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Membership of Garden Club of Celebration is open to all past and present residents of Celebration. We have a membership of over one hundred  members, men and women, who share an interest in various aspects of gardening

Our year runs from September to May and we meet on the third Wednesday each month in Heritage Hall at 9.00am.DSC_5615

Our dues are paid in September each year and are $30 per person or $40 for a couple. Dues can be paid on-line on our website. Our program is varied, we have three social meetings each year. In September we gather after the holidays and welcome new members. In December we enjoy our holiday luncheon and in April  we visit a local restaurant for our spring luncheon. Our meetings commence at 9.00am with social time, at 9.30am we discuss any business matters of the Club and our speaker talks from about 10.00am. We have a wide variety of topics, from growing succulents, roses, begonias and also how to plant up containers gardens and attract pollinators to your garden. Our meetings are informative and fun!

Our gallery shows pictures of our meetings.

In addition to our monthly meetings, we organize trips to local places of interest, gardens, plant fairs, university gardens, local theme parks. This is an opportunity to tour places which may not always be accessible to the public and learn about different plants around Florida.

 

Our Garden Club year runs from September through May. Our dues are paid in September each year

Garden Club of Celebration is open to all residents of Celebration, past and present regardless of race, creed, color, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, religion, national origin, political opinions or affiliations.

There are three easy ways to join The Garden Club of Celebration.

  • Come to a meeting, pay your dues $30 per person, $40 per couple and you can join straightaway and enjoy our Club
  • Complete the Membership Application Form and send it with a check to Garden Club of Celebration, PO Box 470082, Celebration, Florida 34747
  • Contact us via the website and pay on-line.

MISSION STATEMENT

The general nature and object of this non-profit Corporation shall be – to organize themselves into a non profit association for the purpose of engaging in activities which are charitable, educational and scientific within the means of Section 501 c (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954.

Specifically the purposes of the Club are as follows

  • To further the education of members and the public in the fields of gardening, horticulture, botany, landscape design, conservation of natural resources, civic beautification and nature studies
  • To do and perform all other acts necessary to carry out the purposes of this Corporation not for profit, in accordance with the law in such cases made and provided

BY-LAWS

GARDEN CLUB OF CELEBRATION.INC

Article 1 – Name

The name of this club shall be The Garden Club of Celebration.Inc, hereafter referred to as the Club

Article II – Objective

The objectives and purposes of the Club will be accomplished by activities approved by members of the Club

Article III – Membership

Membership is open to all adult residents of Celebration or those that wish to maintain membership having moved away from Celebration. Members shall pay annual dues and be willing to take an active part in the Club. Each member is entitled to one vote.

Membership Dues and Fees

The fiscal year shall be from September 1st through August 31st.

  1. Dues of active members shall be determined by the Board of Directors and ratified by the Club members. Notice of intention to change amount of dues shall be presented in writing at a regular meeting of the club and action shall follow at the next regular meeting. A 2/3 vote of those present shall be necessary for ratification.
  2. The annual dues of the Club shall be $30.00 for an individual and $40.00 per couple
  3. Dues are payable upon joining the Club, and then annually in April, no later than the May meeting.
  4. Guests are allowed two visits per year before being required to join the Club
  5. Compensation is prohibited.

 

Article IV – Officers

The elected officers of The Garden Club of Celebration.Inc shall be President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasure, Membership Secretary and Education Advocate.

Section 1 – Election of Officers

  1. In alternate years (odd numbered) the President shall explain the nominating procedure at the February meeting of the Club. Not later than the March meeting of the Club, the President shall appoint a Nominating Committee of three (3) active members who shall submit a slate of officers for the succeeding year. Additional nominations may be made from the floor at the April meeting
  2. Officers shall be elected at the April meeting of the Club and be installed at the May meeting
  3. Term of office shall be two years

 

Section 2 – Duties of Officers

All officers shall perform the duties as detailed in these bylaws, the standing rules and by the adopted parliamentary authority.

 

President

The President shall –

  1. Be the official representative of The Garden Club of Celebration.Inc.
  2. Preside at all meetings of The Garden Club of Celebration.Inc and its Board
  3. Appoint other Board members and committees to facilitate the organization of the Club, such as Social Committee, Scholarship committee
  4. Fill vacancies of officers subject to the confirmation of the Board.
  5. Sign checks in the absence of the Treasurer.
  6. Prepare budget with the assistance of the Treasurer each fiscal year
  7. Shall be an ex-officio member of all committees.

 

Vice President

The Vice President shall:

  1. In the absence of the President, perform the duties of that office.
  2. Serve as program chairman.
  3. Be a member of the finance committee.

Secretary

The Secretary shall:

  1. Record the proceedings of all meetings of The Garden Club of Celebration.Inc and the Board of Directors. Draft minutes of such meetings will be submitted to the President as soon as possible after the meeting for approval and circulation to Club members
  2. Attend to correspondence as directed by the President or the Board of Directors.
  3. Have charge of all papers pertaining to the office.
  4. Present to the Board a copy of the minutes and of the reports within thirty days after the close of the term of office.

Treasurer

The Treasurer shall:

  1. Be responsible for all the funds belonging to the Club.
  2. Be accountable for receipts and disbursements.
  3. Render statements and issue receipts.
  4. Pay bills.
  5. Be a member of the Finance Committee.
  6. Make accounts and vouchers available for inspection by the Board of Directors.
  7. Present a financial statement at each general meeting and Board of Directors meeting.
  8. All books and funds of the Club shall be transferred to the new Treasurer within 30 days after the close of the fiscal year.

Membership Secretary

The Membership Secretary shall:

  1. Introduce visitors and new members.
  2. Distribute and maintain name tags, and membership books.
  3. Maintain an up-to-date list of members and prepare list for submission to Florida Federation of Garden Clubs by June 1st each year.

Education advocate

The Education Advocate shall.

A      Increase awareness in the community of the scholarships offered by Garden Club to   Celebration High school students

B      Liase with school personnel to encourage an interest in horticulture in the school         environment

Historian

The Historian shall:

  1. Take pictures of events.
  2. Keep Historian book up to date.

Parliamentarian

The Parliamentarian shall:

  1. Be one of the previous past presidents appointed by the President.
  2. Assist the President on points of parliamentary procedure.
  3. Fulfill required duties as outlined in Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised.

Section 5 – Vacancies

  1. All vacancies in elective offices, other than the President shall be filled by a vote of the Board of Directors.
  2. A vacancy in the office of the President shall be filled for the remainder of the term by the Vice President.

 

Article V – Meetings

 

Section 1 – Meetings of the Club shall be held on the third Wednesday of each month from September through to May.

Section 2 – Special meetings may be called at any time by the President or upon request of ten (10) or more members of the Club. The object of any special meeting shall be stated in prior written notice to all members.

Section 3 – The members present at a general meeting shall constitute a quorum of the Club for the transaction of business.

Article VI – Board of Directors

Section 1

The Board of Directors shall consist of the President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Membership Secretary and Education Advocate. Others deemed necessary by the President and the Board may be invited to participate in Board meetings.

Section 2

The Board of Directors shall have general supervision of the affairs of the club, determine the time and place of meetings, make recommendations to the Club, and shall perform such duties as are specified in these bylaws.

Section 3

The Board shall hold regular meetings to ensure the smooth running of the Club

Section 4

Fifty (50) per cent of the Board plus one (1) constitutes a quorum

Article VII – Dissolution

In the event that the Club should dissolved or be discontinued, the Club shall transfer its residual assets, if any, to some organization or organizations having purposes similar to its own or to some organization, contribution to which is deductible under the Federal Internal Revenue Code or to the State, Federal, or local government for public use.

Article VIII – Parliamentary Authority

The rules contained in the current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised shall govern the Club in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with these bylaws and standing rules.

Article IX – Methods of Operations

Section 1 – The Board shall have the authority to approve expenditures up to a maximum of two hundred dollars ($200). Such expenditures shall be reported as information to the subsequent general membership meeting.

Section 2 – Any proposed expenditures over $200 must be approved by the general membership at a regular monthly meeting. Any request for approval shall be preceded by a full report on the necessity for such expenditure, and normally shall be discussed and approved by the Board.

Section 3 – Notwithstanding any other provision of these By-Laws, this organization shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on by an organization exempt from Federal Income Tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Section 4 – The President is authorized to make expenditures up to one hundred dollars ($100.00) when necessary to expedite the business of the club. Generally this authority would only be used to make contributions to memorials and/or other worthy causes on a timely basis. It will not be used when it is possible to bring financial matters before the Board. Under all circumstances such expenditures shall be reported to the Board at the first subsequent meeting.

Article X – Amendments

The bylaws may be amended at any regular meeting of the Club by a 2/3 vote to those present. Motions to amend the bylaws must be presented at the preceding meeting or one month prior to a meeting.

Adopted on November 7, 2001

Revised on September 17, 2003 – Time change

Revised on April 18, 2007 – Term of Officers

Revised on September 16, 2009 – Fiscal Year

Rewritten on August 1st 2013 – To bring into line with FFGC guidelines and 501(c) 3 regulations