Green Thumb Garden Club

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Club Awards

  2016 Presidential Citation

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.

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2015 Presidential Citation
The Green Thumb Garden Club 2015 Presidential Citation is proudly
presented to Sandra Smet.
Sandra has been an active member of the Green Thumb Garden Club since
1991. She is a tireless recruiter for new membership, always talking about the
club and our activities with everyone she meets and inviting them to come try
us out.
Sandra is very active in the GTGC, both serving as past President and Vice
President, but also on many committees such as our flower shows, garden
therapy, butterfly garden, historical, financial, and ways and means. She has a
special place in her heart for children in the garden and helps to encourage a
child's love of gardening by participating in High Interest Day at Lakeshore
Elementary School. Here the children get to plant cannas grown from Sandra's
own garden as well learn about the benefits of gardening and plant care. She
also participates in Prairie Fest at the Godfried Arboretum each July where the
children get to plant using shoes as their container.
Sandra promotes National Garden week and our club activities throughout
Fond du lac and can always be counted on to contribute a gift basket to the
District Convention. She, along with her husband Jim, have opened their home
to our annual plant sale, devoting many long hours to setting up, maintaining,
and caring for the many donated plants that we sell each spring. Without her
hard work on behalf of our Plant Sale, the Green Thumb Garden Club would
not be able to donate money to scholarships for students pursuing a career in
Sandra also donates many hours to helping put together our yearbook each
spring; a big job appreciated by all of our members. For the past 2 years
Sandra has been Vice President, filling in for me when I am unable to attend a
meeting and going to state and district meetings in my place. Her willingness
to help out and step in wherever needed is one of her best qualities. The Green
Thumb Garden Club is lucky to call Sandra Smet a member and very proud to
award her the Presidential Citation.
Vicky Melius




The 2014 Presidential Citation is proudly given to:

 Elaine Miller

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.

                                      President, Vicky Melius

Presidential Citation

Green Thumb Garden Club

The 2013 Presidential Citation Award is proudly given to     

 Gerda Strupp.

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.
  • Sandra Smet, member of Green Thumb Garden Club received a WGCF Presidential Citation from Lucy Valitchka on April 17, 2009 for her outstanding work on being the local chair for Gardening Study Course III and Course IV, Series V and VI held in Fond du Lac on May 19th & 20th and October 8th & 9th, 2008.
  • Green Thumb Garden Club 2008-2009 year book received 1st place at the WGCF 82nd Annual Convention.  Many thanks to our new Yearbook Editor, Diane Bloedorn who accepted the challenge to create an educational, informative and colorful year book, that every member is proud to share with their friends and family.

2009 Scholarship Awards

  1. Elizabeth Schneider – She has completed her freshman year at Colby College in Maine where she is studying environmental science with an emphasis on conservation biology. This is her second Green Thumb Scholarship Award.
  2. Christopher Shesky – He is a senior at Laconia High School and will be attending Fox Valley Technical College where he will be studying in the Natural Resources Department. He is especially interested in the Colony Collapse Disorder effecting bees and wishes to study wildlife and the environment.
  3. Joseph Bertram – He is a senior at Fond du Lac High School and will be attending UW-Madison to study landscape architecture.


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