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Beautifying La Vernia for 50 years

 
Beautifying La Vernia for 50 years
Shirley Grammer reads a proclamation from Wilson County Judge Marvin Quinney, declaring March 20 as “La Vernia Garden Club Day,” during the club’s luncheon that day to mark its 50th anniversary.

Charter members took the pledge 50 years ago, and the current members still live up to this promise:

“As a member of the La Vernia Garden Club, I will pledge to apply my best efforts toward the knowledge and growing of plants and flowers in the home; beautification and improvement of our town, highways, and countryside; preservation of historical landmarks and other civic projects.”

Current members and guests gathered March 20 to celebrate the club’s 50th anniversary, with a luncheon at La Vernia High School, catered by the school’s Culinary Arts department students. Master of Ceremonies Jim Helmke shared a brief history of the club and introduced current officers, while member Shirley Grammer presented and read a proclamation from Wilson County Judge Marvin Quinney, declaring March 20 as “La Vernia Garden Club Day.”

Established March 2, 1964, under the guidance of Mrs. Pearl “Gail” Shriber, the club has grown through the years, at one point spawning a second group -- the Town and Country Garden Club. Now 28 members strong, the members continue to serve the community with various projects that enhance the beauty of La Vernia. Charter members chose the rose as the club flower, and the live oak as its tree.

Among the many projects by club members that grace the community are:

•Crape myrtles planted at the former post office (now a salon on U.S. 87 next to Little Bear Love & Care)

•Antique rose planted in 1993 at City Hall

•Shrubs planted at the “Y” on U.S. 87 E.

•Erection of a Texas State Historical Marker for the “Thomas Applewhite Homestead” site (at Finch Funeral Chapel)

•Donation of trees to the La Vernia Intermediate School campus in 2010.

They also have contributed funds to the La Vernia Chamber of Commerce toward the “Welcome to La Vernia” signs on U.S. 87, and presented scholarships to the La Vernia High School Agricultural Department in 2012 and the school’s Culinary Arts Department in 2013. Club members also donate funds each year to the La Vernia Food Pantry.

Melissa Koepp Beck was the chairperson for the anniversary celebration. She, Rosemary McEnery, and Shirley Grammer assisted President Jackie West in making the club’s anniversary an occasion to remember.

The La Vernia Garden Club meets on the first Thursday of the month; the next meeting will be April 3.

For information about the club, contact West at 210-649-4004.

 
 
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