A Season of Thanks: President’s Letter
by Michele Worden, Advanced Master Gardener, MGANM President
As I write this, it is mid-October, but the trees have barely begun to change. We are enjoying the last warm days of the fall, and we are grateful for the upcoming season of rest. The earth prepares for its long winter nap. We are ready. It has been a busy year.
In September, the Association conducted a referendum vote using an electronic service website called electionbuddy.com. We held a referendum to determine if we should affiliate with the Michigan Master Gardener Association (MMGA), as many other of the Master Gardeners across the state have done. Affiliation was recommended by MSU Extension as well as the MGANM board. We discussed this in two general member meetings as well as wrote about it in several The Real Dirt issues. The reason that we used an election website was because we need to document a positive vote to affiliate as part of the application process for MMGA.
The election ran from September 30 until October 11. We had 36 out of 54 respondents vote “yes” for 67% approval. We only needed a simple majority. There were no “no” or “abstain” votes. There was only one comment “This seems like a prudent and logical move for the MGANM.”
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I hope to see everyone at the Master Gardener Volunteer Recognition Luncheon on November 6th. This is a wonderful event in which to connect, break bread together, and celebrate our work. The theme is monarchs! Duke Elsner from MSUE will be the guest speaker. He will give us the latest update on what is happening with monarch butterflies, and how Master Gardeners can help. We will have a short business meeting with our officer election and recognize Master Gardeners of the Year and other awards. The current board has agreed to stay on for another election cycle, but we welcome nominations if you are interested in serving. If you are interested in serving on the board, we encourage you to join a committee and/or attend a board meeting. It is a great way to get your feet wet and earn certification hours.
At the Volunteer Recognition Luncheon, we traditionally have a fun Silent Auction. The Silent Auction raises money for need-based scholarships for the Master Gardener training class, as well as sending a representative to Master Gardener College next summer to build leadership. We need your help! We are seeking garden-related Silent Auction items. If you have an item, please use the attached form here and email email@example.com. We would love the fruits of Master Gardener’s labor such as jams, jellies, canned goods. We also love beautiful garden books or other garden accessories. Gift certificates from businesses you frequent are also popular items. We would like to have the items in advance by November 4th and we can arrange pickup.
Thanks for all you do, and hope to see you soon!