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Klehm Arboretum &Botanic Garden

2017 Annual Report

2715 S. MAIN ST. | ROCKFORD, IL 61102 | | 815.965.8146 Our Mission: to maintain a living museum for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of all people.

Reflections from Klehm As I look back on 2017 and reflect on the accomplishments of the past twelve months, I realize what a whirlwind of activity and changes it was, all contributing to a busy year at Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden. After a year of planning, the new Garden Pavilion & Terrace was completed in time for Garden Fair to be the inaugural event. The Pavilion was busy the rest of the summer for civic, corporate and private functions. And this fall we broke ground on a new water/play feature located in the Olson Children’s Garden to debut in summer 2018. These facility enhancements will pay dividends for years to come. Our special events had a banner year. Botanica, Klehm’s “gardeners” luncheon spring fundraiser, was a sold out event with a wonderful speaker, program and lunch. Garden Fair Weekend was blessed with big crowds and beautiful weather. Some structural changes initiated the previous year are paying off ensuring a successful event and Klehm’s largest fundraiser. Critical urban renewal projects continue along South Main Street enhancing access to Klehm and contributing to the beautification of the city’s southern gateway and Rockford’s historic district. The 2,500 daffodils along Main Street, planted the year before, signal you are in the “Arboretum District” and reinforced by the new street light banners. Along with the Board of Directors, we extend our sincere appreciation to the individuals, corporations, foundations and the Forest Preserves of Winnebago County who provided generous funding and support for Klehm’ s ongoing operations. Collectively we have planted a solid foundation for our community’s Living Museum.

Jane M. Wallace

Dan Riggs

Board President

Executive Director

Board Members - November 1, 2016 - October 31, 2017 Jane M. Wallace, President Nancy Lundstrom, Vice-President Jean Harezlak, Secretary Steve Penticoff, Treasurer

Julie Buchanan Sharyn Castrogiovanni Sam Darby Gail Farr Jody Goff Sherry Harlan

Rod Leezer Michele Lind Susan Lynch Susan Nunez Jim Reid Sherri Rudy

6,000 sq. ft. Garden Pavilion & Terrace

Planning for the Future The Klehm Board of Directors has been focusing on Strategic Assessment and identifying projects that enhance the overall visitor experience for members and patrons. The first project completed to advance this goal was the Garden Pavilion & Terrace, completed May 2017, which has exceeded expectations as a “garden” venue for weddings and other events. The second project to be initiated is the interactive water play feature to open this summer (2018) in the Nancy Olson Children’s GarGarden Fair Weekend den. The goal is to attract younger families to engage in “Nature Play” as an antidote to electronic gadgets and instill value in being outdoors and engaged in creative play. Though still under construction, Klehm expects a grand opening in June of 2018. The Board of Directors are excited about the new facility improvements and the enhanced visitor experiences as they explore ways to improve Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden as a public garden and cultural asset for the Rockford region.

Event Highlights Garden Fair Weekend is our #1 fundraiser and 2017 was another record-setting year with both attendance and vendor participation steadily increasing since the 2016 revamp.

Botanica Luncheon

Botanica attendees enjoyed the southern charm of Jon Carloftis who shared landscaping tips and photos of famous client gardens. Arbor Dash 5K had a great turnout despite the rainy weather. We have many regulars who join us each year for this early spring run.

Arbor Dash 5K

Thank You Donors - November 1, 2016 - October 31, 2017 Commemorative Gift Honorees Marge & Clyde Anderson Karen Andrus Joann Benson Ben & Angie Bobzien Beatrice Campbell Lisa Coole Marv Cooper Susan Fairgrieve Edith June Findlay Flora Ruth Jones Kayleigh & Justin Mary Jane Kerch Rita Rose Leaf Debra Anndra Klaman Moyer Dr. Allen Pang Emiko Peterson Norma Shelden Jack Sype Patricia Tangorra John & Mary Theising Shirley Thompson Benches Jim & Julie Buchanan Brad & Lois Riggs Friends & Family of Patricia Tangorra Gift Bricks The Engstroms Marcia Mueller & Chuck Prorock Brenda Rowe Diana Taub Kathleen Weeks Trees Friends & Family of Marvin Cooper Margaret & Melissa Castronovo Donors ABC Catering, Ltd. Larry & Marsha Ackerman Warren & Barb Adam Patrick & Mary Allen Joel & Kristina Altenhoff Joe & Eileen Altenhoff Joyce Apitz Aqua-Aerobic Systems, Inc. Eric & Rebecca Baeverstad Dorothy Baits James & Vickie Baker Richard & Sally Baker III

William & Leah Baskin Dorothy Bergstrom Clare Bland Ron & Nancy Blomquist Imogene Blough Peter & Ann Boline Bove’s Auto Repair John & Jan Bowman Jim & Julie Buchanan Terry & Julie Carius Jon & Judy Carlson Doretta Carlson Jean Castle Derek & Bridgett Coleman Rosie Cooper Council of Rockford Gardeners Susan Custer The Dean Alan Olson Foundation Sam Darby Joan Davis Philip & Kathryn Dierstein Marjorie Doll Georganne Eggers Ellwyn & Gayle Englof Estwing Mfg. Co. Jon Ewaldz

Gail Farr John & Joann Faulhaber Terrance & Lois Fisher Barry & Diane Fitz Loren & Jan Floto Susan Francis James & Laurie Freeman Edward & Jean Fujimoto Hugh & Gail Funderburg Claire Gallenz James & MaryLou Gault Miles Gillott Gloyd Family Foundation Stephen & Mary Solon-Goers Jody Goff Susan Grans Ginny Gregory Craig Gugliemetti Fred & Maxine Hadley Norm & Patricia Hagman James & Mary Hall Dawn Hallsten Robert & Nadine Hallstrom Arleen Halmbach Brett & Margret Hanson Dennis & Jean Harezlak Greg & Sherry Harlan Elaine Harrington Wayne & Virginia Hatwich June Hazzard Charles & Linda Helsten Daniel Herdeman David & Ellen Hinde Jack & Colleen Holmbeck Steve & Alise Howlett Thomas & Suzanne Humphris Brent Hutto Roberta Jacobson Elinor Johne-Nelson Mark & Rhonda Johnson Ethel Johnson Bonnie Johnson Mark & Nancy Kalchbrenner Jim & Pam Keeling Mark Keister The Kjellstrom Family Foundation Marie Krist Rose Kruchten Judith M. Larson Thomas & Jeanine Larson Phyllis Lee

Donations, Commemorative, In-Kind

Donors (cont’d) Betty Leeson Rod & Roxanne Leezer Debra Luke Ron & Jane Lundstrom Roger & Nancy Lundstrom Marguerite Lyons Donald Mack Marge Malachowski Faye Marcus Don Mateer John & Cindy Maville Donald & Judith McCanse Nina McKinney John & Barbara McNamara Norman & Anne Meyer Bob & Mary Ann Miller Robert & Colleen Mirgain Steve Moore Stephen & Janet Moore Mary Ann Morris Patrick Murray Robert & Susan Nunez Philip Nye LaVerne & Marilyn Ohlwine John & Sandra O'Rorke Elizabeth Owano Kenneth Pakula Susan Palm Lynch Alice Pampe Kay Pang Steve & Rosie Patterson Janette Pearson Gregg & Lucy McCoy Pearson Jack & Carla Phillips Marcus & Natasha Pickett Mike & Mary Pinter David & Karen Anderson Plum Eugene & Mara Pocs Joyce Pogue John & Ann Politic Sue Polivka Doug & Susan Pomatto Mark & Tami Pondelick Carol Pontious Edward & Christine Portillo James & Mary Reid Roger & Mary Reithmeier Lois Riggs Dan & April Riggs Patricia Rinnan

Rockford Cosmopolitan Club Charities Rockford Garden Club Lillie Rude Sherri Rudy Paul & Dorothy Salerno Julianne Schmidt Milton & Judy Schmitt Seedling Garden Club Paul & Amy Seiler Mike & Julie Shalbrack Keith and Pamela Shaver Jack & Barbara Simon Mary Simonson Sjostrom & Sons, Inc. Foundation William & Julie Snively Bob & Rosanne Southwood Chris Mullins & Fred Speer Mike & Connie Spoden Stephen Stone Dan & Susan Swift

Steve & Sue Symes Steve & Marcia Terrill The Ben Harding Family Foundation William & Cathie Thiede John & Mary Thiesing Bert & Kathy Thomas Barbara Thompson Howard & Mildred Van Valzah Jane M. Wallace Donna Wallace Tom & Karen Walsh David & Rosalie Whitehouse Wildflower Garden Club Lucille Wojtowicz Gene Forster & Jim Wojtowicz Dan & Laura Wyatt Bob & Carol Youngren William & Joyce Zartman Kathryn Zenoff Rettig Gene & Joan Zettle

Financial Overview Revenue Rentals 19% Government Funding 37%

Special Events Income 13%

Member Programs 11%

Contributions 20%

Expenses Resource Development 11% Educational Services 11% Management & General 33%

Special Event Expenses 8%

Arboretum Improvements 38%

Community Support * Presenting Event Sponsor

Event Sponsors Botanica Luncheon - Alpine Bank * Hinshaw & Culbertson Law Garden Fair Weekend - BMO Harris Bank * Balsely Printing Chicagoland Gardening Arbor Dash 5K - The Rock River Times * Beef-a-Roo J. Carlson Growers Maney Landscaping Peak Sports Club Treecare Enterprises Inc. Rock Valley Culligan Stoneworks

Arbor Dash 5K (cont’d) Rockford Dental Care Sapori Stationers Slabough Services Winnebago County Wolfe Landscaping Autumn @ the Arboretum - The Dean Alan Olson Foundation * Woodsong Concert Series - Pierce Distribution Services Co. * Christmas Concert & Holiday Dessert Buffet Treecare Enterprises Inc. *

Corporate Members Arc Design Resources Inc. Aqua Aerobic Systems Inc. Campos Construction Eckburg Insurance Group Nicholson Hardware Tree Care Enterprises Inc. Financial numbers were obtained from the last audit - October 31, 2016 Copies of the audited financial statements and related notes are available upon request from the Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, Inc., Business Office.

Klehm Arboretum Foundation, Inc. BUR OAK ENDOWMENT FUND Building on Our Goal Klehm Arboretum Foundation was chosen by the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois to participate in the Carroll Starr Endowment Challenge VIII. The Carroll Starr Endowment Challenge VIII provides an incentive of matching dollars for contributions toward the campaign. The fundraising campaign began October of 2016 and will end in October of 2018, all contributions and donations to the Klehm Foundation will be applied to reaching a campaign goal of $40,000. At this writing, I am pleased to announce that Klehm is well on its way to reaching our goal. As of December 31, 2017 contributions to the campaign are $29,400 with additional pledges to be paid in 2018 of $10,000, $6,000 and $2,500. The Carroll Starr Endowment Challenge VIII campaign total is anticipated to be $48,000. The Klehm Foundation Board of Directors, by May or June 2018, expects to make an announcement that our campaign goal of $40,000 has been reached and the Carroll Starr Endowment Challenge VIII, through the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois will provide a $13,000 match for a combined addition to the Bur Oak Fund of $61,000. All funds contributed to the Klehm Foundation are held in the Bur Oak Endowment Fund and represents long term financial support for the Arboretum & Botanic Garden. Only the growth and interest of the fund can be used for distribution supporting the facilities and programs at Klehm. The Bur Oak Fund has grown to the point of providing Pat Olson, President over $10,000 annually to support the operations John Richards, Treasurer of Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden.


Susan Nunez, Secretary

Since its inception in 2009, the Bur Oak Endowment Fund has grown to $350,000 or one-third of the way to the Foundation Board’s ultimate goal of a one million dollars in the Bur Oak Fund.

Sally Baker July Buchanan Gary Ecklund

Dan Pfluger Steve Symes Dan Riggs - Exec. Director

Donors John & Joann Faulhaber Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory Denver Foltz James & Laurie Freeman Hugh & Gail Funderburg Allan & Frances Heggblom Barbara Kober George & Therese Linsky Dan & Amy Loescher

John & Cindy Maville Robert and Susan Nunez Kenneth Pakula Rockford Area Gardeners of America Milton & Judy Schmitt Jack & Barbara Simon James Speers Constance St. Angel Steve & Sue Symes

Tree Care Enterprises, Inc. George Tures Jane M. Wallace John & Beverley Whitehead David & Rosalie Whitehouse Gene Forster & Jim Wojtowicz

2018 Schedule of Events Botanica Luncheon at Klehm Fri., April 6th featuring Dr. Lolly Tai Arbor Dash 5K Fri., April 27th Plant Sale Fri. - Sat., May 11th, 12th

Saturday, June 2nd 9am - 5pm Sunday, June 3rd 9am - 4pm Woodsong Outdoor Concerts Sundays 6pm - 8pm 

Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal from The Voice! - June 16th

Danielle Juhre - July 15th

The Jimmys - Aug. 21st

Hot Diggity Dog Festival - Sunday, Sept. 16th Autumn @ the Arboretum - Sunday, Oct. 14th Christmas Concert & Dessert Bar - Sunday, Dec. 2nd

2017 Volunteer Recognition President’s Award

Above & Beyond Award

Seedling Award

Sam Darby

Jerry Bloom

Ken Richardson

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Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden operates in partnership with the Forest Preserves of Winnebago County

Klehm Arboretum Annual Report 2017  

Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden 2715 S. Main St. Rockford, IL 61102

Klehm Arboretum Annual Report 2017  

Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden 2715 S. Main St. Rockford, IL 61102