Little Rock, AR 72210
Books of Evidence for NGC competition and SCR competition have different deadlines. PLEASE STUDY The National Gardener for NGC Awards requirements, The Communicator for SCR requirements, and your state publication for state requirements. Double check the deadlines.
1. ELIGIBILITY: Only federated garden clubs, members of federated garden clubs and groups of federated clubs in good standing are eligible to apply or sponsor applicants.
2. AWARDS YEAR: Jan. 1st through Dec. 31 of the same year constitutes an Award Year.
3. SUBMIT ENTRIES TO: Adult Region Award entries are submitted to SCR Awards Chairman, (Bobbie Verser of Arkansas, 2015-2017). The State Awards Chairman must send by February 1, along with a listing of entries attached. Electronic submissions are accepted.
4. Youth Poetry, Smokey Bear & Woodsy Owl Posters, Essay, Bird Posters, Sculpture, etc. contest entries are sent to appointed SCR Youth Chairmen, published in The Communicator. Do NOT send to SCR Awards Chairman.
5. DEADLINE: SCR Entries must be received on or before February 1, of each year. (Exceptions noted). NGC entries are submitted to NGC Awards Chair (deadline Jan. 15), by the State Awards Chair with a listing of entries attached. State Awards Chair must see that duplicaitons are prepared for entries eligible for both SCR and NGC consideration. (SCR does not send Adult Award winning entries to the NGC level, exceptions are Yearbooks and Press books).
6. CONTINUING ENTRIES: Entries may be continuing projects, but must document and show significant work in the current awards year.
7. Your club must apply. No award will be given without an entry prepared according to SCR Rules, exception is SCR Sweepstakes Award. SCR awards are separate from NGC awards.
8. Length of entry: An entry may not exceed 3 pages, using front of paper only. No plastic sheet protectors allowed. No loose materials. Include yearbook, only if required. Keep a copy of each entry. They will not be returned (Exeption is the Press book).
9. ENTRY CARD: State Awards Chair is to attach a 3X5 inch card (approx. size) on the first page of the state's Award Application Form. Place the following information on the card. a) Number and Name of SCR Award; b)Name of club/group of clubs; c) A contact name and e-mail address; d) Number of members in club or group of clubs; e) Number of members in your state organization; f) Name, e-mail address, and phone # of State Awards Chairman.
10. RETURN OF APPLICATION: Publicity Press Books may be picked up at the Regional Convention by a club member or the state president. You should keep a copy of your other applications.
11. AWARDS: Monetary awards are offered only for designated awards. Only first place winners scoring 90 or above are eligible to receive cash awards. 2nd and 3rd place certificates will be awarded if eligible.
SCALE OF POINTS FOR ALL AWARDS (exceptions noted - Publications, Press Books, Yearbooks).
Presentation: 5 pts. Neat, concise, includes all required information.
Achievement: 65 pts. Scope of project; need and fulfillment; benefit; accomplishment; comprehensiveness of work; activities to attain goals; evaluation of goals reached; educational; prior planning; very brief history if continuing project; financial report; other.
Participation: 15 pts. size of club; involvement of some of the following - members, community, government agencies, professionals, youth, residents in facilities, others. (Not all listed are required, mention only ones that apply).
Record or Documentation, 15 pts: supporting data (as applicable), clear, well-labeled and neatly attached before & after photographs, landscape plan (does not have to be professional), financial report, letters of appreciation (if available), community awards, newspaper/magazine articles (if available), radio or TV script (if applicable), etc. Photocopies are permitted.
Publicity Press Books - This is a "progression" award from State to Region. Deadlines are set by states; Region: Feb. 23rd; Following judging on SCR level, SCR Awards Chair sends list of winning entries to NGC Awards Committee member in charge of Press Books.
NGC Youth Contests go through appropriate State and Region Chairmen and their appropriate deadlines to continue on for NGC competition.
Club projects entered under "Continuing Projects" must include work during the current Awards Year.
CATEGORIES: Clubs and states are in categories according to the number of dues paying members. They are as follows:
Ai, 29 members & under; Aii, 30-59; Aiii, 60-99; Aiv, 100+.
Di, 999 members & under; Dii, 1,000-2,999, Diii, 3,000-7,999; Div, 8,000 +
YEARBOOK CATEGORIES: Award # is 16, followed by -1. under 20 members; -2. (20-29); -3. (30-44) -4. (45-69); -5. (70-99); -6. (100-299); -7. (300+)
SCR ADULT AWARDS:
AWARD #1, Arbor Day Dedication, may be presented for dedication ceremony for the planting of tree/s. May be part of a new or continuing project, e.g. public buildings, highway or esplanade beautification, schools, other civic buildings. Must show community involvement & educating the public about importance of trees. Invite some of the following: The Mayor, public officials, Park & Recreation officials. FFA, youth, Scouts, etc. Special consideration will be given to more unusual or unique dedications. (1st place, $25 to Single Club)
Award #2, Civic Development, may be presented for a city landscape project; such as public buildings, municipal parks or gardens, median strips, libraries, museums, hospitals, schools, etc. Commercial projects are not eligible. May be a continuing project but must show significant work during this award year. Entries must contain 'before' & 'after' pictures. ($25 to 1st place, single club).
Award #3, Club Program, may be presented to a club having the most outstanding program given by a member/s of that club. Program must stimulate interest in purpose & objectives of NGC. Program must be adaptable for presentation to other clubs of comparable size. Entry must be a typewritten text that can be read at a meeting not just a concept or description of a demonstration. (This script is in addition to the 3 page applicaton. Application should conform to general rules and include date, place,and by whom the program was given. ($25 to 1st place, single club).
Award #4, Club Yearbook Theme may be presented to the single garden club for the most creative use of a theme carried throughout the programs for the year, incorporating the objectives of the NGC, Inc. Yearbook must be submitted that was in effect for the awards year. Creativity and originality of theme will be considered. Correlation between theme and all club programs, projects, activities should be evident.
Award #5, National Garden Week may be presented to a single garden club for best promotion of National Garden Week. Entry must show evidence of educating the public about objectives of NGC, state, and local club. History of the garden club movement, our projects, and objectives should be evident. (1st place, Single Club, $25).
Award #6, Community Concern may be presented to a single club for a project to make the day brighter & surroundings more pleasant for residents of nursing homes, retirement homes, school for challenged youth or adults, children's hospitals, etc. by presenting program/s decorating, taking gifts or plants, holding special parties. Hands on participation required. (1st place, $25 single club)
Award #7A, Single Club Flower Show Schedule may be presented for a well prepared Flower Show Schedule. To be judged by NGC #29H Scale of Pts. for Evaluating Flower Show Schedules. ($25, 1st place, single club).
Award #7B, Multiple Clubs Flower Show Schedule. Presented for a well prepared Flower Show Schedule. To be judged by NGC #29H Scale of Pts. for Evaluating Flower Show Schedules. ($25, 1st place, group of clubs)
Award #8, Garden Therapy may be awarded to a single club for the best work in garden therapy. Most important factor should be the involvement of the students or residents; how the club worked with the students/residents instead of doing for or giving to them. All entries must show actual participation and be garden related such as : growing, artistic use of plants, study of birds, nature, conservation & landscaping. ($25, 1st place single club).
Little Rock, AR 72210