Garden Club rakes in awards

(Courtesy photo by Conni Elkins)

Angel Fire Garden Club members raked in numerous awards at the New Mexico Garden Club State Convention April 25-27.

“I am so proud of our members!” said Conni Elkins, 1st VP of Angel Fire Garden Club Yearbook and Awards Chair

Angel Fire Club awards include:

• Standard of Excellence Award. Class IV.  First Place. Total points earned: 465 Johnese
• 2016 Litter Control and Recycling. First Place for all state clubs. Conni:  $10 cash award.
• 2016 Yearbook Award. Class IV. First Place. Page and Conni (second year in a row)
• Club History. Class IV.  3rd Diane (second year in a row to place and win)
• The Pat Edmonds Memorial Yearbook Award, best yearbook in the state. Conni and Page (second year in a row):  $25 cash award.
• 2016 World Gardening Contributor
“The Beauty of Mother Nature Starting Over – Rio Grande Bosque” by Michael Turri won 1st Place in the Landscape Category

Individual Awards, Photographic Print (see photo below):

  • Category: Bird. 1st Place – Page Steed (second year in a row)
  • Category: Insect. 2nd Place – Page Steed
  • Category: Landscape. 1st Place – Michael Turri (second year in a row)
  • Category: Butterfly. 2nd Place – Page Steed
  • Category: Wildlife. 2nd Place – Page Steed
  • Category: Horticulture Specimen. 3rd Place – Page Steed
  • Category: Landscape. 2nd Place – Page Steed
  • New Category: Bee. 1st Place – Page Steed
  • New Category: Bee. Honorable Mention – Johnese Turri
(Courtesy photo)

Individual Recognitions:

  • Member of the Year: Jo Ann Layden
  • Daffodil of the Year: Diane Peterson
  • Presidential Citation: Penni Davey (outgoing State Corresponding Secretary)
  • Presidential Citation: Johnese Turri (outgoing State Resolutions Co-Chair 3 years)
  • Presidential Citation: Diane Peterson (outgoing State Resolutions Co-Chair 6 years)
  • Outstanding District Yearbook: Shirley Sheriff (second year in a row)
Shirley Marie Sheriff, Johnese Turri, Debra Sorrell, State Awards Chair and Conni Muller Elkins (Courtesy photo)

New Statewide Officers And Chairs (from Angel Fire’s club):

  • Conni Elkins, Corresponding Secretary (Executive Board)
  • Larry Layden, Historian, and Penny Davey, Pines Chair (Executive Board)
  • Jo Ann Layden, Bees, Birds, Butterflies Chair (second term)
  • Shirley Sheriff, Resolutions
This 2016 Bee Photograph by by Page Steed won 1st Place in the Bee Category.
“Goose Train” by Page Steed won 1st Place, Bird Category.
“Green Comma Butterfly” by Page Steed won 2nd Place, Butterfly Category.
“Western Honey Bee” by Page Steed won 2nd Place, Insect Category.
“Ocate Pass, New Mexico” by Page Steed won 2nd Place, Landscape Category.
“Close Encounters of the Bison Kind” by Page Steed won 2nd Place, Wildlife Category.
“Ponderosa Pine with Hoar Frost” by Page Steed won 3rd Place, Horticulture Specimen Category.
This 2016 Bee Photograph by Johnese Turri received an Honorable Mention.
Diane Peterson (in the tan ensemble) won the Statewide Daffodil of the Yea awardr. She was selected by Suzanne Andrego, former New Mexico Garden Club President, for this prestigious award because of her sunny disposition, willingness to always help her club. (Courtesy photo by Eva Zhang)
Outgoing Angel Fire Garden Club President Johnese Turri with Shirley Sheriff who won Outstanding District Yearbook for the second year in a row. (Courtesy photo by Eva Zhang)
Penni Davey received a Presidential Citation as the outgoing State Corresponding Secretary. (Courtesy photo by Eva Zhang)