Openlands President and CEO Jerry Adelmann Receives Frances K. Hutchinson Medal for Conservation

May 8, 2013

The Garden Club of America presented the prestigious Frances K. Hutchinson Medal for distinguished service to conservation to Openlands President and CEO Jerry Adelmann at its Centennial Annual Meeting in Philadelphia May 2. This award recognized Adelmann’s “understanding that visionary people can and do change the world."

“This honor is especially meaningful since The Garden Club of America is celebrating its centennial and, Openlands, our 50th anniversary this year,” said Adelmann during his acceptance speech. “Anniversaries offer tremendous opportunities to reflect on past accomplishments while looking forward to the important challenges that face contemporary society.  The Garden Club of America has an amazingly rich record of impact, always fostering a culture of conservation and addressing systematic change.

Designed in 1940 by Spaulding-Gorham Silversmiths of Chicago, the Frances K. Hutchinson Medal is presented and endowed by the Lake Geneva Garden Club in memory of its founder, Francis K. Hutchinson. Previous recipients include Rachel Carson (1952), Walt Disney (1954), former Secretary of Interior Stewart Udall (1965), Lady Bird Johnson (1968), and Roger Tory Peterson (1970). This is the second time a member of Openlands has received the Hutchinson Award. In 1983, Jeffrey R. Short, Jr., Openlands’ founding board chair, was named the recipient.

Openlands has been fortunate to collaborate with all six of The Garden Club of America Chicago-area clubs. The clubs have been supportive of a range of projects, from greening Chicago’s neighborhoods to developing a pilot docent program for the Openlands Lakeshore Preserve.

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