Garden club honors, changes officers


During the annual Harbor Island Garden Club spring luncheon Friday, May 9, the club’s new leadership board was announced.

Kim Gilbert will take over as treasurer; Heidi Winslow as corresponding secretary; Lynn Walker as recording secretary; Eva Elmore, Kim Watters and Anne Pleasants as fourth vice presidents; Sandy Overbeck as second vice president; and Melynda McNeil as first vice president.

Current president Elise Running will also serve another year in the position giving first vice president Melynda McNeil time to get accustomed to the leadership board before taking over as president next year.

Three garden club members were also given their Honorary Member pavers that bear their names and will be placed around the interactive water feature in the club’s Harbor Way Gardens in Wrightsville Beach. The award is given to members who have been in the club 25 years. Hellen Langford, Dot Baucom and Elise Running were recognized.

Shelia McCuiston was also honored as the Harbor Island Garden Club’s Woman of the Year.

The luncheon was held at the MacCumber Terrace clubhouse with catering by Middle of the Island.

Newly published author Billy Beasley was in attendance at the luncheon to autograph copies of his first published novel, “The River Hideaway.”

Beasley served as the town of Wrightsville Beach’s parks superintendent for 32 years and said his work with the garden club throughout the years made the luncheon the perfect place for his first book signing.

“Writing this novel is a dream come true whether we sell 1,000 copies or 1 million,” Beasley said.

The annual spring luncheon also serves as the end of the garden club’s meetings for the year, but Running said she would be excited for another year of garden club activities after the summer ends.

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