By CHERIL VERNON
A Palestine native will be installed as the president-elect of the Texas Garden Clubs Inc. later this month.
Carol Anderson Moore, who has been a member of the Pionette Garden Club of Palestine for 42 years, will be installed as the Vice President of Finance/President-Elect at the Texas Garden Club Inc.’s state convention April 24 in College Station. She will serve as president-elect from 2013 to 2015, then will serve as president in 2015-17.
“I enjoy my garden club work and being around the people,” Moore told the Herald-Press this week.
Moore is the second person from Palestine to become president of the state organization, as Palestine resident Betty Johnson served in the past.
Currently, Moore is vice president of awards for the Texas Garden Clubs Inc. and will be handing out more than 500 awards during the state convention on April 22.
“This is my second year to do the awards. It’s time consuming but I enjoy it,” Moore said.
The Texas Garden Club Inc. is an organization made up of 10,550 members spread out over 10 districts. Moore previously served as a District III Director in the 1980s.
“I’ve worked my way up via my district,” Moore said.
Besides her membership in the Pionette Garden Club in Palestine, where she has served as president in 1976-78 and 1992-93, Moore also belongs to other clubs in East Texas. She is a member of the Azalea Garden Club in Tyler, president of the Grapeland Garden Club, president of the Pine Tree Garden Club in Lufkin and president of the Lufkin Council of Garden Clubs.
“I stay on the road — lots of traveling,” Moore said about her membership in multiple garden clubs. “As president, I will do even more traveling — going to district conventions, regional conventions and national conventions and visiting all 10 districts.”
Moore, the daughter of the late K.A. and Lois Anderson, is a 1962 graduate of Palestine High School. She graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1965.
She moved to Lufkin with her husband Raymond Moore in December 1995. She returned to Palestine in October 2012 after her husband of 16 1/2 years passed away.
Moore has two sons and daughters-in-laws, Brad and Jana McKelvey of Austin and Doug and Cathy McKelvey of South Lake; and six grandchildren. Her sister, Kay Hable, lives in Corsicana.
Moore is a member of First United Methodist Church of Palestine and Harvey Woman’s Club.
“I enjoy the wildflowers and my yard, especially my Japanese maple,” Moore said.
In her spare time, Moore collects ceramic hippos.