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National Affairs and Legislative Meeting in Washington D.C. 2018

SFGC president meeting with Congressman Lujan

SFGC President Cyndie Gullickson meets with Congressman Ben Ray Lujan in Washington D.C.

Member Featured in Local Magazine

Member Mary Delgado was featured in Local Flavor Magazine for her conservation efforts

The text reads:

I am a member of the Santa Fe Garden Club, and within the club, I am on the Conservation Committee. Besides dispersing money to worthwhile organizations within the community and state, this committee is also dedicated to an area of river to clean on a regular basis. Originally, I would sign up and occasionally clean the area, and [I] eventually just started handling the whole operation. It takes some coordination, including arranging two volunteers twice per month, making sure they have the necessary tools and training. Then there are reports to write! Sometimes, when no one volunteers, I’ll just go down and clean it myself. Occasionally, my husband Dan will stand on the Delgado Street Bridge and watch over me! I want to see the river be a beautiful, safe place that all of our citizens and visitors can enjoy.

National Affairs and Legislation

Delegates to the National Affairs and Legislation meeting in Washington, DC

Garden Club of America NAL and Conservation Committees

The National Affairs and Legislation Committee (NAL) was established as a committee of the Garden Club of America (GCA) in 1969. Its focus is to bring matters of national legislative importance to the attention of 200 GCA member clubs. Conservation and NAL Committee delegates meet annually in Washington, D.C. to review significant legislative proposals as articulated in the GCA Position Papers and support the GCA’s mission to “restore, improve, and protect the quality of the environment through educational programs and action in the fields of conservation and civic improvement .” During the Washington meetings, conservation and NAL club delegates meet with their respective state legislators to discuss the GCA Position Papers and legislative issues; attend conferences and lectures; and exchange ideas with 400 other delegates. The Conservation Committee publishes CONWATCH, a quarterly online newsletter that highlights timely national conservation and environmental issues.

Lighthawk (a Conservation Grant Recipient)

Featured Image: Merry Schroeder, Lighthawk pilot and member of the Santa Fe Garden Club prepares for flight

An aerial view of the Santa Fe River

An aerial view of the Pedernal, the mountain that Georgia O’Keeffe often painted.

Aerial view of Abiquiu Dam and Lake Recreation Area

Reunity Resources

Imparting the science of “Sexy Soil” at Reunity Resources

Santa Fe River Maintenance

The Santa Fe Garden Club has adopted a section of the Santa Fe River.  We keep our section clean and free of trash both in the riverbed and up along the sidewalk path on a regular basis throughout the year.    We have been long time supporters of the Santa Fe Watershed and attend their River Cleanup Days every spring.

Valles Caldera Trust

We purchased an electron microscope for the science center at the Valles Caldera and so the chief Scientist, Dr. Bob Parmenter put up a little plaque in the building. He also took us on a picnic at the highest point at the Valles Caldera.

Chief Scientist Dr. Bob Parmenter next to a plaque honoring the Santa Fe Garden Club’s contributions to the Valles Caldera

Valles Caldera picnic on a field trip