Mrs Dan Kamp [Lawns and Groundcovers], Mrs Erwin Lusk [Vegetable Gardening], Mrs Al Nelson [Iris], Mrs John C Reagor [Poisonous Plants], Mrs A L Rosprim [Day lilies], Mrs Roy W Snyder [African Violets] and Mrs Thomas Spence [Wildflowers].
Members assisting with typing and proof reading: Mrs John Ashton, Mrs Thomas Awbrey, Mrs R R Bell, Mrs Floyd Lambert, and Mrs E E Tucker.
The section on Herbs was taken from a paper by Mrs Judy Hutchinson, “Herbs for Bryan-College Station, Texas.”
The section on Native Vegetation, Climate, Water and Soils were written by Dr Edward McWilliams.
The article on Compost was taken from one by Dr John E Larsen, Extension Horticulturist -Vegetables, Texas A&M University, titled “Organic Matter in the Garden.”
[
“The Club recently updated this publication again and continue to sell it as a service to the community. Because of the major university here, people move to this area from many other regions, often ones that have very different soil and climate and gardening needs.]

 

 

 

 

 

Our 39th Annual Flower Show
Theme “Festival of Spring”
Chairman: Mrs. J S Morgan
Co-Chairman: Mrs Wm L Sipple
Friday, 26 Apr, 1979 3:00 – 8 p m
Brazos Center, 3232 Briarcrest Dr, Bryan.

 

 

 

 

———44th year——–

1979-1980: Mrs. Floyd [Margaret] Lambert – “Plants and Your Health”
– 61 members – -GOLD CLUB –
– meeting place: Brazos Center, Bryan 9:30 a m 2nd Fri
– Landscaped “Safety City” a miniature city block located in the back of an elementary school (then known as A&M Consolidated Elementary School). There children were taught traffic rules. This “city” was in use until recently and served many classes of school children. [In 1992 the site was needed for other use so “Safety City” in need of repair, was demolished.]

 

College Station Cemetery Project May ’80

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Shimshack, Wood, Bell, Lambert, Morse, Jones
On right: Morse, Wood, and Kramer

 

 

 

 

 

Our 40th Annual Flower Show
Theme “Easter Parade”
Co-Chairman: June Boyd
Co-Chairman: Margie Reagor
Friday, 20 March, 1980
at the Brazos Center, 3232 Briarcrest Dr, Bryan.

 

 

 

 

——–45th year———

1980 – 1981: Mrs. Dan [Marihelen] Kamp – “Gardening for Energy Conservation”
– 59 members – -GOLD CLUB –
– meeting place: Brazos Center, Bryan 9:30 a m 2nd Fri

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May ’80 newly installed officers 1980-81

1st VP: Mrs Floyd Lambert [program]
Mrs Curtis Lusk [yearbook]
2nd VP: Mrs John Reagor [flower show]
Mrs Guy Franchichini [flower show]
3rd VP: Mrs Randall Woods [hostesses]
Recording Secretary: Mrs E E Tucker
Corresponding Secretary: Mrs Joe Osoba
Treasurer: Mrs Noman Cook
Reporter: Mrs C E Gatlin
Historian: Mrs S A Shimshack [scrapbook]

– Nov – Club hosted Zone II meeting
– A faculty member at A&M University, led tours through the greenhouses and Floral Test Gardens.

 

Our 41st Annual Standard Flower Show
Theme “Texas Fantasy”
Chairman: Doris Franceschini
Co-Chairman: Connie Wortham
Friday, 1 May, 1981
at the Brazos Center, 3232 Briarcrest Dr, Bryan.

 

 

 

 

 


Memorial

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Dona Coulter Carnes 15 Sept 1878 – 3 July 1980
Charter member of the A&M Club and
remained an enthusiastic member until her death at the age of 101
“Miss Dona” was the wife of Malcolm Carnes,
co-founder, owner and publisher of the Bryan Daily Eagle
She was the editor of the Social Column from 1901 through 1930

 

 

 

 

——–46th year———

1981-1982: Mrs. Randall [Arlene] Wood – “Growing Together with A&M Garden Club”
– 62 members – -GOLD CLUB –
– meeting place: Brazos Center, Bryan 9:30 a m 2nd Fri

Club hosted Landscape Design Schools and Horticulture Workshops.

Our 42nd Annual Flower Show
Theme “Music, Music, Music”
Chairman: Pauline Varner
Co-Chairman: Evelyn Allen
Friday, 30 April, 1982
at the Brazos Center, 3232 Briarcrest Dr, Bryan
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Evelyn Allen, Ruby Morse, and Pauline Varner
Ruby was the sweepstakes winner of the ’82 show
one of her winning arrangements

——–47th year———

1982-1983: Mrs. Benny [Evelyn] Allen
– “Growing Together in Friendship, Participation and Sharing”
– 61 members -GOLD CLUB –
– meeting place: Brazos Center, Bryan 9:30 a m 2nd Fri

– Club hosted No IV Landscape Design School.

Our 43rd Annual Standard Flower Show
Theme “Under the Big Top”
Chairman: Arlene Wood
Co-Chairman: Helen Morgan
Friday, 29 April, 1983
at the Brazos Center, 3232 Briarcrest Dr, Bryan.

——–48th year———

1983-1984: Mrs. Paul [Eileen] Kramer – “Make New Friends and Keep the Old”
– 54 members -GOLD CLUB –
– meeting place: Community Center, C S 9:30 a m 2nd Fri
1st VP: Charlene Lusk [program]
Helen Morgan [yearbook]
2nd VP: Ruby Morse [flower show]
3rd VP: Virgie Nigh [hostesses]
Recording Secretary: Mayetta Carlson
Corresponding Secretary: Mary Frances German
Treasurer: Virginia Eaton
Reporter: Winnie Southern
Historian: Irene Mauer [scrapbook]
Parliamentarian: Evelyn Allen
Members at Large: Margaret Lambert, Elizabeth Gatlin
Arbor Day Ch: Homer Jones
Arboretum: Homer Jones
Auditor: Elizabeth Gatlin
Awards Chs: Marguerite Carroll
By-Laws: Evelyn Allen
Cemetary: Margaret Lambert
Christmas Auction: Faye Overton
Civic Beautification: Arlene Wood
Floral Arranging Workshops: Ruby Morse and Doris Franceschini
Horticulture/Plant Exchange: Margaret Ann White
Hostesses: Martha Wilhoit
Landscape Design: Deedie Lee
Library: Moy Nelson
Membership: Polly Nabors
Pilgrimages Ch: Helen Pugh
Therapy: Trish Barksdale

– Aided in beautification of the new College Station Community Center where Club meetings have been held.

Our 44th Annual Flower Show
Theme “Fantastic Travels”
Chairman: Ruby Morse
Co-Chairman: Doris Franceschini
Friday, 27 April, 1984
at the College Station Conference Center, CS

*Many of the above excerpt of history was taken from Brazos County History, Rich Past – Bright Future was written by Dee Dee Lee and Moy Nelson in 1984. Both authors are past presidents of A&M Garden Club.

——–49th year———

1984-1985: Jeanette Oorbals – “Bloom Where You Are”
– 54 members -GOLD CLUB –
– meeting place: Community Center, C S 9:30 a m 2nd Fri
1st VP: Dee Dee Lee [program]
Helen Morgan [yearbook]
2nd VP: Eileen Kramer [flower show]
Evelyn Allen [flower show]
3rd VP: Virgie Nigh [hostesses]
Recording Secretary: Mayetta Carlson
Corresponding Secretary: Pauline Varner
Treasurer: Virginia Eaton
Reporter: Martha Wilhoit
Historian: Irene Mauer [scrapbook]
Parliamentarian: Eileen Kramer
Members at Large: Claire Vestal, Margaret Wainerdi, Ann Von Gonten
Arbor Day Ch: Mattie Callender
Auditor: Mayetta Carlson
Awards Chs: Marguerite Carroll
By-Laws: Eileen Kramer
Cemetary: Genevieve Hammons
Christmas Auction: Ruby Morse
Civic Beautification: Mary Alice Beachy
Floral Arranging Workshops: Evelyn Allen
Horticulture/Plant Exchange: Mary Frances German
Hostesses: Martha Wilhoit
Landscape Design: Minnie Pope Cherry
Library: Moy Nelson
Membership: Polly Nabors
Pilgrimages Ch: Minnie Pope Cherry
Therapy: Trish Barksdale

– Pump in the fountain at the cemetery was repaired and the cracked basin was replaced.


Our 45th Annual Flower Show
Theme “Texas Weather”
Chairman: Eileen Kramer
Co-Chairman: Evelyn Allen
Friday, 26 April, 1985

? at the Brazos Center, 3232 Briarcrest Dr, Bryan.

——–50th year———

1985-1986: Jeanette Oorbals – “Bloom Where You Are” -GOLD CLUB –
– meeting place: Community Center, C S 9:30 a m 2nd Fri
1st VP: Dee Dee Lee [program]
Virginia Eaton [yearbook]
2nd VP: Margaret White [flower show]
Mayetta Carlson [flower show]
3rd VP: Martha Wilhoit [hostesses]
Recording Secretary: Polly Nabors
Corresponding Secretary: Margaret Wainerdi
Treasurer: Betty Burnham
Reporter: Martha Wilhoit
Historian: Irene Mauer [scrapbook]

– Pump in the fountain at the cemetery was repaired and the cracked basin was replaced.

Programs 1985-86

Sept “Antique Roses” Dr Wm Welch
Oct “Flower Arranging” Dr Jim Johnson
Nov Christmas Auction
Dec Christmas Decorations
Jan “Tips for Home Gardeners”
Dale Fritz, County Extension agency.

Feb “Landscape Design”
Eugene Ray, Dir. of grounds TAMU

Mar – “Water Gardens”
Doug Slack, Prof Wildlife and Fisheries TAMU
Apr – “Wild Flowers of Texas”
Dr Hugh Wilson Dept. Biology TAMU
May – Salad Luncheon

Club Projects included:
Landscaping College Station Cemetery
Compiled and published History of A&M Garden Club.
“Gardening in the College Station Area”
World Gardening -Batswana by Rosemary Boykin

 

Our 46th Annual Flower Show
Theme “Texas Under Six Flags”
Co-Chairman: Margaret White
Co-Chairman: Mayetta Carlson
Friday, 17 April, 1986
at the Brazos Center, 3232 Briarcrest Dr, Bryan.

 

Memorial
Anne Potter
10 Feb 1898 – July 1986


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