WVGC Awards

WEST VIRGINIA GARDEN CLUB, INC.

 

OFFICIAL APPLICATION FORM FOR 2015-2017 AWARDS

 

Section 1.

 

DATE: __________________

 

 

 

WVGC AWARD #: _______________            WVGC AWARD NAME: _________________________________

 

*SAR AWARD #: _________________          *SAR AWARD NAME: __________________________________

 

*NGC AWARD #: _________________         *NGC AWARD NAME: __________________________________

 

(*Note:  This information to be completed by State Awards Chairman)

 

The State Awards  Chairman has the option to forward winning awards to the next level with the proper edits.

 

 

 

SUBMITTED BY (CLUB):  _____________________________________________________________________________________

 

(Enter name exactly as it should appear on any award received.)

 

 

 

DISTRICT: ___________________________________________         NO. MEMBERS IN CLUB: ____________

 

 

 

CLUB PRESIDENT INFORMATION:

 

Name:  _______________________________          Address: _____________________________________

 

City: ___________________________        ST: WV   Zip: ________________ Phone: ___________________

 

Email Address: ___________________________________

 

Section 2.

 

STATE CLUB INFORMATION:

 

Name of State Garden Club:  West Virginia Garden Club, Inc.

 

No. in State Garden Club: ________ (to be completed by State Awards Chairman)

 

State Awards Chairman:  Vickie Stedman, 1810 Myers Bridge Road, Martinsburg, WV 25404

 

State Chairman Phone:  304-262-9665          

AWARDS SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS:

 

  • Application, including all topics listed below are limited to three printed pages – front only. (No report covers, binders or plastic sheets allowed.)
  • Application will not be returned. (Exceptions for publications/CDs/DVDs)
  • Applications must be received by State Awards Chairman NO LATER THAN NOV. 15th; Youth Awards to State Youth Chairman by Nov. 15th**

 

**See Complete Award Rules for exceptions to deadline dates and submission information.

 

  • Please complete each topic, if applicable, using numbering as listed when completing form:

 

  1. New Project:  Yes ____    No _____             Beginning Date: ____________   Completion Date: _________
  2. Brief summary and objectives of project (not necessary for yearbook)
  3. Involvement of club members, other organizations, etc.
  4. Project expenses and means of funding.   Continuing involvement, follow-up, maintenance
  5. Attach or insert photos, digital photos, and/or landscape plan (does not need to be professionally drawn)

 

West Virginia Garden Club, Inc.

                                          2015-2017 Awards

 

The WVGCI Board of Directors adopted the following standing rule:  Awards and award rules shall be printed in the September issue of the West Virginia Garden News every year.  THERE ARE  CHANGES TO THE AWARDS AND APPLICATION PROCESS – PLEASE CHECK THEM CLOSELY.

Vickie C. Stedman, Awards Chairman

2015-2017 Award Rules

1. Award Year:  November 15 to November 15 annually.  This applies to all projects submitted in application form

2. Deadline:  November 15 annually.  All applications and supporting evidence must be in the hands of the State Awards Chairman by this date each year.
Exception: Holiday Flower Shows–See Flower Show Rule #3.; Pressbook award – January 25 of each year; Youth awards (to Youth Chairman) –
November 15 of each year.

3. Application:  The application process coordinates with SAR and NGC application processes, except where otherwise indicated in awards description.

One (1) application form is required for each award you apply.  However one project may qualify for more than one award.    Choose your first award and complete application, then, please provide one (1) additional application blank for each additional award.    The entire application does not have to be filled out for every award.   The original Application contains data/proof of work, “subsequent Applications” need only supply award number, name of award, club/council and person submitting.

Only one entry per award may be submitted from each club.

The application form contains topics to be addressed along with any supporting photographs, so please read award descriptions carefully. The new application form is printed in this issue. Additional forms may be duplicated or obtained from District Directors, State Awards Chairman or on our website, www.wvgardenclub.com

 

4. Requirements for Award Entry Submissions

A. There is a three (3) page limit, using only the front of the page.  Binders and vinyl sheet protectors (books of evidence) are not allowed.  Exceptions to these rules are Pressbook, Flower Show and Yearbook entries.  Pressbooks and Flower Show awards still require a book of evidence.  Again, read the award descriptions carefully.

B. Submission Topics – These topics of supporting evidence should be completed, if applicable, using numbering as listed, when submitting:

(1) New Project: Yes or No; Beginning Date; Completion Date

(2) Brief summary and objectives of project

(3) Involvement of club members, other organizations, etc.

(4) Project expenses and means of funding

(5) Continuing involvement, follow-up, maintenance

(6)  Attach or insert photos, digital photos, and/or landscape plan                                          (does not need to be professionally drawn)

 

C. Applications may be submitted via U.S. mail or email to the Awards Chairman.  All applications, with the exception of those listed under Item #2 above, must be received no later than November 15.

5. Yearbooks: Should be submitted with Section 1 of Application form attached.

6. Applications will not be returned. (Exceptions for publications/CDs/DVDs)  This committee is permitted to reclassify applications if deemed necessary and may rework an application to submit for Regional or National award consideration.

7. Award Presentation: Will be at the annual meeting in the spring. If club president is unable to attend, awards will be given to the district director.

8.  Return of Award Trophies: The club winning a trophy is responsible for returning trophy in the same condition as received to the Awards Chairman by November 15th.   Clubs will be responsible for any damages to trophies.

 

Description of 2015-2017 Awards

 1. THE WEST  VIRGINIA GARDEN CLUB AWARD*

Donor: Joan M. Tuckwiller, Past President

A $100 cash award presented annually to a club for outstanding civic contributions including educational activities, which emphasize the objectives of WVGCI. This may be one large project or several small ones. This is a perpetual trophy and cannot be retired.   Completed Application including Submission Topics required)

Points for Judging:

1. Project (must be outlined and carried out)                   40 points

2. Yearbook (to emphasize well-rounded program)          20 points

3. Member Participation                                                  10 points

4. Supporting Evidence.                                                  10 points

5. Project Summary                                                        20 points

Total                                                                       100 points

 

2. THE COUNCIL CUP*

Donor:  Sears Roebuck and Company.  A perpetual trophy awarded annually to a council for an outstanding community project. This may be one large project or several small ones.  Completed Application including Submission Topics required.

 

3. THE VIRGINIA C. MABLEY AWARD

Trophy Donor: Mrs. Carlton R. Mabley, Past President

Cash Donor: Mrs. Gaytha Jones, Past President

A perpetual trophy and $50 cash award is given annually to an individual for his or her meritorious achievement or outstanding contribution to the welfare of the community, local, state or national, through the media of gardening activities.

Rules for the award are as follows:

1. Completed Section 1 of Application required.
2. Nomination may be submitted by the president or secretary of any garden club, which is a member of the WVGCI. List organization making and individual submitting nomination and their title (president or secretary).

3. On a separate sheet of paper submit nominee’s full name and address. List activities and achievements of nominee in garden club work. Be specific and list all activities in the following areas: gardening, flower arranging, landscaping, official duties in Club, District, State, National or other areas of Garden Club, teaching or instructing, community beautification, civic improvement, exhibiting, youth projects and other.

4. Only winner’s name will be announced each year, as candidates for this award may be nominated the following year. Individual may win award one time.

5. Only federated garden club members are eligible to be nominated.

 

4. BEAUTIFICATION AWARDS*

A. Rockwell Small Club Beautification Award

Donor: Mrs. Carol Rockwell, Past President

A $50 Cash award to be presented annually to a club of 20 members or less for an outstanding project of civic beautification. Completed Application including

Submission Topics required.

B. Cunningham Large Club Beautification Award

Donor: WVGCI

A $50 Cash award to be presented annually to a club of 21 members or more for an outstanding project of civic beautification.  Completed application and Submission Topics required.   

 

5. THE LORETTA LIVELY COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT AWARD

Donor: Family of the late Mrs. Loretta Lively, Past President

A $50 cash award will be presented annually to a garden club for the most outstanding project in litter clean up and beautification in the community. Submit proof of project, giving locations and details of the project.  Completed Application including Submission Topics required.

6. THE SARA H. TOWNSEND LANDSCAPE AWARD*

Donor: Mrs. C. Vincent Townsend, Past President

A $100 cash award to a garden club or clubs for the most outstanding civic landscaping project undertaken in cooperation with a non-gardening group or promotion of the project by the garden club or clubs.   Submission topics on application must include plans and specifications and evidence of plans for future maintenance.  Completed Application including Submission Topics required.

 

7. GENEVIEVE PAYNE AWARD FOR GARDEN THERAPY*

Donor: Family of the late Mrs. E. M. Payne, Jr., Past President

A perpetual silver trophy to be awarded to a garden club or clubs for outstanding

garden therapy work whereby handicapped individuals received noteworthy benefit.

Points for Judging

1. Outline of project – 25 Points. This project must possess therapeutic value and emphasize horticulture and gardening activities by the handicapped person. Plan for the year must be clearly outlined.

2. Actual Work – 50 Points. This project must be undertaken according to plan with the handicapped such as Veteran’s, Children’s or Mental Health Facilities; classes, workshops or camps for the handicapped or underprivileged; with homebound patients.

3. Record – 25 Points. A complete record of plan, procedures and achievement, and publicity should be covered.  Completed Application including Submission Topics required.

 

8. THE ASHWORTH ARBOR DAY AWARD

Donor:  Mrs. June Ashworth, Past President

A $50 cash award to be given annually to a garden club/clubs, or a council for meritorious tree and/or shrub project including one or more of the following:

(1) The planting, protection and preservation of trees and shrubs, especially our state flower – the Rhododendron.  (2)  A community-wide promotion with plantings of a single variety of tree or shrub.  (3) Planning/promotion with planting of many varieties of trees and/or shrubs.  (4) Arbor Day Activities

5. Completed Application including Submission Topics required.

 

9. THE JIMELLE F. WALKER RHODODENDRON AWARD

Donor: Mrs. Henry L. Walker, Past President

A perpetual silver trophy to be awarded annually to the garden club with the greatest percentage of Rhododendron planted per member. The plants must be at least 2 years old when planted. Application form must include:

1. Number of members July 1 of the year in which application is made.

2. Number of Rhododendron planted during the award year – November 1 to November 1. Award Committee to calculate percentage to determine winner.

Completed Application including Submission Topics required.

 

10. McDONALD AWARD FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION*

Donor: WVGCI in Honor of Marjorie Hollingsworth, Past President

A $50 award presented annually to a garden club(s), or council for the completion or continuation of a historic preservation project such as the restoration of a park, building and/or garden of importance to the heritage of a specific locality. Good landscaping and/or architectural design to enhance the value and significance of the site will be considered. A landscaping plan (need not be by professional landscaper) should accompany the application.  It is important to use plantings that are authentic to the locality and period and to follow rules relating to the plantings of the period.  Completed Application including Submission Topics required.

 

11. THE BIRD PRESERVATION AWARD*

Donor: Mrs. I. D. VanMetre, Jr.

A perpetual silver trophy awarded annually to a garden club for outstanding accomplishments and contributions toward the environmental protection and preservation of beneficial birds, such as establishing sanctuaries, furnishing food and shelter or planting habitat to attract birds.  Completed Application including Submission Topics required.

 

12. NATIONAL GARDENER SUBSCRIPTION AWARDS*

Donor: WVGCI

A $25 cash award to the club having the largest percentage of subscriptions to the National Gardener. A club may only win the award twice. Proof consists of a complete list of members and the mailing label from the most recent issues of the National Gardener. Labels represent a paid subscription form and proof of subscription to State Awards Chairman.   Completed Section 1 of Application required.

 

13. AWARD FOR ARTICLE ON GARDENING

Donor: WVGCI

A $25 cash prize to the garden club member submitting the best article on any subject of gardening or garden club activities.

Rules: All articles become the property of the WVGCI and will be used as program material. The articles may be unpublished or published, but if they have been published, written permission from the publisher for submitting the articles must accompany application. None will be returned. Articles must be correct form, typed and all pages securely fastened together. Length of article must be between 500 and 2,000 words.  Completed Section 1 of Application required.

 

Points for Judging:

1. Interesting informative data         50 points

2. Educational Value                        25 points

3. Composition                                10 points

4. Presentation                                10 points

5. Neatness                                       5 points

Total                                         100 points

 

 

 

14. PUBLICITY PRESSBOOK AWARDS

Donor: WVGCI

A $25 cash award to the first place winner in each of three classifications as follows:

A. Small Club – up to 25 members

B. Medium Club – between 26-50 members

C. Large Club – over 50 members

 

Eligibility: All garden clubs, districts, councils and garden centers belonging to NGC may submit a press book. Garden club entries are divided into three (3) categories based upon club membership: small: up to 25 members; medium: 26-50 members; large: over 50 members.  Completed Section 1 of Application required.

Awards: Winners may be named: 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Honorable Mention in each category in NGC’s 8 regions. They will be presented a National Council Certificate of Commendation at Regional Conference.

State Deadline: January 25 of each year. Send your entry to State Awards Chairman.

State Judging: First Place winners in each category will be sent to the Regional Publicity Chairman for competition among the 1st place winners from each of the states in the region.

Format: Entries must be submitted in a folder with holes to firmly hold the pages; a theme-style binder, amphile or oxford brief folder. No heavy scrapbooks, oversized portfolios or loose clippings will be judged. Size 8-1⁄2 x 11″ or 9 x 12″. The cover must have a label affixed stating the category.

 

Garden Clubs: Note category (Small, Medium or Large), name of club, city, state, region and name and address of person submitting Pressbook.
District: State name of person submitting pressbook, number, state.

Councils and Garden Centers: State name, location and state.

 

Contents:

 

1. Materials must consist of only actual newspaper, magazine, newsletter or any printed publication “clipping” with the name and date of publication over each article. No decorative embellishments will affect judging. Affix contents in chronological order beginning January 1 and ending December 31. Pages must be numbered and an index is required.

 

2. Each published item must contain name of the club, district, council or garden center and/or individual(s) identified as a garden club member and/or member of the district, council or garden center. Underline the first use of the club’s name, district, council or garden center’s name in the story or article.

 

3. Pressbooks will be judged on quality, quantity, diversity of coverage and requirements set forth on attached Guideline for Evaluation of Publicity Pressbook.

 

4. Pressbooks will be returned if stamped, self-addressed envelope is included with entry.

 

5. Number of pages unlimited.

 

Guidelines for Evaluation of Publicity Pressbooks:

1. Pressbook Criteria                  30 points

2. Quality                                  35 points

3. Quantity                                20 points

4. Diversity of Coverage             15 points

Total                                   100 points

 

 

15. AWARD OF HONOR CONSERVATION CITATION

 

1. Honorary citation to a person or persons not affiliated with a garden club for extraordinary contribution in some area of conservation.

 

2. Honorary citation to an industry, commercial enterprise, or civic organization for extraordinary contribution in some area of conservation.

 

Rules: One or more conservation citations may be presented annually. Nominations for the Award of Honor, along with supporting evidence, may be made by the president of a local garden club or council upon unanimous approval of its members and presented to the awards Committee for consideration. The Awards Committee may include one or more conservationists in judging nomination for this award.

 

Completed Section 1 of Application required.

 

16. AWARD OF MERIT CITATION

A. An Award of Merit to recognize meritorious efforts in related garden club activities, which may be given to a garden club member, non-garden club member, federated club or group of federated clubs. This is to be awarded at the discretion of Awards Committee and President.

B. An Award of Merit to be awarded at the discretion of the Awards Committee and President.  No Application necessary.
17. AWARDS OF HONOR

 

WVGCI will present Awards of Honor to business and industrial establishments in West Virginia which have taken an interest in landscaping, maintenance and other means, either on-going or completed, in making their buildings, grounds and surroundings attractive to deserve commendation for their outstanding efforts. Garden Clubs, after choosing the establishment they wish to sponsor, should contact an official in charge and ask permission to submit an entry to avoid duplication of sponsorship. Each club is permitted one entry which is to include a typed report on 8-1⁄2 x 11″ paper setting forth reasons why entry deserved consideration. Such evidence as pictures, news clippings, etc. may be included with typed report. Ten (10) of these awards may be presented at the annual meeting to the president or representative of the club(s) sponsoring said establishments. These awards will be presented to the winning groups by sponsoring club(s). Awards may not be self-solicited by firms. Government agencies and private properties are excluded.  Completed Section 1 of Application required.

 

 

18. THE ELEANOR W. CAIN MEMORIAL AWARD*

 

Donor:  Family of the late Eleanor W. Cain, Past President

 

A $100 award will be awarded to a club for making landscaping improvements around an already established Blue Star Memorial or by-way marker.  Patriotic colors/themes will be given preference. This project may be a replacement for a destroyed or long neglected landscape.  Completed Application including Submission Topics required.

 

 

19. SHRIVER ARTISTIC FLOWER DESIGN AWARD

Donor:  Mrs.  Jerry Shriver, Past President

A $50 cash award and a certificate may be awarded to an individual garden club member for distinguished achievement in flower arrangement.  Entrants must submit a standard (3×5″ or 4×6″) color photo and the negative of the arrangement or the photograph saved on a disc. Entries will be judged by panel with a representative from the Council of Nationally Accredited Flower Show Judges of WV. It is not a requirement that the entry be from a flower show. There is no restriction on the material and/or type of container used, but a list of materials must be attached to each photograph with name, address and garden club of the individual submitting entry and title of arrangement. Winner will be submitted for the Engagement Calendar published by NGC.  Completed Section 1 of Application required.

 

20. ARNDT AWARD FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION*

Donor:   Patricia Arndt, Past President

A $100 cash award for the most effective or outstanding program in the field of environmental education and/or concerns, such as current conditions and further need of water, air, soil, plants, animal habitat, land use, urban environment, etc. Evidence of youth participation must be a part of the comprehensive plan.  Scale of Points:

1. Need and objectives to meet the need        25 points

Cite specific location(s) of study/activity

2. Activities to attain goals                           25 points

Include extent of involvement of club members, other groups, community, school system, levels of government, etc.

3. Involvement of youth in program              25 points

4. Results                                                   25 points

Extent, actual or potential, to which environmental education work and/or study reached and influenced club members, public, other groups, school system, government

Total                                                         100 points

Completed Application including Submission Topics required.

 

21. THE SHIREY CONSERVATION AND PRESERVATION OF BUTTERFLIES AWARD*

Donor: Mrs. Emily Shirey, Past President

A $50 cash award to a club or council for developing and implementing a program focusing on the protection of butterflies and their habitat and/or the planting of butterfly gardens. Applications must include how this project protects and preserves butterfly habitat. If planting a butterfly garden, application must include a plant list and diagram or sketch of the garden. Extra effort should be made to combine exciting plantings and native wildflowers with any new plantings. Extra points will be awarded if youth participate.  Completed Application including Submission Topics Required

 

22. THE BRENDA MOORE MEMBERSHIP AWARD*

 

Donor: Mrs. Brenda Moore, Past President

A $50 cash award to the club with the highest percentage membership increase.  This will be determined by the Asst. Treasurer’s reports and dues collected.  Completed Section 1 of Application Required.

 

 

Yearbook Awards

 

K1. Yearbook Award: CLUBS OF UP TO/INCLUDING 24 MEMBERS

Application page 1 required. A $25 cash award to the first place winner.

 

K2. Yearbook Award: CLUBS OF 25 OR MORE MEMBERS

Application page 1 required. A $25 cash award to the first place winner.

 

K3. OTHER YEARBOOK CONSIDERED MERITORIOUS

Application page 1 required. A $25 cash award to the first place winner.

Scoring of yearbooks will comply with point system established by National Council Awards Committee. Winning yearbooks in each of 3 divisions will be submitted to National Council for a National Award by the State Awards Chairman, if merited.

Point System for Grading Yearbooks:

Format                                                                                                           15 points

A. Book structure                                                          3 points

Practicability (convenient size, durability, neatness)

B. Arrangement of Contents

1. Cover                                                          2 points

Name of club, town, state, year (design optional). If permanent                                     type binder is used, substitute paper cover for contest.

2. Title Page                                                   4 points

Name of club, town, state, year, and number of members.

National Garden Club and other organizational memberships.

3. Subsequent pages                                       6 points

Name and addresses of National President, Regional Director, State President, District Director, Council Chairman (if any) and club officers.  Club membership roster with complete mailing addresses and phone numbers. Calendar of Events (other than regular meetings).

 

Program Content                                                                                        85 points

Goals for ideal club program: Study and activity in some of National Garden Club’s objectives such as: birds, Blue Star Memorials, civic development, conservation, flower shows, garden therapy, High School/Junior/Intermediate Gardening, horticulture, landscape design, litter control, roadside development, world gardening, etc.

A.  Club Meeting(s) (at least 7 per year)                    50 points

When (date of meeting), where (place of meeting), who (name of person to address group), what (title of subject matter also extras such as roll-call, exhibits or social activities optional). When a theme is used it should prevail in at least a majority of meetings.

B. Club Projects                                                         35 points

1. Continuing projects and new projects for the current year should be

listed separately

2. Give location, description and member participation in both types

of projects.

3. Note where meetings programs pertain to project work.

Total  100 points

 

Flower Show Awards

Rules for Flower Show Awards

1. Procedures for Applying:

A. All applications for Flower Show Awards must include a state evaluation form with a score of 90 or above.  Only scores of 95% may be sent on to SAR and NGC.  Clubs are responsible for acquiring this form from the evaluation chairman.

B. All Flower Shows applying for awards must be standard.

2. Deadline: All Applications shall be sent to State Awards Chairman by November 15 of each year. For Holiday Shows occurring in November and December, the deadline is December 15 of each year.  State awards chairman should be notified if you plan on applying for a show held in November or December.

3. Eligible Clubs: Only a club or group of clubs that are members of the WVGCI will be eligible.

4. This award still requires a Book of evidence. The book of evidence should contain

10 pages maximum (20 surfaces front & back). Must contain supporting evidence of how, arranged in an orderly manner  including two (2) schedules, publicity (clipped to show name of newspaper and date), photographs to show sections of show rather than of persons; floor plan, list of judges and any other pertinent information

5. Presentation: Will be made to chairman of winning shows at state meeting.

6. Evaluation Committee: Shall consist of a chairman and two other members appointed by State Evaluation Chairman. One or two of these may also be judges of the show being evaluated.

7. Expenses: Flower Show Judges and Evaluation Committee mileage and expenses shall be paid (if funds area available) by applying club.

8. Completed Section 1 of Application required.

 

Description of Awards for Standard Flower Show

 

F1. GOLD MEDALLION FOR BEST DISTRICT OR COUNCIL SHOW*

$50 Cash Award – Donor: Mrs. David V. Walters, Past President

F2. GOLD MEDALLION FOR BEST SHOW WITH TWO OR MORE CLUBSPARTICIPATING (not a council)*

F3. GOLD MEDALLION FOR BEST MINIMUM STANDARD SHOW

A.  With one club participating*

B. With one or more clubs participating

Limited to three (3) medallions*

 

F4. GOLD MEDALLION FOR BEST HOUSE & GARDEN SHOW*

A. Standard Flower Show sponsored by one (1) or more member garden clubs in a home or homes, with a tour to two (2) or more home gardens.

B. Home Show sponsored by one (1) club in a home or homes. Garden tour not required. 1. Sponsored by one to three clubs.

 

F5. GOLD MEDALLION FOR BEST HOLIDAY SHOW*

A. Sponsored by a Council.

B. Sponsored by one to three clubs.

F6. GOLD MEDALLION FOR BEST SHOW WITH COMMERCIAL AID*

(Application with Submission Topics must include detailed financial report.)

A. Sponsored by a Council.

B. Sponsored by one to three clubs.

 

F7. GOLD MEDALLION AND $25 CASH FOR FLOWER SHOW STAGED IN A PUBLIC BUILDING*

Donor: Mrs. Jane Lundblad, Past President

A $25 cash prize for Standard Flower Show sponsored by one (1) or more federated garden clubs. Show must be staged in a public building such as: historically preserved home; museum; church; business; shopping center; mall; housing development; world, county or state fair; furniture store; garden center or other commercial public buildings. A tour of garden(s) may be included. Show may have a patriotic or holiday theme. Two (2) or more educational exhibits and one (1) or more youth and/or sponsored groups or any three (3) of the above are required.

 

Youth Activity

 All Youth Award entries, #Y1 through #Y10, should be sent to WVGC Youth Activities and Contests Chairman for submission by November 15th.

Y1. BLUEFIELD GARDEN CLUB JUNIOR AND/OR INTERMEDIATE CUP

Donor:  Bluefield Garden Club*

A silver trophy awarded to a Junior and/or Intermediate Club, sponsored by a member garden club, which has been most successful in promoting all phases of garden club work.   This award may not be won two (2) succeeding years by one club.  Completed Application including Submission Topics required.

Points for Judging:

1. Program, planned and carried out                             40 points

2. Projects                                                                  35 points

3. Flower Show Awards                                                 5 points

4. Book of Evidence, History, Club Clippings, etc.         20 points

Total                                                                       100 points

 

Y2. JUNIOR, INTERMEDIATE OR HIGH SCHOOL GARDEN CLUB YEAR BOOK AWARD

Donor: WVGCI*     Cash award of $10.00 and a blue ribbon. Second prize – red ribbon; Third prize – yellow ribbon. To junior, intermediate or high school clubs for outstanding yearbooks edited by juniors, intermediates or high school based on:

1. Neatness                                                                      5 points

2. Title page (name of club, sponsoring club, town, number of members in youth group and age group)                                                                        10 points

3. Monthly program topics and leader listed                     10 points

4. Definite project                                                          10 points

5. Study and Activity on project                                      10 points

6. Minimum of 8 meetings a year                                      5 points

7. Comprehensive study on one of the following: Horticulture, Conservation, Nature Study, Flower Arranging, Flower Show practice
20 points

8. Participation in Junior and/or Intermediate Garden Club and/or High School Flower Show or Junior and/or Intermediate and/or High School Section of Senior Show                                                                                                          10 points

9. Flower Arrangement and/or Horticulture Workshop 15 points

10. Minimum of one bird program                                    5 points

Total                                                                          100 points
Completed Section 1 of Application required.

 

Y3. JUNIOR, INTERMEDIATE OR HIGH SCHOOL GARDENING HONOR CERTIFICATE

Donor: WVGCI

Award to Junior, Intermediate or High School Clubs who achieve Honor Roll by achieving 50 points under program rules 4 through 10 as listed under Award Y2. Completed Application including Submission Topics required. 

 

Y4. HIGH SCHOOL GARDENERS AWARD

Donor: WVGCI*

Medallion presented to a high school group which has carried out the best all-around gardening program.   Completed Application including Submission Topics required. 

Points for Judging:

1. Program, planned and carried out           40 points

2. Projects                                                40 points

3. Application book and report                    20 points

Total                                                   100 points

 

 

Y5. HIGH SCHOOL ESSAY CONTEST

Donors: WVGCI $500 cash and WV Conservation Camp Scholarship

Scholarship winner and chaperone will be honored at WVGC annual convention.

Essay Contest:

2015-2016 Topic:  “Don’t Let the Frogs Croak”

2016-2017 Topic:  “We Need Our Pollinators”

 

Length of Essay: Between 600-700 words. The entry will be penalized if the essay does not conform to the required length. All words are counted. Students should write the essay so that it is suitable to be published in the NGC publication.

 

Scale of Points:

 

Content                                                                   65 points

 

Knowledge of subject                                   25 points

 

Practicality of proposal                                 10 points

 

Originality                                                   15 points

 

Subject matter well organized/clarity

of presentation                               15 points

Composition                                                 25 points

Vocabulary                                                  15 points

Conformance to length                                 10 points

Manuscript                                                              10 points

Wallet-size photograph, name, address, phone

number, school attending, grade, list of

activities and sponsoring club                       5 points

Neatness/legibility (A plastic folder keeps

the manuscript neat)                                     5 points

Total                                                                     100 points

 

Eligibility:   open to all High School students attending 9th – 12th grade and sponsored by a single member garden club, group of member clubs, councils or districts. Entries become the property of NGC. Completed Section 1 of Application required.

 

Contest deadline: Club entries must be sent to Youth Activities Chairman by November 15 of current year.

 

State Award: The winner will receive $500 and a WV Conservation Camp Scholarship with the first place going to SAR. The winner and their chaperone will be honored guests of WVGCI at a luncheon meeting of the annual convention. Transportation provided by the sponsor or districts in which the winner resides. Entries will not be returned. Applicants should keep a copy for themselves.

National Awards: A $1,000 National Garden Club scholarship will be awarded the national winner. If the winner is an underclassman, the $1,000 scholarship will be held by NGC, Inc., without accrued interest, until such time the student enters college. At that time, the money will be forwarded to the Financial Aid Office of the college that the student will enter. Second place winner will receive a $100 award.

 

Y6. SMOKEY BEAR & WOODSY OWL POSTER CONTEST

First thru fifth grade students are invited to participate in the Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl Poster Contest. The entry posters should encourage children to take a personal role in preventing wildfires or conserving natural resources. Winners on the State level will be sent to SAR and their winners receive a $10 cash award; then sent to NGC for judging. The National winner will win a free trip to Washington, D.C. for a presentation ceremony, with round-trip airfare and accommodations for four. A $100 US Savings Bond will be awarded to the first place winner for each grade level as well. National Winners to be announced at the NGC annual meeting. Poster Topic is the basic message for the Smokey Bear poster is “Remember, Only You Can Prevent Wildfires” and for Woodsy Owl poster is “Lend a Hand-Care for the Land”

 

Poster Rules:

1. Poster must feature Smokey Bear or Woodsy Owl.

2. Smokey Bear poster should be based upon preventing wildfires and the topic for the current year’s poster set by NGC (see above).

3. Woodsy Owl poster must be based on “Lend a Hand- save the land.” ** not same as above. ** Please see above in regard to additional topics set by NGC.

4. Each entry should be 11 x 17 inches in size.

5. Materials that can be used: crayons, markers, poster paints, watercolors, etc.

6. Posters must be completed by individual student artists.

7. No three-dimensional posters, computer-scanned, or electronically generated images will be accepted.

8. Please print the artist’s name, address, home phone number, grade level, school, teacher’s name, city, and state on the back of the poster in the lower right corner.  (Do not use dark marker for this as it may show through).  There is a specific entry form that should be requested from the Youth Activities & Contests Chairman.

9. Posters will be judged 20 percent each for originality, design, slogan, artwork, and overall effectiveness of the message.  Deadline is November 15.

10. Clubs, please remember to report the number of teachers and students that were contacted in each grade level.  There is a form to be completed for the Local Chairman Outreach Report.  Please fill out this form and mail to the Youth Activities and Contests Chairman with all poster entries.

 

Y7. CAROLYN G. PATTERSON AWARD FOR EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE

 Donor: Mrs. John P. Patterson, Past President

A $50 cash award and a certificate may be awarded to a junior, intermediate or high school garden club or organized youth group assisted by a federated garden club for the most outstanding projects and programs that have been implemented and that meet the objectives of NGC and WVGCI.  *Completed Application including Submission

Topics required.

 

Points for Judging (total of 100 points):

 

1. Programs, planned and carried out.                   40 points

 

2. Projects implemented                                      40 points

 

3. Application book and report                             20 points

 

 

Y8.  YOUTH SCULPTURE AWARD

Sponsored by WVGC, Inc.

A $10 cash award will be given to one winner in each grade 4 through 8 ($50 total award).  Purpose:  To encourage youth to keep our planet green and to get involved with saving our planet.

Sculpture Theme:  Keep our planet green (get involved with saving our planet).

Contest Rules:

Children in 4th grade through 8th grade will be eligible to enter the contest.

  1. Width of the sculpture can be no more than 8 ½” x 11”
  2. Materials that are to be used should be those that can be recycled (example: plastic bottles, paper, etc.)
  3. Height should be proportional to width
  4. Use specific entry form for this award
  5. Entries should include as many photographs as can be printed on the back of the entry form, but two 4” x 6” photographs are recommended.

 

Y9.  Youth Poetry Contest

2015-2016 Theme: “Croaking, Leaping Frogs”

2016-2017 Theme: “We Three:  Bees, Butterflies and Me”

Eligibility:  Special Education & English as a Second Language: grades K-9; General Education: grades K-9.

 

Contest Rules: All entries must be typed and titled.

Include name, address, age, grade, school of participant on back of entry.

  1. Sponsoring garden club and state federation/club name must also be identified.
  2. “Generations of Gardeners” sponsoring garden club may be that of a grandparent.
  3. All entries become the property of NGC, Inc.
  4. Poems do not have to rhyme. Poems may be traditional verse, acrostics, blank verse, cinquains, diamond poems, limerick or Haiku

 

Scale of Points:

Title                                                                  10 pts.

Content                                                             40 pts.

Creativity                                                           30 pts.

Style                                                                 20 pts.

TOTAL                                                             100 pts.

 

Entries should be submitted to the State Youth Activities and Contests Chairman byNovember 15.  For more information, please email State Youth Contests Chairman, Carol Hovermale.

 

2015-2017 Presidential Awards

                                                                                                                  Judy Guye, WVGCI President

(All are Yearly Awards)

 

 

 

Plant the Seeds-

P1. $50 awarded to the club that has planted the seeds and has started a new garden club.  New clubs must have completed a Probation Application with the WVGCI Executive Secretary.  Club must apply for the award.

 

P2. $25 awarded to the club that has planted the most milkweed species such as butterfly weed, common milk weed and swamp milkweed, and plant species that provide nectar.  Show research that includes plants chosen and why monarchs are important in our environment.  Completed application including submission topics required.

 

And Grow With Us-

 P3. A $25 award to the Club that has started a new youth club (junior, intermediate or high school).  Winner will be determined by information recorded on President’s reports and will be based on highest number of members in new youth club.

 

SAR Theme – Inspire Conservation through Education

 

Using the theme of SAR – this award is offered.

P4. $25 to the Club with the most outstanding project dealing with an environmental issue, i.e. water, conservation, recycling, etc.  A completed application including submission topics required.

 

NGC Theme – Leap into Action

 

Using the Theme of NGC – Leap into Action, award is created to show action.

 

P5.  $25 to the Club that has made a difference in the lives of those living in their community and in the lives of their members through education and enrichment programs.  A completed application including submission topics is required.  Show action, work and participation.

P6.  $50 to the Club that worked with the Frightened Frog program using an early reader book written by garden club member Brenda Moore, Past WVGCI President and Jean Ohlmann.

Show how elementary students and members personally interacted with tadpoles and/or frogs to help them thrive.  A completed application including submission topics is required.

 

 SPECIAL AWARDS

 

S1. WVGC Life Membership Scholarship* Juniors, Seniors and Graduate students from WV attending any college may apply for the $5,000 scholarship from WVGCI.  The student must be majoring in Horticulture, Floriculture, Landscape Design, Botany, Forestry, Biology, Agronomy, Conservation, Plant Pathology/Science, Environmental Concerns, City Planning, Land Management, Habitat or Forest/System Ecology, Agriculture Education and/or other allied fields. The West Virginia recipient is then eligible for consideration for the SAR scholarship and one of 35 scholarships of $3,500 awarded by NGC.  The Scholarship application is available on the web site: wvgardenclub.org/Youth/Scholarships.

 

Completed application including Submission Topics required.

 

 

 

S2.  ESTHER J. HINCHMAN SCHOLARSHIP

 

Donor:  Esther J. Hinchman

 

A West Virginia High School Senior planning to attend college (in state or out) may apply for this $500 Scholarship.  The student must plan to major in some form of Environmental Studies (Horticulture, Landscape Design, Forestry, Botany, Conservation, Land Management, Environmental Concerns, Geology or related studies).  WVGC will forward funds in the winner’s name, to the college/university of his/her choice for books or tuition.  Awards Committee will use the following criteria to choose the winner:

 

Academic Achievement                                            30%

 

Need                                                                           30%

 

Character                                                                   15%

 

Career Commitment                                                 15%

 

Variety of School and Community Involvement    10%

 

 

 

Requirements:  Must be sponsored by a club; must supply name, address and phone number, date of birth, male/female; name of high school, name of college/university chosen; record of grades; and at least a 250 word document from the student listing his/her goals, purpose for applying and background information that will help Awards Committee with the above criteria (school activities, community involvement, etc.) Deadline February 1, 2016

 

 

 

S2A.  CLUB SPONSORSHIP OF SCHOLARSHIP AWARD

 

Donor:  Esther Hinchman

 

A $50 cash award will be granted to the club that sponsors the WV High School Senior Scholarship Winner.

 

 

 

S3.  THE CORRIE WHITLOCK MEMORIAL SCOLARSHIP

 

South Atlantic Region

 

This $2,000 scholarship is available to a college student within the SAR who is enrolled in a college, university, vocational school or community college.  The scholarship will be awarded at the end of the sophomore or junior year. A qualifying student is one who is majoring in the study of Horticulture, Floriculture, Landscape Design, Botany, Plant Pathology, Biology, Forestry, Agronomy, Environmental Concerns, City Planning, Land Management and/or allied subjects.  Changing from a major study of garden club interest will result in forfeiture and/or reimbursement of the SAR Scholarship.  As long as a student maintains a “B” average he/she may re-apply each year.  Applicants will be judged on the following scale:

 

Academic Record                              40%

 

Need                                                   40%

 

Character                                           10%

 

Commitment to Career                      5%

 

Variety of Avocation                          5%

 

Application is available on the website:  http//www.southatlanticregiongardenclubs.org/forms.html.

 

 

 

Deadline for all Scholarship Applications:  February 1, 2016.

 

 

 

*THE ABOVE AWARDS MAY BE ELIGIBLE FOR CORRESPONDING SAR AND NGC AWARDS.  THE STATE AWARDS CHAIRMAN, WITH A LITTLE REWORKING, MAY SUBMIT APPLICATIONS FOR THESE ADVANCED AWARDS.  SOME OF THE AWARDS CAN BE SIGNIFICANT. 

 

 
All Award Applications, with the exception of Youth Awards, are to be sent to:

Vickie Stedman
WVGC Awards Chairman
1810 Myers Bridge Rd.
Martinsburg, WV  25404

Phone: 304-262-9665    

 

All Youth Award Applications are to be sent to:

Carol Hovermale
107 Tamsens Court
Martinsburg, WV  25403

Phone:  304-260-0925   

 

All Scholarship Applications are sent to:

 

Norene Westfall, Scholarship Chairman
P.O. Box 713
Jane Lew, WV  26378

Phone: 304-884-7541  

Please check out SAR Awards on Website:  www.southatlanticregiongardenclubs.org

for awards not offered by WVGC – such as Historic Trail,Litter/Recycling/Reclamation, National Garden Week, Public Relations, National Life Membership, SAR
Life Membership, Green Space, etc.

 

Please check out NGC Awards on Website:  www.gardenclub.org

for similar awards not offered by WVGC.

 

Just provide information required for these awards and send to WVGC Awards Chairman.   (NO INDIVIDUAL OR CLUB SHOULD SEND APPLICATIONS TO SAR OR NGC – THEY MUST COME FROM WV AWARD CHAIRMAN)