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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 206 garden clubs with 7000 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:
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Officers and Dates for YEARBOOKS (2020-2021)
NGC President: Gay Austin
         gaylaustin@gmail.com
Need to communicate with NGC President other than email, please contact headquarters

CAR Director: Gail Corle Manna
             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


NGC  Convention May 12-18, 2020 Milwaukee, WI
FGCNYS Board Meeting May 20, Albany, NY
NGC Board Meeting Sept 23-26 Fargo, ND
FGCNYS State Meeting and Symposium October 5-8, 2020 Utica, NY
CAR Conference Oct. 18-20, 2020  Dover, DE
FGCNYS Board Meeting November 11, 2020 Albany, NY
Landscape Design Course IV Nov. 14-15, 2020, Rochester, NY

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
What's Happening in Landscape Design
Great News from World Gardening Chairman, Lucille Bauer. In 2019 FGCNYS contributed $18,080.51 to Dig Deep and $5566.67 to Water for Sudan. Lucille thanks all who made these generous donations.
World Gardening Checks Have Been Sent !
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

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.
FABULOUS NEW MEMBER ADVERTISEMENT: print publicize and promote!
2020 Woodsy Owl Smokey Bear 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
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Vikki receiving Prestigious  5 STAR Certificate from NGC President Gay Austin

GOOD NEWS!
$50,000 available for
PLANT AMERICA GRANTS
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Take the membership challenge

Almost all events have been cancelled because of Coronavirus. Check with Districts and Clubs.
Nancy A. Binger Dix Hills Garden Club Third Place WInner NGC Photography Contest..Congratulations Nancy!!!

Class 1 Near- Sighted Close up and/or Macro
Susanna Funk Dix Hills Garden Club
NGC Photo Contest Farsighted Class 2 Judged most creative/artistic in class
Congratulations Susanna!
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