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 Claverack Garden Club

The Claverack Garden Club at Christmas party at noon at the Dutch Reformed Church Education Building in Claverack on Thursday, December 13. After a short business meeting, members visited while having lunch. Dessert and coffee were served by President Sama and Joanne Armstrong. Each member brought artistically wrapped gifts which were exchanged through a drawing. Phyllis Doody and Mary Jane Finkle were welcomed as new members. Mary Ginouves as World Gardening Chairman collected the contributions for the Federated Garden Clubs of NYS project "Water for Sudan". There will be an executive committee meeting on January 10 for planning for 2013.

Guests are always welcome at club functions. Please call Mrs. Sama for further information (672-7164).

photo L to R: Phyllis Doody, Mary Jane Finkle, Alexandra Parisella, Patricia Sama, Joanne Armstrong, seated (R) Jennie Kenas, Sylvia Schaummann. (Click to enlarge)

photo L to R: Claverack Garden Club members Elizabeth Katsivelos, Joanne Armstrong, Renee Maxwell, Marcella Guertin, Regan Maxwell, Patricia Sama, Louise Bliss, Joan Alexander, Sylvia Schaummann and Marge Chippari at their booth for the annual plant sale at Philmont Community Day. The club also held a benefit drawing of a rolling cooler containing items donated by garden club members, The Claverack Package Store and A Sharper Image Beauty Salon. The winner of the drawing was Delores Winters of Stuyvesant, NY. (Click to enlarge)

Louise Bliss presented Nature's Art Wildflower Program,
May 10, 2012 (Click to enlarge)

Mary G supervised planting for Memorial Day at Claverack Hamlet Park, May 22, 2012 (Click to enlarge)

Claverack Garden Club Press Book Chairman Marge Chippari (L) and President Patricia Sama display the award certificates received at the District III spring meeting at Birch Hill in Schodack on Thursday, April 19. From Federated Garden Clubs of New York State the Claverack Club received third place for their press book in the small clubs category. Columbia County Garden Clubs, in the group of clubs category, received first place. The press books, compiled by Mrs. Chippari, contain all printed publicity, in chronological order, for 2011. The books, submitted in January for judging, serve as an historical record of events of the year.
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Award certificates displayed

photo L to R: April meeting speaker Anthony Sama is introduced by Claverack Garden Club President Patricia Sama, members Susan Ihlenburg, Marcella Guertin and Louise Bliss. The table top greenhouse on the left was constructed by Mr. Sama of PVC pipe, a special electric heating pad, suspended sun lights and covered by painters' plastic drop cloth. The eggplant, started around March first, are about 3 inches high. He will start tomatoes soon. Each member received a hand out listing the materials. (Click to enlarge)
Anthony Sama speaks at meeting

2012 Claverack Garden Club Officers (Click to enlarge)
2012 Garden Club Officers

View 2011 Garden Club Archive

The December 2011 World Gardening, Water for Sudan, collection was $145.

Regular meetings:
Dutch Reformed Church, C.E. Building on 9-H in Claverack, 1 PM, second Thursday of the month; otherwise as noted. Guests are welcome at all meetings and events.  Meeting times and places may change so please call for information:

Sylvia Schaummann 518-672-5701.


Membership and Dues:

Membership is open to all who wish to stimulate the love and knowledge of gardening, aid in the protection of beauty and natural resources of the community, and encourage civic planting in our environs.  You do not have to be a gardener; only love flowers and a beautiful environment.  Annual Dues are $20.

The Claverack Garden Club is a member of The Garden clubs of Columbia County, Third District of Federated Garden Clubs of New York State, Inc., The Nature Conservancy, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia County, and National Garden Clubs, Inc.

Officers to be installed in March, 2012 and may be contacted
for further information:

President Patricia Sama: 672-7164
Vice-president Susan Ihlenburg: 828-2548
Corresponding Secretary Sylvia Schaummann: 672-5701
Recording Secretary Marge Chippari: 697-7638
Treasurer Louise Bliss: 828-7884


2012 Committees and Chairwomen:
Birds and butterflies Sue Ihlenburg and Jennie Kenas
Book of Recognition Mary Ginouves
Civic Beautification - Mary Ginouves, Sylvia Schaummann and Elizabeth Katsivelos
Columbia County Fair Renee Maxwell and Sylvia Schaummann
Columbia County Garden Clubs County Day Louise Bliss
Historian Jennie Kenas
Horticulture Patricia Sama
Membership Louise Bliss
Press Book Marge Chippari and Marcella Guertin
Publicity Marge Chippari
Sunshine Sylvia Schaummann
Ways and Means Joanne Armstrong, Marge Chippari and Alexandra Paricella
Wildflowers Louise Bliss
World Gardening Mary Ginouves
Yearbook Patricia Sama, Sue Ihlenburg, Sylvia Schaummann, Marge Chippari and Louise Bliss

To learn more about the Claverack Garden Club, click here.

Louise Bliss presents the President's pin to Patricia Sama
President's Pin presented to Patricia Sama

A Valentine arrangement, created by Member Jennie Kenas, was presented to the advocate and director of the child advocacy center in Hudson (Click to enlarge)
Valentine arrangement

Sue Ihlenbueg, Marcella Guertin and Joan Alexander during gift exchange at 2011 Chrismas party. (Click to enlarge)
Sue Ihlenbueg, Marcella Guertin and Joan Alexander

Jennie Kenas and Patricia Sama during gift exchange at 2011 Christmas party. (Click to enlarge)
Jennie Kenas and Patricia Sama

Sylvia Schaummann and Alexandra Parisella, hostesses at 2011 Christmas party. (Click to enlarge)
Sylvia Schaummann and Alexandra Parisella