Friends logoThe Friends of the Wild Flower Garden

P. O. Box 3793
Minneapolis MN 55403

The 2017/2018 Friends of the Wild Flower Garden Board of Directors

The Friends are governed by a board of directors consisting of a slate of annually elected directors and four elected officers who are also board members. Officer positions and the current occupant of that office are:

Office Name
President: Kathleen Connelly
Vice-President: Melissa Hansen
Treasurer: Gary Bebeau
Secretary: Candy Bartol

In addition there are certain other named position committee chairs:

Position Name
Historian: Jennifer Olson
Invasive Plants: Jim Proctor
Membership: Jayne Funk
Money Mgt.: Steve Benson
Volunteers: Jennifer Dunne

Additional current board members are:

Name- Name
Colin Bartol Lauren Husting
Betsy McNerney Sally Pundt
Steven Pundt Barry Schade
Susan Wilkins - ex-offico

The Garden Curator is an ex-officio member of the the board. Susan Wilkins is the the current Garden Curator and is only the fifth in that position in the history of the garden.

The annual membership meeting of the Friends, at which directors are elected, is held each May at a time and location announced in The Fringed Gentian™ and on the "About the Friends" web page. The directors listed above, elected at the 65th annual meeting of The Friends began their term on May 21, 2017.

The Friends Board usually meets four times per year at various locations. The very first meeting of Friends Board was held on June 26, 1952 at the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden. The first annual meeting was held on Jan. 6th, 1953 at the Burma-Vita Plant Offices, 2318 Chestnut Ave, Minneapolis MN. This was the office of Friends' founder Clinton Odell.


Historical Officers List

This FILE lists the names of officers from 1952 to the present. Sectioned by President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer.


Historical Directors List

This list in in chronological order. Directors are first listed in the year of their initial term. Terms began at the Annual Meeting which was in January to March until 1966, and May thereafter. The "last year" is the final year of election, with the term ending the following year at the next annual meeting. [i.e. a last year of 1968 means the director was in office until the annual meeting in 1969.] Those with no data in the "last year" field remain directors.

Some individuals had several periods of directorship, each period is listed separately on the beginning date. Some individuals also had an "honorary director" term, but those are not listed. Beginning in 1971 the Gardener/Garden Curator became an ex-officio director. Those are listed. Links under a name go to a background file on that director.

For a list in Alphabetical order with multiple director terms listed consecutively see this PDF FILE

Name 1st
year
last
year
Bennett, Russell H. 1952 1968
Binder, Dorothy Walton 1952 1964
Crone, Martha E 1952 1972
Dayton, Donald C. 1952 1958
Odell, Clinton M 1952 1958
Ramberg, Leonard F. 1952 1972
Brown, Earle 1953 1962
Tolg, Edda (Mrs. Clarence Tolg) 1953 1968
Carpenter, Elizabeth 1954 1968
Rawson, Carl W. 1955 1968
Lehnert, Walter E. - 1st term 1960 1968
Nye, Russell 1960 1961
Odell, Leonard 1960 1974
Avery, Kenneth - 1st term 1961 1970
Bowron, Mrs. Bernard 1961 1962
Bridgman, Betty - 1st term 1961 1963
Cross, Marion 1961 1968
Eastman, Whitney 1961 1968
Hale, Lloyd 1961 1962
Martin, Alice 1961 1968
Strange, Mrs. Robert 1961 1965
Witt, Alvin R. 1963 1972
Reed, Elizabeth 1964 1969
Ludcke, George 1966 1968
Simmons, Mary 1966 1969
Solhaug, Hazel 1966 1968
Faragher Catherine - 1st term 1968 1970
Thorn, Harry 1969 1973
Tusler, Wilber 1969 1974
Dassett, Robert Jr. 1970 1982
DeLaittre, C. L. 1970 1973
Olson, Mildred 1970 1979
Avery, Kenneth - 2nd term - Ex-officio 1971 1986
Grimes, Dr. Marian 1971 1979
Menzel, Mrs. Walter 1972 1972
Chadborn, Evie 1973 1977
Chamberlain, Jean 1973 1980
Dean, Alexander 1973 1979
Faragher Catherine - 2nd term 1974 1975
Hooper, Bruce 1974 1978
Beim, Moana 1975 1980
Davidson, Marie 1974 1975
Lehnert, Walter E. - 2nd term 1975 1980
Deweese, Lynn 1976 1983
Murtfeldt, John 1977 1981
Holman, Lynne 1978 1981
Faragher Catherine - 3rd term 1979 1979
Price, Caroline 1979 1984
Berg, Cindy 1981 1986
Bryan, Betty 1981 1993
Demler, Marie 1981 1984
Larson, Doris - 1st term 1981 1984
O'Leary, Janet 1981 1982
Warde, Susan 1981 1981
Weiss, George 1981 1981
Bridgman, Betty - 2nd term 1982 1989
Elftmann, Emil 1982 1985
Thomesen, Patricia 1982 1990
Adler, Natalie 1983 1986
Ordner, Catherine 1983 1987
Pomeroy, Liz 1983 1985
Miller, Gloria - 1st term 1985 2002
Schultz, Shirley 1985 2004
Smeby, Joyce 1985 1993
Busse, Norman 1986 1989
Cole, Sallie 1986 1993
Duoos, Melvin 1986 2000
Jensen, Elizabeth 1986 1987
Larson, Doris - 2nd term 1986 1986
Allison, Ione 1987 1988
Bartz-Lavoie, Connie 1987 1993
George, Cary - 1st term - ex-offico 1987 2003
Kessen, Ann 1987 1992
Sandstrom, Donna 1988 1989
Wolke, Jane 1988 1989
Benavides, Geri 1989 1993
Stennes, Kathryn 1989 1994
Betzold, Harriet 1990 2008
Avery, Kenneth - 3rd term 1991 1993
Christenson, Elaine 1991 1992
Bartholomew, Rick 1993 1994
Wolgamott, Kathleen 1993 1995
Carr, Elizabeth 1994 1995
Harbison, Marguerite 1994 2004
LaBelle, Vi 1994 1994
Lynch, Jack 1994 1998
Ogren, Lynn 1994 1994
Pundt, Sally 1994
Pundt, Steve 1994
Schultz, Jack 1994 2004
Wheeler, Lola 1994 1997
Benson, Steve 1995
Rudberg, Kaye 1995 1997
Davis, Joy 1996 2009
Lussenhop, Juanita 1996 2004
Miller, Lon 1996 1998
Milligan, Barbara 1998 1999
Jaquith, George 1999 2000
Johnson, Lyle 1999 2008
Godfrey, Ann 1999 2008
Locken, Lisa 2000 2006
Bebeau, Gary 2001
Ellison, Launa 2001 2005
Weiner, Pam 2001
Pepin, Constance 2002 2005
Gravitz, Larry 2004 2008
Wilkins, Susan ex-officio 2004
Connolly, Kathleen -1st term 2005 2005
Dean, Susan 2005 2011
Proctor, Jim 2005
Schmidt, Joe 2005 2006
Waugh, Phoebe 2005 2016
Anderson, Emily 2006 2011
George, Cary, 2nd term 2006 2007
Lee, Jeff 2006 2013
Mason, Vivian 2006 2015
Schade, Barry 2007
Hansen, Melissa 2008
Miller, Gloria - 2nd term 2008 2017
Remington, Judy 2008 2012
Ahrens, Donna 2009 2012
Budd, Sue 2009 2015
Lipschultz, Ellen 2009 2011
Waldera, Anthony 2009 2016
McCall, Karen 2010 2011
Funk, Jayne 2011
Maynard, Meleah 2012 2016
Bartol, Colin 2013
Olson, Jennifer 2013
Bartol, Candy 2014
Husting, Lauren 2014
McNerney, Betsy 2015
Connolly, Kathleen - 2nd term 2016
Dunne, Jennifer 2016