Duties and Job Descriptions of the Committees of the Cape Cod Hydrangea Society


Past President of the Cape Cod Hydrangea Society, Mal Condon, is the Curator of Hydrangeas at Heritage Museum & Gardens. He oversees the collections and their maintenance. Heritage Museums & Gardens is home to a national hydrangea test garden when new hybrid varieties of hydrangeas are being planted, grown and studied by professional growing experts from across the country. The North American Hydrangea Test Garden is the most comprehensive collection in the United States. The test garden continues Heritage’s collaboration with The Cape Cod Hydrangea Society, begun in 2008 when 150 cultivars and species were planted.

Display Garden

The Display Garden maintenance coordinator shall communicate Display Garden information, maintenance tasks and activities with Mal Condon, Curator of Hydrangeas at Heritage Museum and Gardens. They shall schedule and organize maintenance team work to reach the goal of having a world class hydrangea collection.

They shall prepare the work schedule with dates for the coming year in October and announce it at the fall meeting. They shall inform the Newsletter Editor and the Website Chairman for posting. An article should be submitted to the Newsletter Editor for the spring and fall newsletters. Deadline is the end of April for spring and end of October for fall.

Workdays shall be every Wednesday 9:30AM to Noon in April and May. Maintenance is scheduled every other Wednesday during June, July, August and September. In October hydrangea blooms are dried to decorate two Christmas trees in November for Gardens Aglow. Allie Mulrow is the contact for Gardens Aglow at Heritage.

The Coordinator shall communicate with the maintenance team before each work day, with weather cancellations and HMG volunteer appreciation events.

The Coordinator shall collect yearly CORI forms and workday sign in/out sheets and deliver both to Iris Clearwater at HMG.

The Coordinator shall update the membership on Display Garden activities at the general CCHS meetings. …and have a great time working and learning in the Display Garden with fellow CCHS members!


The Chairperson shall coordinate with the Ways & Means Chairperson to identify houses on the tour and shall develop a spreadsheet of all shifts for Member Gardens and Heritage Gardens and have the Membership Director email a copy to Members with requests to sign-up. A follow-up should be done on a biweekly or weekly schedule.

The Chairperson shall communicate with Member Garden homeowners to verify information needed for tour. One week before the tour, the Chairperson shall meet with the docents, either in person or via Zoom, to describe docent information. The Chairperson shall ensure that each shift has appropriate instructions and materials. The Chairperson shall coordinate the process for end of day tally, movement of money and return of material provided.

The Chairperson shall be available during Hydrangea Festival week to be able to fill in shifts, visit gardens and resolve issues that arise.


The role of the Historian is to record any events that significantly impact the operation of CCHS.

Hydrangea University

Hydrangea University is the premier event for the CCHS Festival. It is held on the first day of the Festival. CCHS partners with HMG.

The Chairperson is responsible for booking three speakers for the event, obtaining hydrangea plants donated by the nurseries (200 plants), procuring and collecting items for the “swag bag” by sending out request letters to past sponsors and a different letter to new sponsors and following up with a phone call.

The Chairperson is responsible for ordering tote bags (for “swag bags”) and items with CCHS logo and information on CCHS garden tours and display garden. The Chairperson shall order snacks for the two hundred attendees. The bags should be picked up the day before the event. CCHS volunteers (4-6 people) shall fill the bags and package snacks the day before Hydrangea University. CCHS volunteers (4) shall check in attendees and distribute “swag bags” and snacks the day of Hydrangea University. Volunteers (3) shall oversee the hydrangea plant distribution to attendees.

The Chairperson shall have continual communications with Heritage, sponsors, volunteers, speakers, CCHS members and the CCHS Board.

After Hydrangea University, the Chairperson shall assure all receipts are compensated from the CCHS Treasurer, create detailed expense reports and submit them to Heritage for final reconciliation and compensation.

The Chairperson shall send thank you notes to all sponsors.


The Newsletter Editor is responsible for publishing the Society’s e-newsletter on a quarterly basis. Specific duties include:

  • Determining appropriate and timely articles, photos and information to be included in each newsletter.
  • Asking members and non-members to write articles and provide photos.
  • Establishing submission deadlines for articles and sending out deadline reminders to contributors.
  • Writing articles that others are not willing to write.
  • Editing articles for length, proper grammar, etc.
  • Working with a graphic artist on the layout of each issue
  • Sending each finished e-newsletter to the Society’s Membership Director for distribution.


All members of the (Board) Nominating Committee are required to identify potential candidates for current or upcoming vacancies and to work diligently toward attracting and securing top talent. Their duties include identifying, recruiting, screening and interviewing candidates for Board and Committee Head leadership positions. The President/Co-Presidents should not appoint this committee nor be a member of it, ex officio or otherwise. The Nominating Committee and its Chair fall under the umbrella of the Executive Board position of Membership, as defined in the Bylaws.


The Committee is responsible for managing publicity for CCHS and determining ways to share events of our society through various forms of media and to share with the Cape Cod community our mission statement, special events, the Hydrangea Festival, member garden tours and our partnership with Heritage Museum and Gardens.

Social Affairs

The Social Affairs Chairperson shall provide refreshments, setup and clean up for the fall and spring member meetings. The Chairman shall check on and refresh supplies.

The Social Affairs Chairperson shall arrange a date and venue for “Wine in the Garden” in July or August; send out invitations one month ahead; keep a list of members attending and what they are bringing; get volunteers to help serve, pour, set up and clean up; and check supplies and order wine and beverages.

The Social Affairs Chairperson shall (usually in August) arrange the date and venue for the winter Pot Luck; send out invitations one month in advance; keep a record of who is attending and what they are bringing; check supplies and replenish as needed; and get volunteers for set up and clean up.

The Social Affairs Chairperson shall arrange for the annual dinner, held in October; arrange the venue and menu and record who attends.

Social Media

The Chairperson shall update the Facebook page and answer questions posed there.


Sponsors are solicited to help fund Hydrangea University.

The Sponsor Chairperson shall update the previous year’s sponsor list to reflect; 1. previous sponsors and 2. potential new sponsors.

The Sponsor Chairperson shall develop a schedule for the sponsorship process; develop undated sponsorship letters for 1 and 2 above; create specific sponsorship letters, purchase stationary and mail in early February. The Chairperson shall assign volunteers to help with follow up calls; coordinate with volunteer to manage items for “swag bags”; coordinate with Treasurer to identify sponsor applications received; track all responses on a spreadsheet; receive sponsor logos and forward to Hydrangea University Chairperson to send to Heritage for advertising; assist HU Chairperson and “swag bag” volunteers to stuff “swag bags”.

The Sponsor Chairperson shall , upon completion of Hydrangea University, send thank you notes to sponsors and volunteers.

Speakers Bureau

Committee description coming soon


The Technology Committee is responsible for the technical portion (audio and visual) setup for the presentations at the spring and fall meetings.

Ways and Means

The primary responsibility of the Chairperson of the Ways and Means Committee is over all revenue generating events for the CCHS. The two major events are Hydrangea University and the Hydrangea Festival Garden tours.

The Chairperson shall organize the CCHS member tour gardens for the Festival. This includes emailing, phone calls, and garden visits. Communication with the Festival sponsor, The Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce, is required and involves site description write-ups and related support. The Chairperson also works with the Docent Chairperson to assist with tour assignments. Also, raffles at the CCHS business meetings are an occasional task.


The Website Chairperson needs to communicate updates for the website to Fishnet NewMedia. These updates include member lists, newsletters, minutes and events.

The Chairperson shall read Gmail emails daily and either answer them or send them to the Presidents or Mal Condon.

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