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MG classes

Each county or state handles the classes differently.  Here we have classes 
twice a week for 3hrs at a time for 8 to 9 weeks.  Equals 51 hours; roughly the 
same number of volunteer hours expected after the training.  However, some 
counties conduct their classes in longer but fewer sessions, even 6 or 8 hour 
full days.  I think that in most cases the amount of training time is still 
somewhere between 50 and 65.

There are a lot of changes taking place in the Indiana MG program.  A new state 
coordinator is streamlining things and requiring all districts to meet certain 
standards and requirements.  Most of these are already met here in Allen 
County.  However, you're no longer a MG for 'life'.  You must volunteer at 
least 12 hrs each year and get 6 hrs of education each year to remain 
certified.  A new logo has been developed to help protect Purdue's control over 
the MG name in IN.  Any MGs who have stopped turning in hours anytime in the 
past 25 years will be given until April 2004 for recertification.  A new badge 
system will be applied depending on volunteer and education hours rather than 
on the previous method of years of service.  I have over 2000 hours of service 
in but I will get the lowest badge because I haven't kept up my education 
hours.  I can't afford seminars and bus trips and the free seminars are always 
given during our plant sales which I must work.  It looks like I'll have to go 
to the Home and Garden show - ugh - to listen to some speakers.  Personally, I 
don't care what color badge I have, but I can't let them kick me out!
> 9 Wednesdays? We did every Tuesday and Thursday morning, 9 until 12:30, for
> 3 months, January through March.
> Daryl
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Pamela J. Evans" <gardenqueen@gbronline.com>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Sent: Monday, September 08, 2003 10:50 AM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Re:Guardian angels & car wrecks & fall
> > Wish I could do that but I can't afford to take 9 Wednesdays off in a
> > row. Especially since they have the MG course during our busy time.
> > Pity.
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