McKenzie Garden Club Hosts 90-Year Anniversary Event
McKenzie Garden Club is celebrating its 90th anniversary in McKenzie. The event was celebrated with an open house on May 26.
McKenzie Garden Club President Donna Ward called the meeting to order at the First Cumberland Presbyterian Church. She thanked hostesses Myra Sasser and Judy McCadams and all who worked on decorating the previous afternoon. Willie Mae Forester gave the devotional based on the 67th Psalm. She stated that our lives are often like stained glass. We are made of broken pieces that when forged together become stronger than before.
Members answered the roll call with thoughts taken from the Spice of Life. The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved. The treasurer’s report was given and approved as read.
Donna reported on the project at Bethel in conjunction with the summer youth camp. Members discussed some plans for the flower beds in front of the Vera Low building on campus. Members who worked at the Triangle Park work day were thanked for their help.
Correspondence included a thank you from Victoria Ard’s husband for a card sent from the club and also a note from Glynda Rich thanking members for their support during the illness and death of her husband. Members sang to Willie Mae Forester who had had a birthday on May 19 and Donna Hodge whose birthday was May 22. Victoria Ard will have a birthday on July 20.
Donna thanked members for making the Open House possible. Myra Sasser made a motion to adjourn the meeting and Victoria Ard seconded it. Members recited the Collect to close the meeting.
Following the meeting an Open House was held to commemorate the 90th year of the club. Members of the Morning Glory Garden Club and former members of the McKenzie Garden Club were invited and special guest Mayor Jill Holland was also invited and attended. Mayor Holland’s greatgreat grandmother was a founding member.
Gena Manner, of the Morning Glory Garden Club, spoke about how in 1891 twelve ladies in Athens, Georgia and Chattanooga began the formation of clubs in their area. Later, in 1927, 17 of those charter clubs met and as a result McKenzie Garden Club was one of the clubs started.
Members and guests enjoyed refreshments and looked over the 90 years of membership books and other memorabilia on display.