Board Meeting Minutes
July 2, 2019
The regular board meeting of the Linn County Master Gardeners was called to order at 1:06
Betty Goergen, President
Randy Peckham, 1st Vice President
Brenda Winslow, Secretary
Ann Capps, Treasurer
Nancy Hammond, Member at Large
Karin Magnuson, Member at Large
Ranee Webb, Member at Large
Janice Gregg, OMGA Rep
Brooke Edmunds, Extension Horticulture
David Krieger, Demo Garden Coordinator
Approval of Minutes
June minutes were approved as written
http://extension.oregonstate.edu/linn/lcmga-board-meeting-minutes is the website where all the minutes can be seen.
Treasurer Report-Ann Capps
Income for the month $6407.83
Expenses for the month $1494.44
Checkbook balance as of June 28, 2019 is $26,050.47
The demo garden bench is purchased and in the budget.
Betty Goergen discussed moving money into some kind of account where we can collect interest on it. We have quite a bit of money sitting in a checking account. Betty will talk to the bank and see what options we have to open some kind of interest bearing account where the money is still accessible.
Extension Report-Brooke Edmunds
It has been quiet in the office. They are working on the 2020 class training. The class will look a little different than before. She is adding more hands on trainings and getting people out into the garden.
It has been asked that the extension office gets more involved or boost the efforts to get involved in Albany since the office is out of town and the public doesn't really come in the office. They are working on some event planning for the future.
Mother Earth News is always looking for classes to be offered if Master Gardeners want to teach classes at the fair. Talk to Brooke.
Summer Master Gardener Tour-Randy Peckham
Our summer garden tour will be August 31st. We are going to Sebright Gardens, 4 acres of botanical display gardens with hostas. The tour starts at noon so bring a lunch and meet at the demo garden at 11:15 and people can carpool. The garden is at Brooks , next to the iris garden we went to last year.
Demo Garden-Dave Krieger
The demo garden has a lot of help this year and the trainees are great and very hard working.
Everything is looking good. 25 pounds of food went to the soup kitchen already and 40 lbs went to another organization. The herb garden had a raised bed put in. A lot of people have been using the new bench.
There was a discussion about somehow advertising to people in the hotels that the demo garden was there.
Ranee and Dave are moving $100 from the maintenance budget to the soils budget, $50 the from maintenance budget to tools, and another $100 goes to maintenance repair from the maintenance budget. The total is $250 being moved within their existing budget.
Dave has found that when the fairgrounds added a password to their Wi-Fi that there are no more younger kids hanging around the demo garden and also less damage.
Garden Tour Update-Betty Goergen
The weather was perfect weather. All the volunteers showed up. Everyone had a good time and it went very well. It was the best year ever and the tour grossed $6407.83 with a net of $4540, which was last year's gross. They ran out of tickets.
The visitor center was a very good location for the tickets sales. Betty will do that again.
The gardens for next year are already set up.
Karin Magnuson wants to make a power point of previous gardens. If you have any pictures, please send them to her.
New officers Needed-Betty
We will have four openings for officers for next year. We need a president, 2nd vice president, secretary, and treasurer.
Betty is willing to be treasurer and Ann is willing to be the secretary next year. Anyone interested in being an officer can contact a Betty or a board member.
We need new software for the new treasurer. We discussed the budget for next year and that we need to update technology and add it to the budget.
OMGA Report-Janice Gregg
Everyone wants Mini College but there is no leadership to put it on. They need leaders and workers to step up if we are going to have it next year.
It is also time for officers at the state level. If anyone is interested in becoming an officer, talk to Janice.
There will be a silent auction online in November. It is replacing the one that usually takes place during mini college. They are using the items that were supposed to be at the mini college.
Our Search For Excellence application was emailed to OMGA but there were problems with email and our application was not received. Janice will call and find out what happened to it. There was no follow through from OMGA. A final decision has not been made so Susan Morton is still working at getting our program submitted.
Linn County is hosting the OMGA meeting in September. OMGA gives $300 toward the meeting September 6th and 7th. Soup and sandwiches are usually the food that is provided. We need to have a small group of people that will plan it instead of the large board. Randy, Karin and Janice will be on that committee that organizes it and provides lunch and snacks. It starts at lunch of Friday the 6th and the meeting is on Saturday the 7th.
Upcoming Events/Other Business
The home and garden show is changing to the home show. We are not doing it any longer because there is no garden section for that show any longer.
We discussed getting t-shirts for volunteers to work at events. People could use them in the demo garden or farmers markets. If anyone has an idea for a design they are welcome to come to the next board meeting with their ideas. We will bring ideas next meeting for clothing items.
Meeting Adjourned at 2:16
Respectfully submitted by Brenda Winslow, Secretary