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RE: disgusted

Years ago, I attended a seminar on volunteers.  The main point of the
program was that different generations were attracted by different
motivations.  For the pre-baby boomer group, the motivation was
contributing to a "good program"; for the baby boomers, it was "you have x
skill that we need...would you help with this task (and give a specific
task and set up a specific time); for generation x, "get together some of
your friends and help with X".  I don't know what it would be for y as the
seminar didn't reach that far down.  Perhaps, such an approach would help
with your program.

> [Original Message]
> From: Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT <cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Date: 9/24/2007 10:28:55 AM
> Subject: RE: [CHAT] disgusted
> Donna's right about the volunteers you know, don't take it personally
> that you haven't yet found others as enthused as you are. It truly is
> the same everywhere. Maybe religion and politics inspire more committed
> groupies but for everything else there are a few who keep the effort
> going and the rest just show up from time to time.
> Cyndi
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
> Behalf Of Donna
> Sent: Sunday, September 23, 2007 4:41 AM
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] disgusted
> I hope hort Ed listens to you.   You are the backbone of his
> organization and
> if you cut back or quit he will never find someone to replace what you
> do for
> them.
> I used to be involved in many organizations, and it is the same
> everywhere.  A few do the work, most socialize.   I think somewhere I
> read
> that only 2 percent of volunteers hold the whole club together.  I
> believe
> that.
> I had thought once I quit, my own house and yard would be in great
> shape with the additional time.  Somehow that didn't happen.  It is
> still a
> wreck.  I think it was Jesse that bulldozed to start again.  Right about
> now,
> that is looking like a good option here too !
> Donna
> ----- Original Message
> ----
> From: Kitty <kmrsy@comcast.net>
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Sent: Saturday,
> September 22, 2007 11:57:15 PM
> Subject: [CHAT] disgusted
> You know, I welcome
> fall and winter; it always yields to a feeling of
> renewal in spring.  And
> man, I could use some renewal.
> I'm cutting the MG Mursery back by 1/2 as many
> plants because it's too much
> work for just a few people.  We had 15 people on
> the nursery crew this year
> for 1500 plants and yet most would do little more
> than water the plants for
> 2 weeks during the season, and even then would let
> the plants collapse from
> lack of water.  They refuse to pull even a single
> weed. I repeatedly asked
> for help, scheduled work sessions, asked for their
> opinions and ideas and
> got nowhere.  I scheduled a meeting for last Mon w/
> 2wks notice and only 4
> showed up.  Today was our workday in the Display
> Gardens and also in the
> Nursery and there was just me.  Some of the Nursery
> people were there but
> they chose to work on the Grounds instead.
> I'm not a
> bad person.  I don't yell.  I'm friendly and I try to encourage.
> When I can't
> get them to do the work, I just end up doing it myself.  But
> this has been a
> very difficult, time-consuming, and stressful season for me
> both at work and
> at home, so a lot just hasn't gotten done at the nursery.
> We lost Art our
> "Soil Technician" who mixed the best stuff for us, always
> had 15-30 pails
> ready when needed.  He got toally fed up with the other MGs
> (outside the
> nursery) and quit the program.  One woman died.  Another had
> hip replacement
> surgery.  But that still leaves 11.  A few are good workers
> but decided they
> won't return next year because it takes too much time.
> (they average about
> 1-2 hours a week in the nursery)  Several others would
> rather work in other
> areas of the garens.  And 5 of them just never seem to
> show up; they're
> always busy with something more important.
> So I've asked the Hort Ed for 6 or
> 7 new people for next year.  He said
> "I'll try to remember to put it on the
> list."  I told him if he doesn't
> remember, he'll have to close the nursery.
> I'll give it a try with a new
> crew, but if it doesn't pan out, I'm outa
> there....Until, I suppose, the
> next April.  when renewal gets the better of
> me and I start feeling
> optimistic again.
> Kitty
> neIN, Zone 5
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