The Council accomplishes all of its work with volunteer labor donated by Council members.
For the State Fair flower shows alone, the Council assembles and supervises up to a 300-person, volunteer, temporary work force, that is drawn from its own membership. They organize and manage the shows and exhibits; setup the building; setup and take-down each flower show; process, classify, and display entries; and assist entrants and flower show judges. Each of the annual fund-raising events requires from 25-100 volunteers.
The Garden Shop is managed and staffed by volunteers year round. Many hard to find garden items are carried in the shop or ask for a special order when you can’t find merchandise locally.
Each of these clubs is a non-profit organization and each has its own specific community service goals and purposes. Many of them contribute in their own right to the community by providing specialized services such as: operating demonstration gardens; establishing and maintaining gardens at city facilities; providing plants and flowers to shut-ins and the elderly; assisting and instructing disabled persons on gardening; operating experimental gardens and native plant release programs; providing speakers and coordinating seed programs in Albuquerque Public Schools and 4H Clubs.
The Council enjoys a varied membership, but it is interesting to note that the greatest majority of Council members are 55 years of age or older, ranging into their 90s. They set a remarkable pace and are an outstanding example of what can be accomplished with an unselfish attitude and a belief in community service. Their accomplishments and contributions, while noteworthy, are little noticed by the public and public officials, making the Council and its activities, one of Albuquerque’s best-kept, “good-news” secrets.