FFGC Chairmen/ FFGC Chairmanships
( as of 9/16/2020 BofD Meeting)
(updated 3/4/2021 - changes in blue)
The Florida Federation of Garden Clubs Headquarters 1400 S. Denning Drive, Winter Park, FL 32789
Office: Monday – Friday 9 AM – 4 PM
Venue Tour Hours by Appointment: Monday - Friday 9 AM to 5 PM
Garden Shop hours: Monday – Friday 9 AM – 4 PM
Weekend – Office closed – venue available for events
Headquarters Staff: Jenn Cowin, Office Manager & Membership Administrator
FFGC Library: The library is available to all FFGC members during office hours. The loan period is one month, with privilege of one month renewal. Library inventory
The general nature and object of this non-profit Corporation shall be: To organize themselves into a non-profit association for the purpose of engaging in activities which are charitable, educational and scientific within the meaning of Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954. Specifically, the purposes of the association are as follows:
(a) To further the education of the members and the public in the fields of gardening, horticulture,botany, floral design, landscape design, environmental awareness through the conservation of natural resources, civic beautification, nature studies, and to instill in our youth the love of
gardening and the respect for and protection of the environment.
(b) To encourage the erection of memorials to veterans of the United States armed forces;
(c) To coordinate the interests of the several Garden Clubs in the State of Florida to the extent such coordination represents a furtherance of the activities specified in (a) and (b) above provided always that such purposes shall be effectuated by activities which are within the scope of Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954.
(d) To do and perform all other acts and things necessary to carry out the purposes of this Corporation as a Corporation not for profit in accordance with the law in such cases made and provided.
Membership in the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc. is open to all regardless of gender, age, race, ethnicity or religious affiliation
Established: April 24, 1924, Federated April 25, 1925
Number of Federated Clubs: 235
Board Meetings: 2 per year, September and January
Administration: Changing every 2 years in the odd numbered year
Convention: Annual held in Spring (Annual Meeting)
Officers: 8 - President, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Vice Presidents, Treasurer, Parliamentarian, Recording Secretary and Corresponding Secretary
Founding Clubs: Halifax Country, Miami, Jacksonville, and Winter Park
Fiscal year: June 1 - May 31
Headquarters Building established: February 2, 1961 with renovations in 1991, 1998, and 2005
The Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc. is a charter member of the National Garden Clubs, Inc. 4401 Magnolia Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110
FFGC Bird - Mocking bird, Buttterfly - Zebra Long Wing, Flower - Orange Blossom, Song - Suwannee River, Tree - Sabal Palm, Wildflower - Coresopsis
Officers of the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc.
FFGC President: Albert (Al) Latina Theme: Diversity in the Garden
Al has served on the FFGC Executive Board since 2013, when he was elected to the position of Third Vice President.
A man of many talents, Al is known for the many “hats” he wears as he reports on his different areas of responsibility. He is responsible for introducing the Amazon Affiliate Program to FFGC which has proven to be a successful fundraising tool for FFGC. Al served as President and First Vice President of the Temple Terrace Garden Club; each term for two years, and also served in District VIII as Membership Chairman, and National Garden Week Chairman. He was the first recipient of the Ann Simmons Award for outstanding volunteer service by a non-resident to the city of Temple Terrace. As a member and officer of the Temple Terrace Preservation Board, Al spearheaded a number of projects that help to preserve the natural beauty of the city.
Al Latina earned his BA and MS degrees in Biology from Florida State University. After graduation, he joined the faculty at the University of South Florida, where he retired after 42 years.
First Vice President: Marjorie H. Hendon
Marjorie H. Hendon was born and raised in Ft. Lauderdale. She attended Florida State University, whereis enjoyed playing French horn in the Marching Chiefs. She also attended Florida Atlantic University, obtaining her BA in Education. Her Masters in Special Education was earned at NOVA Southern University. She enjoyed thirty-two years of teaching before retiring and joining the Pioneer Garden Club of Ocala, Inc.
These last two years, as Second VP for the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, have been busy. Marge was Chairman of Wekiva Youth Camp, a member of the Finance Committee, and on the Long-Range Planning Committee. If being on those committees didn’t open her eyes to the wonderful activities of FFGC, then the other activities that were undertaken would. She was pinned a NGC 4-Star member at the 2017 FFGC convention.
Marge continues to enjoy her free time. Singing in the church choir, meetings of the camellia society, and her plant business keep her enjoying her community and State. Her number of llamas have gone down from 123 to 14 over a thirty -year period, and her chickens keep her with fresh eggs year round. Four Sister’s Foliage, LLC, her plant business, keeps her busy during the Fall and Spring. Her two daughters, their husbands, and little granddaughter often enjoy visiting Grandma at “the Farm”.
Second Vice President: Tina Tuttle
Bettina (Tina) Venettozzi Tuttle is FFGC’s second Vice President. She will also serve as the Chairman of the Long Range Planning committee, Secretary of the Finance Committee, and as Chairman of the Wekiva Leadership Training (WLT) program.
Tina grew up in Pensacola and received an AA degree from Pensacola Junior College, a BS from Florida State University in Vocational Home Economics Education and taught high school Home Economics for 4 years before joining the Navy on a dare.
She retired from the Navy as a Lieutenant Commander in 1996, after having served in several capacities to include: Barracks Officer, Ordinance Officer, Nuclear Weapons Courier in Norfolk VA, DOD Coordinator for Mardi Gras and Operations Officer in New Orleans, Administrative Schools Officer in Meridian MS, NROTC Curriculum Manager and Midshipmen Summer Training Officer for the Chief of Naval Education and Training in Pensacola. She received a Masters' degree in Education from the University of West Florida (1987). In 2015, also from UWF, she earned an Education Specialist (EdS) degree in Curriculum and Instruction.
Tina’s further accomplishments include: Accredited Flower Show Judge 2000, Accredited-Life Judge 2006, Accredited Master 2007, NGC Horticulture Instructor 2003, Flower Show Procedure Instructor 2005, and Symposium Instructor in 2006 (retiring in 2017). She was a Master Gardener and certified Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Advisor for 12 years (retired in 2011) and has served as Florida’s Horticulture Chairman. Tina was appointed to the State Endangered Plant Advisory Council by the Commissioner of Agriculture as the FFGC representative. She has served as the President for the Florida Flower Show Judges 2011-2013 and as an FFGC District Director (District I 2013-2015). Tina is a thrice certified as a consultant: NGC Gardening, Landscape Design and Environmental Consultant (2016) making her a Tri-council and 4-Star member. She has served for 9 years as the Chairman for Short Course North and is the Author, editor and creator of “Digging It!”, Florida’s Horticulture Study Series.Tina has one married son, Michael, 34, who works with Falcon's Creative in Orlando. Her husband, Art, is also a retired Navy officer and he volunteers at the historic L&N Train Depot in Milton, Florida. Tina says they are owned by three sweet kitties.
Third Vice President: Christy Linke
Christy and her husband Larry moved from New Jersey in 2007 to Plant City, FL. after retiring from the police world. Her first encounter with FFGC was at Camp Wekiva 10 years ago where she does the 7th grade primitive tent program. Camp Wekiva and all it stands for had me hooked from that moment and I’ve gone back every year since. She has been a member of the Plant City Garden Club for 11 years where she was President 2012-2014 and 2016 - 2017 as well as Recording Secretary and Corresponding Secretary.
She served as FFGC District Director VIII 2017-2019 representing 23 clubs. Her first FFGC board chairmanship was Bees Birds, and Butterflies starting September 2011 until September 2015 she became FFGC Bees State Chairman. She travels to educate the public about the importance of native bees as well as honey bees. She will also serve as Secretary of the Finance Committee, Chairman of the Strategic Planning Committee, Ways and Means and Chairman for Convention 2020. Her other passion is when she became a Flower Show Judge. She has served on the FFSJ elected board for two different terms as Recording Secretary. Christy spends her spare time traveling to TN where she and her husband Larry have 2 sons, Jason and Mark, 5 wonderful grandchildren, 3 of which are 3 year old triplets. And one cannot forget Chase our Quaker Parrot.
Treasurer: Jana Walling
Jana Purvis Walling has been a member of Tallahassee Garden Club for 30+ years. She has been Chairman of the Jasmine Circle during several terms and Circle Treasurer for numerous years. Jana served as President of Tallahassee Garden Club 2009-2011, and served as its Treasurer for three years preceding her term as President. She has been on the FFGC Board since 2011, serving as SEEK Finance until 2015, and then serving as Scholarship Endowment Chair until 2015. She is currently serving on the FFGC Finance Committee and has been since the beginning of the 2015-2017 term. She serves as Treasurer of the District III Flower Show Judges and served as FFGC Recording Secretary during the 2017-2019 term.
Jana has served as a member of the Board of Goodwood Museum and Gardens, Inc., a Tallahassee house museum and gardens. She served as Chair of the Board during 2013-2015. Jana has also served as a member and Treasurer of the Friends of Maclay Gardens, a support group for the Alfred B. Maclay State Park. She assists University Lutheran Church and Student Center with their payroll and tax filing.Jana is a graduate of Florida State University and was a Florida Certified Public Accountant for over 30 years. She retired from State of Florida government after 32 years of service. She and her husband Ken have two grown sons, a wonderful daughter-in-law, and two adorable grandsons.
Parliamentarian: Carolyn Lowry-Nation
Carolyn began her affiliation with Florida Federation of Garden Clubs in 2012. She founded Gardeners Out East Garden Club in Lakewood Ranch in 2014 with the required ten members. It was her desire to experience what her mother had experienced for 50 years belonging to a garden club based on friendship. GOE has flourished and has created a true sense of pride for Carolyn along with creating long-lasting relationships.
FFGC ranks at the top of Carolyn's priority list. She has served in the capacity of President,Tri-Council of FFGC, as well as, Earth Steward Chair. In 2018, Carolyn completed the five units of study within the allotted time, to become a Registered Parliamentarian and currently is in the process to complete her Professional Registered Parliamentarian status.
Recording Secretary: Linda Feifarek-Johnson
Linda was born and raised in West Palm Beach and enjoyed a career with AT&T and Southern Bell as an Electronics Technician. She was always interested in gardening, so after retiring and moving to Steinhatchee in 2000, she sought to learn about the North Florida garden. Shortly after joining the Steinhatchee Garden Club, she became First Vice President, then President.
She has served on most of the committees and held every officers position in her club at least once. She has taken the Master Gardeners course and had the first yard in Taylor County certified as a Florida Friendly Yard. After her husband passed away in 2016, she was asked to become District Director. She readily agreed and has fallen more in love with FFGC. Linda had been secretary of HOG (Harley Owners Group) for 3 years in West Palm Beach and also served as secretary of the Steinhatchee Community Projects Board for 10 years, so feels she has had the experience to become the Recording Secretary of FFGC. She will also be serving as Amazon liaison, because, as she says “as one of their best customers,I feel qualified for the position”.
As well as getting her hands dirty in the garden, she enjoys working with the local PAWS (Pets Are Worth Spaying) where she has been a member for the past 7 years. Linda has been adopted by 2 kitty fur babies who showed up one day at her doorstep. Occasionally, she finds enough free time to ride her Harley.
Corresponding Secretary: Ingrid Velez
Ingrid was born in Washington D.C., raised and educated on Long Island, New York and started her government career as a Secretary in the Department of Defense in 1965. She switched careers in 1974 and went to work for the Department of Transportation as an Air Traffic Controller working at Islip- MacArthur, New Haven, Pompano Beach and Ft. Pierce Airports – also had a 4 month detail to St. Croix Airport in the U.S. Virgin Islands. She retired from government service in 1997.
She found out about FFGC in 2006, when she joined the Brooksville Garden Club. She served as Corresponding Secretary, Vice President and President of Brooksville Garden Club. She has been Chairman of Garden Path Bricks and Florida Gardening Magazine Coordinator. In 2010 she “found” Wekiva Youth Camp and the camp has become her passion. She is on the Wekiva Committee, sets up the Camp Office and volunteers two weeks each summer. She now has taken on the task as Co-Coordinator of Wekiva Volunteer Training every February.
She and Skip have been married for 44 years and have rescued abandoned and abused Dobermans since 1980. They are presently “owned” by 2 Dobermans a Doxie and a Toy Terrier.