Since the club's By-Laws and Mission Statement were up-dated in 2008, there has been a new commitment in the club to conservation and protection of the environment. The Conservation Chair is appointed by the President and approved by the the Board and membership. Elaine McGrail is the current 2012-2014 Conservation Chair, and works with club members who select to work on the Conservation Committee. The work of the WGC Conservation Committee is driven by local initiatives and needs, as well as the conservation goals of The Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, Inc. and the National Garden Clubs, Inc.
Three members of our garden club have participated since 2008 in Environmental Studies School, sponsored by the GCFM, Inc. Susan Sweetser completed the school in 2012 and is a Environmental Studies Consultant; Anneli Johnson is in her last year and was awarded a state scholarship to the school and Elaine McGrail is in her third year. Club members are encouraged to attend Environmental Studies School each fall; the WGC offers partial scholarships to active and long term members.
A RECENT HISTORY: In 2008 the NGC President, Barbara May, introduced the national goal of "protecting local aquatic ecosystems"; it was then that the Wollaston Garden Club first became active in advocacy for the Town Brook. In 2010 support of the Up-Dated Bottle Bill became an initiative of the GCFM, Inc and the garden club joined with Houghs Neck Garden Club to lobby successfully our city councilors and then our state legislators to support an up-dated bottle bill. In 2011 at the urging of a few Quincy residents the garden club took the lead in advocating to save the Winfield Elm, a local landmark elm tree of 140+ years; the tree was cut down in June of 2012.
The WGC Conservation Committee works to:
- Advocate for speakers and programs on conservation topics with the WGC Program Committee, open to the community.
- Recommend club member participation in the Environmental Studies School, sponsored by the nation and state garden club organizations and held in the fall.
- Share Environmental Studies School materials and ideas for programs with the garden club.
- Educate its members on new initiatives and projects.