How can we continue to organize and implement our activities so members can work less hours to run Los Jardineros and provide the activities we all value?
I do value the LJ Garden Club, and have always tried to be an active participant over the years, primarily through the annual Garden and Home Tour, through the Grants Committee, and attending the monthly meetings. At this critical juncture, following the difficult pandemic year, and with the possibility of yet another year dealing with the virus, I would think it might be necessary to start off at level 3, or even level 2. We need to rebuild our membership, invite in new Taos residents, assess who are the active and what they are interested in, And think about what is important to our community right now. Only then can we rebuild our committees and activities with those who have the energy to lead us into this next generation of the club.
I think it is vital that we start meeting again, in person. Actively invite new members and ideas. I personally would like to see more emphasis on educational speakers, field trips and related activities. I realize this is the hardest feature to organize, but I think it is what folks join a garden club for. We can all be proud of the annual Home and Garden Tour, our major fundraiser, but it is quite an effort, and often I have heard from other members, that it seems to dominate our whole season. It doesn’t mean we can’t still put this popular event on, but I could imagine a period when it would not be annual, but perhaps semi annual or other. Smaller “members only” garden tours, like we did this year, could be a way to go during the interim.
Good wishes to all our gardening enthusiasts and may the Garden Club continue.