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NewsBud - January 2022

In this month's NewsBud:
  • January Business Meeting and Program: Tuesday, January 11th at the Village Hall
  • Holiday Elves: Civics Committee brings joy to NCCF and Village Hall
  • Holiday Party, Workshop and Decorating pictures
  • Giving Survey Results
  • Flower Show Inspiration:  Alma W. Thomas Exhibit at The Phillips Collection
  • Looking ahead to 2022-2023: Executive Committee nominations, Volunteers needed for Committee and Garden Tour Co-Chairs

January Business Meeting and Program

Joint Program with Perennial Garden Club:
"C-Change Conversations: Building Consensus about Climate Change"
  • When: Tuesday, January 11th: 9am meeting, 10am program
  • Where: Village Hall (masks required)
  • Note: Given the current covid infection rate, we may decide to hold this meeting and program virtually.  Please watch your email for a decision closer to the date.
At January's business meeting, we will consider Kyra Detmer, a long time member of the Chevy Chase community, who has been nominated for membership by Paula Gibson and Julie Maner.  Please read the attached letters.   Please read the December Meeting Minutes here in advance of January's business meeting.

For our joint program with Perennial, we will be welcoming back Kathleen Biggins, who returns to our Club after a fascinating program four years ago.  Kathleen, the founder and president of C-Change Conversations, will share the latest on how climate change impacts our environment and, most interestingly, our health.   C-Change Conversation's goal is to discuss climate change in a way that helps people understand the urgency of the matter without inflaming partisan passions. They educate people about the science of climate change, framing it as a human issue, not a political one.  They have presented their primer to garden clubs around the country, including the NAL conference.


C-Change Conversations Trailer

Holiday Elves


It really does take a Village.

Thank you to Bea Cope and her amazingly dedicated Civics Committee for all they did in December to make the holidays sing for each of us and the families at NCCF.

The Civics Committee collected 32 stockings and 13 comforters for the children and families at the National Center for Children and Families, and then proceeded to delight them with a dinner feast for 70.

Bea shared a heartfelt story about a mom with four children who showed up for the dinner. One of her sons ran in first, and when he saw the table set with all the food, he smiled and said, "OMG! Moooooooom look!  You won't believe what we have for dinner!"   

Thank you to everyone who helped bring joy and cheer to these families who are struggling.  

Village Hall

We are so grateful to Elayne Bennett's crew, who decorated the Village Hall so beautifully too.

Wreath and Arrangement Workshop

Bea Cope and Tricia Saul ran a fun holiday wreath and arrangement workshop after the December meeting.  Everyone went home with gorgeous fresh decorations made from fresh greens.

Holiday Party Pix!

The Holiday Party was so much fun, thanks to the generosity of Brian and Susan Benninghoff, who hosted this year's event, with great help from Nancy Cholis, Ellin Nolin, Twinkle Thompson, Elizabeth McAdams, Jen Albrecht and Julie Maner.  It was a lovely evening, and we missed all who could not attend.

Annual Giving Survey Results 

Thank you all for submitting input about how the Club should allocate the $20,000 we have decided to donate and spend this year.  Your input was extremely valuable and, not surprisingly, we have opted as a Club to favor the 3 efforts that have had the historical involvement and financial support of our members: the Betty English Garden, the Walter Reed Eagle Courtyard, and the Friends of Chevy Chase Circle.

That said, many members also felt strongly about continuing to support the other five organizations that we have supported in the past. Therefore, we will continue to support them, and at a higher level than in the past. The specific amounts are listed below.   
  • $7,000 Betty English Garden
  • $4,000 Walter Reed Eagle Courtyard
  • $4,000 Friends of Chevy Chase Circle
  • $1,000 Chesapeake Bay Foundation
  • $1,000 Audubon Naturalist Society
  • $1,000 American Horticulture Society
  • $1,000 US Botanical Garden
  • $1,000 Friends of National Arboretum
Thank you again for your thoughtful and interested support. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to call or email me.  Happy New Year!


Flower Show News 

Our Club GCA Flower Show "Celebrating Women in the Arts" is set for Tuesday, April 26th at the Village Hall.  Please download and read the program to consider which classes you might be interested in entering.

From the Photography Committee:  Division 3, in the Flower Show, Photography, has one open entry in Class 3, “Into the Woods.”  Please consider entering.  Information on Photography and the schedule can be found on pages 25-29 in the Flower Show program.

For any questions, please contact Valerie at or Twinkle at

Download the entire program here.

Alma W. Thomas Exhibit:
Everything is Beautiful

The artist featured in the Club Flower Show Floral Design, Class 1 is Alma Thomas, one of Washington DC's most famous artists. 

The Phillips Collection is currently exhibiting Alma W. Thomas: Everything is Beautiful, an inspiring and colorful showing of Thomas' work.  The exhibit closes after January 23rd.  You can reserve tickets here. 
Looking Ahead to 2022-2023
The Nominating Committee is in the process of preparing the slate of officers for the coming 2022-2023 year.  If there is someone you think would make a good Club officer, please send her name to Molly at on or before January 15th. Feel free to nominate yourself too if you would like to serve!!!

And if you're interested in serving as the Chair of a Committee, please contact Julie Maner at  We are especially in search of two co-chairs for the 2023 Garden Tour (that's a year and a half away - you'd have SO much time to preplan!).
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