"Mentoring the Full Circle"
Our club has seen tremendous growth the past few years and we have had a few growing pains. Our club is very healthy, full of experienced members with knowledge to share and new members seeking knowledge and wishing to grow in their skills as gardeners and floral designers. Through continued mentoring we will be able to achieve the goals of the Kingwood Garden Club and the goals of its members. The definition of Mentoring is “sharing personal experience and knowledge to help and inspire others to achieve their goals”.
I believe this definition means that we as Kingwood Garden Club members can mentor our new and established members to help them achieve the goals that each person had when they joined Kingwood Garden Club. Perhaps this also means we can mentor the community through special projects during the year.
We have watched our club grow to a strong 133 members. This will be our third year with a mentoring theme. In 2014-2015, my theme was “Secret Behind the Garden Gate”, it seems we may still be keeping the secret. In 2015-2016 Marta Martin’s theme was “Digging Deep, Growth through Mentorship”, apparently we have not dug deep enough. Coining a phrase, I hope, the third time is a charm. I believe we are off to a great start, and this year we will continue to get better at this mentoring and it will make our club stronger and better each coming year.
Share what you know, offer positive council, participate as much as your time will allow. There are many ways to become a mentor in our club, some big, some small. It will take all of us and I hope that together we can complete the mentoring circle through communicating, sharing, and educating our club members and the community.
I look forward to a great year for the Kingwood Garden Club.
- Linda Odell,