Victoria Birchem was honored by the O'Fallon, Illinois City Council for winning the Governor's Hometown Award, which "gives formal recognition to those who contributed to projects that improved their community’s quality of life."
Birchem received a 2018 Governor's Hometown Award Honorable Mention for her Girl Scout Gold Award Project, Nomenclature for Nature. Through this community service project, she worked with the O'Fallon Garden Club, its president and board, to create a catalog/database of the community garden’s plants and species. After the new plant species labels were installed, Victoria helped coordinate public garden tours and organized a program for local Girl Scout troops to tour and learn more about the O'Fallon Community Garden. These updates provided the O’Fallon Community Garden with new learning opportunities for the community and visitors to the garden.