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Arlington Garden Club celebrates 78th anniversary


Garden Club June Fling

Outgoing Garden Club president Carol Jacques (left) presented the Myrtle Ruckert Award to Bea Randall and her husband Chuck at the club's annual June Fling.


Members of the Arlington Garden Club celebrated the club’s 78th anniversary on June 10 with the annual June Fling. The Fling is a members-only party with the exception of special invited guests. This year’s guests included Mayor Barbara Tolbert and previous Myrtle Ruckert Award winners Bill Blake and Sarah Lopez.

The Myrtle Ruckert Award was established to honor members of the community for their extraordinary service and commitment to Arlington. Ruckert was a long time Arlington resident who passed away this year at 103 years old. The 13th annual award was presented this year to Bea and Chuck Randall, a couple who are well-known around town as teachers, gardeners, board members, and Arlington supporters.

The Roberta Lothian Award, which goes to a club member who is a great asset to Arlington Garden Club and the community, was presented to Judy Ness. Ness developed and organized the first Holiday Garden Art and Crafts event last November, which will be repeated this year on November 23.

Another Fling tradition is the installation of 2013-2014 officers. President Meg Jacobsen, vice-president Connie Gronning, secretary Marilyn Enright and treasurer Mike Conner will serve as the club's Executive Board.

Organized by JoAnn Heichel and Donna Brunckhorst this year, the Fling featured uniquely decorated tables hosted by several members, a creative hat contest and a silent auction. Lunch was provided by Gleneagle Golf and Country Club.

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