Left to right: Peg Betts, Chair, Rose Wingert, and Carol McGirr, committee member. Photo courtesy of Craig McDonald, Granville Sentinel.
Rose Wingert has been an active member of the Granville Garden Club since 1999 and a dedicated community volunteer in Granville. Her commitment to the community includes many years of service at the TWIG Thrift Shop, or St. Edwards’s Santa’s Attic, and of course, we all know Rose not only spearheads the planting of the Granville Village Crosswalk, but she also meticulously digs and stores the crosswalk daffodils for each years planting.
Rose and her husband, Jack, have opened their beautiful gardens to the community for charity fund raisers and hosted Garden Club members on numerous occasions. Her service to the community dates back before her involvement with the Garden Club. She is actively involved with the Licking County Land Trust, the rosary gardens at St. Edwards, the original Granville Recycling board, numerous Granville School Committees, and, if you are in Granville Village Precint B, you will find Rose working Election Day at the polling place. Currently she serves as the club's Historian. Rose completed arrangements with the Granville Historical Society for storage of all the Granville Garden Club records in their temperature controlled archives, ensuring their preservation. Rose has been recognized by the Ohio Association of Garden Clubs, Region 8, as an outstanding gardener.
Rose is a valued and active member of the club. She has volunteered as the Recording Secretary for many years, and has also served as Vice President and Daffodil Show Chair (2015) and has sponsored many new members. She will again Chair the Daffodil Show in 2017. Rose has planned crafts and recruited youth to help as she organized the Children’s Craft area during many Daffodil Shows.
Her kind manner, her positive approach, her willingness to do whatever it takes, and her devotion to the community are simply the little extras that make her deserving of the Distinguished Service Award.
Rose joins a remarkable group of past winners, all of whom contributed to making the village of Granville and our community better for all:
2017 - Nancy Eucker
2016 - Rose Wingert
2015 Winner - Suzy Murr
2014 Winner - Jean Jankowski
2013 Winner - Jean Kerle
2011 Winner - James Siegel
2010 Winner - Linda Reynolds
2008 Winner - Lotte Blaha
2007 Winner - Donald W. Wiper, Jr.
2006 Winner - Louise Haag Denny
2003 Winner - Eva Fitch Montgomery
The honor of the Distinguished Service Award is not awarded every year, but only when a particular person has stood up to the challenge, and Rose has certainly done that.
The Granville Garden Club gives the Distinguished Service Award to a member who has shown outstanding commitment to the community as well as to the Garden Club. The award is only given when an individual has shown themselves to be not only an outstanding member, but also a valued member of the Granville Community, all within the boundaries of the Club's Mission Statement. The winner is chosen by the chairman of the award committee, an active, an associate and a life member.
Nancy Eucker has donated ountless hours leading the team of gardeners in maintaining the Robbins Hunter Museum grounds. Barbara MacFarland, in presenting the award noted, "She has expertly planned and overseen the gardens' upkeep to make them a place of beauty for visitors, passers-by and others who attend the many museum functions."
Left to right: Granville Garden Club President, Carol McGirr, Barbara MacFarland, Nancy Eucker. Photo courtesy of Kevin Kerr.