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2015 – 2017 Yuma Garden Club Board of Directors

Lydia Reibel


President: Lydia Reibel  (Master Gardener)

Email: rrroy@hotmail.com


     Lydia was born & raised in No. CA where her mom owned a florist & grew many of the flowers they used in the shop. This is where Lydia got here passion for flowers & floral design.

     After marrying Roy in 1978 they settled in Sacramento, CA, had 2.5 kids, & bought a home.  She says,  "I needed help with the garden.  One day a neighbor invited me to Garden club---I have been a member ever since."

     In 1988 she opened the School of Floral Design.  Along with Schooling in Floristry,  the School sold student's work for events & weddings.

By 2000 Roy & Lydia were ready to retire & fulfill their dreams to travel.  Winters were spent in Yuma & in 2010 they became owners.

     A Life Member of Garden Club in 2 states, former President of 3 different clubs, past District Director (in Sacramento), earned her  National Gardening Consultants Certificate,  Master Gardner Certificate,  Retail Florist Certificate, Soon to be National Flower Show Judge----You can see HER PASSION IS FLOWERS! 

This year we hope to HELP YOU FIND YOUR JOY IN GARDENING or just to give a little help if you need it.

Roberta Adams

 1st Vice President:  Roberta Adams  (Master Gardener)

Email: adams3699@roadrunner.com

     In 1982 I landed Yuma after living in Washington, Montana, and Wyoming in that order.  This makes me a long-time resident.  I attended AWC and finished a two year program in Computer Information Systems.  After school I went to work for a farm tractor dealership in their accounting office, and stayed there until retirement. 

     In Washington I learned how to grow showy hanging baskets of summer flowers.  In Montana I raised children on a small farm where we grew, canned, frozen or generally made most everything we ate.  Wyoming was an adventure of experiencing a real live oil boom town.

     In Yuma my interest in eating ‘healthy’ lead to learning how to grow a garden in the desert.  I am primarily a vegetable gardener.  It has been a learning journey and still is.

Sharon White


2nd Vice President:  Sharon White

Email: sharonlwhite565@gmail.com

     I was born in Detroit MI, but have lived in Yuma since 1969 where my husband and I raised our three children. 

     I retired in 2005 after working for eighteen years as a counselor and advocate for pregnant women and their children. My training to listen and offer positive help was through per counseling training.

     I enjoy my little garden at home and receive encouragement to try new things and meet new friends at our Yuma Garden Club.

Dori Weissman


Treasurer:  Dori Weissman

Email: weissteddybear@gmail.com

     We started spending our winters in Yuma 2008.  Retired from Carson City, NV and started traveling full-time in 2002, with our Alfa Motorhome.  The open road was our home. 

     My husband, Tom, and I became a full time Yuma resident in 2014, when we bought our home in the Foothills, and sold our RV. 

     I was an Accountant in my working life.  I do not have any special garden talents, but do love to make my yard beautiful, and I learn a lot from the Yuma Garden Club members and the monthly programs. 

     I have been the Treasurer for the club since 2013.  My focus is on “Enjoying Life”

Georgia Brown


Secretary:  Georgia Brown

Email: geo-cal@hotmail.com


     I was brought up in Marblehead, MA.  Yes, I do still have a “Boston” accent that I get teased about it on occasion. 

     I have worked for several Insurance companies, as a Life Underwriter, Sales agent, and 18 years as an Insurance Conference Planner.  In 2000, I retired, sold everything, bought a 24 foot Class C RV and went traveling and met Cal Kelley.  We married and ended up building a small Casita in the Foothills in 2004.

     I assisted Cal with the 2008 AFGC State Convention and was the Convention Chairman for the 2015 AFGC State Convention here in Yuma. 

     I was the Yuma Garden Club Secretary from 2011 – 2013, and will serve as Secretary again 2015-2017. 

     I am not a gardener, but do support this club and their many activities, as the members are my extended family here in Yuma. 

     I am interested in the Floral Design Group and have been learning how to be creative with designs and have 2 blue ribbons from entries in the Yuma County Fair.  I still have a lot to learn as I struggle with developing my creative side.

Charolette Cook


Corresponding Secretary:  Charlotte Cook

Email: cowlitz96@aol.com

     I have a long history with the Federated Garden Clubs that began when my husband and I moved to the tiny town of Randle in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest of western Washington State.  This little town had an award-winning garden club with three life master floral judges as members.  The Lllahee Garden Club won first place in the national flower show awards many times, and I enjoyed being a part of this active organization. I was the President of this club twice and was also the District Director.  I am still a member of the Lllahee Garden Club – since 1962, and attend their meetings in the summer.

     After 34 years in Randle, we moved to Zillah, WA.  I joined the Country Garden Club and was an active member.  In 2002, after attending flower show school, I became an accredited floral judge and is now an accredited life judge.   I was on the Washington State Board and was State Awards Chairman.

     I am also a member of the Yakima (WA) Garden Club – since 2010, and also try to attend their meetings in the summer.

     We moved to Yuma, and I joined the Yuma Garden Club in 2008, and continue to learn how to garden in the low desert, and enjoy the support of the members.  I have been the Correspondence Secretary since 2013 and will continue in the position.

Cal Kelley


Historian: Cal Kelley  (Master Gardener)

Email: geo-cal@hotmail.com


     I served for 23 years in the military as a medic, retired from USAF and settled in Arlington, TX for the next 25 years.  My love of gardening bloomed there and I cultivated numerous cacti and flowering plants over this period.

     I was a Texas state auditor, Insurance underwriter and school teacher during my working career. 

     My other love has always been soccer and I served as a player, coach, and FIFA referee/assessor over a 30 year period.

     My first wife, Jan passed away in 1999, and I sold everything, bought a trailer and hit the road as a full time traveler.  I met my current wife, Georgia Brown and we settled here in Yuma.

     My gardening specialty is Cacti and Succulents.  I teach the Cactus portion of the local Master Gardener class and will do educational programs in the community during the winter months.  My mission is to teach the pubic how to care for cacti and succulents.

     I am the Historian and Ways and Means chairman.  We buy lots of succulents and small cacti and create dish gardens for sale.   Members will come to my house and make cement dish containers and create these beautiful dish gardens.

     I was Chairman of the 2008 AFGC State Convention here in Yuma, and President of the Yuma Garden Club from 2007 to 2015.  I also served as the Western District Director 2008 to 2011.