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Re: MG


I take issue with that. I've been on both sides of the fence, both administering the program, and waiting for more than a decade to be able to take it. I first heard about the MG program shortly after it was started in Oregon, but wasn't able to take it until 1989. For many years, even after I was certified, I railed against the "unfairness" of only having morning classes.

We tried holding evening classes. many, many times. (Our program runs 2 days per week for 11 weeks, and we've done morning , afternoon and evening classes. ) We've gotten almost no volunteer hours out of the members of the evening classes, and significantly fewer with those that have taken the afternoon classes than those that have taken morning classes.

It may be different in your state, but if so, that bucks the norm, from what I've heard from MG coordinators in other states. I was Advanced MG Training Coordinator for several years, and had a lot of contact with MG coordinators from other states. The stats were dismal.

I know that there are many volunteers that could have fulfilled their hours, even with evening MG training, but percentage-wise, they haven't done so. All of our evening classes have been dismal failures as far as returning volunteer hours is concerned, even though many professed to be available. It was always, "No, I can't help, my son/grandchild has a soccer game on Saturday" or some such.


----- Original Message ----- From: "Kitty" <kmrsy@comcast.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Saturday, November 22, 2008 7:16 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] MG

They can offer it any time they want. The fact that they offer only weekday classes is a strong indication IMO that the instructors aren't interested in going the extra mile (spending their evenings in the classroom) and/or that the program has been geared to utilize MGs mainly during weekdays.

neIN, Zone 5

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