Letter from the President

Florence Leyssène
Garden Club of Montclair

September, 2021 


My Dear Fellow Garden Club Members and Provisionals,

These past two years have been exceptionally challenging for everyone; however, opportunities were created for new ways of thinking. Forced to pause certain activities for safety reasons, we came up with new ways to communicate. We successfully engaged our members and together we fulfilled the purposes and objectives of our Club's mission. Our combined efforts and hard work are real compliments, not only to our organization, but also to our community.

I am deeply honored and grateful for your dedication as volunteers. My motto from last year — "Reset, Recharge, Rebloom"  — has definitely been accomplished and your involvement has exceeded my expectations.


Our Program year ended with a long awaited in-person gathering at our lovely Avis Campbell Gardens to celebrate the Garden Club Awards recipients for 2020-2021. Present were Cecelia Millea, GCNJ President-elect and Peggy Morrissey, GCNJ Awards Chair, who awarded a Certificate of Merit with Gold Seal for an Excellent 2021 Yearbook. Cecelia Millea also awarded the Garden Club of Montclair a top winner of
NGC-FD2 Award for Floral Design Program and a donation of $100. At the virtual GCNJ Annual Meeting on June 10, our Club was also awarded The Myra Brooks Garden Therapy Trophy. This award is presented by GCNJ to a club that did outstanding work in Garden Therapy.

What a way to end this unprecedented year! Congratulations to all who contributed to make this happen. You should all be proud of your contributions.

I am looking forward to serving a third year and helping the transition to new leadership for next year. The remainder of 2021 will be virtual for Board Meetings, Programs, and probably some Workshops. We hope to meet in person again in 2022 as soon as the construction at the United Way Building is completed. Please stay connected via our different ways of communicating  — email blasts, the Yearbook, our website, or Zoom. All details will be announced in a timely manner.

Thank you all for your hard work. With pride in our accomplishments!

Very fondly,
Florence Leyssène