The Oak Harbor Garden Club is a nonprofit community organization whose primary objectives are conservation and the beautification of Oak Harbor and its surroundings. The club is made up of a hard working, but very social, group of women! Spread the word, invite your friends...we always have room for more members!
Our Mission Statement
Developing a beautiful city through loving care of small areas.
On October 3, 1923, in Oak Harbor, a group of women organized a civic improvement club. With a fine stand of native oak trees, Smith Park became a memorial to these women who had the block saved for future generations. In August 1946, the club became known as the Oak Harbor Civic Garden Club, and in 1947 federated with Washington State Garden Clubs. In 1962, the club changed its name to the Oak Harbor Garden Club. The Club has adopted Hal Ramaley Park in downtown Oak Harbor and maintains other pocket parks in the city.
Oak Harbor Garden Club 2021-2022
The Oak Harbor Garden Club has gone through a transition period during COVID. The lack of in person meetings was hard on the group and in June of 2021, we found ourselves with nobody willing to step forward to be president or vice president going forward. However, there was a core group unwilling to let the Club die. This group worked all summer to rewrite the bylaws to switch from the president/vice president leadership model to a leadership board of 5 or7 members. 5 members stepped forward that were willing to be nominated as the leadership team for the 2021-2022 year.
In September 2021 we had our first in-person meeting where we adopted the new bylaws and elected the new leadership team of Kathy Chalfant, chair: Ruth Scrivner, co-chair; Carolyn Bischoff, Nancy Kenyon, and Di-Anna Pike.
I am excited about the Club going forward. We will continue to have Horticulture, Garden Design, Country Store, and enjoyable and informative programs throughout the year. The leadership team is rotating who hosts the meetings and sharing responsibilities. I am enjoying the friendship of getting together between meetings to plan and prepare.
Membership dropped in number during COVID, but we are building back and will continue to do so. We plan to celebrate 100 years of being a Club in 2023 in style. If you are interested in learning more about us, guests are welcome at our meetings to check us out. We meet the second Tuesday of each month in the morning. Due to COVID restrictions, meeting place and time may vary, so check for updates for each meeting and see who the speaker will be.
Kathy Chalfant – Leadership Chair
Through the variety of fundraising activities, such as Holiday Wreath sales and Annual Garden Tour, the Garden Club beautifies the city of Oak Harbor. In association with the Oak Harbor Library, the Garden Club contributed money to the Story Trail at the renovated Windjammer Park dedicated on June 29, 2019. The focus of the project is to promote literacy, outdoor play and active family conversations around reading and adding enjoyment to the Park. A bronze plaque acknowledges the Oak Harbor Garden Club’s participation.
Another activity was the planting of several trees at the City’s “Wave Sculpture” on Rt. 20 for Arbor Day.
National Garden Clubs, Inc. www.gardenclub.org
President, Jay Austin
405 Marion Ave., McComb, MS 39648-2709
Projects: Conservation and preservation of our natural habitats
Theme: “PLANT AMERICA”
Pacific Region Garden Club, Inc. www.pacificregiongardenclubs.org Director: Robin Pokorski
512 Newton St., San Fernando, CA 91340 Email: PRGCDirector@gmail.com
Projects: “Blue Stars Shine in the Pacific Region
Theme: “RECONNECT TO YOUR PACIFIC REGION”
Washington State Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc
www.wagardenclubs.com President: Dorrie Carr
4125 Hunter Mill Lane NE, Olympia, WA 98516-6226
Theme: “Investing in Future Gardeners”
Anne Sullivan, WSFGC 1st Vice President
Judith Juno, WSFGC Past President
Judith Juno, NGC Master Flower Show Judge
Sally Karg, Life Judge