A Thomson woman has received district acclaim for her work in the garden club. Billie Thomas of Thomson's Pine Needle Garden Club was recently honored as the recipient of the Dollie T. Harper outstanding member award in the Azalea District. Thomas was selected from a field of candidates from 80 garden clubs in central Georgia.
Past President Cindy Wilson said the Thomson club nominated Mrs. Thomas because she had been the backbone of the Pine Needle Garden Club for more than 50 years. She was an organizer of the club that began in February of 1955 and for the last 15 years has been the only active charter member.
Mrs. Wilson said Mrs. Thomas has held every office on the local level while providing leadership on the McDuffie Garden Council and Azalea District activities.
Some of her interests in the community include active participation at Thomson First Baptist Church, McDuffie Hospital Foundation, Wrightsboro Foundation, hospital authority and McDuffie Museum Authority. To achieve outstanding member status one must excel in club, district and state participation and be heavily involved in church and community activities on the local level.
The local area was also well represented by the Sharon Raytown Garden Club last month. It received the Marjorie Taylor Smith Award during district judging for having the most creative flower show schedule.