After halting last year’s fundraiser, Cartersville Service League members are thrilled to see the return of their Fern Sale. Orders currently are being accepted to obtain these plants, which in turn help support charities across Bartow.
“Canceling the Fern Sale last year was so difficult,” CSL President Leslie Mauldin said. “As indicated by our increased revenue each year, everyone in the community really does love these ferns. So, there was definitely [disappointment] expressed but, given the onset of the COVID epidemic, everyone understood.
“This year, knowing more on how to handle COVID, we are very excited to get back to normal and offer our fern fundraiser back to the public. Fern chairs, Lizzi Galland and Leslie McMillan, are bringing a great positive energy and excitement to this year’s fern sales. We are thrilled to make our supporters happy by delivering these beautiful plants to their porches on April 22 — Earth Day, no less!”
As in past years, the sale features two specimens: a 10-inch hanging Boston fern and a 2-gallon sword fern. They each cost $17. Those interested may place orders through March 29. Fifty percent of a patron’s entire order is tax deductible.
“We really enjoy getting to deliver the flowers all around the community,” Galland said. “Seeing the smiling faces of the community when we drop off the flowers makes us excited because they are excited for the flowers and for what their purchase has done for the community.”
Established in the early 1940s, CSL is comprised of Bartow County women, who serve six-year terms, raise money for local charities and volunteer at least 60 hours annually.
“Serving Cartersville/Bartow County since 1941, Cartersville Service League has a deep history and long-standing dedication to serve and strengthen Bartow County,” Mauldin said. “Cartersville Service League is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization made up of 33 women who have been committed to the goal of fostering and promoting involvement in and support for the social, economic, educational, cultural and civic organizations of Bartow County for 78 years.
“We are a compilation of single ladies, working women and stay-at-home moms all with hearts geared toward service. Our Fern Sale is one of the many examples on how we meet our mission. It is the fundraising 'kick off' of the new CSL year and with our successful sales each year we know we can better serve our great community.”
With the public’s assistance, Cartersville Service League distributed $43,415 in spring 2020 to over 25 organizations — Advocates for Children, Bartow Christmas Coalition, Bartow Education Foundation, Bartow Family Resources, Bartow History Museum, Bartow County Juvenile Court, Bartow County Library System, Bartow Literacy Council, BLESS Coalition, Boys & Girls Clubs of Bartow County, Building Bridges Across Bartow County, Cartersville Medical Center Project SEARCH, Etowah Scholarship Foundation, Hands of Christ’s Douglas Street UMC and First Presbyterian Church locations, Guardian Angels Program — St. Francis of Assisi, Good Neighbor Homeless Shelter, REACH Georgia Bartow County, Bartow County Shop With a Hero, Steps of Faith Dance Company scholarships, The Bookmobile, Tranquility House, Cartersville Schools Foundation’s Mentor Canes, Footprints on the Heart, Hickory Log Vocational School, Special Olympics, Recovery Bartow and The Hope Center Foundation.
“The pandemic has definitely impacted our fundraising efforts this past year,” Mauldin said. “Of course, our entire community has been affected financially and personally.
“As a result, we knew this year would be a challenge, but we stayed strong, focused and got creative through social media for the better good. For example, CSL sponsorship chair, Kathy Hall, and our public relations chair, Danielle Graham, have worked together on connecting with our supporters through social media outlets along with mail and phone calls.”
Promoted on Facebook and Instagram, CSL is striving to generate $12,000 in sponsorship fundraising by March 11.
“We have tried to be sensitive to the hardships so many have endured this year with the pandemic but hope by promoting our needs through our social media outlets, [it] will allow those that are able to support us and, most importantly, support those in our community that need our help,” she said.
Further details about the Fern Sale can be obtained by visiting www.cartersvilleserviceleague.org.