2019 Presidential Citation Presented to *Diane Ladvig*
The Green Thumb Garden Club 2019 Presidential Citation is proudly presented to Diane Ladwig
Diane has been an active member of Green Thumb Garden Club for 12 years. She has held office of Treasurer and presently is our very efficient Secretary. She makes sure that our members that can not make our meetings get out monthly meeting minutes. Diane has shown her talent at Flower Design over the years at our Flower and Horticulture Shows. She also exhibits her talent for Design at the Fond du Lac County Fair and has won many Blue Ribbons.
Diane has donated plants and garden art for our Plant Sale events over the years. She has helped at the Plant Sale and with Garden Therapy at Nursing Homes.
Thank you Diane for sharing your love of gardening with your friends at Green Thumb.
Green Thumb Garden Club Receives 1st Place for Yearbook with Wisconsin Garden Club Federation 2018-2019
Green Thumb Garden Club received 1st place at the Wisconsin Garden Club Federation for their 2018-2019 yearbook. Many thanks to Diane Bloedorn for her tireless efforts in editing, compiling and printing our yearbooks and many thanks to Sandra Smet who helped with all the information that made this award winning yearbook possible.
2018 Presidential Citation Presented tp *Sun Paulick"
This year the Green Thumb Garden Club 2018 Presidential Citation is proudly given to Sun Paulick
Green Thumb Garden Club hosted a Flower Show at the Fond du Lac Public Library and that was where Sun Paulick found us. This was 12 years ago. Sun brought a lot of Sunshine to our club over the years. Sun is a wonderful gardener and loves to share with others. Many of our members have plants growing in their gardens that are from Sun’s garden. Sun does beautiful designs and outstanding Horticulture for our Flower Shows. She had helped over the years with Garden Therapy at Nursing Homes. She always donates plants for our Annual Plant Sale and helps at the sale. Sun has also given interesting programs throughout the years. Sun definitely knows how to “Share the Love of Gardening”
Awarded by Sandra Smet, President
2017 Presidential Citation Presented tp *Mary Behlke*
The Green Thumb Garden Club 2017 Presidential Citation is proudly presented to Mary Behlke.
Mary has been a member of Green Thumb Garden Club for 10 years.I made friends with Mary at my work place. We had flowers in common. Iasked Mary to join out club and she said after I retire from my job. Mary donated plants to Green Thumbs Annual Plant Sale before she was a member and helped at the sale. She donated many plants over the years.Each year Mary assisted Diane Bloedorn at the checkout table. She has presented programs to our club and served on the Refreshment Committees. Mary helped over the years with Garden Therapy at the Nursing Homes. Her garden was on one of our first Round Robin Garden Walks.
Mary always has designs for our clubs Flower Shows. She also brought her granddaughter and showed a design at our children's Flower Show. Mary has made many new friends in our club. She shares from her garden, just like I do. If you come to visit her garden, you will most likely go home with a new plant. Mary definitely knows how to “Share the Love of Gardening”.
Awarded by Sandra Smet, President
2016 Presidential Citation *Karen Witucke*
The Green Thumb Garden Club 2016 Presidential Citation is proudly presented to Karen Witucke.
Karen has been a member of the GTGC for only 5 years but she has been a great addition to our club and a great friend to everyone she meets. Karen started donating plants to our Annual Plant Sale before she was even a member. Long time member Elaine Miller asked Karen to join. Karen works very hard on plant sale, finding plants from friends to donate along with potting sale and helping to pot up the plants, helping to clean up the area used for the plant sale and assisting Sandi with her garden when health issues kept her down.
Karen also helps plan the yearbook programs and gives some of the programs as well. She has served on the refreshment committee many times. Karen started the Garden Therapy program at Lakeview Place and has inspired other members to help out. She attended the WGCF State Convection and learned more about the makeup of the Wisconsin Garden Club Federation. Karen has attended many Fox River Valley District Meetings and enjoys all the speakers that present at those meeting. She has enjoyed making new friends. Karen also plants and maintains the beautiful gardens on the grounds of Sacred Heart Church in Fond du Lac.
The Green Thumb Garden Club is lucky to have Karen Witucke as a contributing member of our club and very proud to award her the Presidential Citation.
2015 Presidential Citation *Sandra Smet*
The 2014 Presidential Citation is proudly given to:
Elaine has been an active member of the Green Thumb Garden Club since 2001. Elaine has always loved growing things and nature. When she retired from her nursing career she joined Green Thumb Garden Club, but that didn’t keep Elaine from caring for her many dear friends in time of need.
Elaine has served as our Club Secretary for at least eight years. She sends the minutes to our members that can’t make our meetings. Each member receives a birthday card from Green Thumb (Elaine) each year.
Elaine is the chair for the spring cleanup at Manor Care (nursing Home) gardens, and maintains them throughout the summer. This started over 10 years ago. Elaine also helps with Garden Therapy at the other four Nursing Homes we work with. Elaine always finds something in her garden to be creative with for our Flower Shows. She also serves on the Youth Outreach projects we do. And she serves on the Telephone Committee. If you need a ride to a meeting or go on a Garden Tour, Elaine will be there to pick you up and bring you home again. Every club would be lucky if they had a caring member like Elaine.
Awarded by Vicky Melius,President,
Green Thumb Garden Club
The 2013 Presidential Citation Award is proudly given to
Gerda has been an active member of the Green Thumb Garden Club since 1956. That makes Gerda the member with the most years in our club. In that time she has proudly served on many of our club committees. Over 21 years ago she was the chairman of our Butterfly Garden at Lakeside Park, when the garden was started and it has grown since then. She has helped decorate the Galloway House for Christmas tours for many years. Gerda helped with the Bird Sanctuary at James Otis School many years ago. More recently Gerda has served on the Green Thumb Scholarship Committee for the past six years. She has also served on the Finance Committee and our Arbor Day Chairman. For years she has put together our summer tours and members always had a great time. Gerda also served as hostess for meetings at the Galloway grounds, Lakeside Park Gazebo and the Fond du Lac Senior Center, to name a few.
Gerda has attended many Fox River Valley District meetings and WGCF State Conventions. Her love of Gardening has touched many of the members lives in our club and our community. For many years she has served on the FDL County Beauty Council. She helps plan the Arbor Day Dinners each year. She serves on the committee that chooses the FDL County Beautification Award each year.
Gerda has given much to the Green Thumb Garden Club and our community. I am proud to acknowledge her with the 2012 Presidential Citation.
Green Thumb Garden Club received the WGCF State Award #33. The Knox Visibility Award for the book of evidence, covering the clubs two events that get the most public visibility from January 2008 to December 2008. The Book was prepared by Sandra Smet and Sharon Stoffel.
2009 Scholarship Awards