Garden Club members support Civic Improvement (CI) projects selected by the CI Committee with both hands-on support and designating up to 50% of the proceeds raised from the Club’s fundraising projects. CI is a core function of the OHGC.
The goal of CI projects is to help beautify the community. We do this through work parties at sites the Club has adopted and by following up on suggestions for other locations with beautification opportunities. Work parties are held the third Tuesday of the month, except in August and November, at the Hal Ramaley and Flintstone parks, located on Bayshore Drive. Members can work in the parks on their own at other times and turn in the time spent to a CI chairperson who keeps track of volunteer work hours for an annual report to the Club and the Oak Harbor City Park Department.
The Oak Harbor Garden Club has always been an organization that educates its members through speakers, classes and hands-on activities.
The project began in 2011 with Patty Van Dyke’s first grade class. New ideas and projects have been added each year as the school garden continues to grow with the help and sponsorship from the Oak Harbor Garden Club and partnering with local organizations and grants, along with wonderful teachers and a very supportive principle and staff.