Welcome to the Pine Island Garden Club

PINE ISLAND GARDEN CLUB  

YEAR BOOK

2022-2023

PINE ISLAND
GARDEN CLUB 
YEAR BOOK
2022 - 2023 

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Inside Front Cover
Pine Island Garden Club Community Contributions 
Beacon of Hope 
Calusa Land Trust & Nature Preserve of Pine Island, Inc. 
CROW Clinic for Rehabilitation of Wildlife 
SJCCA & Kiwanis Park 
Pine Island Elementary School
Outreach Pine Island Food Pantry 
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Pine Island Garden Club Community Garden Projects 
Museum of the Island Phillips Park 
Bokeelia Post Office 
Beacon of Hope 
SJCCA & Kiwanis Park 
Pine Island Elementary School 

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Table of Contents

Executive Officers......................................................2

General Information..................................................3

Membership Expectations........................................4

By-Laws.................................................................5-10

Membership Directory.......................................11-25

Committees.........................................................27-29

Tea Committees..................................................30-31

Past Presidents.........................................................32

Annual Garden Gala.................................................33

Gala History and Photos..........................................33

Programs...................................................................34

Field Trips.................................................................35

Dates to Remember.................................................36

Useful Numbers........................................................37

Philanthropic Projects.............................Back Cover

www.pineislandgardenclub.org

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2022—2023  Officers


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..........Darlene Widirstky

Treasurer..............................................Barb Riordan

Assistant Treasurer........................Joan Rosenberg

Ways & Means........Susan Johnson & Joyce Bieber

Membership.............................................Alice Trant

Parliamentarian........................Kathleen Hecksher

Historian.Darlene Widirstky & Margaret Bergsten

Publicity.................................................John Kendall

Digital & Social Media...................Victoria Krouch

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 General Information

Club Purpose

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.  

Location

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. 

Membership 

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.

www.pineislandgardenclub.org

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Membership Expectations

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:

1.  Pay annual membership dues.  Dues must be paid by end of MAY. 

2.   Serve as an active member on one standing committee.

3.  Serve on one Tea Committee.       
                             
In addition, there are specific expectations for the annual  Garden Gala, our only fundraiser.  

These are:

4.  Donate:
      A:  One or more healthy potted plants for the plant table,
      B:  Baked goods for the bake sale table.

5.  Work a two hour shift the day of the Gala, or work two hours prior to the Gala assisting with the                preparation activities.

6.  Solicit donations from sponsors; or purchase a $20/25 gift card to a local establishment.


Cover Photo: 

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Pine Island Garden Club 

By-laws

Revised 1979, 1987, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010,  2012, 2014, 2016, 2020 and 2022

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. 

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Article IV - Officers and Their Duties

Section 1 

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.

Section 2

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.

Section 3

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.

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Section 4  

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.          

Section 4a  

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.

Section 5  

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.

Section 6   

It shall be the duty of the Corresponding Secretary to handle all correspondence pertaining to the club.

Section 7    

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.

Section 8   

The Membership Secretary shall keep records of active members, including addresses, collect annual dues and order name tags.  

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Section 9  

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.

Section 10   

The Publicity Chairperson shall serve as an officer of the club and shall write publicity regarding club activities, including  meetings and the Gala. 

Section 11   

The Parliamentarian shall be familiar with Robert’s Rules of Order and attend all meetings.
 

Section 12  
 

The Historian shall maintain a record of the club’s functions and history.


Section 13

The Digital and Social Media Chairperson shall update and maintain the club’s website and social media presence. This person will also update the annual Yearbook.

Section 14 

 
The President shall appoint replacements for all officer  vacancies as they arise, subject to Executive Board approval.
 

Section 15  


Club officers and Honorary Members are excused from serving on the Tea Committee unless called upon.

Article V - Committees 

Section 1 

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.
 

Section 2   


The President shall appoint members to special committees not normally covered by standing committees.

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Article VI - Duties of Committees

Section 1 

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 $500.00 shall be brought before the membership for a vote.

Section 2  

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

Rule 1  

The fiscal year of the Pine Island Garden Club shall be from July 1 through June 30.

Rule 2

A.  Annual dues to the Pine Island Garden Club shall be $25.00.  

B.  Annual dues for a couple’s membership shall be $45.00.

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Article VII  continued

Rule 3:  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.
Rule 4:  These Pine Island Garden Club By-laws shall be read every year the Executive Board.
Rule 5:  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.

Article VIII

Section 1:  The Rules and Regulations as adopted by this Club shall be considered a part of these By-Laws.

Section 2:  Recommendations for changes in the Rules and  Regulations shall be made to the Executive Board.

Section 3:  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.

Article X - 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.

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The Membership Directory, pages 11-25, is in the nonpublic "Members" section of PineIslandGardenClub.org.  Enter "Members" URL for access.  For assistance, please contact Network Administrator by email, click  HERE, or call/text (941) 698-5000. 

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Pine Island Garden Club Committees

*Committee Chairpersons

Assignment:   Assign Club Members to working committees.  *Cheryl King, Bonnie Kellen,                 Marty Kendall, Victoria Krouch, Barb Riordan,  Susan Johnson, Alice Trant, Darlene Widirstky

Audit:   Provide oversight of the financial reporting process.  *John Kendall,  Carol Mullin, Linda Gassner, Barbara Hansen

Digital/Social Media:  Victoria Krouch, Paul Dinger, Paula Brooks

Field Trips:  Arrange trips to interesting botanical sites. *Kathleen Hecksher, Christine Buntin, Marilyn Moore, Candace Pastore, Jeanine Viviano, Mike Viviano, Janine Zinselmeier

Annual Gala:  Organize annual fund raising event.  See page 29.

Community Garden Projects:  *Susan Dahod, Laura White, Darlene Widirstky, Janine Zink,       Amy Lynch, Carol Noble, Nancy Reed, Christine Buntin, Kathy Chumley, Marie Bone, Nancy Kennedy, Cheryl King, Tracie Lewis, Patricia Sullivan

Garden Park:  Physically maintain Phillips Park grounds.  *Kathy Chumley & *Cheryl King,             Holly Aldrich, Margaret Bergsten, Marie Bone, Jim Friedlander, Marcia Gobble, Susan Johnson,       Nancy Kennedy, Tracie Lewis, Amy Lynch, Nancy Reed, Jan Robertson, Delores Romano,                       Joan Rosenberg, Maeda Scanlan, Beth Smith, Herb Smith, Mary Stevens, Alice Trant, Kathy Weinberger, Laura White, Rich Zinselmeier

Greeters:  Greet members and guests, provide name tags for guests.  *Darlene Widirstky, Holly Aldrich, Kay Wickham, Janine Zink, Kristie Zinselmeier, Joan Rosenberg, Nancy Ruedi, Delores Sansone

Holiday Party:   Organize annual holiday luncheon. *Bonnie Kellen,  Joyce Bieber, Barb Riordan,   Susan Schroeder, Alice Trant

Horticulture Stimulates knowledge and a love of gardening by disseminating horticultural information to member clubs and the general public  *                                                                                                            Jeanine Viviano, Mike Viviano, Paul Dinger

Membership:   Maintain member roster, collect dues, order name tags.  *Alice Trant, Melonnie Hartl, Joanne Jarocki, Mary Stevens

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Museum Grounds:  Physically maintain the museum grounds.  *                                                        Michael Adams, Marie Bone, Christina Buntin, Kathy Chumley, Jessica Davis, Jim Friedlander,  Melonnie Hartl, Klaus Kment, 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

Photography:  Record events for the historian, take member photos.  *Margaret Bergsten,              Victoria Krouch, Kristie & Rich Z, Linda Gassner

Plant Therapy:  Take plants to visit with shut-ins and area residents in nursing homes.  *
September:                              Delores Sansone
October:                                   Alice Trant
November:                               Carol Jo Nelson
December:                               Mike Viviano, Jeanine Viviano 
January:                                    Marilyn Hedlund, Sher Lucas
February:                                  Kay Williams, Nancy 
March:         
April:           
May:                                          Beth Smith, Herb Smith
SUMMER:                                Bonnie Kellen, Alice Trant                                                                                     BOH Beacon Bites Liaison:  Barb Riordan

Publicity Publicize events and activities of the club.  *John Kendall, Michael Adams

Refreshments:  See monthly listings on page 30.

Speaker Programs:  Develops the topics, identifies speakers, and makes arrangements for each program. *Liz Duchaine, Jeff Hayer

Technical Systems:  Manage technical services.  *John Kendall, Marty Kendall, Cheryl King  

Ways and Means:  Organize fund raisers including monthly plant raffle.  *Susan Johnson, Joyce Bieber
Jeff Hayer, Nancy Kennedy, Katie Lengyel, Carol Jo Nelson, Nancy Reudi

Website, Facebook:  Create presence on the Internet.  *Victoria Krouch, Paul Dinger, Paula Brooks

Yearbook:  Publish an annual book noting members and activities. *Victoria Krouch, Barb Riordan,    Joan Rosenberg, Alice Trant, Paula Brooks

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22nd Annual Pine Island Garden Club GARDEN GALA "Art in the Park"
Saturday February 18, 2023 

Annual Gala Committees 2023 
 *Beth Smith
*John Kendall

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:    Kathy Chumley, Amy Lynch

Plant Table:                   Kathy Weinberger

Publicity:                         John Kendall 

Photography:                Margaret Bergsten, Victoria Krouch

Raffle Wheel:                 Alice Trant

Silent Auction:              Susan Schroeder

Traffic/Parking:            Cheryl King

Set Up/Take Down:       John Kendall

Water & Soda:               

Ways & Means:              Susan Johnson

Ask the Expert:               

Children’s Table:          Susan Dahod, Kathleen Hecksher

Banners/Signs:              Liz Duchaine

Relief Team                    Marie Bone

Security:                          Elizabeth Hooper

Master of Ceremony:  Herb Smith  

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Tea Committee

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 are responsible for trading with someone else and notifying monthly chairs of the change.                           *Denotes monthly Chairs

September 15, 2022
*Alice Trant                                                                                                                                                                 Liz Duchaine, Marilyn Moore, Maeda Scanlon, Delores Sansone, Susan Schroeder, Janine Zink 

October 20, 2022 
*Joan Rosenberg                                                                                                                                                   Denise Cwalina, Barbara Hansen, Nancy Kennedy, Joyce Lake, Carol Noble, Linda Sierra, Laura White

November 17, 2022
*Susan Johnson                                                                                                                                                       Holly Aldrich, Marty Kendall, John Kendall, Barb Riordan, Jeanine Viviano, Mike Viviano,                Patricia Sullivan 

December 15, 2022 — HOLIDAY PARTY
Misto’s in Cape Coral
*Bonnie Kellen 

*Denotes monthly Co-Chairs

(Continued on next page.)

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Tea Committee Continued

January 19, 2023 
*Sher Lucas                                                                                                                                                               Carol Mullin, Candace Pastore, Nancy Reed, Jan Robertson, Delores Romano, Mary Stevens,              Kathy Weinberger, Jim Friedlander, Kristine Zinselmeier, Rich Zinselmeier

February 16, 2023
*Donna Schneider                                                                                                                                             Michael Adams, Melonnie Hartl, Kathleen Hecksher, Marilyn Hedlund, Gary Schneider, Kay Williams

March 16, 2023
*Margaret Bergsten                                                                                                                                       Christina Buntin, Jeff Hayer, Joanne Jarocki, Tracy Lewis, Carol Jo Nelson, Karen Okeson, Nancy Ruedi, Delores Sansone

April 20, 2023 
*Joyce Bieber                                                                                                                                                            Paul Dinger, Bonnie Kellen, Victoria Krouch, Katie Lengyel, Amy Lynch, Beth Smith, Herb Smith,     Paula Brooks

May 18, 2023 
*Cheryl King                                                                                                                                                           Kathy Chumley, Linda Gassner, Sue Dahod, Marie Bone, Marcia Gobble, Klaus Kment, 

*Denotes monthly Co-Chairs

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Past Presidents 

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 
Stephen Brown

Donna Cook

Dottie Kernaghan

Susanne Quattro

Marjorie VanderKruik

Community Garden Projects 
Museum of the Island

Phillips Park

Bokeelia Post Office

Beacon of Hope

SJCCA & Kiwanis Park

Pine Island Elementary School

Charitable Contributions 

(See Back Cover)

22nd Annual Pine Island Garden Club GARDEN GALA

"Art in the Park"
Saturday February 18, 2023 
Gala Chairperson: Beth Smith
Email:  pineislandbeth@gmail.com 
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Gala History 

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!

Gala Photos

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Member Meeting Programs

September 15, 2022

October 20, 2022

November 17, 2022

December 8, 2022

December Holiday Luncheon 

January 19, 2023

February 16, 2023

Garden Gala Preparation

February 18, 2023
22nd Annual Pine Island Garden Club GARDEN GALA
"Art In The Park"
Saturday, 9 a.m.  -  2 p.m.
at the Garden Park at Pine Island Center

March 16, 2023

April 20, 2023

May 18, 2023

For current activities and updates, visit our website:

PineIslandGardenClub.org
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Field Trips
 

November 9, 2022                           KORESHAN PARK GARDEN AND FACILITY TOUR
December 1, 2022                           SUNDANCE ORCHIDS GARDEN TOUR,  South Fort Myers
Jananuary 26, 2023                         PEACE RIVER SCULPTURE AND BOTANICAL  GARDENS TOUR
                                                              Punta Gorda, Peace River Area
March 30, 2023                                SELBY GARDENS TOUR IN SARASOTA
 

Dates To Remember

September 15, 2022                         Member Meeting & Board Meeting

October 20, 2022                             Member Meeting

November 17, 2022                           Member Meeting

December 8, 2022                            December  Holiday Luncheon 

January 19, 2023                               Member Meeting & Board Meeting

February 15, 2023                            Member Meeting

February 18, 2023                            GARDEN GALA "Art In The Park"
                                                           Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Garden Park at Pine Island Center

March 16, 2023                                 Member Meeting

April 20, 2023                                   Member Meeting

May 18, 2023                                      Member Meeting & Board Meeting

 

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Useful Numbers

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

FEMA                                                              (800) 621-3362

Florida Native Plant Society                        (321) 271-6702

Coccoloba Chapter                                         (239) 273-8945

Lee County Solid Waste                                 (239) 533-8000  

Mosquito Control 
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

Waste Pro 
Schedule pick-up of large items                (239) 337-0800  

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Inside Back Cover

Pine Island Garden Club

Community Garden Projects  

Museum of the Island 

Phillips Park 

Bokeelia Post Office        

Beacon of Hope

SJCCA & Kiwanis Park       

Pine Island Elementary School

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Outside Back Cover

Pine Island Garden Club

Community Contributions

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 

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E-Mail the President at      

president@pineislandgardenclub.org
 

or call  Marty Kendall  (239) 283-8175

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