Committees & Assignments

Standing Committees


This committee is active March through November.  A site chairperson  will oversee the planting, watering, fertilization, and weeding of each garden.  Participation is required for Spring/Fall Cleanup, although some people are designated as designers or schedulers.   No limit on number of members.  


Corporation Beach Dory

Site Chairs: Patricia Koehler

 Alice Adams

Joan Donovan


Dot Craft

Nancy Jamieson

Jo-Ann Kuchera

Joanne Mockler

Mary Raycraft

Dennis Memorial Library

Site Chair: Barbara Norman

 Marilyn Bowen

Janet Levesque
Mary Karen Noona

Beverly Petti

Dennis Public Library

Site Chair: Nancy Wilson

Barbara Fitzpatrick

Dennis Port Pocket Park

Site Chair: Patti Sakellis

Melanie Carlson

Nancy Goldman

Pamela Olson

Joan Surrette

Marie Susen 

Baranda Wilcox

Dennis Senior Center

Site Chair: Christine Harrington

Elaine Fialky


Josiah Dennis Manse                  Interpretive Garden

Site Co-Chair: Mary Raycraft

Mary Karen Noonan

Jan Ward

Dennis Village Post Office

Site Chairs: Priscilla Cronin Connie Maney

Ginger Barnes

Jean Forte

Mary Rahal

Mayflower Beach Dory

Site Chair: Nadine Bradshaw

Ginger Barnes

Susan Genoa

Mary Raycraft

Nobscussett Park

Site Chairs: Peggy Lahey

                    Mauvreen Ackley

Jan Kervick

Nobscussett Park

Site Chair: Peggy Lahey


Ginger Barnes

Barbara Drowne

Mary Raycraft

Sheryl Vos

Jan Ward

Martha Young  

Chamber of Commerce

Site Chair: Donna Garrabrant


Elizabeth Ching

Mary Ann Politi

Marie Susen


The Chairperson of this committee researches the awards available from the Federated Garden Clubs, from GCFM, New England Regional and National Garden Clubs, Inc.  This information is given to VGC committee chairs who may wish to apply for an award. 

Chair: Nancy Jamieson


This committee holds sessions to teach club members the techniques of garden and container design in accordance with

federated rules. 

Chairs:  Nancy Jamieson  



The Environment Committee keeps members informed about conservation and environmental issues and provides us with suggestions to lessen our carbon footprints locally and worldwide. 

Chair:  Chris Harrington


This committee spends time monthly with the residents of South Dennis Health Care.  Individual committees are formed for each month’s visit.  Each committee is responsible for coming up with a craft or garden project for the assigned month. To round out

the year, we plant a garden for the residents.  

 Chair: Phyllis Villemaire 

Patricia Koehler, Betsy Rinehart  


This chairperson writes up a newsletter to all members each month.

Chair: Candy Loiselle


This committee is responsible for planning horticulture trips, coordinating with the Program Committee for horticulture programs, organizes the horticulture at the Flower Shows, co-ordinates the wreath making in December, plans and runs the horticulture

minute for our monthly meetings and makes the center pieces for the Annual Meeting in June. 

Co-Chairs: Nancy J Wilson & Barbara Lockhart

Susan Foley, Nancy Jamieson, Angela Kimball, Betty Morse, Mary Raycraft    


This committee organizes the monthly meeting luncheon and desserts for members to enjoy. 


 Co-Chairs:  Connie Maney & Phyillis Villemaire 


This committee tracks member participation, welcomes and sets expectations for new members, creates names tags and

manages member renewals.

Co-Chairs: Priscilla Cronin & Priscilla Hutchinson


This committee sets up and manages the plant sale in May. 

Chair: Melanie Carlson

Alice Adams, Janet Levesque, Ginger Barnes, Mary Karen Noonan, Nadine Bradshaw, Barbara Norman, 

Melanie Carlson, Beverly Petti, Enid Crowell, Lynda Stamboni, Sylvia Gabos, Marie Susen, Nancy Goldman,

Phyllis Villemaire, Nancy Jamieson, Nancy J Wilson, Jo-Ann Kuchera 


This committee researches and arranges the monthly programs for the club, including the special “Open Meeting” for the public.  Typically the committee meets four times a year to discuss available presenters.  Members are asked to contact a speaker, acquire

a signed contract, be the liaison with that speaker prior to the meeting (confirm plans, determine speaker’s needs, remind him/her

of the plans, and introduce him/her that month).  In addition, this committee plans and organizes the December holiday luncheon. The cochairs are responsible for coordinating the program plans and for reporting to the VGC Board and the membership when asked and by submitting information to the Grapevine if appropriate.  They develop the program committee budget and prepare the program descriptions for the Yearbook.  

Chair: Donna Chipman

Rosalie DiNapoli, Judie DeCarolis, Barbara Drowne, Elaine Fialky, Susan Genoa, Betsy Harrison, Fran Iovinella,

Janice Kervick, Marie Susen 


This committee is responsible for managing publicity for our club events and determining ways to get more positive

publicity for the club in general.  

Chair: Mary Karen Noonan



 This committee works with local schools and organizations to provide scholarships, tool-ships and grants to residents of Dennis.  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, landscape design, environmental science, botany, forestry and other related fields.  The committee will meet to review applications and award college scholarships and toolships to students to help them

meet their career goals.    In addition, the committee may offer grants and advice to Dennis K-12 schools and other community organizations such as Habitat for Humanity to help these organizations create and promote gardens and green spaces in our town.    Working with the Program Committee on the fundraising Open Meeting held in November and having a second fund raiser each year along with board approved transfers is how the committee and VGCD members help to maintain a fund balance to support these grants. 

Co-Chair: Mary Rahal

Donna Christensen, Judith Christie, Priscilla Hutchinson, Laura Luke, Mary Ann Politi, Patricia Sowpel 



This committee is responsible for the technical portion (audio and video) setup for the presentations at each monthly meeting in conjunction with the Program committee.  This committee also manages the Facebook Page for the club and maintains the Web page.  They also maintain the 3 club laptops for software currency and support.

Chairs: Candy Loiselle & Jan Ward


Elizabeth Ching, Dagmar Fichtel


This committee member creates the yearbook and sends to all members for the coming year. 

Chair: Vacant


Chairperson to contact members without Email

Chair: Mary Raycraft

Hospitality Schedule 

Co-Chairs: Joanne Mockler & Marie Susen

September Chair - Elizabeth Ching 

Tea Table— Candy Loiselle

Priscilla Cronin, Joan Donovan, Chris Harrington, Jan Kervick, Sheryl Vos

October Chair -  Edie Bracken

Tea Table— Angela Kimball


Marylin Bowen, Donna Christensen, Dot Craft, Elaine Fialky, Jean Forte, Susan Genoa, Jo Ann Kuchera

November Chairs - Marie Susen 

Tea Table—Priscilla Hiutchinson

Judith Christie, Judie DeCarolis, Dagmar Fichtel, Donna Garabrant, Marion Marino, Mary Karen Noonan,

Beverly Petti

January Chairs - Jan Levesque, Rosalie DiNapoli

Tea Table - Nancy Jamieson


Nancy Goldman, Fran Iovinella, Pat Koehler, Barbara Norman, Mary Rahal, Betsy Rinehart

February Chairs - Nancy Wilson 

Tea Table - Joanne Mockler

Chris Harrington, Teedy Farrell, Peggy Lahey, Betty Morse, Mary Raycraft, Lynda Stamboni

March Chair - Betsy Harrison

Tea Table—Pam Olson

Donna Chipman, Enid Crowell, Barbara Drowne, Barbara Fitzpatrick, Gail Jamison       

April Chair - Phyllis Villemaire & Barbara Lockhart

Tea Table - Angela Kimball

Nadine Bradshaw, Mary Ann Politi, Sylvia Gabos, Pat Sowpel

May Chairs -  Ginger Barnes & Susan Foley

Tea Table— Angela Kimball

Alice Adams, Laura Luke, Connie Maney, Pat Sakelis, Jan Ward, Baranda Wilcox, Martha Young

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