Garden Club of Taos

Suggestions for Streamlining Activities

  • Wednesday, September 01, 2021 2:30 PM
    Message # 10975156
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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?  

  • Wednesday, September 22, 2021 12:39 PM
    Reply # 11110920 on 10975156

    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. 

  • Thursday, September 23, 2021 8:05 PM
    Reply # 11114538 on 10975156
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    From an anonymous member via our email:

    Hi, I am an itinerant member of LJ and have been for quite some time. I participate in LJ activities when I am here but I have a home elsewhere, where I am also an itinerant member of the local garden club and volunteer. I appreciate the good things garden clubs do to promote town beautification and to provide botanical knowledge to its citizenry. 

    Unfortunately, I am not in the position fo serve as a leadership role at LJ but I will continue to volunteer for any LJ activity I can and I am willing to participate through Zoom calls if necessary. My thoughts are that LJ ihas been and will be an amazing garden club in the future, all the while acknowledging the rough patch the club is going through.

    Perhaps the best course now is the current one you seem to have chosen, i.e. scale back to what the current engaged and interacting members can do until the pandemic lessens. This will keep a core group together, and the small tours to willing gardener's plots will continue to  provoke interest. If the grant monies must be distributed annually this can be done by a small committee until money-making activities for these funds resume. Volunteers for specific activities should be able to be found and small committees can be formed through email requests to the membership. All of which you seem to be doing. As you can see I have no new ideas but I applaud your current efforts in these troubled times. 

    I remain a willing worker, please call on me, and us all, when you need help.
  • Thursday, September 23, 2021 8:07 PM
    Reply # 11114559 on 10975156
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    From an anonymous member via our email:

    Well, I have my opinion, I always do ‍

    I really don’t think this the time to dissolve the club.  Our society, our lives, everything is on hold.  The last projection I heard was that things should be better by fall 2022. 

    Yes, our members don’t always respond or volunteer but they come to meetings and enjoy them.  I love to watch the interactions.  We will and do need the connections.

    But rethinking the club now and then for the future is probably needed.  Look at different club websites and see what they are doing to stay connected to their members.

    I’ll be glad to help anyway I can.

    Miss y’all.

  • Thursday, September 23, 2021 8:10 PM
    Reply # 11114571 on 10975156
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Another anonymous response via our email:


    I want to comment on what to do about the club. I have only been a member for four years and was a director at large in 2020.  I enjoyed the meetings and home/garden tours.

    I am all for continuing with the organization.  I hope others feel that way but it’s difficult to know when we can’t even meet in person.  Option #2 seems to be the best solution for now. 

  • Thursday, September 23, 2021 8:14 PM
    Reply # 11114587 on 10975156
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A response From our email account:

    I first came to Los Jardineros in Sept., 2016 shortly after I moved to Taos. I met Robbie Zalta in the parking lot, and she became my first Taos friend.  I have thoroughly enjoyed the meetings, Lilac Festival and Garden Tour.  I would be greatly saddened to see it go away.  I cannot imagine the hours the directors and chairmen have spent providing us such pleasurable and educational experiences.

    I’m in favor of “ downsizing” for a while (no Tour) until we can recruit some new directors and take the burden off these who have served so long and well.  We need to appeal to the younger population so they will see the friendship and educational benefits of our organization. 

    I would like to help on the Membership committee.  I do not aspire to be chairman.  I do have a recommendation that a printed directory is a waste of time and money when all the info can be on the website. 

    I believe there is other streamlining which can be done.

    I just want you all to know I appreciate all you’re doing to hold Los Jardineros together and even be a better organization in the future.

  • Thursday, September 23, 2021 8:18 PM
    Reply # 11114607 on 10975156
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Good afternoon, 

    I know the last few years with COVID has been difficult for all organizations and business as well for as for families and individuals.  I love the Garden Club and the camaraderie it shares.  When we first moved to Taos permanently, I was bored and lonely in a new place and A friend invited me to the October luncheon.  I loved the atmosphere and all the friends I’ve made over the years.  It would break my heart to see it disbanded but I also know I haven’t provided much support over the last few years due to my work schedule.  

    I hope the decision isn’t to disband, but to keep it going and to get some new membership involved to take the pressure and obligations off the few of you.  I know how much work is required to keep it going and I appreciate all you have done over the years.

    I support whatever decisions you make and just want to say thank you for all you do.

  • Thursday, September 23, 2021 8:24 PM
    Reply # 11114643 on 10975156
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    From our email:

    Tough situation with difficult outcome. 

    1. Close the group down. 

    2.  Gift it to an organization that will take it over as for profit or continue as non profit. 

    3. Find strategic partners within industry who will take it over as a marketing Avenue for their businesses. 

    4. Brush your teeth with your other hand for a week to expand and explore other ideas. 

    Best I can offer. 
  • Thursday, September 23, 2021 8:26 PM
    Reply # 11114648 on 10975156
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Another email response:

    I would be happy with option 3 (low-level) or 2 (mid-level). I would hate to see Los Jardineros disbanded

  • Wednesday, October 27, 2021 10:13 AM
    Reply # 12022016 on 10975156
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    These suggestions were provided by Lawrence Baker:

    Garden Club Suggestions

    I’ve read the suggestions to date and there are good ones there but I haven’t seen anyone commit to a part s/he would like to play. Thus, my suggestions, basically Option #3, are predicated on people actually assuming the tasks as outlined below, in addition to what the Venue Committee (Sarah Mantis, Theresa Taggart and me) is willing to do.

    We should pare back to two primary functions: education and visits (small gardens as last summer and specialized field trips).

    This is how I envision the jobs:

    The President should not require an enormous amount of time as the person only needs to call and direct meetings of the Board (and keeps them to a minimum) and the Club meetings. 

    The Recording Secretary keeps a record of the above two meetings; 

    The Treasurer keeps track of the money. Membership does as noted.

    The Venue Committee is in place (and prospective gardens to tour next year can be in place quickly, I think…hope). 

    The Communications person does as it says. I believe the templates are in place.

    Having a several person Program Committee (as the Venue Committee is) should make this job easier. If 3 people comprise the committee, each one could secure the required number of speakers (6?). Kurt has redone the old Common Fire room and it is beautiful, bright and cheery.  I’m sure some pitchers of water and paper cups could be rustled up from somewhere.

    I would eliminate (f.) which, if not eliminated, should be under the Program umbrella. Snacks should be adequate and not the elaborate baking and cooking as before (which was quite enjoyable but not totally necessary).

    The Board should consist of: President, Treasurer, Recording Secretary, Program Committee, Venue Committee, Membership, Communications. I feel strongly that all of the people in the above positions should be aware of what everyone else is doing. The Board meetings should be recapped in the monthly meetings so people can weigh in with their ideas and feel they are a part of the entire Club’s doingsOr, the Recording Secretary can email them (promptly) to the membership, perhaps inviting comments.

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