Carmel, N.Y. – (3/30/12) – Over 30 women from throughout the Hudson Valley were honored at Senator Greg Ball’s (R, C – Patterson) Women of Distinction Hall of Fame. Among them were, the membership of the Brewster-Carmel Garden Club who was recognized for distinguished volunteer service and civic commitment as Women of Distinction representing the Village of Brewster, New York.

Created and hosted by Senator Ball, The Women Of Distinction Hall of Fame was designed to honor outstanding women from throughout the 40th Senate District. Each city, town and village within the Senator’s district was asked to nominate a woman to be honored at the event. All the nominees were formally honored and inducted in the Hall of Fame at a district-wide ceremony at The Donald B. Smith, Putnam County Emergency Services Building in Carmel, NY.

The Brewster-Carmel Garden Club was established in April 1989 with the merging of the Brewster Garden Club (established, 1929) and the Carmel Garden Club (established, 1952). The purpose of the Brewster-Carmel Garden Club is to promote interest and increase knowledge of horticulture, to develop skills in flower arrangement, and to aid and encourage the beautification of home grounds and public places.

Members of the Brewster-Carmel Garden Club are actively involved in planting and maintaining areas throughout the hamlets of Brewster and Carmel, including the landscape design for the Brewster Public Library, the Veterans Honor Roll, the Southeast Garage entrance, the Brewster Railroad Station, the Carmel Courthouse, the David Bruen County Office Building, the Putnam County Clerk’s Office, Cornerstone Park, Gleneida Avenue, and the Sybil Ludington Statue. During the Christmas season, the Brewster-Carmel Garden Club decorates the Walter Brewster House, the Christmas tree at the Ambulatory Surgery Unit of Putnam Hospital Center, and the wreaths at the Veterans Hospital and the Brewster Library.

Annually, the Brewster-Carmel Garden Club awards a scholarship to a Brewster High School senior and a Carmel High School senior based on their plans to pursue garden-related studies or environmental science.

“The woman who are here today were nominated by their communities, hand-picked because they chose a path of leadership, living a life of service before self,” said Senator Greg Ball. “Each one of these women here today is so well deserving of this honor because they have built a reputation of action, compassion and integrity a path that that stands as an example to all.”


For more information or to speak with Senator Ball, please contact Joe Bachmeier: (845) 200-9716.



About Greg Ball

Assemblyman Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) is the Senator for New York State's 40th district. A former Vice President of Exceed International Development Corporation, Ball holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the United States Air Force Academy, is currently completing his Masters Thesis of Liberal Studies in International Affairs at Georgetown University, and received an honorable discharge in 2005 at the rank of Captain after service as an active duty officer in the United States Air Force. View all posts by Greg Ball →
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