WVGC AWARD WINNERS FOR 2016-2017
AWARD #1.THE WEST VIRGINIA GARDEN CLUB AWARD
Winner: Fred Brooks Garden Club for their work with students in grades K-12 on environmental education centering on frogs
AWARD # 2: THE COUNCIL CUP
Winner: Harrison County Garden Council. Since the 1980’s they have been delivering bud vase arrangements every week to patients at the Veteran’s hospital in Clarksburg.
AWARD #3: THE VIRGINIA C. MABLEY AWARD
Winner: Joyce Gardner Lee for the countless hours she has devoted to her club, Tu-Endie-Wei.
AWARD #4A: BEAUTIFICATION AWARDS – ROCKWELL SMALL CLUB BEAUTIFICATION AWARD
Winner: Gateway Garden Club for the beautiful new Gateway Children’s Garden in Martinsburg.
AWARD #4B: BEAUTIFICATION AWARDS – CUNNINGHAM LARGE CLUB AWARD
Winner: Phymosia Garden Club for the planting and maintenance of the Bowers Hospice House center courtyard for the last 11 years.
AWARD #5: LORETTA LIVELY COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT AWARD
Winner: Gateway Garden Club for the new children’s garden in Martinsburg.
AWARD #6: SARA H. TOWNSEND LANDSCAPE DESIGN AWARD
Winner: Gateway Garden Club for the Gateway Children’s Garden
AWARD #7: GENEVIEVE PAYNE AWARD FOR GARDEN THERAPY
Winner: Phymosia Garden Club for their work with senior garden therapy at the Wildwood Apartments with assisted living in Beckley.
AWARD #8: THE ASHWORTH ARBOR DAY AWARD
Winner: Fred Brooks Garden Club for the tree planting project at Hodgesville Elementary School.
AWARD #9: THE JIMELLE F. WALKER RHODODENDRON AWARD
Winner: The Olde Berkeley Garden for the planting of a rhododendron grove at War Memorial Park in Martinsburg.
AWARD #10: THE McDONALD AWARD FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION
Winner: Lewisburg House & Garden for the repair and preservation of the “Angel of Death” sculpture in Lewisburg
AWARD #11: THE BIRD PRESERVATION AWARD
Winner: Gateway Garden Club for the Bird’s Nest Learning Center at the Gateway Children’s Garden
AWARD #12: NATIONAL GARDENER’S SUBSCRIPTION AWARD
Winner: Old Trails for having the largest percentage of member subscriptions to the National Gardener
AWARD #13: AWARD FOR ARTICLE ON GARDENING
Winner: Jane Lundblad, Nancy Mason and Roann Wojcik of North Hills Garden Club for their article entitled “Gateway to an Abundant Future”
AWARD #14: PUBLICITY PRESSBOOK AWARDS
#14B: Winner – Lewisburg House & Garden
#14C: Winner: Emma Scott Garden Club
AWARD #16: AWARD OF MERIT CITATION
Winner: Terri Michael of Gateway Garden Club for her for her commitment to the success of all levels of garden club membership.
AWARD #18: THE ELEANOR W. CAIN MEMORIAL AWARD
Winner: Tu-Endie-Wei Garden Club for their continuing maintenance and improvement of the Blue Star Memorial Marker in Historical Gunn Park.
AWARD #18 HONORABLE MENTION
Even though the committee agreed that this project did not technically meet the parameters of this award, I would like to present an Honorable Mention Award to the Monongahela-Cheat District for their Blue Star Marker placed at Grafton National Cemetery and the beautiful dedication ceremony they presented. It was truly moving.
AWARD #20: ARNDT AWARD FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION
Winner: Gateway Garden Club for their three years of work to produce a wonderful educational experience at the Gateway children’s Garden which contains over 10 learning centers.
AWARD #21: THE SHIREY CONSERVATION AND PRESERVATION OF BUTTERFLIES AWARD
Winner: Greenbrier Heights Garden Club for their improvements to the existing Greenbrier Heights Neighborhood Butterfly Garden to qualify the garden to become officially Monarch Waystation #11582.
AWARD #22: THE BRENDA MOORE MEMBERSHIP AWARD
Winner: Cranberry Garden Club with 11 new members
AWARD #K1. YEARBOOK AWARD: CLUBS OF UP TO/INCLUDING 24 MEMBERS
Winner: Paden City Garden Club
AWARD #K2. YEARBOOK AWARD; CLUBS OF UP TO 25 OR MORE MEMBERS
Winner: Hill and Hollow Garden Club
AWARD #K3. OTHER YEARBOOK CONSIDERED MERITORIOUS
Winner: Huntington Garden Club
AWARD #P2: PLANT THE SEEDS – MOST MILKWEED SPECIES
Winner: Greenbrier Heights Garden Club for Monarch Waystation #11582
AWARD #P3: STARTING A YOUTH GARDEN CLUB
Winner: Emma Scott Garden Club for work with youth at Elkins Mountain School
AWARD #P4: OUTSTANDING PROJECT DEALING WITH AN ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUE
Winner: Gateway Garden Club Children’s Learning Garden at Gateway Children’s Garden
AWARD #P5: Embracing the NGC Theme “Leap Into Action” this award is for a club that has made a difference in the lives of their members and others in the community
Winner: Indian Rock Garden Club for their many varied unique programs embracing the theme
AWARD #P6: FRIGHTENED FROG PROGRAM
Winner: Fred Brooks Garden Club for their extensive environmental project centering on frogs
FLOWER SHOW AWARDS
AWARD #F1: GOLD MEDALLION FOR BEST DISTRICT OR COUNCIL SHOW
Winner: Harrison County Garden Council
AWARD #F3A: GOLD MEDALLION FOR BEST MINIMUM STANDARD SHOW
Winner: Emma Scott Garden Club
AWARD #F3B: GOLD MEDALLION FOR BEST MINIMUM STANDARD SHOW
Winner: Harrison County Garden Council
AWARD #F7: GOLD MEDALLION FOR A FLOWER SHOW STAGED IN A PUBLIC BUILDING
Winner: Harrison County Garden Council
HIGH SCHOOL ESSAY CONTEST
Winner: Ben Talbott, sponsored by Quiet Dell Garden Club
SMOKEY BEAR/ WOODSY OWL CONTEST 1st GRADE
Winner: Owen Allport , sponsored by High Country Garden Club
SMOKEY BEAR/ WOODSY OWL CONTEST 2nd GRADE
Winner: Aubrie Spencer, sponsored by High Country Garden Club
SMOKEY BEAR/ WOODSY OWL CONTEST 3rd GRADE
Winner: Brody Radford, sponsored by Country Roads Garden Club
SMOKEY BEAR/ WOODSY OWL CONTEST 4th GRADE
Winner: Jesse Clark, sponsored by High Country Garden Club
SMOKEY BEAR/ WOODSY OWL CONTEST 5th GRADE
Winner: Noah Lambert, sponsored by High Country Garden Club
YOUTH SCULPTURE AWARD 4th GRADE
Winner: Kevin Ruiz, sponsored by Gateway Garden Club
YOUTH SCULPTURE AWARD 5th GRADE
Winner: Andrew Sisk, sponsored by Gateway Garden Club
CAROLYN G. PATTERSON AWARD FOR EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE
Winner: Lubeck Elementary Conservation Club, sponsored by Lubeck Acres Garden Club
YOUTH POETRY CONTEST 1st GRADE
Winner: Toby Wagoner, sponsored by Emma Scott Garden Club
YOUTH POETRY CONTEST 2nd GRADE
Winner: Brenlyn Richmond, sponsored by Country Roads Garden Club
YOUTH POETRY CONTEST 3rd GRADE
Winner: Isabelle Wilke, sponsored by Emma Scott Garden Club
YOUTH POETRY CONTEST 4TH GRADE
Winner: Boden Shepherd, sponsored by Gateway Garden Club
YOUTH POETRY CONTEST 5th GRADE
Winner: Alexandra Barrickman, sponsored by Emma Scott Garden Club
YOUTH POETRY CONTEST 6th GRADE
Winner: Kendall Shedherd, sponsored by Gateway Garden Club
YOUTH POETRY CONTEST 9th GRADE
Winner: Grant K. Shepherd, sponsored by Gateway Garden Club
“Don’t Let the Frogs Croak”
29 Arbor Shade Drive
Inwood, WV 25428
Musselman High School
Shenandoah-Potomac Garden District
One of my favorite signs of spring is the peepers. The spring peepers are actually male frogs singing to attract female frogs for mating. The spring peepers are very important to the frog population. Why do we need these frogs? Tadpoles are young frogs that help to keep the water clean by feeding on algae. Adult frogs eat a lot of insects including mosquitoes. Frogs also are an important food source for many predators, including fish, snakes, and birds. If frogs disappear, then the food system would be disturbed.
Frogs are called bio-indicators, which mean that their health reflects the health of the environments they live in. Many frogs need a suitable habitat and have permeable skin that easily absorbs toxic chemicals. Because of this, frogs are very susceptible to disturbances in their environment. Frogs are considered to be accurate indicators of environmental stress. Frogs have been around for more than 250 million years, but now one-third of the amphibian species are on the verge of extinction. This is a disturbing warning sign that something is very wrong with the environment.
Frogs are very important for a variety of reasons. Frogs have been used a lot in medical research. Many Nobel prizes in medicine and physiology have involved the study of frogs. Andre Geim received a Nobel Prize in 2000 for using the magnetic properties of water scaling to levitate a small frog with magnets. The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2012 went jointly to John B. Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka for the discovery that mature cells can be reprogrammed to become pluripotent. They used frogs in their study. This is just a small list of Nobel Prize winners who were assisted by the frog.
There have been many medical studies done on different species of frogs and with each species they find different cures. Unfortunately, some frogs that have medical benefits have already become extinct. One such frog had a possible cure for stomach ulcers. In the 1970’s Australian scientists discovered the Gastric Brooding Frog. This frog swallowed its fertilized eggs and newly hatched tadpole’s whole. The frog’s stomach would incubate the frogs until they were fully formed. When the frogs were ready to be born, the mother vomits them up. Scientists had hoped to study the frog’s special incubating stomach to find potential new discoveries that could be used in human medicine. However in the early 1980’s the gastric brooding frogs disappeared.
Frogs are also used in medicine for chemical compounds found in their skin secretions. These skin secretions are being studied for their human benefits including non-addictive painkillers, relaxants, appetite suppressants and even treatment for cancer. Some frogs have antimicrobial peptides in their secretions that fight against strains of E.coli and Staphylococcus aureus, which can be fatal to humans. If scientists can separate the peptides and use them in medicine, they could find a cure for these infections. Frogs are also used in schools for dissection to teach students about the anatomy of animals. As you can see, it’s not easy being green.
Did you know that a species of frog located in the Alaskan boreal is being intensively studied? This species of frog can die during hibernation and then come back to life in the spring. Scientists are studying these frogs to see how they can preserve their bodies when they aren’t alive. Figuring out how the frog does this will help scientists with preserving transplant organs. This would be a huge benefit for many people who need organ transplants but don’t have the time to wait for one to become available.
What can we do to help the frogs? We can buy organic foods when possible to cut down on harmful chemicals that affect the frog habitat. Also, we can support organizations that work to research and save the frogs. One easy thing we can all do is to educate our friends and family on the importance of protecting frogs. Please, don’t let the frogs croak!