MAKING A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE - Choices Matter
Linda G. Nelson of Oregon was elected National President at the National Convention to serve a 2 year term: 2013-2015. Clubs in Garden Club of Illinois are encouraged to familiarize themselves with her special projects and participate in one or several of them. Please read instructions carefully as to submission rules.
The 2013-2015 President's Two-Year Special Project, "Making A World of Difference - Choices Matter" will open new doors for in-depth and creative learning, and educational opportunities centered on the natural resources of planet earth - our air, water, forest, land and wildlife. It is important that members of National Garden Club, Inc. promote education as the "Key" in making responsible decisions for today and tomorrow. Educated garden club members are responsible stewards, who then are able to make wise choices for saving and protecting our Planet Earth and its natural resources.
The Special Project is divided into two categories for awarding purposes -- States and Clubs. Both states and clubs will have equal opportunities to participate. Through generous grants, National Garden Clubs, Inc. will present monetary awards and certificates recognizing outstanding achievements for projects in each named category. A project award application will be required and simple rules followed. Book of Evidence deadline is March 31, 2015. No exceptions. Application and rules will be published in many venues. Also visit www.gardenclub.org.
Research and scientific sources of educational and other types of information on air, water, forest, land and wildlife should be requested from the related Chairmen who serve on the project committee. National Garden Clubs, Inc. Chairmen representing related areas of interest are also readily available. General project information should be obtained from the Special Project Coordinator.
Familiarize yourselves and follow carefully application procedures for awards that are available to both State and member clubs. Refer to full details under Forms entitled "Making a World of Difference."
BIRDS AND BUTTERFLIES
Garden clubs are urged to establish
bird and butterfly sanctuaries and gardens in cooperation
with other community organizations. Individual garden
club members are also encouraged to garden and plant
for wildlife and create butterfly habitat in their individual
yards. Other activities for club members include setting
up bluebird trails and creating bluebird housing and/or
nest boxes. Wood duck boxes can be placed in wetlands.
Clubs use bird and butterfly themes in educational exhibits
at flower shows. Clubs also collect canceled commemorative
and foreign stamps from members on behalf of Illinois
Audubon Society. Illinois Audubon Society sells the
stamps and the profits help fund Nature Preserves in
Stamps may be mailed attn. the Birds and Butterflies Chairman to The Garden Clubs of IL., Headquarters
188 Industrial Drive, Ste. 120, Elmhurst, IL 60126-1608.
BLUE STAR MEMORIAL MARKERS
The price for Blue Star Markers is $1200, until May 2010. Blue Star Plaques are $395.
“The Blue Stars Over Illinois” book,
written by state chairman Kathleen Rewerts, is now available
from Headquarters or contact Kathy, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is a wonderful source of information on the state’s
Blue Star Program through the years. Cost of the book
is $10. Proceeds will be placed in the Blue Star Marker
Sharing our love of gardening with others
is possible in many ways. All garden clubs are asked
to include at least one garden therapy project in their
year's programs. Opportunities for garden therapy exist
in every community - at senior citizen centers and apartments,
institutions for the handicapped and learning disabled,
nursing homes, hospitals, churches, and even with a
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
National Garden Clubs has formed a partnership
with Habitat for Humanity. Garden clubs throughout Illinois
are working with local groups in many ways, providing
landscape advice and help, monetary contributions, donations
of plant materials and the-like. This has become a worthwhile
and exceedingly successful project involving "team work"
and community service.
HISTORIC TRAILS AND PRESERVATION
Garden club members seek out historical
areas and landmarks in all areas of the state and work
toward their preservation. Some places which can be
restored or preserved include historic buildings and
homes, cemeteries, gardens, and trails. Many clubs have
discovered that working with local historical societies,
civic groups, and governmental agencies helps them to
achieve their goals.
We are putting more horticulture back
into garden clubs. In order to accomplish this, the
Horticulture Chairman in Illinois regularly supplies
an article on all phases of growing plants for GARDENGlories.
Clubs spotlight horticulture at their meetings, involving
plant exchanges, information on the newest varieties,
question and answer forums, and knowledgeable speakers.
We are truly gardening organization!
Operation Wildflower is a National Garden
Clubs, Inc. project dedicated to the beautification
of roadsides and other approved sites. The purpose of
the program is to promote greater knowledge of native
plants - their beauty and conservation.
Operation Wildflower in Illinois brings
together The Garden Clubs of Illinois, Inc., the Illinois
Department of Transportation, the Department of Conservation,
The World Gardening Program was originated
by National Garden Clubs, Inc. in 1947 as "Seeds of
Peace." Helping people help themselves is the key element
of the World Gardening Program. Money is used to educate
and provide the necessary seeds and tools.
Funds collected for the "Natural Disasters"
World Gardening project is used to alleviate suffering
caused by such natural disasters as flood, hurricane,
and the-like, both in the United States and abroad.
Our Youth Activities programs cover
students from pre-school through high school. A youth
garden club must be sponsored by an adult member club
of The Garden Clubs of Illinois, Inc. The minimum number
of meetings is six (6), and the minimum number of meetings
a year is five (5). Youth garden clubs work in elementary
schools, children's homes, churches, etc.; as well as
with scouts, 4-H clubs and campfire groups. Programs
include a variety of activities with emphasis on horticulture,
conservation, nature study, civic plantings and flower
shows. Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl Poster Contests are
sponsored each year by National Garden Clubs, Inc. in
cooperation with the National Forestry Service. Other
poster and poetry contests are also offered to interested
young people. Details are available from the GCI Youth
Details concerning the organization
of Junior, Intermediate and High School garden clubs
can be obtained from the Youth Activities Chairman whose
name and address can be found on the inside cover of