Garden club receives national recognition


POINT PLEASANT — Often the unsung heroes are the nurturers.

However, recently, some of those nurturers were recognized for their efforts, namely, the Tu-Endie-Wei Garden Club.

The club received a National Garden Club (NGC) Award presented at the NGC Convention in Richmond, Va. for their work in landscaping the Blue Star Memorial Marker in Gunn Park. Not only was it an award but a first place finish.

Blue Star Markers serve a tributes to the Armed Forces of America. Blue Star Memorial Highways are highways in the United States that are marked to pay tribute to the U.S. armed forces. The National Council of State Garden Clubs, now known as National Garden Clubs, Inc., started the program in 1945 after World War II.

A brief history of West Virginia Blue Star Dedications, as described by the West Virginia Garden Club:

“The first West Virginia Blue Star Marker was dedicated in Weirton on May 27, 1970. It was lost during road construction in 1972. Gauley Bridge Garden Club voted to place West Virginia’s second Blue Star but was vetoed by the D.O.H. Vesta Van Meter and Beulah Hash dedicated the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Blue Stars in 1986 (on the new interstates) and won the NGCSC Award. Van Meter loaned this chairman her invaluable award book to copy. Huntington, Charleston, and Princeton dedicated #5, #6, and #7. The first seven were large markers. Also, Ann Sampson installed the Princeton Blue Star as a wall mount, which was the first of its kind in West Virginia.

Mary Booker, Roadside Development/Blue Star Chairman under Ann Sampson (1991-93) received a wonderful gift from Mrs. Carl Michael, a former West Virginian in Sun Valley, CA, in honor of her father. Mary requested that five garden clubs sponsor Blue Star Memorials in the December 1992 issue of WV Garden News, and Huntington Garden Club was the first to respond. Mrs. Michael gave another gift under Patty Hudson/Sandra Walters (1993-95). Mary Frances Snyder/Jane H. Lundblad (1995-97) completed the dedication of the Mrs. Carl Michael Blue Stars with the exception of the Emma Scott Garden Club of Elkins. Judy Guye, mayor of Elkins, noted that it was not dedicated until 2000 because of Corridor H Road difficulties. Approximately 14 Blue Star Markers were placed with this gift from 1993 until 2000.”

The blue star represents the blue star flags which hung in the windows of families during World War II who had family members serving in the war.

This is the first National Garden Club Award for the Tu-Endie-Wei Garden Club. It was received on the club’s behalf at the national convention by Judy Guye, state president. Club member Jane Coles prepared the application for the award on behalf of the club.

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Members of the Tu-Endie-Wei Garden Club with their National Garden Club Award for work in landscaping the Blue Star Memorial Marker in Gunn Park. Pictured, front row, Maxine Kinnaird, Jane Coles, Dottie Campbell and Terry Casto Clemins; second row, Tess Vieth, Molly Park, Beverly Mainville, Anna Lou Sturgeon, Jerrie Howard, Diana Cromley, Carolyn Hartenbach, Barb Wood and Joyce Lee.
http://www.mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2017/08/web1_8.19-PPR-Garden-Club.jpgMembers of the Tu-Endie-Wei Garden Club with their National Garden Club Award for work in landscaping the Blue Star Memorial Marker in Gunn Park. Pictured, front row, Maxine Kinnaird, Jane Coles, Dottie Campbell and Terry Casto Clemins; second row, Tess Vieth, Molly Park, Beverly Mainville, Anna Lou Sturgeon, Jerrie Howard, Diana Cromley, Carolyn Hartenbach, Barb Wood and Joyce Lee. Courtesy

Staff Report