Calla Lily Garden Club honors Celester Clark

Jan. 31, 2013 @ 01:51 AM


The Calla Lily Garden Club conducted their annual garden club Christmas dinner Dec. 15 in the fellowship hall of Haywood Baptist Church in Louisburg.

Stephanie Taylor presided over the program with  the opening hymn, “Joy to the World.” Scripture was read by Brittini Pittman, while Sinclair Dudley gave a prayer and Barbara Hargrove welcomed everyone.

Special recognition was given by Laura Alston-Dudley, Calla Lily Garden Club president, to Celester Clark for her many years of service.

Clark joined the Daisy Garden Club in July of 1979, serving as youth director. In October of 1995, she organized the Calla Lily Garden Club; 12 months later, the Calla Lilette Youth Garden followed. She served as youth director for the North Carolina Federation of Garden Clubs for over 20 years and sponsored a workshop for 10 years.

Patricia Adams presented a plaque to Clark from the Calla Lily Garden Club for her many years of faithful and dedicated service.

Vivian Bullock, first vice president of District IX Garden Clubs presented her a certificate of appreciation from the North Carolina Foundation of Garden Clubs for president Mary Armstrong.

Gardener Barbara Carroll performed the blessing of the meal. Door prizes were awarded. Closing remarks were given by Laura Alston-Dudley, as well as a prayer by the Rev. Douglas Harris. Everyone sang “We Wish You a Merry Christmas!”

Among those attending the dinner were, the presidents of Daisy Garden Club, Nature Lovers Garden Club and New Seasons Garden Club — Barbara Carroll, Sarah Lemay and Juanita Cozort, respectively.

The fellowship hall was decorated with red and white table cloths, center pieces of Boston fur tree branches, magnolia leaves with red bows, white baskets of poinsettias with red and white bows, planters of cedar, pine and nandina branches with red balls, glass vases with Christmas light and red, white, gold, silver and green pine cones inserted.