February 4, 2019
The regular board meeting of the Linn County Master Gardeners was called to order at 1:02 at the Linn Extension Office.
Betty Goergen, President
Randy Peckham, 1st VP President
Ann Capps, Treasurer
Janice Gregg, OMGA Representative
Ann Kinkley, Alternate OMGA Representative
Nancy Hammond, Member at Large
Ranee Webb, Member at Large
Carolyn Larime, Member at Large
Elizabeth Records, Extension Horticulture Assistant
David Krieger, Demo Garden Coordinator
Note: Past minutes can be found at: http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/linnmga/meeting-minutes/
Forms-By-laws, policies, Linn Co MG project lists/calendars can be found at:
Approval of Minutes
January's minutes were approved as written.
Treasurer Report-Ann Capps
Income for the month- $553.00
Income from Membership dues - total year to date of $953.00 - dues from 59 people. (an additional membership dues was picked up, but not yet recorded)
Expenses for the month- $435.00
Expenses for a $300 website fee, a $50 final graduation fee, and demo garden supplies/tools/shed expenses of $85
Checkbook balance as of February 5, 2019 - $16,550.06
Note: Expenses for BEEvent Pollinator Conference, bee supplies and a new banner for the Garden Tour are expected in the coming month.
Extension Report-Elizabeth Records
Linn County will only have 7 new trainees for 2019. Two are from the North Albany area.
Editing of the upcoming master gardener directory is moving forward. Elizabeth hopes to have the directory finished by the end of the month.
Assignments of mentors for trainees will happen within the week.
The Valley Gardener- a public newsletter/blog is sent to any potential trainees by Elizabeth. If any master gardener would like to get that newsletter/blog, contact Elizabeth.
BEEvent Report - Susan Morton
About 60 people have already registered (almost double the registration compared to last year at this point).
At BEEvent, we will host some teachers who work on nature and gardening through 4-H. They will pay a half price fee and attend only the AM sessions and then spend the afternoon in meetings of their own including visiting our demo garden.
Great raffle and door prize items have been donated. Dan Crannell has several nice restaurant gift certificates for the raffle.
Carolyn Larime has secured many great vendors and non-profits and will continue to work on adding more.
Dr James, a speaker, will bring along copies of his book. We will sell those for him at our book table.
Andony Melathopoulos from OSU will supply us with Bees of Oregon postcards to put in the hand-out packets for BEEvent attendees.
We have hopes that we found an event quality hand stamp ink that will not wash off.
Susan talked to Cathy Exline at the Expo Center about a site map and walkie-talkies. Susan was referred to the after-hours person to see if we can secure walkie-talkies.
Betty and Janice took posters and bookmarks for BEEvent to be available at the Nichol’s vendor table, the OSU master food preservers table and other locations during Insights into Gardening.
Garden Tour-Betty Goergen
Seven gardens have been found for the 2019 Garden Tour.
Membership Meetings – Library Talk Series – Randy Peckham
Meetings for January thru May are held at Tom’s Garden Center. The next membership meeting will be on Feb 14th at 6:30 at Tom’s Garden Center. With Tom’s Garden Center property being sold at the end of July, Randy is working on having the October talk at the Albany Library again. A list was made of those who would be willing to pick up those who avoid night driving,
Elizabeth is working on an auto- list set up through MailChimp to notify membership of master gardener meetings/events.
Randy has secured speakers for noon time talks. These talks open to the public will be renamed “Noontime Gardening Talks” (past name PNW Brown Bag Talks) The 2019 Noon -1:00 talks will be held at the Albany Library on Wednesdays: April 24, May 1, May 15, May 22 and May 29.
Hot Spot-Betty Goergen
There is still a need for someone to come forward to allow LCMGA to use their Verizon account to purchase a Hot Spot. The account would need to have unlimited data. LCMGA would reimburse them for the cost on a monthly or six month basis. The hope is to have this available as soon as possible.
Group Webinar Series- Janice Gregg
Janice is preparing a group webinar series to be held at the Linn Extension Office. Past webinars would be shown along with some hands-on activities. These group meetings would count toward educational hours. Dates, times and topics are not set yet. Elizabeth said she would provide popcorn.
There was a discussion about how to do a better job of engaging members.
A personal phone call to potential trainees was suggested.
Associate membership was discussed. Benton County has associate membership and they collect a $10 fee. Associate members are mentioned in our by-laws. This will be further discussed and a written description would need to be drafted. People who want to be associate members would not be allowed to give gardening advice, but could work as greeters, help weed at the demo garden, etc.
2019 Albany Spring Home & Garden Show
We have been contacted by Rebecca Ray about participating in the show again this year. They will provide a free booth and one table. (There are 2 additional tables at the Demo Garden that can be used and we bring chairs). The show is April 26-28th. Betty said she will co-chair this, but wants another person to help. In the past there were tables with bee info, Extension Info and Master Food Preserver’s info. Betty will handle scheduling workers. Elizabeth will provide Extension info. Ranee will provide bee info. There does need to be an extra person for tours of the Demo Garden.
Meeting Adjourned at 1:59
Respectfully submitted by Ranee Webb
In the absence of Brenda Winslow, Secretary