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Standing Committees
Standing Committees

 Civic Beautification Committee - Chair: Sheryl Vos

This committee oversees the preparing, planting, watering, fertilization and weeding of town gardens. All Civic Beautification participants are requested to help with Spring/Fall cleanup. Scheduling, designing and purchasing plant material is done by each garden Site Chair. Garden assignments, approving billing and overseeing all gardens is coordinated by the Beautification Chairwoman. No participant limit.

Corporation Beach Dory

Site Chair: Patricia Koehler

Dorothy Craft

Joanne Mockler

Mary Raycraft

Chamber of Commerce

Site Chair: Marie Susen


Eva Brinner

Elizabeth Ching

Bethany Gaita

Dennis Memorial Library

Site Chair: Barbara Norman

Marlea Hoelzer

Laura Luke

Barbara Murphy

Cindy St. Amour

Dennis Port Public Library

Site Chair: Nancy J. Wilson 


Colleen Baldelli

Cindy St.  Amour

Heidi Toth

Dennis Port Pocket Park

Site Chair: Colleen Baldelli

Catherine Bonta

Melanie Carlson

Susan Carnathan

Mary Karen Noonan

Kathy Ozella

Patti Sakellis

Peg Sheridan

Lisa Swansey

Heidi Toth

Bonnie Willey

Nancy J. Wilson

Jacob Sears Library

Site Chair: Karen Smith 

Jane Brennan

Lynn Carlson

Priscilla  Cronin

Barbara Fitzpatrick

Bev Petti

Cindy St. Amour

Josiah Dennis Manse                  Interpretive Garden

Site Co-Chairs:

Mary Raycraft

Jan Ward

Dennis Village Post Office

Site Chair: Mary Rahal

Donna Christensen

Jean Forte

Marsha Fredericks

Valerie Nichols

Mayflower Beach Dory

Site Chair: Nadine Bradshaw

Allison Barnes

Kate Lazarovich

Mary Raycraft

Nancy Torrente

Nobscussett Park

Site Chair: Peggy Lahey

Mary Gemme

Mary Raycraft

Karen Smith

Sheryl Vos

Jan Ward  

AWARDS - Chair: Nancy Jamieson

The Chairperson of Awards researches the awards available for the Club from GCFM, New England Regional and National Garden Clubs Inc., and any other applicable sources. This information is shared with our VGCD Committee Chairs who may wish to apply for an award or grant.

DESIGN STUDY - Chair: Nancy Jamieson

The Design Study Committee holds club workshops to teach members good Floral Design using the Elements and Principles of Design as put forth by the National Garden Club, Inc. The committee will share techniques used to achieve good designs for Home and Shows.

ENVIRONMENT - Chairs:  Lisa Swansey & Mary Noonan

The Environment Committee keeps members informed about significant conservation and environmental issues as well as local,

state and national legislation on environmental concerns. The use of the Grapevine, announcements at General Meetings, as well

as email notifications of upcoming Internet programs, allow a variety of ways of keeping the membership informed.


Committee Members:  Allison Barnes

GARDEN THERAPY - Chair: Nancy Torrente

Garden Therapy spends time monthly with the residents of South Dennis Health Care creating crafts or garden related projects.

Each committee member is responsible for sourcing craft ideas and projects for a specific month which are preapproved by the Chairperson. At the end of the year committee members plant a garden for the residents.

Committee Members:  Bethany Cassin Gaita  

GRAPEVINE - Chair: Elizabeth Ching 

The Grapevine is the VGCD newsletter sent to all VGCD members informing them of scheduled activities and noteworthy information pertaining to gardening, nature, all aspects of VGCD and GCFM information and activities.

Committee Members:  Patty Sowpel  

HORTICULTURE - Chairs: Colleen Baldelli & Kathy Ozella

The Horticulture committee, in conjunction with relevant committees is responsible for the planning and organizing of field trips, flower shows, December wreath decorating, horticultural minutes, providing center pieces for the December luncheon and Annual Meeting.

Committee Members: Catherine Bonta, Eva Brinner, Melanie Carlson, Betty Morse, Barbara Murphy, Mary Raycraft, Nancy Wilson  

HOSPITALITY - Chairs: Susan Carnathan & Patty Koehler 

This committee organizes the monthly meeting luncheon refreshments for VGCD members and guests to enjoy. The committee is responsible for proper cleanup and storage of materials.


MEMBERSHIP - Chair: Joanne Mockler

The Membership Committee coordinates the record keeping for the body of all VGCD members. This includes the creation of new and renewal applications. Members will interface with any new applicants regarding their interests and skills following which applicant names will be presented to the Board for approval. Members of the committee will work with the Vice President (who is a de-facto member of the committee) to assign a mentor to each new member. The committee will take attendance at meetings and maintain records in print and electronic spreadsheet form showing all current members and their status. This information will be used by the committee to manage renewals and in conjunction with the Tech Team, make current membership lists available on the VGCD website under the secure section for other committees and club members to utilize. The committee along with the Vice-President, may take on other activities during the year such as a welcome event for new members, training for mentors or membership promotion events as needed.

Committee Members: Nadine Bradshaw, Lynn Carlson, Melanie Carlson, Peggy Lahey 

PHOTOGRAPHER - Chair: Sheryl Vos

This VGCD member takes photographs at all VGCD events and works with the website editor to display and archive all photos on the VGCD website.

PLANT SALE PLANNING  - Chairs: Marsha Fredericks & Jean Forte

The Plant Sale Committee coordinates one of our biggest fundraisers of the year, the annual plant sale. The committee is

responsible for all aspects of the sale including purchasing plants from nurseries, gathering members plants, locating a sale site, obtaining town permits, building a team, assigning tasks, works with various committees (as needed) such as the finance team, treasurer, tech team and publicity to coordinate funding and advertising. Additionally, leads the effort to collect plant accessories and vintage items offered for sale. They are responsible for building a team for the final cleanup and disposal of all site materials at the end of the sale. Lastly, provides the final reporting to include finances and balances of accounts within 30 days of the event.

Committee Members:  Eva Brinner, Dorothy Craft, Susan Foley, Mary Gemme, Nancy Jamieson, Barbara Lockhart, Margaret McQuillan, Mary Karen Noonan, Cindy St. Amour, Bonnie Willey, Nancy J Wilson 

PROGRAM - Chair: Marjorie Dienhart

This Committee researches and arranges monthly programs for the club. The program may include speakers and other gardening, nature, and environmentally related subjects, along with focuses that support our club mission and budgets. Additionally, committee members review speaker’s presentations and equipment needs either in person or via technology before engaging on behalf of the club. This includes being a liaison with the speaker, coordinating contracts, submitting requests for payment, introducing the speaker/subject at each monthly meeting. Prior to meeting day, all equipment requirements, plus equipment set up plan is in place to ensure high quality programs. Also, collaborates with other VGCD Committees members to assist in planning the December Member Luncheon, VGCD special events (anniversary celebrations) and providing updates to the Grapevine Editor and Tech Team representatives.

Committee Members: Denise Bienfang,  Jane Brennan, Judie DeCarolis, Barbara Drowne, Elaine Fialky, Bethany Cassin Gaita, Karen Smith

PUBLICITY - Chair: Deb Watson 

The Publicity Committee is responsible for managing communications and publicity for notable club events and activities while staying within budget. This includes all forms of written or electronic messaging, internet solutions and/or other avenues of affordable media for promotional purposes. Publicity works with the club photographer and various committees to achieve effective publicity awareness.

SCHOLARSHIP / COMMUNITY OUTREACH - Chairs: Kate Lazarovich & Mary Rahal

This committee works with local schools and organizations to provide scholarships, tool-ships and grants to residents living on Cape Cod. Working with high school guidance counselors, the committee identifies students who plan to pursue careers in fields that support the mission of the VGCD such as horticulture, landscaping design, environmental science, botany, forestry and other related fields. The committee will meet to review applications and award college scholarships and tool-ships to students to help them meet their career goals. In addition, this group may offer grants and advice to Cape Cod schools and other community organizations to help these organizations create and promote gardens and greens spaces in our town.


Committee Members:  Donna Christensen, Priscilla Cronin, Laura Luke, Connie Maney, Valerie Nichols, Peg Sheridan

TECHNOLOGY - Chair: Jan Ward

This Committee is responsible for audio and video setup at each monthly meeting in conjunction with the Program Committee. Committee members manage and update the VGCD Facebook Page and website. Club laptop administration, including software updates, antivirus and hardware support, are managed by this team. This committee also works on creating media for all VGCD events such as the plant sale, open meeting and other special events in conjunction with the publicity team.


Committee Members:  Elizabeth Ching

YEARBOOK - Chair: Elizabeth Ching

Based on current input from all committees, the yearbook committee creates the yearly VGCD yearbook, coordinates printing with detail to cost and distribution. Committee chairs must submit edits or new material to the yearbook Chair as scheduled to guarantee on-time publication. Yearbook draft(s) must be proofread by committee Chairs before going to print. In addition, committee Chairs must provide these changes to the Technology and Publicity teams to ensure all media is in synch.


Hospitality Schedule 

Co-Chairs: Susan Carnathan & Patty Koehler

September Chair - Priscilla Cronin 

Tea Table— Jan Ward 

Catherine Bonta, Elizabeth Ching, Barbara Drowne, Barbara Fitzpatrick, Connie Maney, Peg Sheridan, Lisa Swansey

October Chair -   Laura Luke

Tea Table— Marsha Frederick


Dorothy Craft, Donna Garrabrant, Mary Noonan, Barbara Norman, Sheryl Vos


November Chairs - Peggy Lahey

Tea Table—Nancy Jamieson

Jean Forte, Mary Gemme, Barbara Murphy, Bev Petti, Trish Rivers, Cindy St. Amour, Heidi Toth

January Chairs - Lynn Carlson

Tea Table - Colleen Baldelli


Allison Barnes, Joanne DiFranceso, Patty Koehler, Kathy Ozella, Lynda Stamboni, Marie Susen, Bonnie Willey 

February Chairs - Joanne Mockler

Tea Table - Priscilla Hutchinson

Marjorie Dienhart, Susan Foley, Marlea Hoelzer, Patti Sowpel



March Chair - Bethany Cassin Gaita

Tea Table— Kate Lazarovich 

Judie DeCarolis, Gail Jamison, Betty Morse, Mary Raycraft


April Chair - Nadine Bradshaw

Tea Table - Deb Watson

Susan Carnathan, Barbara Lockhart, Margaret McQuillan, Patty Sakellis, Martha Young

May Chairs -  Nancy Wilson

Tea Table— Mary Rahal

Jane Brennan, Melanie Carlson, Donna Christensen, Elaine Fialky, Karen Smith, Nancy Torrente

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