President & Board of Directors
San Diego, CA
Theme: Celebrate! Cultivate! Commemorate!
Meet the President:
I was born in Kingsville, Texas and raised in Florida, Rhode Island, Virginia, Arizona, New York and numerous towns in Texas. My father was in the Border Patrol so we moved in November most years. I arrived in California in November of my senior year and then went to Texas to attend Texas Wesleyan University where I earned my BA with honors majoring in history and English. After returning to California, I completed my MA in Multi-Cultural Education at Pepperdine University and began teaching in middle school for San Diego Unified where I worked continuously (except for my three stints as a Fulbright exchange teacher one year each in England, Scotland, Wales) as a teacher, resource teacher, vice-principal and principal. I have continued to serve as interim principal and vice-principal at several sites since retirement. My involvement in gardening began because my mother (an avid gardener and floral arranger) needed someone to drive her to meetings. Initially, I simply did drop-off and pick-up service but then I joined Bonita Valley Garden Club in 2003 and served in many positions including 5 years as President. I attended Flower Show School to become a judge and attend Design Forum, Flower Arrangers Guild and Southwestern Judges Council to work on my designing skills (with a remarkable lack of success alas). I currently serve as state secretary for the American Association of University Women and as President of Soledad Bridge Club and of OnStage Playhouse Community Theatre. The rest of my time is spent reading mysteries, taking care of 2 cats, meeting friends at restaurants, ushering at various theatres, shopping, working on the rehab for my Victorian home and hopefully soon traveling.
Mission & Goals:
1. Increase our presence and influence in the world: Form alliances with like-minded organizations to increase our power and influence in the community. We should be the first organization consulted when an issue arises concerning the environment (planning a new park, hearings held by the forest service or coastal commission, zoning changes involving public lands, etc.)
Advertise our accomplishments in our communities.
2. Support clubs and districts as we re-enter the post pandemic world. Encourage clubs to plant seeds of friendships. Encourage clubs to think about rebuilding along different lines as appropriate. Increase collaboration among clubs in a district. Increase collaboration among districts. Increase the number of and interest in and support of statewide projects.
3. Promote Leadership: Strengthen the leadership ladder at all levels through demonstrations, examples, information, mentoring, and training. Energize our procedures committee so their work makes stepping into leadership less intimidating. Encourage committee chairman who has no committees to enlist members to help carry out their vital work.
4. Communicate! Communicate! Communicate! Hold monthly meetings of the Executive Committee. Increase our digital footprint. Keep Zoom as a hybrid model. Inspire committees to meet via zoom, conference calls, etc. at times in addition to the 3 required meetings (minimum quarterly).
5. Envision the Future through Strategic Planning: Examine our bylaws to make them responsive and nimble to respond to new circumstances. Attract Younger Members.
- at no time modify action taken by members at the annual convention,
- transact routine business,
- adopt policies and procedures,
- adopt standing rules, and
- ratify all classes of membership.
- Request For Payment/Reimbursement
- Cash Receipts Report Form (Online)
- Personnel Form (I would like to be considered for a position)
- Nomination/Recommendation Form
Voting: Voting membership is defined in the bylaws and summarized above
Reports: Oral reports are limited to four (4) minutes unless otherwise announced.
Motions: Where practical shall be submitted in writing and sent to the president prior to placing the motion before the voting body. No issue shall be debated without first being placed on the floor by a motion that has been seconded.
Debate: Attendees wishing to speak shall rise, be recognized by the president and state his/her name and official capacity. If there is an issue involved, the member/delegate shall speak NO MORE THAN TWICE ON THE SAME ISSUE, except for the proponent of the motion who may speak a third time to close debate. Speakers are allowed one-two minutes each.
CGCI's Board of Directors is the group of individuals elected by the member organizations empowered to carry out the business of the organization and the tasks spelled out in the CGCI Bylaws.
Executive Committee 2021-2023:
Kathy Taylor de Murillo
The Board of Directors:
- Officers (elected every two years at the CGCI Annual Convention)
- District Directors (elected by their individual districts)
- Chairmen of Standing and Special Committees appointed by the President and ratified by the Officers and District Directors at the post-convention meeting in odd numbered years.
- Members of the Advisory Council, Board of Trustees, Bylaws Committee, Nominating Committee, and Circle of Poppies (Honored recipients of the Circle of Poppies Award are privileged to be members of the Board as long as they desire)