Eighty-eight members and guests of the Garden Club of Kent recently convened at the groups annual presidents banquet. The event, held at the United Methodist Church of Kent, featured speaker Richard Pouffenbaugh discussing new plants for the upcoming gardening season.
The program began with a welcome and introduction from outgoing president Ron Snowberger, who presented a year in review that included such highlights as the clubs national Gardeners Trowel Award in April, a successful plant sale in May and the completion of the five-year city building project with the city of Kent in September.
Following a dinner prepared and served by Marjorie Stahl and the United Methodist Women, Snowberger introduced new President Rick Strebler. Strebler recognized his fellow 2003 officers and directors for the new year: Harold Myers, first vice president; Bonnie Zuchniak, second vice president; Ron Snowberger, recording secretary; John Gwinn, treasurer; and Charles Brunner, editor.
The banquet also featured the presentation of the Garden Club of Kent Bronze Awards and the Lifetime Achievement Award. The Bronze Award for service went to John Zuchniak, while the horticultural award went to Marj Nicholas.
The lifetime achievement award was given to Art Herrick, a club member since 1948. Throughout his life, Herrick has been honored numerous times for his conservation efforts, including the Kent State University Presidents Medal, membership in the Conservation Hall of Fame and the Ohio Biological Surveys Oak Leaf Award.
Keynote speaker Pouffenbaugh later gave a presentation that included his suggestions for plants to grow in the upcoming year. Challenging plants new and different make gardening fun, he said. If youre motivated enough you can achieve almost anything.
The banquet ended with motivational words for the club members and guests, No winter lasts forever, no spring skips its turn, dont worry it will be here soon.
The Garden Club of Kent recently convened for its annual presidents banquet. From left, are lifetime achievement winner Art Herrick, horticultural winner Marj Nicholas, newly-inducted president Rick Strebler, and service winner John Zuchniak.