Board Meeting Minutes
May 7, 2019
The regular board meeting of the Linn County Master Gardeners was called to order at 1:04
Betty Goergen, President
Randy Peckham, 1st Vice President
Pam Nelson, 2nd Vice President
Brenda Winslow, Secretary
Ann Capps, Treasurer
Nancy Hammond, Member at Large
Karin Magnuson, Member at Large
Ranee Webb, Member at Large
Ann Kinkley, OMGA Alt Rep
Brooke Edmunds, Extension Horticulture
Elizabeth Records, MG Program Assist
David Krieger, Demo Garden Coordinator
Approval of Minutes
April 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 $1943.00
Expenses for the month $1998.09
Checkbook balance as of May 7, 2019 is $22,878.83
Ann and Betty Georgen have switched from Quickbooks to the Open Office program for the treasurer. They showed the board how to read the new report. Quickbooks was no longer being supported for us so they switched to something easier and less expensive. It is easier to maintain and there is always a running balance.
Extension Report - Brooke Edmunds
The 2019 directory that was mailed will be the last year we will get it with this format. Brooke will being reaching out to people to see what will work and how changes can be made for next year. The program is no longer supported and the cost is prohibitive from printing the books.
There will be no E-news for a week while Elizabeth and Brooke are out of the office.
A survey is coming out asking for input in the planning of the next awards ceremony in November.
Brooke is working on a new banner for farmers' market clinic tables. She and Elizabeth are reworking some new things for the market boxes. They will be working with people who run those type events. Elizabeth has been focusing on the clinic tables that we run at events such as the fair grounds. She is also trying to have more of a presence with the demo garden.
Each year in October the master gardeners have to fill out the paperwork as an OSU volunteer. It is an annual form.
Garden Tour - Betty Goergen
Tickets are now at the sales areas, which are Tom's Garden Center, Garlands Nursery, Nichols, the Albany visitor center and online . Volunteers have started signing up to work gardens. The new signs are in and the garden tour committee will have a meeting soon to start organizing. Everything is ready to go.
Karin Magnuson is going to work with the Democrat Herald for an article and advertising.
Ann is working on linking up Facebook advertising. Karin and Ranee will be selling tickets at the Albany visitor center the day of the tour.
Membership Meetings - Randy Peckham
This week will be the last membership meeting at Toms Garden Center. In October they will continue at the Albany library from 6 to 8.
Randy passed around a card to sign as a thank you for Tom and Annette for all the years of support Tom's Garden Center has given to the Master Gardeners. Randy made a motion that we buy a $60 gift card to give them as a gift. Tom's is closing the end of May.
Demo Garden - Dave Krieger
Volunteers have started planting beds and putting in the irrigation system. It is going really well. There are quite a few people that come and weed and get the garden up and running this year. They are hoping to get one more bench if there is still budget money.
Ranee has applied for a grant for signage. They need new signs with the new logo.
Susan Morton has applied for the Search for Excellence grant. Money from that grant would go for the pollinator project.
MG of the Year, Behind the Scenes Award - Betty Goergen
The Master Gardener of the year award nominee was Larry Steele.
The Behind the Scenes award nominee was Melinda Marian.
They were approved as such. Congratulations Larry and Melinda!
The announcement for the awards is due May 15th to OMGA. Brooke will submit those names.
Paul Westerberg and Larry Steele are being considered for lifetime membership. We went over the criteria for a lifetime member. Larry Steele qualified for sure. Elizabeth will check to see if Paul has qualified yet.
A discussion started about keeping track of certification hours. The office no longer has updated numbers for people who are receiving their swinger bars. It was decided that the 2nd vice president will now be in charge of helping to track hours. That was part of the job of that position years ago before Pami took it over. The extension office will give Pam Nelson the hours they currently have and she will start tracking hours for certified members.
Larry Steele was accepted as a lifetime member.
Spring Home Show Fair Report - Betty Goergen
213 people came to the clinic table at the home show. It was good training for the trainees that helped work the table. Quite a few people went out to the demo garden. It was very busy. The event was a good promotion for the demo garden and the master gardeners.
There was no report this month. Ann Kinkley will be going to the meeting this month for Janice.
Upcoming Events/Member News
Susan Morton went to a program near King's Valley with the girl scouts. She taught a center on pollinators to 4 groups of girls with 15 girls in each group. Susan had a great time and thinks the event should be an annual project we do with them.
Ranee did a talk to a PEO ladies group on pollinators in Albany. She said that went very well.
Nancy Hammond said the milkweed plants are coming up in the Talking Water project. They are the plugs the students planted. The plants made it through the winter.
Ranee bought a program to update our computers with technology we needed. It was $99 and will need to be renewed annually. They were having issues with old programs not working with other technology so we needed to update ours.
Meeting Adjourned at 1:55
Respectfully submitted by Brenda Winslow, Secretary