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Re: MG program problems


Zem, 
The original purpose - the whole reason for starting the MG program -
was exactly that: to be extra office help for the extension agent. It is
still the primary reason, but it is by no means the only reason.


Kitty

-- "Zemuly Sanders" <zsanders@midsouth.rr.com> wrote:
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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