Joan Werblun is a powerhouse when it comes to volunteering her talents and energy to events here in Galt. What she brings to each event is a lifetime of experience wearing many hats, including educator, registered nurse and florist extraordinaire. But if you ask those who know her well what her greatest attribute is, you’ll hear “Joan has a giving heart.”
Councilman Shawn Farmer said her help at the Sesquicentennial Celebration of Galt was very significant.
“Joan was one of our sesquicentennial committee members and helped with some important details of the event,” Farmer said. “Her help with the historic nurses’ display was greatly appreciated.”
Janis Barsetti Gray, president of the Galt Area Historical Society (GAHS), met Werblun through the Galt District Chamber of Commerce. The relationship bloomed into a mutually beneficial connection for both business and nonprofit volunteering.
“I was looking for a florist to hold floral classes at my tasting room,” Barsetti Gray said. “Joan has been holding monthly classes ever since and continues into 2020.”
As the relationship blossomed, conversations turned to the GAHS and Werblun became a member.
“In 2018, she volunteered to decorate the Rae House Museum for Christmas. She did the same in 2019,” Barsetti Gray said. “She paid for everything herself, including all live flowers as a donation, and all wreaths and some other décor was sold and all proceeds went to the GAHS.”
But Werblun’s involvement didn’t stop there.
“She also chaired our annual Ladies’ Tea at the Rae in 2019, and will do so again in 2020. Again, she absorbed most of the costs,” Barsetti Gray said.
Werblun runs her florist business out of her home with the help of good friend Vickie Larson. Larson also helps her with the decorating for the historical society.
“She is amazing,” Larson said. “Right now, she’s researching birds for the Winter Bird Festival. She’s retired from UC Davis but continues to help nursing students who may be struggling. She has given so much right out of her pocket.”
Council member Paige Lampson said Werblun is very deserving of this honor.
‘I honestly cannot think of a community event that Joan hasn’t been involved with,” Lampson said. “More importantly, Joan gives and gives of her time and resources before each event to make them extra special. She is also an advocate for many medical crises as a former nurse and will often head to Sacramento or Washington, D.C. to advocate for those causes. What a wonderful honor, and I thank Joan for all the many ways she has made life here in Galt extra special.”
Farmer said Werblun’s generosity has made a huge difference in Galt.
“Joan has been amazing in her volunteer work at both the historic Rae and McFarland houses for various events,” Farmer said. “She also generously donated her time and all the arrangements for the holiday displays, and they all turned out amazing! I thank her for her commitment to the historic places of Galt and her time volunteering for our little community, and I congratulate her.”