All Nations Garden Club’s purpose is to stimulate knowledge of and promote the love of gardening. By annually planting and maintaining Pride Park in the center of Red Lodge we strive to provide a beautiful environment that enhances the enjoyment of the park by the community and visitors.

All Nations Garden Club (ANGC) was founded in about 1950. At that time, it was less common for women to work outside the home.  Over the years that has of course changed. Even though those “homemaker” members became fewer and fewer, meetings established for Friday afternoons stayed the same, discouraging younger, still employed women from joining. As a result, most members of the club are retired women who, for the most part, have left the workforce. That means our members are 65 and older. Most are much older. We have a dwindling membership for this reason (and I’m sure there are others) as many age out of being able to contribute to our main focus, the upkeep of Pride Park.

During the years, we have raised funds to plant and maintain the park through plant and bake sales which have become increasingly self-funding by fewer people. In addition, we are depending on fewer and fewer members to do the work involved in the park.

This will be our first year for the Fun Run. It has been a learning process! Our goals are multiple. First of all, we want to include the community in helping to fund a park which is central to downtown Red Lodge and enjoyed by so many. 
 
Secondly, we would like to utilize the process to attract new and younger members to our organization to move it forward to the future. We are flexible to changes in meeting times. While our meetings include valuable programs on various gardening subjects as well as a fun social experience, we want to emphasize that there is no requirement to attending all or any meetings if that’s not your focus. 
 
We would welcome members who just want to garden and work in the park!  We offer a lot of autonomy in when to participate and in what aspect to contribute. Those who are creatively minded can plan what to plant in a flower bed. Others may just wish to contribute by pulling weeds, sweeping and picking up occasional refuse. Some of us work together on a regular schedule and others prefer to work independently. While we’re all women, we have no restriction for garden-minded men who desire to join.

Our sprinkler system is old and needs repairs. The wood planter and benches are deteriorating. We are really hoping the Fun Run is successful for our needs. 

Fundraising Goal: $2,000