DISTRICT VI - GARDENETTES Ponchatoula LA Deeds And Doings
LUKE JAMES OAK - LGCF #9160
REGISTERING LIVE OAK - JULY 21, 2020 244 N. 5th Street
Measuring the Luke-James Oak at 244 N. 5th Street are Margaret Hardin, Gardenette Live Oak Chairman, and Kathy Bedenbaugh, Representative at Large for the Louisiana Garden Club Federation Inc. The senior tree will be listed in the state registry.
The large live oak tree across from the Post Office on N. 5th Street, was measured by the Gardenettes and found to be in the Centenarian class which includes trees over sixteen feet in girth. Owned by Parker Layrisson, the tree is to be named Luke-James after his sons.
Registration in the Louisiana Garden Club Federation Inc. (LGCF Inc.) is an honor for any tree over eight feet in circumference. The Luke-James Oak was registered and will join the 9,153 senior trees in the state registry, according to Margaret Hardin, local Live Oak Chairman. Assisting her in the process were Vicky Fannaly, Gardenette president, and Kathy Bedenbaugh LGCF, Inc. Representative at Large.
Gardenettes are members of District VI, LGCF Inc., Deep South Garden Clubs Inc., and National Garden Clubs Inc. Coleen Perilloux Landry is the state Live Oak Chairman.
Named Luke-James Oak after his sons, Parker Layrisson noted: "As you can see from this photo of Luke climbing the roots, my boys love this tree. We are so excited that this beautiful centenarian will bear their name in the registry."
SCHOLARSHIP AWARD: HALEY FACIANE June 28, 2020
Gardenettes presented Haley Faciane, a Ponchatoula High School graduate of 2020, with a scholarship for her excellent achievements. She is currently enrolled at Louisiana State University in Agriculture. Pictured are Sandra Haro, garden club vice president, Faciane, Anna Poland, club scholarship chairman, and Vicky Fannaly, club president. Haley Faciane was awarded a $500 scholarship by the Gardenettes Tuesday at the Corner Cafe, according to Anna Poland, chairman of the garden club scholarship committee.
The club raises money through raffles and bake sales. To qualify, the student must be a member of the Ponchatoula High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) and maintain a good grade average. Gardenettes are members of District VI, Louisiana Garden Club Federation Inc. and the Deep South Region, National Garden Clubs Inc.
Faciane attended Ponchatoula High School, where she finished her senior year with a 3.5 GPA. She has been an active agriculture and FFA student since her freshman year. While a member of the Ponchatoula High FFA Chapter, Haley competed in the Prepared Public Speaking LDE, placing second, and the Land Evaluation CDE. She also represented Louisiana at National Convention in the National Chapter Award as a presenter for a Top 10 chapter two years in a row.
She served as her chapter’s reporter as a sophomore, and secretary in her junior and senior year. She also served as the Area IV Federation Reporter. Faciane is currently a freshman at Louisiana State University where she is majoring in crop science. She has also been awarded a scholarship from the Ponchatoula Strawberry Board this year, as well as the Lela scholarship.
NATIONAL GARDEN WEEK June 6, 2020
National Garden Week, June 7-13, is being observed by the Gardenettes, according to Carol Borgstede McGough, chairman.
The club is joining National Garden Clubs Inc. members across the country to celebrate objectives of beautification, education of environmental efforts, gardening, and involvement in our community. This week is an opportunity to encourage pride in your community, interest new members, and work with other groups to be part of those efforts, she said.
McGough added that due to the unusual circumstances we face, there will be no presentation. However, she wanted to encourage awareness of the benefits of gardening like reducing stress, physical fitness, increased Vitamin D from sun exposure, and the pleasure of growing your own food and flowers. Gardenettes are also members of District VI Louisiana Garden Club Federation Inc., Deep South Garden Clubs as well as NGC Inc.
Election of Officers - May 28, 2020
New Gardenette officers, Vicky Fannaly, president, and Sandra Haro, vice president, plan events for the coming garden club year which begins in September and ends in May.
Vicky Fannaly was elected President of the Gardenettes for a two year term ending May 2022. She succeeds Sonya Avery in this posiiton. Other officers include Sandra Haro, first vice president; Sonya Avery, second vice president; Ellen Pusey, treasurer; Marilyn Wright, recording secretary; Cynthia Cummer, corresponding secretary; Cricket Ayala, parliamentarian; Kathy Bruce, chaplain.
A member of the club for 40 years, Fannaly has served as president twice in the past. She is the third Fannaly to serve in this position, the others being her mother in law Ruth Fannaly and aunt Frances Fannaly. She serves as webmaster for the Louisiana Garden Club Federation Inc. She is a member of the LGCF Circle of Roses and was awarded the silver tray for floral design in 1988 in the Maude Viskell competition. The officers will be installed September 9 during their first meeting of the calendar year at the Strawberry Hut in Memorial Park. Founded in 1942 and federated in 1943, the Gardenettes are members of District VI LGCF, Deep South Garden Clubs Inc. and National Garden Clubs Inc.