Lemon Bay Garden Club Inc
PO BOX 1176
480 Yale St.
ENGLEWOOD FL 34295-1176
Lemon Bay Garden Club (LBGC) Purpose:
1. Operate for educational, horticultural and charitable purposes.
2. Maintain the LBGC clubhouse and gardens in Englewood, Florida for the education and enjoyment of members and the public.
3. Participate in gardening projects for civic beautification.
4. Collect and disseminate information to further the knowledge of LBGC members and the public in horticulture, gardening, landscape design, floral design and conservation of natural resources.
5. Encourage and aid in the protection and conservation of the environment including native plants, shrubs and trees.
6. Participate in projects that will instill the love of gardening and respect for the environment.
7. Provide scholarships to Florida college students to further education in horticulture, conservation,  landscape design and related fields.
8. Provide scholarships to LBGC members and youth to further the ongoing objectives and purposes of this corporation.
9. Support the objectives and purposes of the National Garden Clubs, Inc., Deep South Region of National Garden Clubs, Inc., Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc. (FFGC) and District VIII of FFGC. 
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Mrs. Christine Hannula
Board Chair Affiliation President Lemon Bay Garden Club
General Info
Organization DBA
Lemon Bay Garden Club, Inc.
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1962
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Sept 2017
State Registration 0
Financial Summary
IRS Letter of Determination
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Impact Statement
Top Accomplishments for 2017-19
1. Increased scholarship and campership awards through generous donations and fund raising.
2. Provided 5 college scholarships to sophomore college students enrolled in Florida Colleges studying horticulture or related fields.
3. Provided 18 camper scholarships to Weikiva Youth Camp for the purpose of instilling a love and respect for the "real" Florida, the knowledge of nature and the importance of conservation and protection of our environment.
4. Instituted new National Garden Club Wildflower patch program with local Girl Scouts.
5. Co-designed new National Garden Club Wildflower patch, now used throughout state of Florida. 
6. Continued class room and outdoor programs at Englewood Elementary and Myakka Schools
7. Received grant from Plantation Foundation for additional camperships to Camp Wekieva Youth Nature Camp.
8. Received grant from the Community Redevelopment Association for new roof for Clubhouse
9. Arranged and participated in both Florida Arbor Day and National Arbor Day programs at 2 local community parks. 
11. Celebrated National Garden Week with month long educational displays and free educational material at 2 Englewood libraries.
12. Conducted educational program and garden tour for school children. 
13 Participated in Englewood Pioneer Days with garden tour for community and provided educational material.
Top goals for the coming year:
1. Continue to expand educational programs for children in Englewood elementary schools, the public and our members.
2. Increase scholarships and camperships.
3. Send a child to S.E.E.K, annual environmental science conference sponsored by Florida Federation of Garden Clubs.
4. Continue to raise funds for general Clubhouse improvements.
 5. Expand Girl Scout educational programs.
Needs Statement
1. Total garden irrigation system to replace old, failing system in order to maintain Club gardens.  Gardens are used for public, school and club educational purposes and enjoyment.
2. Garden storage shed to replace old, disintegrating shed.
3. Replacement of old rotting external doors in craft rooms
4. Repair roof and paint Clubhouse 
5. Continue to fund student scholarships and camperships  $5,000
*Note that a budget for building and grounds improvements is in process. 
Background Statement
Lemon Bay Garden Club (LBGC) was established in 1959, Federated in 1961, incorporated July 1962 and obtained non-profit 501 (c) (3) in 2014. The clubhouse and grounds are located at 480 Yale St., Englewood, Florida.  Our present membership includes active 99 members, and 11 honorary or life members for total of 110 members. Lemon Bay Garden Club affiliations are National Garden Clubs, Inc., Deep South Region, and Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc., District VIII.  The members support and are active in our State and National organizations.
Lemon Bay Garden Club members practice conservation of natural resources, protection of native plants, education and stimulation of club members and public interest in gardens and gardening. 
Lemon Bay Garden Club joins local organizations such as the Hermitage Artist Retreat and Indian Mound Park with beautification and educational programs.  Along with the Florida Federation of Garden Club and National Garden Club, Lemon Bay Garden Club supports Penny Pines Programs for the purpose of buying seedlings and trees for reforestation of Florida's forests, which were destroyed by fire or disease.  Members actively support  the coral reef restoration program in Florida. Our members support clean air and water legislation.  Lemon Bay Garden Club maintains a non discrimination policy.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
FL- Charlotte
Areas Served Comments Lemon Bay Garden Club embraces the Englewood community, which is divided into Sarasota County and Charlotte County. Includes surrounding communities of Venice, Port Charlotte and Northport.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Environment
Secondary Org Type Education
Tertiary Org Type Youth Development
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Lemon Bay Garden Club is actively working to increase our funding from private and public donations and grants to support our college scholarships and youth nature camp scholarship programs, educational programs for schools children and our community while maintaining our Clubhouse and gardens. This year LBGC hopes to send a student to S.E.E.K (Save the Earth's Environment through Knowledge) an annual environmental conference for high school students.

Garden Club members have been hard at work year round, despite the heat and humidity, maintaining our existing educational gardens. The garden ladies work every Friday morning, year round, maintaining our beautiful gardens. We invite the public to come and learn about Florida gardening.  We were very appreciative of the donation of a new refrigerator with ice maker to replace our old second had refrigerator. The refrigerator will be used by members and for special events at the clubhouse. We held educational butterfly garden tours for children and numerous educational sessions for members and the public in our gardens. Over 500 people participated in the annual Garden Tour, Plant sale, Card sale and Craft boutique.  The Garden Tour included 6 private gardens as well as our own gardens at Lemon Bay Garden Club. Crafting for Scholarships every Fri. May-Nov. Members make crafts which will be sold to benefit our scholarship program for college scholarships as well as student scholarships to Camp Wekiva, a nature camp for 3-8 grade children.

The Adopt A Class Program included both a first grade and a third grade students at Myakka School in Englewood.  This year, members worked with the teachers and children to plant a vegetable and butterfly garden. An Arbor Day ceremony was held  with Club members, students and Charlotte County Commissioner Bill Truex participating. A Junior Gardeners program established for the second graders at Englewood Elementary School, continues to be very active.

The Blue Star Memorial Marker which supports former, present and future veterans was dedicated in a public ceremony held at the Veterans Memorial Park, Englewood, November, 2015.

A two day workshop entitled Horticultural Happening was held in March. It was an opportunity for members to learn the secrets of how to win horticulture blue ribbons. This learning experience will improve on the flower show process. 
A new program entitled Designing Women was offered monthly from Nov.-April. The aim of the workshop was to provide members an opportunity to explore floral design as an art form, to help members grow in this exploration and to provide opportunities to practice floral design. This successful program will be extended through the 2016-2017 club season.

Our monthly meetings provided education opportunities for members and the public. Topics included; Camp Wekiva Nature Camp, What &Where; The Old and The New on Manasota Beach, Historical Hermitage Artist Retreat; Birds, Bugs & Frogs in Backyard Ponds with Dr Bill Dunson; Cedar Point Environmental Park, Natives vs Exotics, with Bobbi Rodgers, Resource Manager; We've Coma A Long Way Baby, floral designs by Designing Women.

Challenges facing our organization include increasing costs of maintaining and running our old clubhouse and grounds. The air conditioner was replaced this year. The old sprinkler system has been repaired many times and is in need of total replacement due to old, leaking pipes. The gardens are essential as an educational tool for members, school children and the public.

We are able to conduct our business and educational programs as well as maintain important date using the new Apple computer donated by a local foundation. Internet connection is needed to keep up with technology. Space is an issue. We are reaching the limit, per fire codes, for the number of members and guests allowed in our building. This is more evident during "season" with our snowbirds returning to Englewood and more members moving into the area. 
Description Provides education for preserving, protecting and improving school children's environment through gardening.
Budget $400
Category Environment, General/Other Natural Resources Conservation & Protection
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Families
Short Term Success In the classroom and on school grounds, children learn to identify vegetables and herbs, how they grown, how they taste and variety of way to eat them.
Long Term Success Children become good land, air and water stewards.
Program Success Monitoring Word of mouth, parents and student and school feedback, as well as children's written and verbal reports.
Program Success Examples
Children grew vegetable for salads. They watered and weeded their gardens and harvested the product. They made and ate salads in their class room and made salsa.Classes conducted for youth through high school age to obtain the National Garden Club Patch. Classes include information on conservation, natural resources and growing wildflowers.  
Description To celebrate National Garden Week,  educational displays are set up in both Englewood libraries for the month of June. Educational handouts are available for the public as well as a  display of Florida native and friendly plants. Every year,  Commissioners from Charlotte and Sarasota Counties present a National Garden Week Proclamation  to Lemon Bay Garden Club during the Commissioner's public meeting. Members  are urged to participate  in National Garden Week by gifting a plant, plant cuttings, flowers, seeds or bulbs to friends and family members to celebrate the event.
Budget $10
Category Education, General/Other Adult Education
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Families Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Adults
Short Term Success Educational materials have to be replenished twice weekly due to the interest of public. Visitors to the library are asking questions about the display plants.
Long Term Success Stimulation of interest of the public in gardening. Also making public aware of the Lemon Bay Garden Club.
Program Success Monitoring Both the staff at the library, members and public give us feed back on the display and the educational material.
Program Success Examples
A woman contacted the president of Lemon Bay Garden Club as she was very interested in buying similar plants as those on display. She was given the info as to where to purchase the plants and traveled out of town, by Scat bus, to the store. 
The store was sold out of the plants. Once we were aware, the Club donated their plant display to her at the end of the display month. 
Description Elementary grade students are selected to receive scholarships to attend summer camp in Wekiva Springs State Park, a nature camp owned by the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs. The purpose of this camp is to instill in our youth,  a love and respect for the real Florida and a knowledge of nature, the importance of conservation and the protection of our environment.
Budget $2,500
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Children Only (5 - 14 years) Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Short Term Success Children come back home after camp very enthusiastic about their experiences and want to go back again the following year. They also teach their friends and family and classmates what they have learned.
Long Term Success The youth attending camp have a life time interest in protecting the environment.
Program Success Monitoring Success is monitored by word of mouth, by thank you letters the campers themselves send to Lemon Bay Garden Club and personal visits  to the Club membership at our Oct. meeting, to speak of their positive experiences.
Program Success Examples One indication that the Camper programs are successful is when the children come back the following year asking to be selected again. One father who enjoyed his camp experience years ago and is now having his son attend the same camp.
Description Our Designing Women Group provides members an opportunity to explore floral design as an art form, to help members grow in this exploration, and to provide opportunities to practice floral design.  This program began in 2015 and continued into its second season Oct. through April 2017. Designing Women will continue in the coming 2017-18 program year.
Budget $1,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Adults Adults
Short Term Success Develop the creativity of our members so that they can participate in annual floral design competitions and flower shows. By the end of a season class participants will be able to compete and create.
Long Term Success In the long term, Lemon Bay Garden Club will be able to upgrade its level of member participation locally and extend the boundaries of its floral design programs regionally.
Program Success Monitoring Our success will be measured as described above and we will monitor progress of the program and made adjustments as needed.
Program Success Examples Program success will be measured by the number of participants and the awards they are able to achieve in flower show competitions.
Program Comments by Organization The challenges faced by LBGC is competing against other non profits organizations to obtain funding for our programs. Our scholarships for college and campers is dependent on the funds raised by our Garden Tour and Rummage Sale. Poor weather can reduce the number of tickets sold and the increase in church and non profit rummage sales are in direct competition with our rummage sale. One solution is to create new fund raisers which are of interest to local residents and members. 
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email n/a
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 118
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No
Lemon Bay Garden Club is an active member of the National Garden Clubs, Deep South Region,  and the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, District VIII and follows their programs and guidelines.
External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years 2
Strategic Plan Adopted May 2017
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Management Comments by Foundation State Charitable Solicitations Permit applied for.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Christine Hannula
Company Affiliation President Lemon Bay Garden Club
Board Term May 2017 to May 2019
Board Chair Email march1@comcast.net
Board Members
Board Members
Mrs. Jan Beshoner First Vice President co-chair
Mrs. Veronica Carmichael Second vice-president
Mrs. Christine Hannula President
Mrs. Wanda Milik Parlimentarian
Mrs Linda Schilke Advisor
Mrs. Elaine Schweitzer 1st Vice President co chair
Mrs. Rose Sheedy Corresponding Secretary
Mrs. Cheryl Tomasi Co-treasurer
Ms. Renee Uhlich Co-treasurer
Mrs. Valerie Wentzel Recording Secretary
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 0
Female 10
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 8
Board Meeting Attendance % 69
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Governance Comments by Organization Lemon Bay Garden Club is a self-governed, volunteer organization directed by an Executive Board, Full Board and a working group of committees that develop and execute the club's various programs and building and grounds. 
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Start Month June
Fiscal Year Start Day 01
Fiscal Year Begins 2017
Fiscal Year End Month May
Fiscal Year End Day 31
Fiscal Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $28,880.00
Projected Expenses $28,880.00
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$35,817$20,580$21,510
Administration Expense$5,372$16,963$19,818
Fundraising Expense$2,528$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.441.161.26
Program Expense/Total Expenses93%55%52%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue5%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$0$0$73,533
Current Assets$0$0$73,533
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$0$0$73,533
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $29,392Program Service Revenue $24,633Program Service Revenue $30,590
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $9,379Contributions, gifts, grants $6,896Contributions, gifts, grants $21,441
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFoundation and Corporate Support $7,546Membership Dues $5,874Investment Income $41
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets----0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization Lemon Bay Garden Club does extensive outreach to the communities it serves and is committed to providing educational experiences to students from elementary school through college.  In addition to outreach, LBGC serves by example for the community through its demonstration gardens.  Our programs. buildings and grounds are supported by our fundraising and grants programs.  Funding is not set in stone and the organization is always seeking new sources of revenue through traditional and non-traditional mechanisms.  Financial sustainability is an on-going challenge and our members work hard to develop plants and crafts to sell at major events like Garden Fair and Tour.  We are also developing a robust fund development program.
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information for 2014 taken from audited compilations.  Financial information for 2012 and 2013 taken from unaudited compilations.  Contributions include foundation and corporate support.  Financial information for 2015 taken from Federal 990-EZ. A short period tax return covering 5/1/15-5/31/15 was filed, reflecting a change of accounting period.  Financial information for 2016 and 2017 taken solely from unaudited compilations.
Nonprofit Lemon Bay Garden Club Inc
Address PO BOX 1176
480 Yale St.
ENGLEWOOD , FL 34295 1176
Phone 941 474-9068