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West Central District includes Bates, Benton, Cass, Henry, Hickory, Jackson, Johnson, Lafayette, Pettis, Saline and St. Clair counties.

The West Central Districts mission is to coordinate the interests and activities of our garden clubs and bring its members together in an effort to achieve the objectives of the Federated Garden Clubs of Missouri (FGCM). 

Revised 09/17 

2018/2019 Officers

Judy Gudde  Director
Cindy Keesler  1st Assistant
 Rose Bailey-Hammock  2nd Assistant
 Donna Freese  Secretary
  Libby Noland  Treasurer

FGCM President Karen Blackmore installing Director Judy Gudde

Inspired by Paul Harvey's "So God Made a Farmer" our former director, Joan Bowen, wrote

And on the 8th day, God looked down and said, "I need help taking care of this paradise called earth." So God made a gardener.
God said, "I need somebody willing to get up before dawn, go out and pull weeds before it gets too hot, then go pull more at a community garden.” So God made a gardener.

God said "I need somebody with arms strong enough to wrestle a 50 lb bag of mulch and a spirit gentle enough to watch over a nest of baby birds.’” So God made a gardener.

God said, "I need somebody willing to plant seeds, water and tend them, then watch them fail and say, 'Maybe next year. " So God made a gardener.

God said, "I need somebody who takes flowers and creates beautiful designs for flower shows to show people what can be done with imagination and creativity.” So God made a gardener.

God said, “I need someone who will gather a bouquet together and take it to church to put on the altar on Sunday. Someone who will take flowers to the sick and to the nursing homes for a note of cheer.” So God made a gardener.

God said, "I need somebody who will build blue bird boxes and put out string for the birds to build nests and who would rather spend their money for sunflower seeds and mealy worms than for a meal out for themselves.” So God made a gardener. 
God said, “I need someone to plant trees and care for forests and orchards, prairies and marshes; someone to make sure streams, lakes and rivers are kept clean and free flowing” so God made a gardener.

God said, “I need someone to watch over the bees and the butterflies and the bats and the birds” so God made a gardener.

God said, “I need a lover of all My weathers – who loves rain for replenishing the earth and all its growing things; the sun for its strengthening/nourishing powers; snow that blankets our future flowers and keeps them warm and safe during their long winter's sleep; wind and breezes that scatter seeds far and wide.” So God made a gardener

And when the sun is setting and it is time to rest, my gardeners will know that they are blessed to have made their mark by creating a place better and more beautiful than when they first found it. And they will consider that is their reward for being a gardener.

And all is good.

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Helen Simon is honored

2006 dedication at Warrensburg Veterans Home

Plant Sale inspection and fee information
from Judy Sheets, FGCM President
This is official from Dr. John Hagler, head of the MDA, do not pay the plant license. At my suggestion, our state organization is going to pay a yearly fee for a license "umbrella" that will cover all clubs in our organization. No club will pay the $25 fee for each plant sale. All clubs will submit the date and location of their plant sale to our state, we will give the list to MDA, and they may or may not come to the sale to check plants for bugs, disease, and bio-terrorism. Dr. Hagler is right now writing this new amendment to the plant law to cover not-for-profit organizations.
I spent the afternoon on the phone working this out. I assured him that our federation has no objection to our plants being examined. We have protected our state since 1935 and will continue to do so.


Jo ready,
Oct 28, 2017, 9:06 AM
Jo ready,
Oct 28, 2017, 9:05 AM
Jo ready,
Sep 7, 2016, 8:25 AM