The regular board meeting of the Linn County Master Gardeners was called to order at 1:13 p.m. via Zoom.
Kelly Muller - President
Brenda Winslow - 2nd Vice President
Ranee Webb - Past President
Betty Goergen - Treasurer
Ann Capps - Secretary
Dan Murphy - Member at Large
Karin Magnuson - Member at Large
Janice Gregg - OMGA Rep
Ann Kinkley - OMGA Alt Rep
Brooke Edmunds/Elizabeth Records - OSU Extension
Approval of Minutes
Dan made a motion to approve the March minutes. Janice seconded the motion. The minutes were approved.
The balance in the checking account as of this date is $21,545.58 with Betty having approximately $400 still to deposit. The balance of the CD is $10,062.47.
Brooke and Elizabeth addressed the issues we are experiencing due to the COVID19. It has been determined we will follow the governors mandate to stay home and no public gatherings. Activities will be handled virtually as much as possible. There is to be no demo garden activity. Dan asked why one person at a time could not be allowed to work in the demo garden. Brooke explained the Master Gardeners are under the OSU guidelines. However the demo garden is on Linn County Fair Grounds property so we must comply with their regulations. Janice mentioned she is worried about vandalism. Brooke and Elizabeth will check into the fairgrounds security. Elizabeth mentioned she is looking into a solution for people who do not have technology for plant ID. Brooke said they are working through a solution for people who will have plant questions as the gardening season picks up since there is no person working at the extension master gardener desk. Currently the Ask An Expert is the best option. There are trainees who have completed their on line modules. Since hands on experience is not possible at this time Elizabeth is looking into other options and extending the time limit allowed for them to complete this part of their training. Mentors will keep in touch with their mentees whenever possible. Elizabeth mentioned that quite a few of the trainees have been participating in the Friday Happy Hour discussion.
Brooke gave a shout out to Rich Little and Ranee Webb for hosting a live sessions about Mason Bees. There are 66 people signed up to participate.
Ranee stated the total income for the event is $13,328.92. Total expenses so far are $7,624.66. A success! Bee Notes has a 71.5% open rate meaning that many subscribers are in fact opening their email. Rich and Ranee have been answering quite a few emails as well. Ranee also sent a shout out to Nancy Ragghianti for the work she has done on the LCMG website. The Bee Notes have been archived for the last few years. Janice asked Ranee to write up info about the Bee Notes and the Beevent to be included in her OMGA report.
Janice had no new info about Mini College. A determination will be made by May 15 as to whether or not it will take place.
Master Gardener of The Year
Karin Magnuson will be Master Gardener of The Year
Jean Hamilton will be Behind the Scenes.
Ranee will do a short write up and get photos for the newsletter. Ranee will also do the online forms needed for OMGA.