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Re: MG program problems


I was under the impression that the purpose of MGs was to help educate everybody -- not be extra office help for the Extension Agent. My county doesn't have an MG program, either, and I drive 50 miles to our meetings and, generally, to do volunteer work. I have worked for our county agent in the past, but it is much more fun to work with my friends.
zem
zone 7
West TN
----- Original Message ----- From: "Bonnie Holmes" <holmesbm@usit.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Friday, September 09, 2005 1:33 PM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] MG program problems


The Trial Garden is in Knoxville but the Knox County agent says that
working there doesn't help HIM.  The problem is that he doesn't have
sufficient projects for people that count as volunteer hours.  He wants
Knox County MGs to work in his office and help with phone inquires, which
is well and good, but he has been saying this since last year and the desk
and phone are not set up yet.

I'm in orphan status, in a county that doesn't yet have a MG program so I
have been attending the programs, etc. in Knox County because it is
closest.

Bonnie ETN Zone 7


[Original Message]
From: kmrsy <kmrsy@netzero.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Date: 9/9/2005 2:05:40 PM
Subject: [CHAT] MG program problems

Bonnie,
I was having a little trouble understanding your description of the
problem.
Two counties, let's say Knoxville County and Other County shared teaching
and coordinating.  Now Knoxville Agent doesn't want to count volunteer
work
done at Trail Garden which is in Other County.  Is that right?

On our most recent workday at our Allen County Display Gardens we had
several MG interns from other counties join us to try to accrue hours for
their MG status.  Our Hort Ed travels to Steuben, DeKalb and other
counties
to help them with their training programs sometimes and they are quite
welcome to join us. The hope is that once they have some experience under
their belts they'll spend more of their volunteer energies in their own
counties wherever it is needed. But we are always glad to welcome them
here.

Our Hort Ed (agent) had previously ruled out work at the local
conservatory
as counting for volunteer work, because it was considered double-dipping.
The Conservateers was a volunteer organization and many MGs are members of
that too. But you can't volunteer for a conservateer project and collect
appreciation from both orgs. However, the city recently disbanded the
volunteer group but still avails itself of their usefulness, but there is
no
volunteer structure for them. So now our Hort Ed says those hours can be
counted.

Did the Knoxville agent give any logical explanation for ruling out the
trail Garden other than its location?

Kitty
neIN, Z5
----- Original Message ----- From: "Bonnie Holmes" <holmesbm@usit.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Friday, September 09, 2005 9:02 AM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] Re: [Chat] bestfriends


> I worked in the UTK Trial Gardens yesterday. One of the volunteers is > a
> Doberman rescue. She said that the various animal rescue groups are
trying
> to help.
>
> We are really having problems with our Master Gardener program. Two
> counties, with greater population and interest, have historically > shared
> teaching and coordinating the program. Now, the new Knoxville Agent
wants
> to sharply divide the two, and he doesn't want to count work at the
Trail
> Garden as satisfying the volunteer requirements...he announced this at > a
> meeting in August to be effective this year!!!
>
> Bonnie ETN Zone7
>
>
> > [Original Message]
> > From: Lynda Young <lyoung@grindertaber.com>
> > To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> > Date: 9/9/2005 8:34:52 AM
> > Subject: RE: [CHAT] Re: [Chat] bestfriends
> >
> > Out of all the horror that was Katrina, the animal stories are the
> > hardest for me to hear about. I guess I respond to their utter
> > helplessness in such a situation and the abject pain I know their
loving
> > owners must be suffering. This is certainly not to discount the > > agony
> > the human residents of that area have and are living through. I've
wept
> > more in the last weeks than I have since 9/11.
> >
> > Lynda
> > Zone 7 - West TN
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
> > Behalf Of TeichFlora@aol.com
> > Sent: Thursday, September 08, 2005 11:04 PM
> > To: gardenchat@hort.net
> > Subject: [CHAT] Re: [Chat] bestfriends
> >
> >
> > Just saw a report where an anethesiologist had stayed behind in an
> > evacuated
> > hospital and taken in over 50 dogs, countless cats and a couple
> > hamsters
> > from people that had to evacuate but were not allowed to take their
> > pets.  He
> > promised them that he would not leave until the animals  did.  He's
been
> > there
> > for 5 days without food or water.  The other day  a chopper came to
> > rescue him
> > and the animals but crashed....all were fine, but  he had to wait
> > another day.
> >  Today they got them out.  All the animals  were doing well, the
doctor
> > on
> > the other hand was exhausted and at his wits  end...but was the last
> > out, after
> > the animals were safe.
> >
> > Noreen
> > zone 9
> > Texas Gulf Coast
> >
> > In a message dated 9/6/2005 8:46:06 PM Central Standard Time,
> > gardenchat-owner@hort.net writes:
> >
> > One of  the saddest stories I saw on TV was an interview with a man
who
> > had swum 8  hrs with his dogs. He was crying so hard, apologizing to
the
> > dogs for not  getting out sooner and putting them through this. At
least
> > he still had  them with him, but I don't know if he could find food
for
> > them.
> >
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