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16th Annual Volunteer Recognition Program
for the
Friends of Helen Avalynne Tawes Garden, Inc.

Photo Collage of 16th annual recognition of Tawes Garden Volunteers
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Report from Jay Myers
Maryland State Park Service
Manager, Tawes Garden


Photo of Holiday Gifts displayed in DNR Lobby in Annapolis

Holiday Fundraiser a Huge Success

Not resting on their laurels, the Friends of Helen Avalynne Tawes Garden, Inc. rounded out their fundraising year by sponsoring their 4th annual Holiday fundraiser and workshop.

On a dreary December morning the Tawes lobby was transformed into a colorful festive market place, catching the eye of an appreciative crowd. The event created a flourish of activity as shoppers surveyed colorful poinsettias in assorted sizes as well as fresh evergreen arrangements and door swags. Complimenting the assorted greenery were tables laden with tasty treats. Beautifully packaged homemade cookies, breads and candies tempted shoppers.

On day two workshop participants with the help of garden club designers created fresh centerpieces of mixed greens, decorated with natural berries and candles.

The two-day event culminated on Friday with the drawing of two raffles, one for a large red and white poinsettia and the other for a four foot tall red poinsettia tree. Congratulations to the two lucky winners.

The friends wish to extend their sincere thanks to everyone for generously supporting their holiday fundraiser, especially during these difficult economic times. This event furthers the groups’ mission of providing support to the Helen Avalynne Tawes Garden.

On a clear fall day in early November the Tawes Garden staff hosted its 16th annual volunteer recognition program at the Greystone Grill in Annapolis.

This year’s event drew a record number of volunteers. Those in attendance included representatives from each of the three organizations responsible for the creation of the garden. Paula Winkler, the current Director of District II of the Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland, Inc.;  Nita Settina, the Superintendent of the Maryland Park Service; and Gordon Henson of the Department of General Services, Annapolis Office.

This yearly event provides an opportunity to bring together gift shop keepers, garden volunteers, and members of the Friends of Helen Avalynne Tawes Garden, Inc. in fellowship. Following a delicious lunch, Maryland Park’s Superintendent Nita Settina took the opportunity to thank the volunteers on behalf of the Dept. of Natural Resources for their generous gift of their time and talents to the garden.

During dessert the audience was treated to a power point presentation titled “Tawes Garden - a year in Revue”, highlighting the many garden activities of the past year. At the conclusion of the show, garden manager Jay Myers thanked the volunteers for their many hours of tireless service saying, “the group had generously donated approx. 2,170 hours to the Tawes Garden over the past year.”

He went on to say that a “recent survey stated that the hourly worth of a volunteer in today's market is $19.51 per hour, which brings into perspective how valuable and important volunteers are to the day to day running of the garden.”

A number of volunteers were given tokens of appreciation for their accumulated hours of service.

  • 75 hours: Deneisha Mooreland received a $15 dollar gift certificate to the Tawes Garden Gift Shop.
  • 150 hours: Suzann Barthold, Jackie Brickman and Emilie Sosnoski received a pair of tickets to Ladew Gardens.
  • 225 hours: Catherine Cooper, Barbara Ganoczy and Sharon Nelson received a $30 gift certificate to the Tawes Garden gift shop.
  • 300 hours: Don Myers received a gift certificate from the Charthouse Restaurant.
  • 500 hours: Norma Coulter and Jeanne Stewart received a framed certificate acknowledging their accomplishment.
  • 750 hours: Nancy Weber received a $75 gift card from West Field Annapolis shopping mall.

The program concluded with lucky winners taking home the table flowers.

Click here to learn more about the Helen Avalynne Tawes Garden

To become a volunteer contact:

Jay Myers - EMail: ljmyers@dnr.state.md.us
or Call Jay at 410-260-8184

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