Saturday, May 18, 2019





Blue Star Memorial
Marker Dedication

Sponsored By
Azalea District
The Garden Club of Georgia, Inc.
and
Charles Elliott Wildlife Center
17 May 2019

"A tribute to honor all of those men and women who have served, are now serving, and will serve in the Armed Forces of the United States of America"

This dedication was very appropriate in that Saturday, May 18 is observed as Armed Forces Day in the United States of America.

The site for this Marker.  The captions for several pictures 
include the "WRD" which means "Wildlife Resources Division"
of the Department of Natural Resources,
State of Georgia


The attendees for this Dedication.  This was taken before
some arrived.

Molly Kimler, Immediate Past President Azelea
District Opened the Program

The Presentation of the Colors was conducted by the Department of 
Natural Resources Honor Guard

The National Anthem was performed by
Lanier Forster, a Garden Club of Georgia
Scholarship Recipient


Alan Isler of the WRD conducted the Invocation.

The Welcome and an overview of the life of Charles
Elliott was presented by Rusty Garrison, the WRD Director

The President of the Garden Club of Georgia, Inc. Barbara Bourque
 delivered Greetings on 
behalf of the Club.

Lonice Barrett, the Former DNR Commissioner
presented an informative speech which included
the efforts by former Garden Club of Georgia, Inc.
President, Dean Day Sanders to establish this
Wildlife Center

The History of the Blue Star Marker was presented
by Janice Thiese, Garden Club of Georgia, Inc.
Blue Star Marker Chairperson

Susi Keller, Blue Star Co-Chair presented the
Certificates of Appreciation to the Marker Sponsors
issued by the National Garden Club.

The Honor Guard attended the Ceremony.

The Marker was unveiled by
Jane Hersey - Immediate Past President of
the Garden Club of Georgia
Betty Davis - Former Azalea District Director
Jesse Burnette,- WRD, U.S. Army Veteran



The Tribute of Flowers was delivered to the Marker
by Noah Mauldin, Boy Scout of America, Cub Scout Pack 64
Den 6

Rusty Garrison, WRD Director Accepted the Marker

The Dedication of the Marker concluded with the 
performance of "America the Beautiful" performed by
Pete Griffin and Katie McCollum of the WRD

The President of the Garden Club of Georgia, Inc. and
the Wreath Bearer posed for this picture.


Garden Club Members involved with this Marker Dedication 
and Program.

Noah Mauldin with his Parents.

Noah Mauldin with his Parents and Grandparents.

The reception was catered by the Staff of
the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center

Susi Keller, Janice Thiese and Barbara Bourque
at the Blue Star Memorial Marker

Thursday, May 16, 2019








Blue Star Memorial
Marker Dedication
May 15, 2019
Augusta Council of Garden Clubs, Inc.
The Garden Club of Georgia, Inc.
and
Charlie Norwood VA
Medical Center
Fisher House

This Marker was placed in the Garden of the Fisher House so that Families staying there to be near their Loved One could also see that they and their Hero are Remembered by a Nation who appreciates them.

The veiled marker before the dedication.



Attendees at the Dedication

Mr. Jason Tudor, Public Affairs Officer
Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center
served as the Master of the Ceremony

The Welcome as presented by Mrs. Betty Davis of the
Augusta Council of Garden Clubs, Inc.

Barbara Bourque delivered Greetings on behalf
of The Garden Club of Georgia, Inc.

Chaplain Dr. G. Dianne Lewis of the
Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center conducted the
Invocation

The Pledge of Allegiance was let by
Molly Kimler, Immediate Past Azalea
District Director

The National Anthem was performed by
Mrs. Sheri Smith, Music Therapist
Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center

Officials from the Medical were recognized by Jason Tiudor

The Blue Star Memorial Chairman, The Garden Club of Georgia, Inc.
recognized the individuals from the Sponsoring
Organizations.

Mrs. Peggy Glover dedicated the Marker.  She is the current
Marker Chairman for the Augusta Council.

The Marker is unveiled.


The Wreath Laying was conducted by the Augusta Council of Garden
Clubs, Inc.



Individuals of the sponsoring organizations with
Certificates from the National Garden Club.


Garden Club Members involved in the Dedication.

Friday, March 1, 2019

Beauty Abounds 
in 
Middle Georgia

The pictures displayed below were taken on February 28th.  Enjoy.