History of GGC:

The Geneva Garden Club was founded in the fall of 1928 and is affiliated with the Garden Clubs of Illinois.  This year the Geneva Garden Club is proud to celebrate its 90th birthday!  In its 90 years of existence its goals have remained the same: beautification of the community, preservation of our natural environment, and the promotion of horticultural education. The club and its members have undertaken many projects over the years to further these goals. Some of the projects have included: beautification of Geneva in conjunction with the Geneva Beautification Committee and the Geneva Public Library; offering the Geneva Garden Club Scholarship to Geneva residents to support their continuing education in horticulture, landscaping, or a closely related field; support for the restoration and preservation of the Japanese Garden located in the Fabyan Forest Preserve; donation of trees to the Geneva Park District and the City of Geneva; and the design and maintenance of the Geneva Garden Park for the enjoyment of the community. Some of the club’s fundraisers have included: the biennial Garden Walk; sales “From the Garden to Table” cookbook compiled by the membership; the sale of holiday bows during Geneva’s Annual Christmas Walk; the GGC Fancy Plants Plant Sale; and the Spring Luncheon Extravaganza!  The 80 plus members are a delightful group of women who enjoy the educational and social aspects of the club.

How To Become a Member:

Prospective members must attend two general meetings.  After that, if the candidates have an interest in becoming members, they must submit a letter to the board including a brief description of themselves and how they can contribute to the Geneva Garden Club as well as a completed New Membership Form provided by the Membership Chair.  The board will vote on accepting the prospective member at the following board meeting.  If accepted, the new member will be introduced to the Club at the next general meeting.  Additional information is available under the by-laws.

Current Officers:

  • Debbie Notaro – President
  • Mary Ann Rosenfelder and Kathleen Newhouse – Vice President(s)
  • Gail Ellenbaum and Marilyn Schave – Secretary
  • Cheryl Gaydos -Treasurer
  • Julie Maturo -Assistant Treasurer


Job Descriptions of Board Officers, Standing Chairs and Sub-Chair positions:

Click on the link below to view job descriptions for each position within the Geneva Garden Club.

GGC 2016 Officer and Standing Committee Job Descriptions

Quick Guide for New Members: 

Click on the link below for important information about membership opportunities and responsibilities.

GGC New Member Quick guide rev 010718