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THE CALL TO THE 96th ANNUAL MEETING

“Plant Trees, Invest in the Future”

JUNE 9, 2022

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BRIDGEWATER MARRIOTT HOTEL

700 COMMONS WAY
BRIDGEWATER, NJ 08807

THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2022

REGISTRATION: 8:00AM

Dear Club Presidents, Members and Honored Guests:


The 96th Annual Meeting of The Garden Club of New Jersey will be held on June 9, 2022 at the Bridgewater Marriott Hotel. At this time, we will welcome former CAR Assistant Director, Angela Raitano, who will install the new officers for the 2022-2023 term.

Registration is $55 per person, non-refundable after May 31, 2022. The registration deadline is May 30, 2022.
The registration form, with mailing instructions, is available by CLICKING HERE.

Registration at the event begins at 8:00AM; the morning session at 9:15AM and luncheon at 12:30PM. The afternoon session begins at 1:15PM. It will be open seating in the morning and afternoon with the exception of Life Members, Honor Tables, Scholarship and Awards recipients in the AM and Life Members and Honor Tables in the PM.

A limited number of rooms have been reserved at the hotel for Wednesday, June 8, 2022, at the rate of $208 plus tax for a single/double room. The reservation deadline date is May 18, 2022. You may reserve a room by calling the hotel directly at 908-927-9300 or 1-888-236-2427. Remember to mention The Garden Club of New Jersey event when reserving your room.

The morning session will feature the GCNJ Book of Memory Ceremony, the Scholarship and the Awards Presentations, and the New Officers Installation. During the mid-day break, everyone will have a chance to shop the boutiques, purchase raffle tickets and enjoy the creative designs by our own GCNJ floral designers.

The program will be presented, in the afternoon, by Valerie McLaughlin. Valerie is an Accredited Member of the American Institute of Floral Designers and currently serves as a design instructor at Longwood Gardens. She has won numerous awards for her floral designs, including blue ribbons and the “Best of the Week” award at the Philadelphia Flower Show.

We are fortunate to welcome Valerie! You won’t want to miss this special presentation.

Mark your calendar for June 9th and join us for this special day.


Cecelia Millea

Message from 2021-2023 President Cecelia Millea

My President’s Theme “Plant Trees: Nature’s Unsung Heroes”

I am honored to have been elected the 50th President of the Garden Club of New Jersey at our first virtual Annual Meeting on June 10th. I look forward to working with all affiliated garden clubs as we emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic and return to in-person meetings and events. The theme of my presidency is “Plant Trees: Nature’s Unsung Heroes”. Trees are one of earth’s most valuable resources and they are being destroyed, worldwide, at an alarming rate to commercial agriculture, wildfires, logging and urbanization. I ask you to join me and the Garden Club of New Jersey in conserving, protecting and planting trees for future generations. Over the course of my two-year term, the Garden Club of New Jersey will award six $1000 grants to affiliated garden clubs that sponsor a project that focuses on the planting of trees. An application for these grants will soon be available on our website. As we move forward, it is my hope that we will, not only, plant together but also learn together, protect our environment together and, once again, meet together to share our common interests and achieve our common goals.

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Mission Statement

The Garden Club of New Jersey, Inc. provides education, resources and opportunities for adults and youth members to expand the love of gardening and floral design and encourages active participation in civic, environmental and historic preservation projects to protect the past for the future.

Adopted
March 31, 2003
Board of Directors
New Brunswick, New Jersey

New Jersey – The Garden State – has over 100 garden clubs

The Garden Club of New Jersey, Inc. (GCNJ), founded in 1925, is a federation of individual local garden clubs throughout the state. GCNJ has over 4,000 members, age 6-adult. The Garden Club of New Jersey is the state affiliate and a charter member of the National Garden Clubs, Inc., (NGC), a non-profit educational organization. The membership of NGC is composed of nearly 200,000 members, 6,000 member garden clubs, 70 national affiliates and 300 international affiliates around the globe. NGC is the largest volunteer organization of its type in the world.