Ceres Garden Club receives Sweepstakes Award at 85th Annual Convention. (left to right) Sandra Robinson, President National Garden Club; Berni Hendrix, President Ceres Garden Club; Sue Bennett, President California Garden Clubs, Inc.

California Garden Clubs, Inc. recognizes the Ceres Garden Club with 10 Awards of Achievement for various programs and projects.  Additionally, the Ceres Garden Club was awarded the Sweepstakes Award Class III (30-44 members) for achieving the highest number of awards during the 2015-2016 session.

Annually, CGCI (California Garden Clubs, Inc.) will recognize the state’s top garden clubs for exceptional learning  programs, projects, tours, community beautification, conservation, and  preservation with over 60 awards.  The annual Excellence Awards are highly regarded as an acknowledgement of quality leadership, planning, and participation among garden clubs throughout the state.

“Garden club membership has the ability to change lives and communities.  An informed and engaged citizen shapes the future of the community through participation in beautification, conservation, and preservation efforts.  Our legacy will be the difference we made while working to protect and improve our natural world,” said Sandra H. Robinson, President, National Garden Clubs, Inc.

Ceres Garden Club President, Berni Hendrix, and Laura Bravinder, Secretary, attended the 85th Annual Convention, May 18-21 in Irvine, CA.  The annual convention allows for the exchange of information  and best practices among garden clubs throughout California, and is the platform for announcing the annual award winners.  Sue Bennett, President, California Garden Clubs, Inc. and Sandra Robinson, President National Garden Clubs, Inc presented the coveted Sweepstakes Award to the Ceres Garden Club at the Awards Banquet on Thursday evening, May 19.


Berni Hendrix (left), President and Laura Bravinder (right), Secretary, attend the President’s Gala Banquet Saturday evening, May 21, at the 85th Annual CGCI Convention.

“It is my honor and privilege to accept these awards on behalf of all the talented, caring, and concerned members of the Ceres Garden Club,” said Berni Hendrix, President, Ceres Garden Club.  “All members truly have the desire to make a significant difference within our town of Ceres.”

Ceres Garden Club, a member of the California Garden Clubs, Inc., Pacific Region of the National Garden Clubs, Inc., received awards in the following categories:

  • Blue Ribbon Garden Club Certificate of Achievement
  • 1st Award: Member Yearbook
  • 1st Place: Seminar & Workshop Award
  • 1st Place: Ways & Means
  • 1st Place: Horticulture Award
  • 2nd Place: Achievement for a Single Event
  • 2nd Place: Civic Landscaping Award
  • 3rd Place: Touring/Outing Award
  • 3rd Place: Ways & Means
  • 3rd Place: Publications Award/Newsletter
  • Sweepstakes Award Class III (Awarded for receiving the highest number of CGCI awards for the award year in Class III: 30-44 members).

The Ceres Garden Club is devoted to promoting an interest and knowledge in gardening; to aid in the protection of native trees and wildlife; to encourage civic planting; and to foster social relationships with fellow gardeners.  The Ceres Garden Club was re-founded in 1996 with 12 charter members, and was federated in 1997 by the National Council of State Garden Clubs, Inc.  The Ceres Garden Club, with 35 members, meets at the Ceres Community Center on the 3rd Thursday monthly from September through June.  There are no formal meetings in July and August, yet members are active in numerous community events and on-going projects.  The 2015-2016 Theme: “Growing for tomorrow” was chosen to emphasize the special projects of growing youth gardening, growing the garden club within the community and growing individual talent by implementing the club Motto: “Plan – Develop – Maintain”.

Membership in the Ceres Garden Club is open to anyone, in or out of the city limits, who shares in the philosophy of the garden club.  For more information contact: 559-901-3636  or 209-968-0852  email:ceresgardenclub@yahoo.com




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