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MARTINSVILLE GARDEN CLUB’S PRESIDENT GOES ON A WINNING STREAK

Wed, May 30, 2018

 

The Martinsville Garden Club has its own triple-crown winner.

Club President Helen Carter’s hands went to her mouth in surprise on May 23 at the club’s final meeting of the year. That’s when the club announces the winners of its three annual awards. Carter had just heard her name called as the winner of the first of the three.

She stood and went to the front of the room in member Kim Snyder’s home to be presented a silver tray, the prize for one of the club’s three annual awards.

After hugs and then pictures of her holding her shining trophy, Carter returned to her seat. No sooner did she sit down than her hands went back to her mouth and up she stood again. Her name had been called again, this time to receive the piece of silver given for the second of the three annual awards.

She had barely resumed her seat when she rose a third time. She went forward to accept the silver given for the third and final of the club’s annual awards. Those are:

--The Lucinda Nolen Brammer Award for Horticulture, created by member Dr. Susan Morris to honor her grandmother;
--The Margaret Wilson Jones Challenge Tray, an award created by Ruth Bassett in memory of her mother; and
--The Adele Pannill Carter Novice Award, created by members and sisters Lucy Wilson and Coates Clark to honor their mother.

Club members compete throughout the year, amassing points for horticulture judged on samples brought to meetings and for arranging as judged by arrangements brought to meetings. The year’s final tallies tell the tale.

The Adele Pannill Carter Novice Award could be considered an indicator of the significance of Helen Carter’s clean sweep. The Adele Pannill Carter Award only goes to novices, those who have never won either of the other two awards.

 
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