Congratulations to Nancy Womack, recipient of the Region 15 Service Award for 2014.
Volunteers are not paid -- not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless. This depicts our nominee for the 2014 AHS Region 15 Service Award, Dr. Nancy Womack.
Nancy is a charter member of the Foothills Daylily Society (FDS) and has served in many capacities to promote the AHS organization at the local, regional and national level. She is an educator, musician, promoter, poet, gardener and volunteer. In all these activities, she has been able to weave her love for daylilies into her every day activities.
At the local club level, Nancy has been a continuing thread of support. From its inception she has leads this young club by example. From 2009-2013, she served as Club President. She used this opportunity to grow the club and expand our interest at the AHS regional and national level. She did this by providing learning opportunities through club agendas, field trips, and encouraging participation in regional and national meetings and activities.
During her tenure as Club President:
- She coordinated with two other clubs, a joint meeting featuring Dan Trimmer as guest speaker and a fundraiser auction in support of the upcoming 2014 Asheville AHS National Conference.
- Her ‘can do’ attitude convinced the Foothills Club members to host the Fall Region 15 Meeting. She then chaired the Organization Committee for this successful meeting, a first time effort for the Foothills Club.
- She also encouraged our club to be more actively involved in Regional events and encouraged our decision to sponsor the Region 15 Annual Seedling Award.
- She established a Daylily Display Garden showcasing Region 15 Hybridizers which is part of the Rutherford County Master Gardeners demonstration garden. As a result of this display garden, many Master Gardener Volunteers, as well as, the general public have become interested and incorporated daylilies into their garden landscapes.
- Nancy has made numerous presentations to Master Gardeners, Garden Clubs and Civic Groups in the area to promote AHS recruit Club Members and provide educational training about growing daylilies.
- She has generated excellent publicity for our club by writing articles for local newspaper editor and radio/TV producers. She chaired the Publicity Committee the Foothill Club’s first Exhibition Show. Her news releases prior to and following the event, provided excellent publicity for the show and the FDS Club.
Nancy has led by example, encouraging members to become certified AHS judges. She is an AHS accredited Garden Judge and is well on her way to becoming an Exhibition Judge. In preparation for the 2014 National AHS conference in Asheville, Nancy assumed the daunting task of Conference Registrar. She made this a club effort, including members in tasks ranging from proofing registration lists, stuffing registration packets and working the registration areas at the conference. And if that wasn’t enough, she suggested that FDS organize an off-scape People’s Choice contest on registration day at the conference. It was another successful event for the Conference.
Nancy’s life isn’t only daylilies. As a former Dean at the Isothermal Community College, she continues to volunteer with the College and Foundation as an advisor and fund raiser. She is a former Director of Rutherford County’s Youth Empowerment Program, which provides interventions for at risk youth, after school programs for personal growth, and summer programs that provide healthy recreational activities and service learning opportunities. Nancy is an accomplished musician, playing viola with the Rutherford County Symphony. In all these events, she frequently opens her home for fundraisers, concerts or just plain good fun, inviting a cross section of attendees mixing gardeners, educators, musicians and community leaders to share their passion for their work and volunteerism. She is also an active Master Gardener Volunteer (MGV), having chaired the Spring Garden Training Program the past two years, and served on various MGV committees, always finding a way to incorporate daylilies into the agenda.
Dr. Nancy Womack is our Ambassador for Daylilies. This can best be summed up with the daylily hybridized for her called “To Nancy With Love” Owen-P, hybridized 2012. Her contributions and accomplishments make her a worthy recipient of the 2014 Region 15 Service Award.