National Garden Clubs, Inc. Awards

#Y-2 Horticulture Achievement by a Youth Garden Club 1st place

For outstanding horticulture activity with a Youth Garden Club.  We won for our various programs with Rogers Pre-K Center students.

Marcia Kroupa, helps a Rogers Pre-K student make a toilet paper roll bird feeder. They first spread shortening on the toilet paper roll and then rolled the tube in the container of bird seed. The students could then take the feeder home to hang in their yard and become familiar with the birds that live near their homes.

#Y-4 Youth Environmental Concern Award Overall Winner $100

For the most outstanding project in the fields of environmental concern (horticulture) with a youth garden club. 

#MP-3B Social Media/Website 1st place

For the most outstanding website or social media page promoting GCR and NGC objectives. We won for our Facebook page. 

#MP-1 Garden Club Membership 1st place

#L-4  The Dr. William C. Welch Award  1st place

For the most significant contribution in providing planning and planting of a public area.  We won for our work on the Butterfly Garden.

#G-1 Container Gardening 1st place

We won for our planting of containers at area fire stations

Marge Leonard, GCR president, poses with her president’s project. She chose to plant containers at local fire departments to beautify the city as well as to show appreciation for our local firefighters.

#CB-2 The Kellogg Civic Achievement Award 1st place

For most outstanding beautification project in a city.  We won for our work on the Butterfly Garden

#PUB-2-8 Publication (other) 1st place

We won for the club’s business card

#YB-1 (4) Yearbook for Clubs 1st place 

(Certificate of Commendation)

#CS-1 Community Garden 1st place

(Certificate of Commendation)

For the most outstanding community garden project, providing for beautification and/or education.  We won for our work on the Butterfly Garden

NGC Scholarship-$4000 to Kelby Biswell

GCR Scholarship Chairman, Sherrie Eoff, (left) presents Kelby Biswell
the AFGC scholarship award.

The Garden Club of Rogers awarded its first Keeta Arnold Memorial Horticulture Scholarship to Kelby Biswell. Kelby is a sophomore at the University of Arkansas, majoring in Agriculture Education and Horticulture. Kelby maintains a 3.56 grade point while attending the U of A full time, participating in extracurricular activities, and working two jobs. She is a double major and an honor student. Her first year in college she completed 31 hours. 

Kelby is from Prairie Grove, AR, where she grew up on a farm, the oldest of five siblings.  She is the first of her family to attend college.  Kelby is working her way through college with two jobs, loans, scholarships, and grants.  After being awarded locally, Kelby’s application was forwarded to state, regional and national garden club level competitions and she was awarded scholarships totaling $8,500.   

Member Award of Honor, All Around Excellence,  to Ronna Precure

National Garden Clubs, Inc. President, Barbara Hargreaves, (left) presents Ronna Precure the National Member Award of Honor.

Ronna Precure, a long time member of the Garden Club of Rogers, won the National Garden Clubs, Inc., Member Award of Honor. The Member Award of Honor is awarded to one member in each of National Garden Clubs’ eight regions whose volunteer efforts during a period of five years or more, has made outstanding contributions to their club and community. Ronna won for her “All Around Excellence”.  Ronna has been a driving force for the club since joining in 1996. Her love for the Garden Club of Rogers and garden club in general is unsurpassed. She has worked tirelessly on many projects to promote the objectives of the Garden Club of Rogers, Arkansas Federation of Garden Clubs, South Central Region of Garden Clubs, and National Garden Clubs, Inc. She has served as AFGC’s Northwest District Director, served as chairman for several AFGC and SCR’s committees. She has chaired several district and state meetings.  Ronna will continue her service as the 2019-2020 GCR treasurer and co-chair of the civic beautification committee.

South Central Region Garden Clubs, Inc. Awards

#1 Arbor Day Dedication 3rd Place

For planting trees with community education and involvement

#3 Club Program 1st place $25

For the best direct work on a complete program for youth.  We won for “It’s All about Mason Bees” program that was presented to the Rogers Pre-K Center students. 

#4 Yearbook Theme 3rd place

For Most creative use of a theme throughout the programs for the year. Correlation between theme and all club programs, projects and activities should be evident. We won for “Keep Arkansas Beautiful, through Gardening and Civic Beautification”

#5 National Garden Week 3rd place

For best public promotion of NGC objectives. 

#6 Community Concern 1st place $25

We won for our work with the residents of Apple Blossom Retirement Community.

Marcia Kroupa works with residents of Apple Blossom Retirement Community decorating fall planter boxes, planting flowers and decorating pumpkins.
After the participants finished the decorations, they were placed outside the facility for residents and visitors to enjoy.

#10 Recycling/Litter Control 3rd place

We won for the best recycling and/or anti-litter project.

#13 Youth Program 2nd place

For best meeting the challenge of educating youth by showing direct work with youth.  We won for our programs that we present to the Rogers Pre-K Center students. 

#14-A-1 Publication (brochure) 1st place $25

For the Club’s membership brochure

#14-A-7 Publication (postcard/flyer) 1st place $10

We won for the Club’s postcards and flyers for the annual plant sale.

#15 Container Gardening 2nd place

For the most outstanding container(s) placed in a public setting.  We won for our containers that are planted at different fire stations each season.

#16-4 Yearbook (45-69 members) 1st place

#22 Director’s Project 1st place $200

“Beautifying Our Communities” 2017-2019. We won for our work on the Butterfly Garden.

#23 Sweepstake $25 for winning the most SCR awards

#11 Member Award of Honor, All Around Excellence, to Ronna Precure

SCR Scholarship $1000 to Kelby Biswell

Arkansas Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc. Awards

#2-B Community Gardens 1st Place, $25

For the most outstanding overall community garden project with continuing participation.  We won for our work on the Butterfly Garden.

GCR has partnered with the City of Rogers and the NWA Master Naturalists to install and maintain a butterfly garden at 1st and Cherry Streets, Historic Downtown Rogers. It includes only native plants that are host to and nectar sources for 13 different butterflies that come through Arkansas. The project’s goal is to educate the public on butterflies and their host plants in a natural setting.  See back cover for ideas on butterfly gardening.

#6 Garden Therapy 1st place $25

For the best scope of projects with residents of nursing or assisted living home. We won for our work with Apple Blossom Retirement Community.

#7 Conservation Concerns 1st place $25

For the best overall activities for conservation or natural resource development.  GCR sponsors this award in honor of our founder Miss Vera Key. We won for our work on the Butterfly Garden.

#9 National Garden Week 2nd Place

To the best public project promoting gardening and NGC objectives.  We won for our variety of activities for NGW; flower arranging workshop, delivery of arrangements, proclamation signing with the mayor, dedication of park bench in memory of Keeta Arnold, tour of Ronald McDonald house, tour of member Holly Fields native plant garden and attending the Bella Vista Garden Club’s garden party. 

#10-4 Yearbook, 1st place, $25

To the club yearbook scoring highest on the NGC scale of Points. 100/100

#13 Arbor Day, 2nd Place

Tree planting at the Corps of Engineers office

#14 Garden Club Membership Large Club, 1st place $25

For the most innovative activities to increase club membership.  We won for our variety of projects, programs, activities, and publicity.

#18 Litter Bug Beware 2nd Place

For the best litter and/or recycling projects to benefit a community.  We won for our litter pick up at Cambridge Park and our Pop Tabs collecting.

#19 Pollinators 1st place $25

For the most comprehensive and effective project on pollinators. We won for our work on the Butterfly Garden.

#21 Bravo Award $25 Sherrie Eoff

For one outstanding member, statewide, that willingly and frequently says okay to committee service, shares knowledge, and serves without accolades. 

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Pop Tab Contest 1st place $30

We won with 262 pounds collected.

GCR leaders pose with Stephanie Medford, president and CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkoma, and the aluminum drink can tabs that were collected and sold to support the Ronald McDonald House Rooms at Mercy Hospital. This organization provides housing, food and other items for families of patients who stay there. The garden club along with Highland Oncology Group and our youth gardeners collect the tabs year-round to support this endeavor.

AFGC Scholarship Kelby Biswell, $2000