Grafton Floral Art Society
Meets: 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month, 9.30am
Venue: Uniting Church Hall, Grafton
Contact: Nancy Williams (02)6643 4396 firstname.lastname@example.org
Under the guidance of President Doreen and Vice President Beth, the Grafton Floral Art Society has had a very successful and active year.
The floral display held each year at Grafton Shoppingworld has become a more traditional event as it is held during July Race Week which is one of the biggest tourist attractions to the city. Many compliments were received from the general public and tourists viewing the floral display “Festival of the Flowers” held at Christ Church Cathedral during Jacaranda Week – this year it proved to be outstanding. The Society has participated with the Flower Guild for many years and each year the display has proved to be more popular.
President Doreen has been very active attending workshops and meetings of the New South Wales and Queensland Floral Art Societies and keeping members informed of forthcoming events. As a result of her efforts she was recently awarded the Garden Clubs Australia Joan O’Brien Award for Excellence by an Individual in Floral Art. Upon being presented with the award in Sydney, she spoke of how she started with humble beginnings dating back to 1968 when she was first approached to arrange Church flowers.
On a perfect autumn day, 35 people attended the Cancer Council morning tea held at the home of the Wykes family at Junction Hill. A Devonshire style morning tea was served and the trading table displayed floral arrangements, home cooking and craft items, resulting in the Cancer Council receiving $1,000 from the Society’s efforts . The floral arrangements were well recieved as the following Sunday was Mothers Day.
The Society sponsored three sections in Floral Art at the annual Grafton Show and displayed the skills of members although it clashed with the Cancer Council morning tea. During the year four new members joined the Society and have been very keen to participate in the hands on meetings which are held on the first meeting date of the month.
Space is an important element of good design – “Leave space for the butterflies” is a catch phrase which is full of meaning.
CONGRATULATIONS to Mrs Doreen Winkley on being awarded the Garden Clubs Australia 2014 Award for Achieving Excellence by an Individual in Floral Art.
The executive and members of NSWFAA join with all those who have benefited from Doreen’s patient teaching and skilled demonstrations in congratulating her on this well deserved recognition.
The highlight of Grafton Floral Art Soc Inc for 2013 was the presentation of Life Membership to Freda Johnson by president Doreen Winkley at the July meeting in recognition of Freda’s special support to the group as treasurer and publicity officer for many years, besides being valued in many many other ways.
Our society meets twice monthly with the 2nd Thursday where a designated member demonstrates designs mostly her choice and the forth Thursday a hands on exercise where more experienced members assist others in constructing their designs. This method appears to have an acceptable balance.
Several members entered the bench competitions at the Grafton Agriculture Show in April. Members worked tirelessly providing an enjoyable Cancer Council Biggest Morning Tea fundraiser in May.
This included a well stocked trade table of cooking, craft items, floral, mothers day designs and potted plants, thus raising one thousand dollars for Cancer research and support, a gracious and thankful result from all concerned.
During July racing carnival in Grafton, for many years the Floral Art members construct a fine display of their many varied floral designs in Shopping World allowing the locals and visitors vision of their respective designs with the many and varied design styles. At present the members are busy planning their design styles for presentation in Grafton’s Anglican Christ Church Cathedral for Jacaranda Festival of Flowers opening on Wednesday November 6th. The theme for 2013 being “My Way”. This is the thirty first consecutive time for this fine display. November 9th our members kindly stock a stall of floral designs at Saint Matthews annual fete. We complete the year on December 12th with a two course festive lunch at the White House Cafe, followed by fun and fellowship with games and exchange of gifts, then recess until February 2014.
Submitted by Doreen Winkley