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Re: Re: Head count...nowMG

The recertification I mentioned is here in Indiana, I don't know what
Illinois is doing.  That 60 hours (48 here)  changes you from an Intern to a
Master Gardener.  After that, you maintain your status by contributing only
12 volunteer hours per year and 6 hours of education.  Much of my volunteer
time is done at home working on projects for our gardens.  I have trouble
getting ed hrs because most ed opportunities occur when I work.  However, I
can go to the Home & Garden Show and listen to 5 presentations and complete
my ed hrs for the year.  Ed hrs do not have to be earned only at the
extension office.  And I bet if you thought about it for awhile, you could
come up with a volunteer project close to home that your Hort Ed would
approve for hours.  Being a MG means 'helping others grow' and that job is
never finished.

BTW - at our most recent banquet, two volunteers were awarded special
status - MG for life.  They never have to contribute another minute or take
another class.  These two men had given years of service, but both were in
failing health.  The Hort Ed wanted to make sure they wouldn't lose their MG
status through no fault of their own.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: <Cornergar@aol.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, February 13, 2005 4:15 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Re: Head count...nowMG

> When I became an MG in '94 at the Uof I extension service the rule was
> you were to give back 60 hours of volunteer time. I did that and more.
Seems to
> me I fulfilled the "contract".  But the rules have apparently been
> Now I do not have the time or energy (or gas money) to attend classes,
> workshops and volunteer opportunities.  Must I tear up my certificate and
never claim
> any association with MGs? I can live with it but it makes me sad as I was
> rather proud of that association. Kathyz5 IL
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