NH Club Notes: Bow Garden Club member wins Boston show award

March 22. 2018 9:33PM
Shannon Croteau, left, the N.H. State Organization DAR's Good Citizens chairman, and Dorothy Howard, right, the state DAR's vice regent, flank two of the DAR Good Citizen winners, Brian Zawacky, who placed third, and Cameron Twarog, who was the state winner. Twarog now advances to the Northeast Division competition. (COURTESY)

BOSTON — Bow Garden Club member Susan Johnson was awarded a first-place blue ribbon award for the creative floral design she entered in the 2018 Boston Flower and Garden Show on March 16.

Johnson’s entry was within the class “Small Ones” and was a petite design titled “Make Way for the Ducklings.” The design was composed of miniature exotic orchids and “devil’s claw,” a dried plant material. Petite designs can be no more than 5 inches in height, width or length.

The annual flower and garden exhibition, this year themed “Savor Spring,” was hosted by the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts in conjunction with the Massachusetts Horticultural Society and was held at the Seaport Trade Center.

Johnson is a National Garden Club-accredited flower show judge and served as Bow Garden Club’s president from 2015 to 2017.

NH DAR Good Citizens recognized at luncheon

CONCORD — The New Hampshire State Organization Daughters of the American Revolution honored 64 high school seniors for being selected as their high schools’ DAR Good Citizen for 2017-2018.

The DAR Good Citizen program and scholarship contest, created in 1934, is intended to encourage and reward the qualities of good citizenship. Students selected must demonstrate dependability, service, leadership and patriotism.

Each student was invited by their sponsoring DAR chapter to submit an application and an essay for the scholarship competition. A panel of judges selected one winner per chapter who then advanced to the state-level competition.

Cameron Twarog from Keene High School was selected as the New Hampshire DAR Good Citizen. Twarog, who was sponsored by the Ashuelot Chapter, is the son of John and Cheryl Twarog. His application has moved on to the Northeast Division competition.

Dara McWeeney of Concord High School placed second. McWeeney, who was sponsored by the Buntin-Rumford-Webster Chapter, is the daughter of Jeff and Amy McWeeney.

Brian Zawacki of Farmington High School placed third. He is the son of Daniel and Zawacki and was sponsored by the Mary Torr Chapter.

The DAR, a women’s service organization, has more than 180,000 members. It has long promoted patriotism through commemorative celebrations, memorials, scholarships and activities for children as well as programs for new immigrants. For more information about the DAR, visit nhsodar.org or dar.org.

Sandown Garden Club to focus on invasive species

SANDOWN — The Sandown Garden Club is inviting the public to a free program on Monday, April 2, about invasive plants in New Hampshire and methods for controlling them.

Ethan Belair, who is the Hillsborough County forester for the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension, will present the program. He has degrees in forestry from UNH and Purdue University and is a N.H. licensed forester.

The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Sandown Recreation Center on Pheasant Run Drive, off Route 121A.

The club meets the first Monday of the month from March to November. New members are welcome and being a Sandown resident is not required. For more information, visit www.sandowngardenclub.org.

Nominations wanted for annual Audubon awards

CONCORD — NH Audubon’s Board of Trustees is seeking nominations for the annual Tudor Richards and Goodhue-Elkins awards, which will be presented at the organization’s annual membership meeting.

The deadline for nominations is Tuesday, April 10.

The Audubon says the Tudor Richards Award is presented to a person who best exemplifies Richards’ love and knowledge of the outdoors and who has worked tirelessly and effectively on behalf of conservation in the state. Richards was a naturalist who also served as NH Audubon president for 15 years.

The Goodhue-Elkins Award is presented to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to the study of New Hampshire birds. The Audubon says the award is named for Charles Goodhue, one of the state’s great pioneer birders, and Kimball Elkins, a model of critical observation and insightful record-keeping.

Both awards are merit-based and affiliation with NH Audubon is not a requirement. For a list of past recipients and nomination forms, visit www.nhaudubon.org/about/annual-awards or contact Rebecca Suomala at 224-9909 ext. 309 or rsuomala@nhaudubon.org. Be sure to include your mailing address on the nomination form.

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