Garden Club celebrates 74 years

Pictured is Izzy Bryer entertaining the Garden Club dinner. (Submitted photo)

EAST LIVERPOOL — The East Liverpool – Calcutta Garden Club members and guests gathered at The East Liverpool Country Club on April 27 to celebrate 74 years in existence in East Liverpool. In 1944 a group of gardeners had the foresight to establish the Garden Club with the mission to serve the community by beautifying and creating gardens within the city. Miss Roxie McElroy was their first President.

The current president, Chris Bell, welcomed approximately 56 members and guests and expressed the hope that the club would continue to grown and serve the community with future generations celebrating another 74 years of existence. After a brief Gardener’s prayer given by the president, she shared the good news of the generous grant received by Heritage Thermal as well as the kind words that were expressed about the club’s importance to the city by Raymond Wayne, Public Relations Specialist of Heritage at the the award ceremony.

The members were treated to the musical entertainment by Ron Bryer and his talented daughter, Izzy. The group was thoroughly mesmerized by the beautiful voice of Izzy as she sang musical selections that she had written while playing both the guitar and ukulele. She and her dad serenaded the group together also, with a mix of selections on their instruments. The members and guests gave a resounding round of applause for their performance.

In keeping with a historical theme, members were challenged to identify their fellow members from photos from over 40 years ago and more. Ann Hanka, Social Committee, Chairwoman and her daughter, Sarah designed a slide show with the photos of the person that coordinated with their birth month displayed on their birth flower. The members enjoyed the challenge and prizes were awarded for being able to identify their garden club sister.

In conclusion of the evening, the president reminded the members about the upcoming plant sale set 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 12 at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church on Fourth Street.