By Lynne Keener for The Island Connection
On May 9, Seabrook Island Garden Club celebrated its 26th anniversary with a grand luncheon at the Seabrook Island Club. Over 60 ladies gathered together to celebrate the successful past year. They brought fond memories of old and new friendships made through the Club, excellent monthly educational programs and speakers, and what they have accomplished every year through outreach programs, such as Habitat landscaping, the Symphony Open House, the Angel Oak Foundation and, most of all, the Trident Tech scholarships.
Starting in 1998, by increasing dues, the Club was able to start a Trident Tech scholarship for students who were studying horticulture and landscaping, earmarking and donating the funds collected mostly to veterans. The first scholarships provided money for books and fees.
Garden Club membership has increased to well over 100 within the last few years and that has allowed it to be able to provide annual scholarships in 2012, 2013 and 2014 of $800 for a semester’s tuition for qualifying students.
Those chosen and their families have thankfully said that these scholarships have meant so much and that they have made a difference in their lives because someone believed in them enough to grant them an opportunity for further education.
Mark your calendars for next September to come join the Seabrook Island Garden Club in welcoming a new year. The Club has already started planning new “green” adventures for 2014-2015, so plan on the 2nd Friday of every month from September through May to stop by at the Lake House at 9:30 a.m., have a cup of coffee or tea, nibble on some wonderful baked delights, meet friends and learn about our world and our environment.