GCI District VII

Treasurer Lynn Love, Secretary Jeanne Wacker, GCI First Vice-President Carol Ohrn, Director Marilyn Ellis, and Assistant Director Linda Karraker

Members listening to committee reports.

District VII of the Garden Clubs of Illinois, Inc., meets twice a year on the fourth Thursday of March and the fourth Thursday of October in locations selected by the member clubs on a rotating basis .

Message from Marilyn Krueger, GCI President

The Garden Clubs of Illinois, Inc.

District VII Annual Spring Meeting

First Christian Church, Metropolis

March 26, 2020 (Cancelled due to Coronavirus 2019)

President’s Report

It is always a pleasure to spend time with garden club members in District VII. You put into action the goals of The Garden Clubs of Illinois, Inc. and National Garden Clubs, Inc. Your enthusiasm as you share your plants, time, labor and knowledge throughout your communities is remarkable! Your clubs take advantage of the resources in southern Illinois and take delightful trips to special places nearby. Your clubs are open to new ideas, such as hosting evening meetings, and are ever vigilant about the needs of the people in your communities. You take such good care of your gardens and plantings that bring bounty and beauty to your neighbors. You reach out beyond your borders as you collect money for the national project, “Penny Pines,” to help replace damaged trees. I congratulate you on all that you do and I am impressed at how industrious and generous you are!

As Youth Activities Chairman of GCI, I appreciate your participation in the Youth Contests and the activities that your clubs plan that include and inspire children. Keep up the good work!

I encourage you to attend the GCI Summer Meeting on Monday, July 13 in Champaign. Since our Annual Convention was cancelled because of the virus, we have invited our National President, Gay Austin, to attend. She looks forward to meeting us and installing our new state officers. Awards will be distributed and District IV has planned a wonderful event. Tori Corkery, District IV Chairman, and her committee have planned fun activities for Sunday afternoon, too, so come on Sunday and make some new garden club friends. Details will be in the next GardenGlories.

I look forward to seeing you soon!

Marilyn Krueger, President 2019-21

The Garden Clubs of Illinois, Inc.

“Plant America While Encouraging New Gardeners”

The district has 10 active clubs. Click on club names for more information. Club president reports, normally given at each district meeting, are found in the attachments section of each club's page.

Anna-Jo Garden Club

Benton Garden Club (disbanded)

Carbondale Garden Study Club

DuQuoin Garden Club

Eldorado Garden Study Club

Evergreen Garden Club of Carbondale

Evergreen Garden Club of Harrisburg (disbanded)

Garden Gate Garden Club of Benton

Garden Gate Garden Club of Carterville (disbanded)

Garden Glories Garden Club of Mt Vernon (disbanded)

Marion Garden Club

Metropolis Garden Club

Thompsonville Garden Club (disbanded)

Town & Country Gardeners of Benton

Lincoln Land Association of Bird Banders Stamp Committee

Award Reports

Bees, Birds and Butterflies Committee

Blue Star Marker

District VII By-Laws

District VII Meeting Budgets Please read if you are hosting a district meeting.

District VII Meeting Minutes

District VII Newsletters

Flower Show Committee

Garden Therapy Committee

GCI Award Application

GCI Board Minutes


Youth Committee

Upcoming Events