Volunteer Sign Up for Council Events
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.