The Falmouth Garden Club held its annual meeting and luncheon on Monday, June 7, at The Flying Bridge Restaurant.

Post-COVID gatherings are even sweeter when Mother Nature provides soft harbor breezes and abundant sunshine.

The meeting was called to order by outgoing president Robin Ketchum. She thanked the current officers for their service, crediting them with keeping the club strong, united and vibrant during the unprecedented challenges of 2020. Even though no face-to-face meetings were held, the club grew by adding 12 provisional members during COVID. Through the magic of Zoom meetings, the club was able to attest to its commitment to share a common love of flowers, gardens and service with the community even during restrictive times.

New officers inducted to serve the 2021-2022 term were Martha Terry, president; Rosanne Mili and Colleen Giacomozzi, vice-presidents; Esther Johnson, treasurer; Jan Munier, assistant treasurer; Heidi DiGiovanni, recording secretary, and Sue Spears, corresponding secretary.

With a strong turnout at the luncheon, garden club members are ready for the rigors and rewards of gardening on Cape Cod.

In addition to the officers’ induction, the club presented four scholarships to students who plan to further their education in the field of horticulture, landscape design, environmental science or related fields. On behalf of the club, Marianne Monacci presented the awards, which coincidentally were to seniors from four different schools.

Joseph Beaudoin is a senior at Falmouth High School who plans to study Fisheries and Wildlife Management at Paul Smith College. Joe, a lifelong steward of the environment, grew up living on a cranberry bog, which became his playground and passion. One of his references credits him with the desire and commitment to make a difference in his community and world.

Chloe Fox plans to further her studies in Environmental Science after graduating from Sturgis Charter Public School. Described as a well-rounded leader, Chloe has actively contributed to helping create a future sustainable world.

Brendan Pokraka, a senior at Upper Cape Regional Technical High School, has committed to study Arboriculture at UMass Stockbridge. Known in town for his strong work ethic, Brendan credits family, coaches, employers and especially his mentor, Paul Miskovsky, for his pursuit of studies in agriculture.

Madison Valley, a senior at Falmouth Academy, plans to study Marine Biology at the University of New England. Madison has grown through the ranks of Ship 40, Falmouth’s local Sea Scout Ship. Last year she was awarded Sea Scout of the Year for Ship 40. She hopes to study the ocean with a focus on sharks and climate change.

The Falmouth Garden Club wishes these fine recipients a successful future as they pursue their education.

There is no meeting scheduled for July; however, members and the public are invited to visit and tour four local gardens sponsored by the Falmouth Garden Club plus an additional four other gardens in Falmouth sponsored by other entities as part of the Capewide Hydrangea Festival July 14 and 15. To learn more, visit the Falmouth Garden Club website www.falmouthgardenclub.org for directions and for complete garden descriptions.

The Falmouth Garden Club generally meets the first Monday of each month at the First Congregational Church on the Green, 68 Main Street, Falmouth. These meetings are open to the public and a nominal donation is expected.

The Falmouth Garden Club is a member of the National Garden Club, Inc., Northeast Region, and the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, Southeastern District.

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