Blue is the color of the 45th anniversary of the Greenisland Flower Arrangement Society
A total of 30 members attended the celebration with Marretta Coleman, President of the Northern Ireland Group of Flower Arranging Societies (NIGFAS), as special guest.
Phyllis Boyd, vice president of NIGFAS and member of the Greenisland club, was also present at the rally which had been postponed from May 2020.
Katie McLean, President of the Greenisland Flower Arrangement Society, greeted everyone and a welcome drink was offered on the terrace, allowing members – many of whom wore something blue to mark the sapphire’s birthday – to enjoy the garden of the domain and to meet in the first face to face since March 2020.
Alison McAuley, president of the Greenisland club, began the work by inviting Marretta Coleman to accompany her in the cutting of the celebration cake.
Katie McLean said grace before a delicious meal was served.
The program continued with Alison offering a toast to NIGFAS to which Marretta responded. The speeches and the presentation of the trophies were announced by Judith de Fleury, treasurer of the club.
The novice class winners were Carolyn McWhirter, Christine Cahoon, Vera McClean and Sharon Wilson. The open class trophies went to Jackie Gilmour, Jemma Boyd (tied), Phyllis Boyd and Elizabeth McJury. Marion Money and Dianne Innes shared the Mary Blair Trophy while Jacqui Anderson took home the Sarah Gardner Trophy, all from competitive work at the club level held before the lockdown, which saw meetings conducted via Zoom when committee members gathered. are stepped up to help members enjoy their hobby by introducing new techniques and designs. Flowers were presented to each winner and NIGFAS representatives.
Special thanks went to those who made the evening special by using their skills and talents: Denise Cunningham, Jean Robinson and Linda Nelson who made the bodices; Mary Carson who made the beautifully designed place cards and table favors; Denise who made the exquisite decorations for the cake; as well as the committee members who provided the color-coordinated table arrangements that a member of each table could take home.
Sarah Gardner, as a long-time member, provided material for the club’s archives and delighted members in her speech with her description of the dress code expected of women flower organizers in 1975 when the club was established for the first time in Greenisland, donning a stylish hat to illustrate his point.
The club meets at the Oakfield Community Center Oakfield Drive in Carrickfergus on the third Thursday of each month, September through May, drawing members from across East Antrim.
Meetings will resume on Thursday October 21, when membership fees and magazine subscriptions are collected and members are encouraged to “bring a friend for free”.
That evening, Colleen Hamill, a new NIGFAS zone demonstrator, will be demonstrating some models titled “Just Around the Corner”.
The club would be happy to have anyone interested in joining them – new members are always welcome for moments of friendship and flowers.
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