Keeping Auburn beautiful is a daunting task, but the Auburn Beautification Council is up to the challenge. According to their website, the council is made up of people who have a shared goal of making Auburn “a cleaner, healthier, safer, and more beautiful Auburn to live in, work in, and visit.”
The council works to maintain a number of locations including the Auburn Floral Trail in the spring, Auburn's downtown lamppost baskets, the Rouse-Corley Garden at Kiesel Park, the gardens at the historic Nunn-Winston House and the gardens at Town Creek Cemetery.
In addition to maintaining these locations, the council also rewards local businesses and residents for their part in keeping Auburn beautiful. Residents or local businesses can be nominated by anyone and then a committee within the council evaluates those nominations on a number of criteria. Awards are given out annually and winners are presented with a ribbon for their business or a sign for their yard.
The Auburn Beautification Council is a non-profit organization
and operates on donations, membership fees and annual fundraisers. The council holds an annual wine and cheese fundraiser in the spring and a plant sale where they sell mums and pansies held in the fall. (Photo, right: Auburn Beautification)
Anyone who shares a common goal of keeping Auburn beautiful is welcome to join. The council welcomes anyone from the occasional visitor for game days to residents who have lived here for years. You do not have to have a permanent residence to join. The council also encourages students to join by offering a discounted student membership fee.
You can join either as a member or a supporter of the council. A supporter pays the membership fees, but does not attend meetings. A member is more active in the council and attends meetings that are held every third Wednesday of every month at the Harris Center. Businesses and organizations are welcome to join as supporters as well.
Former president Nancy Bendinger has been a member on the council for over 7 years. In addition to raising her daughter and volunteering her time to numerous organizations, Mrs. Bendinger also works as a local realtor in the Auburn community.
Bendinger has held numerous positions throughout her time on the council. She is currently acting as the council’s historian. She says that every council member contributes equally which is why she feel comfortable serving in any position.
“I am willing to serve because I know there will always be a great group to work with,” Bendinger said. “I know that everyone will do their part and we will get along very well.” (Photo, left: Auburn Beautification)
She believes that the work that the council does is vital to keeping Auburn a wonderful place to live. Bendinger tries to involve her 6-year-old daughter any way she can. Her daughter helps with the plant sale and any special events for the council.
“She’s really into recycling, not littering and keeping the planet beautiful,” Bendinger said. “Hopefully the work we do now will translate as the years go on into her wanting to be involved too.”
Membership meetings are held every third Wednesday of every month except for July and December. Meetings are held at the Harris Center across from the post office and begin at 11:30 a.m. and end at 12:30 p.m. Lunch is provided and anyone is welcome to attend.
The Auburn Beautification Council are accepting members now. If you would like to become a member or find out more information, please visit their website here: Auburn Beautification Council.
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