May 31 2024

Celebrating Billie!

Posted at 11:04 am under Kruse House,Meetings

Billie Childress with large cake covered in real flowers.

This amazing cake was courtesy of member Marilyn Santos McNabb

Originally posted on our Facebook page by our Publicity Director, Ruth Gauss.

At our club meeting last week we celebrated a very special moment. Billie Childress was given a Lifetime Membership to the club in recognition for all of her hours of service and dedication. We hope you were in attendance, but if not here are some information that our club president, Dan Beebe, shared about Billie’s time as a club member.

First seen on a 2002 Membership list (22 years), she jumped right in volunteering for the club.

In the last 22 years, Billie has been:

  • Club President
  • Vice President
  • Program Director
  • Plant Sale – Plant Acquisition & Digging Squad
  • Workshop Presenter
  • Public Art Coordinator
  • Kruse House Garden Coordinator w/ Angie Sadauskus (starting 2007)
  • Kruse House Garden Chair on the board once it became a position until her “retirement” at the end of 2023

Photo of Marilyn, Dan & Billie with the rapidly disappearing cake.For the Kruse House Garden, she has been Landscape Architect, Gardener, & an overall advocate. Billie, along with her dedicated crew of Kruse House Gardeners, was instrumental in making the garden into what you see today.

Tonight, I am pleased to announce, on behalf of the club’s board of directors and general membership that Billie Childress has been granted a Lifetime Membership in the West Chicago Garden Club.

Billie receiving a certificate giving her a lifetime membership.In addition, the club has purchased a bench, to be installed later this year in a West Chicago Park District Park. This bench will bear the following inscription:

Honoring Billie Childress
for her passionate service
to the Kruse House Garden
and West Chicago Garden Club

Photographs compliments of Claudia Frost

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