For The Vista
The June monthly meeting of the Fairfield Glade Garden Club was a very special event.
Besides the normal business routine, it’s the month when Club members enjoy the opportunity to present the selected students with earned scholarships.
During the months of April and late November the members raise money specifically for the Helena Schmidt Scholarship Fund through plant sales. Fortunately, when there’s been a successful sale, such as this past year, the scholarship fund is able to provide more gifts.
The Club continues to increase their efforts a little more each year than what was done the previous year to allow for more recipients.
In the latter part of each school year, Chairlady, Beverly Hickmott invites graduating seniors from Cumberland County and Stone Memorial High Schools to submit requests for financial aid to further their education in a field relative to agriculture, horticulture or animal husbandry.
After extensive evaluation by her committee, those who have received an award in previous years and are continuing their education, as well as the new graduating seniors from the above named schools are selected to be the year’s honorees.
As such, the five honored recipients who will be continuing their college curriculums are: Justin Dye, Blyth Graham, Taylor Graham, Landon Smith and John Teeple.
The two newest honorees are Macye Ellis with a GPA of 3.94 and Jordynne Walker with a GPA of 4.0 — both from Stone Memorial High School.
Each of those attending the ceremony gave a brief description of their endeavors to achieve the goals they intend to reach and acknowledged their gratitude to the Garden Club’s members in attendance. All students received a well-deserved applause.
To further honor the scholarship recipients and their parents, a luncheon, sponsored by representatives of The First National Bank of Tennessee, (FNB) was provided.
Vice President Greg Pugh made a brief introduction of their personnel. At the same time, he recognized Jordynne Walker’s birthday with a birthday cake.
Those that assisted with the luncheon presented an extraordinary array of a warm chicken casserole, rice pilaf and a string bean and carrot medley. To complete the presentation, a dessert of raspberry soufflé pie was the coupe-de-gras.
Each year, the generosity of those at FNB continues to exceed the previous year’s efforts. They truly are a bank that offers more than just financing and customer service.
The Garden Club said it would be remiss if it didn’t mention its dear member Nelle Norris who briefly instructed the members on flower arranging, using an assortment of containers small and large, flat and oblong.
One of her arrangements turned out to be a special bonus to a chosen member as a gift.
Club Leader Ellen Jeffers thanked all of the members for attending this special day and looks forward to another successful group of plant sales later this November and again next year in April.
These geranium/fern plant sale and poinsettia sales are in conjunction with the CCHS students that grow and maintain the plants prior to each sale.
Special thanks go out to all Crossville residents who purchased the plants, thereby supporting our cause. The group looks forward to doubling our efforts each year so that we can help further the education of our high school graduates with much-needed financial assistance.