20 Years of Community Service!
On Thursday, June 16, the Ceres Garden Club celebrated its 20th year since federated into the Council of National Garden Clubs. Charter members were invited to attend along will all past Presidents, officers, current and past members.
Special recognition was made to Charter member Colleen Bergamaschi who has served the Ceres Garden Club with passion and commitment as President, Vice President, Secretary and/or Treasurer over the entire 20 years. Senator Anthony Cannella produced a signed Resolution of Achievement, which was presented by his representative, Helen Condit. Other past officers in attendance included Past President Jim Bergamaschi, and Past President Kathy Grieve.
Year Books, Newsletters and memorabilia scrapbooks were on display for nostalgia. Viewers were in amazement as to the many programs and projects undertaken and accomplished over the past 20 years to enhance the community. Past Projects included:
1998-1999 Petals Grant Beautification Project, Highway Clean-up Whitmore off ramp; Landscape Daniel Whitmore Historical House (roses); Landscape Main Entrance Ceres Memorial Park; Penny Pines Reforestation; Eagle Stamp Recycle Project; Christmas Tree in Gazebo of Whitmore Park. [13 members]
2000-2001 Landscape Beautification Highway 99 and Whitmore Ave Off-Ramp; Masonic Lodge Beautification; Ceres Memorial Park Entry Beautification; Daniel Whitmore Historical House Garden Beautification; Penny Pines Reforestation; Sober Grad Night Garden Tour; Stamp Collection to save Endangered Species. [25 members]
2002-2003 Donated ‘Welcome to Ceres’ sign at Hwy 99 and Mitchell Road; Established First Junior Youth Garden; continue all of the above. [46 members]
2003-2004 Planters for Downtown Beautification; continue all of the above. [44 members]
2004-2005 Established, via grants & donations, water-source for beautification at ‘Welcome to Ceres’ sign areas; continue all of the above. [37 members]
2005-2006 continue all of the above. [39 members]
2006-2007 Let Freedom Ring project begun. Whitmore Mansion restoration of Victorian gardens; continue all of the above. [29 members]
2008-2009 Mad Hatter Tea & Tour of Historical Whitmore Mansion; Beautification landscape around sign Whitmore Park; continue all of the above. [27 members]
2009-2010 Indoor Plants at Ceres Community Center; continue all of the above. [31 members]
2010-2011 Blue Star Memorial Marker installed Ceres Community Center; continue all of the above. [32 members]
2011-2012 Beautification of the Doyle Cummings Rose Garden, est 1972; continue all of the above. [32 members]
2012-2013 Dedicated ‘Let Freedom Ring’ Pathway of Presidents trees and plaque; Bell Tower; continue all of the above. [32 members]
2013-2014 Stanislaus County Fair Horticulture beautification, continue all of the above. [29 members]
2014-2015 Ceres Street Faire plant sale; continue all of the above. [35 members]
2015-2016 Water Wise Workshop I & II; continue all of the above. [35 members]