Nominations for membership, March 6 Meeting (Elections April 3)
Listed in alphabetical order by last name
Vickie Watterson Bailey (Nominated by Beverly Smith)
Vickie has so many wonderful accomplishments including the principal of Fairhope K-1 Center (1989-2002) and founder of Fairhope Educational Enrichment Foundation, FEEF, (1995). She created the Pelican's Nest Science Lab and also created the Butterfly Garden, assisted by Dot and Pete Bremer, Master Gardeners and Wisteria Garden Club.
Vickie is so very thankful for the tree donated and planted by Jeane Byrd and Wisteria Garden Club in 1991. It still remains outside the former K-1 Center Office. She is the owner of the Happy Olive and The Happy Olive has been a participant in the Wisteria Garden Club fundraiser for two years. Vickie commented that she would really like to be a member of Wisteria Garden Club to do her part to give back to this wonderful organization.
Gail DiIenno (Nominated by Carol Smith)
Gail is a native of Selma but spent most of her married life in PA. She and her husband moved to Fairhope several years ago and in that time has become involved in her church and the community. She is an active member of Trinity Presbyterian Church, serving on the Property Committee, helping with outdoor plantings, and working with the flower committee making arrangements to share with those who are ill, shut-in, or new members.
Gail’s interests go beyond her skills with flowers. She is an excellent cook. In PA she had a small catering business that included food, flowers, and table settings. Since moving to Fairhope she has started a cottage industry selling homemade baked goods. She prepares special orders but also has a booth at the Fairhope Farmers’ Market and the Foley Market. In the future, she hopes to open a small flower business providing arrangements of fresh flowers and container gardens.
Gail was my guest at our Christmas tea and was able to visit with many of our members—- she soon had many new friends as she is very outgoing. She is enthusiastic about the possibility of becoming a member of WGC and I think she would be a willing worker on any project—-a real asset to the club. (She is excited about tablescapes and chased me down to get a ticket before I had a chance to invite her.)
Mimi Johnson (Nominated by Teresa McCown)
Mimi is a long-time friend and has lived in Fairhope for 3 years. Mimi was born and raised in Mobile but moved here from Dallas, where she was a successful lawyer and very active in community service. She was involved in fundraising and special events for various charities while living in Dallas. Since living here she serves on the Azalea Ridge Homeowners Association Board and is responsible for the landscaping of all common areas. She also serves as the Head of Beautification for the Springhill Avenue Temple in Mobile. She is a member of Impact 100 and has many hobbies including golf, pottery, knitting, and bridge.
Mimi is married to Steve Johnson and has five children and 4 grandchildren. I feel that Mimi would be an asset to Wisteria Garden Club because of her volunteer spirit and interest in landscaping beautification.
Leah Ladd (Nominated by Murray Douglas)
My friend, Leah Ladd, is one of the smartest people I know. She is also one of the most hard-working and fun people I know. Over the last 30 years, I’ve grown to love and respect Leah as we’ve participated in three Mardi Gras organizations, two book clubs, and one bunco group together. A couple of years ago Leah mailed in her high-power, successful legal career to pursue her love of plants with Greg Smith at Flowerwood Nursery. She thrives combining her business skills with her love of plants and nature.
Leah values the importance of the environment and recognizes the impact our environment has on quality of life. She enjoys learning about and experimenting with her skills in cultivating green space and incorporating plants and flowers in a home and/or community environment. As an added bonus, Leah is also a Baldwin County Master Gardener. I have no doubt Leah would be an active participant and valuable contributor and would make a wonderful addition to WGC.
Laurie van Lingen (Nominated by Ginny Stimpson and Marti Foster)
Laurie is originally from Lucedale, MS and was the former president of the Lucedale Garden Club. She has a passion for gardening in her daily life. Laurie has a desire to continue her horticulture hobby and expand her gardening community through membership with our Wisteria Garden Club. Laurie is married to Peter van Lingen and mother to Pete, a junior at the University of Mississippi and Hallie, a senior at Bayside Academy. She was a charter member of the Ivy League Garden Club of Lucedale, a member of the Women’s Club of Lucedale, Ladies Bridge Club of Lucedale. She stays busy with an active volunteer schedule as VBS director at the First United Methodist Church of Lucedale, UMS-Wright decorations committee, Waterfront Rescue Mission fundraisers, a preschool teacher for CBS Bible study in Mobile and member of MOJ, Fairhope.
Judy Oxford (Nominated by Sharon Dearing)
Judy grew up in Fairhope and has deep family roots here. She met her husband at Auburn and spent many years dividing time between Selma and Ono Island. She returned to Fairhope after the death of her husband, John McDowell Oxford. She has been a member of Impact 100 since 2013. She is a long time member of the Eastern Shore Art Center where she serves on the board. She is a member of St. James Episcopal Church and a member of a Mardi Gras Krewe in Fairhope. Her hobbies include painting, flower arranging and babysitting her sweet granddaughter.