The Knights Ferry Garden Club has welcomed in a new president, Bev Hay. For over a decade Mary Sue Shearer served as president of the club but recently decided to step down. At a recent meeting hosted in the backyard at Hay’s house a ceremony honoring Shearer for her years of service was held, and a special appreciation plaque presented.
“I’m just tired,” Shearer joked when asked about the timing of her exit. “I will still be a part of the club and be active in it, but I felt my run of presidency needed to come to an end.”
Shearer held the title as president of the Knights Ferry Garden Club twice, including her latest stint from 2010 to 2017. Some of Shearer’s favorite things about the club included The Dragon Flies youth group, being involved in the pumpkin roll contests in Knights Ferry and making the dessert pumpkin rolls that has helped make the club known throughout the region.
Participants in the Dragon Flies program, she said, are youngsters who get involved in community service at an early age.
“The kids … come out and volunteer at the community garden. They bring flowers to the hospitals and other places to help bring up the spirits of those in need,” Shearer said.
The annual Pumpkin Roll contest in Knights Ferry is set for the Sunday following Halloween each year, drawing contestants from throughout the Central Valley for the friendly competition on the Main Street.
Shearer said she still enjoys being involved with activities and looks forward to continued participation with the Knights Ferry Garden Club.
“It is a wonderful club and I will be around for the foreseeable future,” Shearer said.
Newly elected President Bev Hay has been a member of the Knights Ferry Garden Club since 1993 and is excited about her new role with the organization.
“I’ve been a member for years and I felt like it was my time to step up and take my turn,” Hay said about her new term.
Like Shearer, Hay stressed how much fun she has at the annual pumpkin roll contest and how proud she is of being a part of the club.
“We have so much fun at the club, but we also have a lot of responsibilities to the community as well. One of the most rewarding things that we do is the Knights Ferry scholarship for two students each year.”
The Knights Ferry Garden Club also recently honored charter member Carol Davis, who has been a member of the club since the early 1970’s.
“Carol is a true inspiration. She does so much for the community and still has time for the club,” said Hay.
Knights Ferry Garden Club is always accepting new members; if interested contact President Bev Hay at (209) 845-2456.