On October 2 LaVonne O’Shields, Eileen Zebroski, and Jan Sillik guided guests on how to write a winning application for a Florida Federation of Garden Clubs award. The awards-writing process was demystified as LaVonne, Eileen and Jan took attendees through each step, from analyzing an award’s requirements, understanding the scoring scale, and gathering documentation, to producing the final product for submission. Winning awards will be available for review.

Watch the video below for the full workshop!


  • Why should you write an award for your group? It can bring your members together in celebration of your group’s accomplishments and allow other groups the chance to celebrate with you!
  • Keep in mind what project you want to highlight. What program or event really tells your group’s story?
  • Writing awards is a group effort, even if that group is only two people. Be sure to include your treasurer for a financial report.
  • How does your group align with the FFGC mission statement?

LaVonne O’Shields

LaVonne O’Shields is a member of the Garden Club of Jacksonville and the awards chair for FFGC District IV. She is a former educator and has written successful grants and awards in her professional career and on behalf of the Garden Divas Circle and the Garden Club of Jacksonville.

Eileen Zebroski

Eileen Zebroski is a Ribault Garden Club member and the District IV youth awards chair. She served many years as the youth gardening chair for FFGC.

Jan Sillik

Jan Sillik is a former president of the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs (FFGC) and a life member of the National Garden Clubs (NGC), FFGC, and the Deep South Garden Clubs. An accredited master flower show judge, she is the founder of the Fun with Flowers program, which she originated at the Garden Club of Jacksonville and continues to run throughout FFGC. Sillik is a former president of the Wildflower Garden Circle.


  • Visit the FFGC website here.
  • Become a #GardenClubJax member here.
  • Register for events here.