Frequently Asked Questions About SMGC
I can't find what I'm looking for on this website!
Try using the site map, which lists the website menu in outline form, and has lists of website documents and photo albums.
Another way to find something specific on our website is to use the Google search engine. For example, if you want to find the Club bylaws, Google on "dirt daubers bylaws". Google then provides a direct link to the bylaws PDF, and links to pages where the word "bylaws" appears on the website. The more formal Google search string "bylaws site:dirtdaubers.org" works the same way, but restricts the search to our website so it is a little faster. Note that there is no space after the colon! Google provides advanced search string tips to further narrow your search. A disadvantage of using Google to search our website is that new content might not yet be listed.
How old is the club?
The club celebrated its 60th anniversary in November 2008.
Why is the name of the club The Spartanburg Men's Garden Club?
When the club was founded in 1948, the original name was the Dirt Daubers but this was changed to the Spartanburg Men's Garden Club in 1950. In 1953 the club, which was founded by and entirely composed of men, joined the Men's Garden Clubs of America, a national organization. In the early 1990s, women began to join the Club. In 2008 a vote was taken by the membership to change to a more gender-neutral name. The vote failed by a narrow margin.
Are women eligible to become members?
Yes, women have been members since 1990 and comprise about half of the membership.
What are membership requirements?
Membership is open to people interested in gardening and community beautification. We look for leaders, self-starters, and people who know how to get things accomplished. That said, we are glad to have your help even if you only have a few hours to volunteer.
Is the club for educating its members about gardening, or is it about community volunteer work?
Where do funds for club activities come from?
Mostly from the two annual club plant sales. Less than 10% comes from dues. A similar amount comes through donations.
How many members are in the club?
There are 85 members, including 11 corporate members (2017).
Must members be residents of Spartanburg?
No. We encourage everyone to join, whether they are active or not. Several members have moved away from Spartanburg but still maintain their membership to keep in touch with the club and events in Spartanburg.