Annual Garden Gala
Gala History and Photos
Dates to Remember
Philanthropic Projects Back Cover
President Marty Kendall
First Vice President Liz Duchaine
Second Vice President Beth Smith
Assistant 2nd Vice President John Kendall
Recording Secretary Carol Mullin
Assistant Recording Secretary Cheryl King
Corresponding Secretary Paula Bruckner
Treasurer Barb Riordan
Assistant Treasurer Joan Rosenberg
Ways & Means Liz Duchaine & Nancy Kennedy
Membership Alice Trant
Parliamentarian Kathleen Hecksher
Historian Darlene Widirstky & Margaret Bergsten
Publicity John Kendall
The purpose of this club is to aid in the protection and conservation of natural resources, encourage civic beauty and roadside beautification, stimulate the study of the fine art of gardening, and cooperate with other agencies in furthering the interests of horticulture and conservation.
Meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month, except June, July, August and December at Fishers of Men Evangelical Lutheran Church, 10360 Stringfellow Road. 9:00 am Social; 9:30 am Meeting.
Dues are $25.00 per year for individuals and $45.00 for a couple. Dues need to be paid by the end of MAY. First time guests are welcomed without charge; a second attendance at a charge of $5.00. Further attendance will require membership in the club and the second attendance fee will be credited towards the membership dues.
The Pine Island Garden Club is a working club and each member is expected to serve on a Refreshment Committee and a Standing Committee. Members—Please bring your own coffee cup to meetings for refreshments. This follows our philosophy of doing our part to protect our environment from unnecessary waste.
The Pine Island Garden Club is a working garden and service organization. Because we all want our programs and projects to be successful, there are general expectations of each member.
These expectations include:
Pay annual membership dues;
Dues must be paid by end of MAY.
Serve as an active member on one standing committee;
Serve on one refreshment committee;
In addition, there are specific expectations for the annual Garden Gala, our only fundraiser.
A: One or more healthy potted plants for the plant table,
B: Baked goods for the bake sale table.
Work a two hour shift the day of the Gala, or work two
hours prior to the Gala assisting with the preparation
A Bromlaid in the yard of Barb Riordan. Can you find the green frog?
Pine Island Garden Club By-laws
Revised 1979, 1987, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2020
Article 1 - Name
The name of this club shall be Pine Island Garden Club. This club was organized April 23, 1975. Installing officer was Mrs. Robert Stewart of the Caloosahatchee Garden Club.
Article II - Purpose
The purpose of the club shall be to aid in the protection and conservation of our natural resources, encourage civic beauty and roadside beautification, promote the fine art of gardening, and cooperate with other agencies to further the interests of horticulture and conservation.
Article III - Membership
The membership shall not be less than (15) and shall be made up of residents of Greater Pine Island and its environs. There shall be three classes of membership. A person shall be admitted to regular membership upon payment of dues. Upon a person’s membership exceeding twenty years they shall become a Life Member and be exempt from payment of dues. Upon decision by the officers of the club a person may be awarded Honorary Membership recognizing their continued special contributions to the club or the world of horticulture. Such membership is exempt from dues.
Article IV - Officers and Their Duties
The officers of this club shall be President, First Vice President. 2nd Vice President, Assistant to 2nd Vice President, Recording Secretary, Assistant Recording Secretary, Correspondence Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, Membership Secretary, Parliamentarian, Historian, Chairperson of Ways & Means, and Publicity Chairperson. At the January meeting of each even-numbered year, a slate of officers will be presented by the Nominating Committee and nominations will be accepted from the floor. Voting will take place in March. Installation of officers will take place in April. Officers will take over their positions at the end of the May meeting.
It shall be the duty of the President to preside at all meetings of the club and at the meetings of executive officers as listed in the year book. The President is an ex-officio member of all committees except the nominating committee. The President shall be the official representative of the club at all meetings where a representative is required, with an alternate to be appointed by the President when necessary. Further, at the September meeting each year, the President or Treasurer shall submit a budget for the approval of not less than two-thirds of the members present at the meeting.
It shall be the duty of the First Vice President to preside at all meetings in the absence of the President, and to act as Program Committee chairperson, being responsible for programs or activities for each membership meeting.
It shall be the duty of the Second Vice President to act as chairperson of the Gala. The Assistant to the Second Vice President shall assist the Second Vice President in the organization of the Gala.
The office of Gala Consultant shall be filled by the previous Second Vice President and shall assist in the planning and organization of the Gala utilizing their previous Gala experience.
It shall be the duty of the Recording Secretary to record and preserve the minutes of all meetings. These minutes shall be the property of the club. A section of this Minute Book shall contain a typewritten copy of the by-laws. The Assistant Recording Secretary shall fulfill the duties of the Recording Secretary when required. The Assistant Recording Secretary shall chair the Nominating/Assignment Committee.
It shall be the duty of the Corresponding Secretary to handle all correspondence pertaining to the club.
The duty of the Treasurer is to receive, make and record all receipts and disbursements of money as approved by the club and present a report at each business meeting. The Treasurer shall also prepare and file all club financial statements, annual budget and tax returns. The Assistant Treasurer shall fulfill the duties of the Treasurer when required.
The Membership Secretary shall keep records of active members, including addresses, collect annual dues and order name tags.
The Chairperson of Ways & Means shall serve as an officer of the club and shall organize fundraisers to benefit the club including the monthly plant raffle but excluding the Gala.
The Publicity Chairperson shall serve as an officer of the club and shall write publicity regarding club activities, including meetings and the Gala.
The Parliamentarian shall be familiar with Robert’s Rules of Order and attend all meetings.
The Historian shall maintain a record of the club’s functions and history.
The President shall appoint replacements for all officer vacancies as they arise, subject to Executive Board approval.
Club officers and Honorary Members are excused from serving on the Refreshment Committee unless called upon.
Article V - Committees
The following committees shall be considered as elected Standing Committees:
A. Executive Board shall be composed of the officers of the club with the President acting as chairperson.
B. Nominating/Assignment Committee shall consist of four or more members to be appointed by the President for the upcoming two-year period.
The President shall appoint members to special committees not normally covered by standing committees.
Article VI - Duties of Committees
The Executive Board shall have the power to act in the best interest of the Club. This board may meet prior to or after monthly Garden Club meetings as necessary. Members of the Garden Club may take suggestions to any Executive Board meeting but will not be entitled to vote. All proposed expenditures will be brought to the Executive Board for approval. Membership will be informed of actions of the Executive Board at the next meeting. Any board approved expenditure over $150.00 shall be brought before the membership for a vote.
The Nominating/Assignment Committee shall, at the January meeting of each even-numbered year, submit a slate of officers for the ensuing two years. This slate will be presented at the January meeting and will include nomination from the floor. The vote for officers will take place at the March meeting and installation will be at the April meeting. Further, the Committee shall continue to serve during the two-year term of office in order to assist the President in filling any vacancies.
Article VII - Rules and Regulations
The fiscal year of the Pine Island Garden Club shall be from July 1 through June 30.
Annual dues to the Pine Island Garden Club shall be $25.00. Annual dues for a couple’s membership shall be $45.00.
Guests will be welcomed at their first attendance at no charge. Further attendance will require membership in the Club and the second fee of $5.00 will be credited towards the membership fee.
These Pine Island Garden Club By-laws shall be read every year the Executive Board.
Regular monthly meetings will be held on the third Thursday of each month, September through May. This day may be changed a the discretion of the President provided notice is given to the membership.
The Rules and Regulations as adopted by this Club shall be considered a part of these By-Laws.
Recommendations for changes in the Rules and Regulations shall be made to the Executive Board.
The Club follows “Robert’s Rules of Order”.
Article IX - Amendments
The By-Laws may be amended at any regular meeting of the Club by a two-thirds vote of those present.
Disposition of Assets
In the event of the dissolution of the club, any assets remaining after payment of all outstanding obligations will be donated to the Calusa Land Trust.
Pine Island Garden Club Committees
Assign Club Members to working committees
*Cheryl King 239.699.9058, Bonnie Kellen, Marty Kendall, Barb Riordan, Alice Trant, Darlene Widirstky
*John Kendall 239.283.8175, Carol Mullin
Arrange trips to interesting botanical sites
*Kathleen Hecksher 239.283.8633, Rosemary Greer, Barbara Hasen, Marilyn Moore, Jeanine Viviano, Mike Viviano
See page 29.
Community Garden Projects
*Susan Dahod, Holly Aldrich, Christina Buntin, Kathy Chumley, Jessica Davis,Andrea Dekker, Jim Friedlander, Marty Kendall, Cheryl King, Carol Noble, Barb Riordan, Patricia Sullivan, Sharon Tondreau, Jennifer Troia, Jeanine Viviano, Mike Viviano, Lisa Waller, Kathy Weinberger, Laura White, Darlene Widirstky
Physically maintain Phillips Park grounds
*Kathy Chumley & Cheryl King, Michael Adams, Holly Aldrich, Margaret Bergsten, Joyce Bieber, Jim Friedlander, Marcia Gobble, Tracie Lewis, Amy Lynch, Maryann Miles, Nancy Reed, Jan Robertson, Joan Rosenberg, Beth Smith, Herb Smith, Mary Stevens, Sharon Tondreau, Alice Trant, Kathy Weinberger
Greet members and guests, provide name tags for guests
*Darlene Widirstky 239.558.5618, Joanne Jarocki, Katie Lengyel, Marilyn Moore, Carol Mullin, Nancy Ruedi, Susan Schroeder
*Bonnie Kellen, Joyce Bieber, Barb Riordan, Alice Trant
*Joyce Lake & Darlene Widirstky, Michael Adams, Andrea Dekker, Melonnie Hartl, Bonnie Kellen, Marty Kendall, Candace Pastore, Donna Schneider, Jeanine Viviano, Mike Viviano
Maintain member roster, collect dues, order name tags
*Alice Trant 239.243.6381, Paula Bruckner, Melonnie Hartl, Joanne Jarocki, Joyce Lake, Mary Stevens
Physically maintain the museum grounds
*Marti Cars 239.282.1121, Michael Adams, Christina Buntin, Kathy Chumley, Jessica Davis, Andrea Dekker, Jim Friedlander, Tracie Lewis, Sher Lucas, Amy Lynch, Carol Noble, Karen Okeson, Candace Pastore, Nancy Ruedi, Patricia Sullivan, Linda Sierra, Mary Stevens, Lisa Waller, Kathy Weinberger, Kay Wickham, Laura White
Record events for the historian, take member photos
*Margaret Bergsten 617.774.7288, Sher Lucas, Victoria Krouch
Take plants to visit with shut-ins and area residents in nursing homes
*Marilyn Moore 239.283.4333
September: Beth Smith, Herb Smith
October: Paula Bruckner, Marilyn Moore
November: Jennifer Troia
December: Joan Rosenberg, Alice Trant
January: Julie Stein, Nancy Reed
February: Rosemary Greer, Marilyn Moore
March: Kay Wickham
April: Nancy Kennedy, Patricia Sullivan
May: Barb Riordan, Dolores Sansone
SUMMER: Bonnie Kellen, Alice Trant
Publicize events and activities of the club
*John Kendall 239.283.8175, Herb Smith, Jill Weaver
See monthly listings on page 30.
*John Kendall 239.283.8175, Marty Kendall, Cheryl King
Ways and Means
Organize fund raisers including monthly plant raffle
*Liz Duchaine 239.470..1072, *Nancy Kennedy, Joyce Bieber, Andrea Dekker, Katie Lengyel, Diane Maher, Carol Jo Nelson, Dolores Sansone
Create presence on the Internet
*Victoria Krouch 941.698.5000, Paul Dinger, Cheryl King
Publish an annual book noting members and activities
*Victoria Krouch 941-698-5000, Paul Dinger, Joanne Jarocki, Barb Riordan, Joan Rosenberg, Alice Trant
Annual Gala Committees 2022
*Beth Smith 410.336.0262
*John Kendall 239.283.8175
Organize the annual fund raiser held in the Garden Park:
The following are GALA Standing Committees.
More Volunteers are always needed. Chairpersons are listed.
Bake Sale & Coffee
Marti Carss, Paula Bruckner, Kay Wickham
Bonnie Kellen, Joyce Bieber
To be determined.
Set Up/Take Down
John Kendall, Marty Kendall
Water & Soda
Ways & Means
Liz Duchaine, Nancy Kennedy
Ask the Expert
Susan Dahod, Kathleen Hecksher, Kathy Chumley
Master of Ceremony
Monthly co-Chairs are responsible to provide coffee, drinks and snacks for meetings.
An outline of duties is in an envelope which is transferred to one of the monthly Chairs.
If unable to work assigned month, you areresponsible for trading with someone else and notifying monthly chairs of the change.
*Denotes monthly Co-Chairs
September 16, 2021
*Barb Riordan, Paul Dinger, Liz Duchaine, Victoria Krouch, Diane Maher, Julie Stein, Alice Trant
October 14, 2021
* Carol Noble 239.283.3829, Marti Carss, Nancy Kennedy, Joyce Lake, Marilyn Moore, Nancy Ruedi, Dolores Sansone, Patricia Sullivan
November 18, 2021
*Maryann Miles, Holly Aldrich, Christina Buntin, Barbara Hansen, Bonnie Kellen, Sher Lucas, Linda Sierra, Jennifer Troia
December 9, 2021 —HOLIDAY PARTY
Misto’s in Cape Coral
*Bonnie Kellen 239.283.8677
January 20, 2022
*Donna and Gary Schneider
Jim Friedlander, Marcia Gobble, Marty and John Kendall, Tracie Lewis, Carol Mullin, Karen Okeson, Jan Robertson, Mary Stevens, Kathy Weinberger
February 17, 2022
Michael Adams, Paula Bruckner, Denise Cwalina, Jessica Davis, Andrea Dekker, Melonnie Hartl, Amy Lynch,
Candace Pastore, Laura White
March 17, 2022
Rosemary Greer, Joanne Jarocki, Katie Lengyel,
Carol Jo Nelson, Mike and Jeanine Viviano, Kay Wickham
April 21, 2022
*Beth and Herb Smith
Joyce Bieber, Ron Brendel, Susan Schroeder, Lisa Waller, Darlene Widirstky
May 19, 2022
*Cheryl King, Kathy Chumley
Nancy Reed, Joan Rosenberg, Sharon Tondreau, Jill Weaver
* Denotes Co-Chairs
1975-77 LaVerne Joyce
1977-79 Marjorie Riley
1979-81 Dorothy Birmingham
1981-83 Grace Cunningham
1983-84 Dorothy Hockenberger
1984-85 Dorothy Birmingham
1985-87 Marion Anundson
1987-88 Frieda Cooper
1989-90 Edna Rosenfield
1991-92 Dorothy Birmingham
1993-94 Naomi Brewer
1995-96 Betty Wells
1997-98 Anna Golden
1999-02 Marjorie VanderKruik
2002-04 Dottie Kernaghan
2004-06 Susanne Quattro
2006-08 Kathleen Soronen
2008-12 Carlene Sharples
2012-Present Marty Kendall
Honorary and Lifetime Members
Museum of the Island, Phillips Park,
Bokeelia Post Office
Beacon of Hope
SJCCA & Kiwanis Park
Pine Island Elementary School
Philanthropic endeavors (See Back Cover)
20th Annual Garden Gala
Saturday February 19, 2022
Gala Chairperson: Beth Smith, 410.336.0262
In 2001, three Garden Club members got together to brainstorm ways to make money to support Phillips Park improvements and provide funds for other Pine Island Community needs.
It was decided to showcase Phillips Park by having an “old town” style festival featuring local nurseries and arts and crafts made by local artists. It was so small that the music came from a boom box stuck up in a tree! It was so successful that that the tradition has continued each year.
Today, we feature local nurseries including those that offer all-native plants, herbs and more. Members start plants from their own gardens so we can have plenty of low-cost plants that are happy in our habitat. It’s a great opportunity to learn from master gardeners and other experts, see local artists’ works, eat scrumptious food, shop for gifts or other treasures for your own yard. Island organizations are there to make you aware of their services as well. All members participate in some way so come out and support your neighbors!
Arranged by Kathleen Hecksher
October 27, 2021
Pine Island Tropicals Tour
December 8, 2021
Echo Farms Tour
Ding Darling Tram Tour
Dates To Remember
September 16, 2021
October 21, 2021
November 18, 2021
December 9, 2021
January 20, 2022
February 17, 2022
March 17, 2022
April 21, 2022
May 19, 2022
May 31, 2022
Last Day to Pay Dues
Calusa Land Trust
Robert Ballard (President)239.770.0070
Ed Chapin (Land Steward) 239.218.7531
Conservation 20/20 239.533.7275
C.R.O.W. (Rehab Injured Wildlife) 239.472.3644
Florida Native Plant Society 321.271.6702
Coccoloba Chapter 239.273.8945
Lee County Solid Waste 239.533.8000
Or www.lcmcd.com 239.694.2174
Mangrove Cutting (DEP) 239.344.5600
Pine Island Feed & Garden Center 239.558.5042
Pine Island Tropicals 239.283.4874
University of Florida Extension Service
Plant & Insect Diagnostic Clinic 239.533.7504
Florida Yards and Neighborhoods 239.533.7513
Stephen Brown 239.533.7513
Vacant Lot Mowing 239.533.8895
Schedule pick-up of large items 239.337.0800
Beacon of Hope
Calusa Land Trust &
Nature Preserve of Pine Island, Inc.
CROW Clinic for Rehabilitation of Wildlife
SJCCA & Kiwanis Park
Pine Island Elementary Outreach
Pine Island Food Pantry