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Charter Member: National Garden Clubs, Inc.
a non-profit educational organization. The membership of NGC is composed of 5602 member garden clubs with 178,946 members in the fifty states. In addition, there are 654 international affiliates, making NGC the largest volunteer gardening organization in the world
Member: Central Atlantic Region
Office address: 292 Washington Ave. Ext. STE 104, Albany, NY 12203-6385
Phone and Fax: 518-869-6311
fgcnys@verizon.net
 The office is open Monday and Wednesdays 9-1 and 2-5
Tuesday and Thursdays 2-5

Closed Fridays *Note new hours!!!!!!!!*


  The Federated Garden Clubs of New York State, Inc., was founded in 1924 and incorporated in 1930 for the purpose of supporting the Garden Clubs of New York State. The FGCNYS presently includes more than 209 garden clubs with 6897 members across the state.
  Membership in the Federated Garden Clubs of New York State, Inc. offers garden club members the opportunity and privilege of participating with others in advancing and promoting the objectives and purposes for which the State Federation was formed:
BEAUTIFICATION PRESERVATION CONSERVATION




Officers and Dates for YEARBOOKS (2019-2020)
NGC President: Gay Austin
         gaylaustin@gmail.com
Need to communicate with NGC President other than email, please contact headquarters

CAR Director: Gail Corle
             9956 William Penn Rd
             Imler, PA 16655-8460
            gcorle1214@gmail.com
            814-932-3231 (c)

FGCNYS President: Vikki Bellias
             11 Black Duck Dr
             Stony Brook, NY 11790
              vikkibellias@gmail.com
             631-689-7337
Vikki assumes office May 21st

NGC  Convention April 30-May 5, 2019, Biloxi, Miss
NGC Board Meeting Sept 18-20 St. Louis, MO
CAR Conference Oct. 24-25, Arlington, VA
CAR Symposium Oct. 25-26 Arlington, VA
FGCNYS Annual Meeting May 19-21 Hyatt Regency, Long Island
Board Meetings will be posted on the web site as they are approved by FGCNYS Board. You may include this phrase.

292 Washington Ave. Ext. Suite 104, Albany, NY 12203-6385
518-869-6311    fgcnys@verizon.net
SHOP National Garden Club Member Services for all your garden club needs. Go to gardenclub.org and shop. 
The NEW HANDBOOK is available
2019-2021 Theme: Plant America: Spreading Roots ThruNY
HAS YOUR CLUB JOINED "THE FROG BAG" Project?
Family Outreach Program
FGCNYS, Inc

The program was designed to reach families using a different approach! This program began in one Club and has now become a state-wide initiative. Many Libraries are struggling to stay open so getting creative was their only answer. Our local library decided to lend out gardening and home improvement tools making it possible to borrow a shovel, hoe or a hammer, items donated by hardware stores, or from home owners downsizing, etc. 

As the program grew we decided what a great idea! How can we as a Garden Club get on the band wagon……Thus the "Frog Bag" was born. Using a local Printing Company we created a washable book bag that kids could borrow! 

Since we started the program in the Spring of this year, it was decided books, newsletters to the kids and their parents, along with give-always, would change with the seasons. Starting with Spring, the bag contained the National Garden Club President’s book “The Frightened Frog”, a zip lock bag containing peat pots, soil for pots, sunflower seeds and string bean seeds. Also enclosed were directions to the parents and child on how to plant and replant when the seedlings are ready for the ground. The child was able to borrow the bag for a week then at the end of that week, return the bag and book and keep the give-away. As a Club we had had made up many zip lock give-away packets and letters to the family. The librarian was requested to reload the bag for the next child to borrow. As Summer approached, the contents of the bag switched to a Summer theme. The Library was told they could choose one of their books using the theme of bugs, leaves, or plants. Along with a newsletter to the families the bag contained a magnifying glass, directions on making a Ecological Survey site in their back yard, and directions on making a Nature Explorer's Journal to record their sightings. After a week the book and bag would again be returned for the next child to borrow. As Fall is approaching the bag contents will change and we will be adding the new National book the “The Saved Seed”! Along with a newsletter to the child and parents, the child will receive 3 flower bulbs to plant, craft directions on making things with leaves and saved pumpkin seeds. With each newsletter in the bag parents are encouraged to help teach the child the importance of saving our environment. At the same time given information on joining a local garden club. We have 4 libraries in our area on board with the program. And a waiting list of children waiting to borrow our Frog bag.

Carol Brown
Family Outreach Chairman
FGCNYS, Inc.

Digital version of new handbook now available from member services for $25.
WE ARE NOW ON FACEBOOK under Federated Garden Clubs of New York State...you may now link up!
Our latest well in the village of Hai Jadit in Wau, South Sudan. The Chief is Aleu Ngor Aguer. It's the 345th well dug. GPS: 7.733900,28.000328
NGC 2018 PLANT AMERICA GRANT WINNERS
In KIT magazine which is posted above on Home page the following winners have been announced from New York State.....CONGRATULATIONS!!!
82 grants were approved from 162 applicants nationwide
Please send me photos of your project so I can post them for all to see on this web site.
Ardsley Garden Club
Ballston Spa House and Garden Club
Forest Stream Garden Club
Garden Club of Peekskill
Little Gardens of Tarrytown Garden Club
Shawangunk Garden Club
Three Village Garden Club
2019 CAR-SGC Conference and Symposium, October 24-25 and 26-27th Arlington Hilton, Virginia.Go to sgc-car.org for details
What's Happening in Landscape Design
Great News from World Gardening Chairman, Lucille Bauer. This year FGCNYS contributed $16,594 to Dig Deep and $6039.07 to Water for Sudan. Lucille thanks all who made these generous donations.
World Gardening Checks Have Been Sent !
Landscape Design School Course II October 9 &10, 2019, Rochester, NY
Photos from Annual Meeting
Installation of Vikki Bellias
PROJECT WINNER NGC AWARD OF EXCELLENCE 2019

Our contribution to Dig Deep provided clean water systems to three families. There will be an update this summer on the project.
Vikki Bellias standing in front of FGCNYS seal on carpet at NGC Headquarters, St. Louis

President Vikki Bellias receiving very prestigious Five Star NGC Award. It means she has attained master status in all five schools NGC offers.
SCHOOLS
FSS COURSE IV, Dewitt, ,NY
October 14 and 15 with Exam on October 17
WE HAVE MOVED! NOTE: New address below
President Bellias is encouraging all to participate in the schools and education offered by NGC
Judges go to Schools page for new information and forms
GREAT NEW CONTEST!
BOARD MEMBERS
All information for board members: registration, dates, forms, minutes, etc. will be located on Directory page which is password protected. Contact me if you do not have the password.
To all web persons working on club or district web sites: For security reasons we have changed the password. Please contact Barbara or the Linda at the office for the new one. This is not to be confused with the board member password.
FABULOUS NEW MEMBER ADVERTISEMENT: print publicize and promote!
IMPORTANT!
Hackers are targeting not for profits...Have your treasurers double check before sending checks to anyone. The request will look like something you have paid before.
Go to link below for fabulous designs done by FGCNYS at the State Fair in Syracuse
https://photos.app.goo.gl/WSHhFALuUPCbV9bg9
2020 Woodsy Owl Smokey Bear Contests
Go to CONTESTS Page for 2019-2020 YOUTH CONTESTS

EACH ONE PLANT ONE!
NEW NGC Initiative...each member plant one native tree...details to follow!
President Vikki Bellias standing in front of newly dedicated Butterfly sculpture at NGC Headquarters, St. Louis
2020 FGCNYS ANNUAL MEETING  October 4-6 2020 and SYMPOSIUM October 6-8, 2020
MAKE YOUR PLANS NOW TO JOIN US...ALL MEMBERS CAN BENEFIT FROM TAKING SYMPOSIUM
Click below for flyer