Well known Killabakh gardener George Hoad has stepped down as president of The Garden Clubs of Australia (GCA) after serving five years in the top job.
The GCA, established in 1950, is the nation's premiere organisation for garden clubs and other like-minded groups and today has more than 700 affiliates representing more than 45,000 members.
George joined the GCA Committee in 2012 and was elected president in 2015 at the Biennial National Convention held in Orange, NSW.
"My stated aims back in 2015 were to find ways to facilitate greater communication within the organisation and to gain a greater exposure of the GCA in the general community, particularly within the gardening and horticultural industry," George said.
"I feel that over the last five years I, along with the management committee, have gone a long way toward achieving these goals."
Being a hands-on president, George travelled the country extensively, visiting numerous garden clubs and attending many special gardening events in every state.
"I have had the great pleasure of meeting so many wonderful gardeners on my travels and I thank them all for their hospitality, generosity and the enduring friendship nurtured through our mutual love of gardening.
"There have been many highlights in my presidency but one that I am particularly proud of is launching Australia's inaugural National Gardening Week (NGW) in 2017.
"NGW offers a wonderful opportunity to garden clubs and the community to celebrate the simple joys of gardening and to highlight the associated benefits."
George is now looking forward to spending more time in his own garden, catching up on the weeding, smelling the roses and relaxing over a glass or two at day's end.
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