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 This page is designed to provide all the information necessary to understand and apply for awards.  After reading through the requirements, click on FFGC for Award Descriptions.

NGC  National Garden Clubs,  Inc. Awards and 

                         DS  Deep South Garden Clubs, Inc. Awards


After reading through the requirements, click on FFGC for Award Descriptions.

Awards Year: January 1 to December 31 annually unless otherwise stated. All awards may be presented annually, if merited. Any exceptions will be noted. *Please Note- Due to Covid-19 "Where" and "How" you send Awards have been changed for 2020.

AWARDS 2020 PROCEDURES as a response to Covid - 19
UNLESS STATED DIFFERENTLY UNDER THE DESCRIPTION;
MOST ADULT AWARD APPLICATIONS ARE Emailed to ffgcawards@gmail.com BY November 24, 2020.
FFGC Enterable Awards Application Form Click Here to Download

2020 AWARD PROCEDURES as a response to Covid - 19

Unless stated differently under the award description found on FFGC website Most Adult FFGC Awards (those that are 3 pages total) are emailed to ffgcawards@gmail.com by November 24, 2020. (Clarification on “stated differently” refers to BOE, Yearbooks)

#13 Publication Award that cannot be emailed, Must be mailed

#12 Newsletters/Magazine/Bulletins will be emailed.

Eligibility:

1. Only Florida Federation of Garden Clubs members are eligible to apply for FFGC awards unless otherwise stated in the award description. Members are: member garden clubs/circles, groups of member clubs, and individual members of garden clubs. Junior, Intermediate, High School Garden Clubs, Individual Youth must be sponsored by a member garden club to be eligible for specific FFGC and NGC awards. 

2. No club/s, circle/s, or individual/s may win the same award two years in succession; however, when it is an award for a individual project, a different individual in the same club or circle may win in successive years. 

3. When the same project is eligible for various awards, submitting exact duplication of the application is not acceptable. A significant change must be evident in the summary regarding the projects. 

APPLICATION FORMS:
The Award’s first page of the 3 page application is available in a format that can be downloaded, filled in and saved. This form should be used for all awards unless otherwise stated in the award description and criteria (The following Awards have their own Award Applications: Flower Show Achievement, Flower Show Related, and Junior Gardeners).

SUBMISSION:

Applications must conform to the following required criteria:

  • There is a three (3) page limit, using only the front of each page - the first page is the FFGC Award Application Form plus two (2) additional pages, these additional 2 pages provide space for more information and evidence. (There are a few exceptions to this 3 page limit and they will be listed with specific awards. Examples: "Book of Evidence, Yearbook, #13 Publications, and Flower Show Schedules” Award #12 Newsletters/Magazine/Bulletins will be emailed).
  • If a Scale of Points is included under an Award description, address topics listed on the Scale of Points along with any supporting data and photographs. If no Scale of Points is listed, use the Basic Scale of Points listed further down.
  • Computer generated entries are advised. If the preparer is deficient in computer skills, entries may be cut and pasted by hand. However, a clear, color copy of the hand- generated entry must be scanned and emailed. .
  • Flower Show Achievement Awards, Flower Show Related Awards, Junior Gardening  use different application forms. 
  • Applications and Books of Evidence will not be returned except where noted in the award description.

PROCEDURES FOR APPLYING AND DEADLINES:

The FFGC Award Application Form and documentation for most adult FFGC Awards must be emailed to ffgcawards@gmail.com to arrive on or before November 24, 2020except where noted in the award description.
  1. Complete the FFGC Award Application form - 3 pages only. (The 1st page of the Award Application provides all the detail information including Award #, Cat. Or Class, Name of Award, Garden Club, Contact Information and the starting place of showing your work through #1-7: the last 2 pages provide space to demonstrate more of the information to show what you did.
  2. Email Award Application to ffgcawards@gmail.com to FFGC Awards Chairman Valerie Seinfeld.
  3. Any exceptions to this rule will be noted in the award description. The following are required to use Postal Mail: ALL Books of Evidence (BOE), Publication, Publicity and Yearbook, the 1st page of Award Application (the 1st page you fill out has all the detail information including Award #, Cat. Or Class, Name of Award, Garden Club, Contact Information) MUST be emailed to the Awards Chair also. Email to ffgcawards@gmail.com. By emailing the 1st informational page of Award Application the Awards Committee can be certain all awards reach their destination.
  4. Deadline for submission is November 24 2020, unless otherwise noted in award description.
  5. Make and keep one copy of the entire application for your records.
  6. Some exceptions to this procedure include:
  • Award #11 Yearbook - complete the necessary information on the FFGC Award Application form (top part only). Refer to Submission Requirements under detailed listing and use Postal Mail with 2 copies of Yearbook enclosed including FFGC Award Application , 2 copies of Yearbook and FFGC Award Application sent directly to the FFGC 3rd Vice President. DUE DATE November 1st  Christy Linke at  2909 Aston Ave. Plant City 33566-9301 by November 1.   Email 1st page of Award Application to ffgcawards@gmail.com (Emailing Awards Chair the information on the 1st page of Awards Application allows for committee to document that your award has been sent.)
  • Award #62 Mary S. Compton Awards for Publicity Press Books - complete the necessary information on the FFGC Awards Application Form (top part only). Prepare a Book of Evidence. No limit on number of pages. Submit by Postal Mail to FFGC Awards Chair Valerie Seinfeld 2606 Bennington Place DeLand, FL 32720 by January 15. Email 1st page of Award Application to ffgcawards@gmail.com
  • Flower Show Achievement Awards - Send Book of Evidence and Flower Show Achievement Award Application to FFGC Flower Show Consultant, Barbara May, 521 Barclay Fairway, Wellington FL 33449 by November 30. Email 1st page of Award Application to ffgcawards@gmail.com
  • Flower Show Related Awards use the FFGC Award Application and send to: FFSJ President, Jan Griffin at 3032 Sutton Woods Drive, Plant City, FL 33566-9606 by November 30. Email 1st page of Award Application to ffgcawards@gmail.com

Categories by Size

Garden Club/Circle award applications shall be judged according to size determined by number of members on whom FFGC dues are paid. Look at the FFGC Directory, Book of information (BOI), or your Yearbook for Membership totals. To determine the category for each award, consult the description of categories under each specific award. The category sizes may be different for different awards. 

Return of Materials
Materials submitted on the three page entry forms will not be returned. Make a copy of your application for your records.

Publications and Books of Evidence will not be returned. Make a copy for your records.

BASIC SCALE OF POINTS

  1. Unless another Scale of Points is indicated under a specific award, the Basic Scale of Points will be used to judge all FFGC Awards Applications. Be sure to study the requirements for each award and understand which Scale of Points will be used for judging that award.

    Basic Scale of Points

Presentation .................................................................................. 5

Neat, concise, all information included on the FFGC Awards Application Form (3 sheets allowed) or in the Book of Evidence (if required).

Achievement...................................................................................65 

Size and scope of project, need and fulfillment, benefit, accomplishment, comprehensiveness of work, activities to attain goals, evaluation of
goals reached, educational value, prior planning, very brief history if continuing project, financial report, other.

Participation ...................................................................................15 

Size of club, involvement of members, youth, community,
professionals, residents in facilities, others. Not all of these have to be involved.

Record or Documentation.............................................................15 

Supporting data (as applicable) clear and well-labeled, clear before and after
photographs (if applicable), landscape plan (does not have to be professionally drawn), financial report, letters of appreciation, 
community awards, newspaper/magazine articles (if possible), radio or TV script (if possible), etc. Photocopies are permitted.

                                                                                               Total: 100 

Keep in mind the "2020" Award Rules due to electronic submissions. 

BOE submission while mailed must also email the 1st page of Award Application to ffgcawards@gamil.com

BOOKS OF EVIDENCE (BOE)       FFGC Book of Evidence Handbook.pdf

Because of the importance of some FFGC Awards and the extent of accomplishment that they represent, or because some simply will not fit on the new awards form, a Book of Evidence (BOE) is required. The following FFGC awards require a Book of Evidence. The Book of Evidence will be sent by Postal Mail and the 1st informational page of award application will be emailed to Awards Chair ffgcawards@gmail.com. Refer to information about each award for guidelines in preparing specific Books of Evidence.

# 1 –    Blanche Capel Covington

# 8 –    Garden Club of the Year

# 10 –  Mentoring Award

#28 –   Horticulture Leadership Award

# 62 –  Mary S. Compton Awards for Publicity (Publicity Press Book)

# 67 –  Pressed Wildflower Collection Award

Flower Show Achievement Awards

and Some Flower Show Related Awards

# 12 - Newsletters/Magazines/Bulletins while not a BOE will be mailed.

GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR COMPLETING A BOOK OF EVIDENCE (Proof of Accomplishment)

1. Use a lightweight, solid color, theme type binder, size not to exceed 8.5” X 11”. NO RING BINDERS ALLOWED.
2. A plain label (no embellishments) with the following information should be placed on the cover:
Award # - Name - Class or Category
District #
Name of Club, Circle, or group of clubs & City

3. On top of the first page, include Award # - Name - Class; District #; name of club, circle, or group of clubs and City; percentage of members participating (when required by particular award rules). No Table of Contents is required.

4. Firmly paperclip two copies of the completed FFGC Awards Application Form to the inside front cover of the binder.

5. The summary should be written on the lower part of the FFGC Award Application Form. Summary should be brief and require no more than the space on the lower part of the application form. No additional pages allowed on the FFGC Award Application Form.

6. Entries are to be sent to proper address see Award Description Due  November 24, 2020 or appropriate person as indicated for that award.

7. Presentation:

  • Do not exceed six (6) pages, front and back, for a maximum of twelve (12) surfaces.
  • Use standard 8.5” X 11” paper. Pages may be placed back to back in six (6) top loading sheet protectors.
  • All material must be attached to pages. No loose materials, no pull-outs, and no fold-outs allowed.
  • Do not add extra information in any back pocket.
  • All photographs and other materials should be neatly secured to the pages.
  • Photocopies are permitted.
  • Trim all items neatly
8. Written Text:
  • All text must be typed.
  • Be concise. Follow all requirements in award description and Scale of Points.
  • BOE must include text and not just photographs with labels.
  • Photographs may be interspersed throughout text or following text.
9. When mailing BOE, DO NOT REQUEST “SIGNATURE FOR PROOF OF RECEIPT”. To prevent damage in shipping, enclose BOE in sturdy box or packet (Priority Mail Packet is perfect for one BOE) and secure with tape.

10.  Return of Materials – BOEs will not be returned. Make a copy for your records.

JUNiOR  & YOUTH GARDENER AWARDS

Junior Gardeners and Youth Awards

Deadline for application for Youth Awards (Junior, Intermediate, and High School gardeners) varies. Consult the submission requirements at the end of each Awards Description for the deadline for each particular award. 

Send to appropriate chairman as noted below:

FFGC Awards J-1, J-3 -J-6 are emailed to ffgcawards@gmail.com Due November 24, 2020.

FFGC J-2 mailed to: Barbara May; 4521 Barclay Fairway, Wellington, FL 33449  Due November 30, 2020

FFGC Junior Gardeners Award Applications should be mailed to Lynda Penry, 561 Pocahontas Drive, Ft. Walton Beach 32547 January 30, 2021

FFGC Intermediate & High School Gardeners Award Applications should be mailed to Sandra Lynch, 333 Sunset Drive, Apt. 1107, Fort Lauderdale 33301-2661. There are various due dates. Consult the submission requirements at the end of each Awards Description for the deadline for each particular award

Smokey Bear/Woodsy Owl Environmental Poster Contest Mail Posters to: Jill Anderson, 8014 12th Avenue S, St. Petersburg 33707-2709 Due January 20, 2021

Below Are Examples of the way to Email your Award Items


3 photo(s) Updated on: 31 May 2020
  • 1st Page of Award Application "Example"
  • How to Name File Attachment "Example"
  • How to Address Award Email to enter your Awards "Example"

National Garden Clubs (NGC) and Deep South Garden Club (DS) Awards Due to the FFGC Awards Chairman by 11/24/2020 For those Clubs Submitting NGC and/or DS Awards that are not compatible with existing FFGC Awards - this is how you do it.

Steps to Follow:

National Garden Club Awards - www.gardenclub.org - Awards Tab

Email 3 page plus the NGC Cover Sheet to ffgcawards.gmail.com

Email 1 (one) award at a time

On Email Subject line: NGC Award # and Name of Club

Mail NGC Awards that cannot be emailed to: Valerie Seinfeld, FFGC Awards Chair, 2606 Bennington Place, DeLand, FL 32720-1404. Email the NGC Cover sheet to ffgcawards@gmail.com

NGC Awards - go to website - Download and fill out the NGC Award Application (Cover Sheet)

Save file using NGC Award number and Name of your Club.

Type your award on the FFGC Application (3 pages only, fill out 1st page completely) type the NGC Award # and Name of Award on the FFGC Award Application.

Save file NGC Award# and Your Club Name and send to FFGC Awards Chair.

Steps to Follow:

Deep South Awards - www.dsgardenclubs.com - Deep South Garden Clubs Award Procedures

Email 3 page plus Cover Sheet to ffgcawards@gmail.com

Email 1 (one) award at a time

On Email Subject line: DS Award # and Name of Club

Mail DS Awards that cannot be emailed to: Valerie Seinfeld, FFGC Awards Chair, 2606 Bennington Place, DeLand, FL 32720-1404. Email the DS Cover Sheet to ffgcawards@gmail.com

DS Awards - go to website - Download and fill out the NGC Award Application (Cover Sheet)

Save file using DS Award number and Name of your Club.

Type your award on the FFGC Application (3 pages only, fill out 1st page completely) type the DS Award # and Name of Award on the FFGC Award Application.

Save file DS Award# and Your Club Name and send to FFGC Awards Chair.


FFGC Awards 

Valerie Seinfeld, FFGC Awards Chairman

2019 FFGC Winning Awards Listing - Click and Download

Click Here

2019 Deep South Awards "FFGC Winners" Listed - Click and Download

Click Here

CONGRATULATIONS!!

NEW! Awards Page Navigation Guide

NEW! FFGC Awards September 2019 Newsletter

Click here and Download "Start Planning Now to Win!" 

2019-2021 FFGC Adult Awards #1-81 document in a pdf format 

FFGC Adult Awards Spreadsheet Is it a Category or Class? NEW!

FFGC Awards Rules click here  Most FFGC Adult Awards Due 11/24/2020

#11 YEARBOOK AWARD DUE NOVEMBER 1, 2020

Please NOTE this award is to be mailed to FFGC 3rd Vice President, Christy Linke 2909 Aston Ave. Plant City 33566-9301

Yearbook Guide: Yearbook Award #11 Explained

Yearbook Dates and information for 2019 - 2021 updated 3/30/2020

Help Desk info.jpg May include in Yearbook

Convention Dates & Location.jpg May include in yearbook

MOST FFGC Adult AWARDS DUE November 24, 2020 and mailed to

FFGC Headquarters, except where noted.

Most Adults AWARDS will be JUDGED - DECEMBER 3, 2020  9:00AM

Valerie Seinfeld - Facilitator

Joanne Mullinaire - Documentation

Becky Lindhorst - Registrar


District Awards Chairs

District I Awards Chair - Jennifer Yelverton

District II Awards Chair -

District III Awards Chair -

District IV Awards Chair- Eileen Zebrowski

District IV Awards Chair - Susan Swain

District V Awards Chair - Sandra Arnold 

District VI Awards Chair - 

District VII Awards Chair - Marilyn Paone

District VIII Awards Chair - Kathy Echevarria

District IX Awards Chair - Sylvia Swartz

District X Awards Chair - Twig Morris

District XI Awards Chair - Joanne Nelson

District XII Awards Chair -

FFGC Landscape Award Consultant - Sheryl Perkins

LDCC Unsolicited Landscape Award

STANDARD FOR EVALUATING LANDSCAPE DESIGN

President LDCC Consultants' Council 

FFGC Awards #13, 40, 41, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47


FFGC Compatibility Chart with Deep South and NGC Awards

Award Compatibility Chart FFGC/DS/NGC Click here

NGC Awards -  2019-2021 NGC Award Rules Click here

2019-2021 NGC Award Application - The application is a fillable application. If you are applying for a NGC Award that is not one that is compatible with an FFGC Award. Fill out the NGC application and mail it to FFGC Headquarters by Award Due Date of 11/26/19.

Deep South Awards DSR Awards Procedures 2019-2021 (2).doc

Deep South Garden Clubs Awards 2019-2021 Deadline November 26, 2019. If applying for a Deep South Award that is not compatible with FFGC Award, please mail to headquarters the Deep South Cover Sheet Form below to avoid confusion.

Deep South Garden Clubs Award Cover Sheet  DSGC Award Cover Sheet - Final (2).docx


Deep South Garden Clubs Unified Project Rules 2019-2021 

Due to Gina Jogan December 15, 2020


Gina Jogan, FFGC/DSGC Unified Project Chairman 


FFGC Award Donors:

We Thank our Award Donors! If you would like to sponsor an FFGC Award  contact: 

Carol Wood, FFGC Award Donors Chair


General Rules of Application, Scale of Points, and Contact Information 

click here to download FFGC Award Rules

Please Note- Due to Covid-19 Where and How you send Awards have been changed for 2020. Please see

"2020 FFGC Awards Submission Instructions"

Award Due Dates 2020-2021 and who to send them to

2020

#11 Yearbook Award ............................ November  1         3rd FFGC VP 

#4 Award of Excellence ....................... November  1          District Director

Most FFGC Adult Awards ...................  November 24         ffgcawards@gmail.com

Flower Show Achievement Awards.... November 30          Barbara May

Flower Show Related Awards  ............ November 30        Jan Griffin

Deep South Garden Clubs Awards..... November 24         ffgcawards@gmail.com

National Garden Club Awards ...........  November 24        ffgcawards@gmail.com

Jr. Gardener Awards J-1 -J-2 J-6 .......  November 24         ffgcawards@gamil.com

Exception J-2 .......................................                                 mail to Barbara May

Deep South Unified Project ................ December 15 Gina Jogan

 2021

Intermediate Gardeners  ..................... January 15            Sandra Lynch

High School    HS-1  .............…………. January  1             Sandra Lynch

High School Awards  .......................... January 15            Sandra Lynch

HS Essay       …………………………… January 15            Sandra Lynch

Poetry Contest ..................................... January 15           Sandra Lynch

Youth Sculpture………………………... January 15           Sandra Lynch

Smokey Bear Woodsy Owl ………….. January 20           Jill Anderson

Junior Gardening  J10- J40    ............ January 30            Lynda Penry

Tree Record Deadline ......................... March 10              Kat Speiker




Documents to download and use

Frequently Asked Questions about FFGC Awards, click here

Awards Application Explained, click  here

The Key to Award Writing, click here

How to Insert Images, click here

Select an Award to Write, click here

Book of Evidence (BOE)      FFGC Book of Evidence Handbook.pdf  


EDUCATIONAL DOCUMENTS for Writing FFGC AWARDS

Below are 2 Slide Presentation on Award Writing from FFGC 92nd Annual Convention

Tricks and Tips for Writing an Award Winning Application click here

Help Where do I begin: How to Write An Award Winning Application click here


FFGC Ella P. Woods "Paths of Sunshine" Award & Roadside Beautification

Brenda Luedeman, Chair   Nomination Form  click here and download                                                 Guidelines  click her and download                                                              Procedures  click here and download

Flower Show Achievement Awards

All Flower Show Achievement Award rules inquiries are directed to Barbara May, Flower Show Consultant - NGC/FFGC Flower Show Achievement Awards Chairman Due to Chair by November 30th

Flower Show Achievement Awards Application click here


Flower Show Related Awards 

All Flower Show Related Award rules inquiries are directed to Jan GriffinFlorida Flower Show Judges President - Flower Show Related Awards Chairman - Flower Show Related Awards due to Chair by November 30, 2019. Flower Show Related Awards 


Junior Gardening
 

Lynda Penry FFGC Junior Gardeners & Junior Gardeners Awards

FFGC Junior Gardeners Award Applications should be sent to Lynda Penry, 561 Pocahontas Drive, Ft. Walton Beach 32547

FFGC Awards #J-1 thru #J-6 are due November  24, 2020

EXCEPTION J-2 is mailed to Barbara May.

FFGC Awards #J-10 thru J-49 are due January 30.

 Junior Gardener Awards Application for #J10 - #J49

List of Junior Gardening Awards Due Dates click here and download


Youth Awards 

Sandra Lynch, NGC & Deep South Youth Contests/Awards and FFGC High School & Intermediate Gardeners Awards

FFGC Intermediate & High School Gardeners Award Applications should be sent to Sandra Lynch, 333 Sunset Drive, Apt. 1107, Fort Lauderdale 33301-2661.

NGC High School Distinguished Service Project Award (NGC #76-K) to Sandra Lynch by November 30

NGC Youth Contest entries (except for Smokey Bear/Woodsy Owl Environmental Poster Contest) must be mailed to NGC/Deep South Youth Awards Chairman Sandra Lynch, 333 Sunset Drive, Apt. 1107, Fort Lauderdale 33301-2661 by January 15.


Smokey Bear/Woodsy Owl Poster Contest

 Jill Anderson Click here for all the NGC information... Due January 20th

Mail Posters to: Jill Anderson 

8014 12th Avenue S St. Petersburg 33707-2709 

Cindy Rieger- Donor of all Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl Awards


Girl Scout Awards 

Barbara Rao, Scouting Liaison "Walk on the Wild Side" Plant Wildflowers- WILDFLOWER Patch for Girl Scouts encourages a partnership between the State Garden Clubs and Girl Scouts






Kristine Blake, Publicity Press Book Awards

 



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