Seagrove Garden Club still growing after 50 years

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Four presidents of the Seagrove Garden Club posed with the celebratory cake. L-R: Sharon Jenkins, Jackie Letang, Rose Rogers, and Jan Stanko

Deborah Wheeler | The Sun
Published: Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 04:35 PM.

Fifty years ago this month, nine women living in the small community of Seagrove came together to form a garden club. They named it the Seagrove Garden Club, which was chartered Oct. 31, 1963.

Those nine charter members were Louise Andrews, Ms. S.M. Carroll, Ms. Meta Eckmann, Mrs. Russell Haden, Mabel Lehman, Babe McGee, Molly McGee, Ms. W.B. Ward, and Mrs. George Wilson. Molly McGee's husband, Cube, founded Seagrove.

They chose the sandpiper as the club's bird; blue and silver as the club's colors; and the blue lupine as its flower.

The women recorded the club's purpose as being to "enjoy fellowship among the members, the culture of flowers and shrubs, and the exchange of experiences that will mutually benefit all."

Now with more than 125 members, the membership celebrated its 50 years at its monthly meeting Wednesday at Cafe Thirty-A with a cake, a look back and forward, in addition to carrying out its regular meeting.

Member Patsy Powell baked the celebratory cake using her grandmother's pound cake recipe.

The club has had 35 presidents since its beginning in 1963, with Babe McGee being the first. Three former presidents were recognized at the meeting: Jan Stanko, Sharon Jenkins, and Jackie Letang. Caroline Wallace is their oldest living president, but she was not present Wednesday.

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