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Re: MG classes

Melody - we're allowed to attend sessions too, but they're during weekdays
now when I work.  I took a vacation day today to drive to an out of town
nursery to pick up plant donations for our MG plant sale on Saturday.  I'll
be in transit during today's class.  So much for that.

I agree that 6 hours/yr is manageable.  It's actually easy for most people.
I just haven't paid attention to it because in the past you needed the 6hrs
to be an ADVANCED Master Gardener.  I didn't mind just being a plain old
MG - I even thought  "Advanced" sounded sort of snooty for me.   Now
everyone has to do it to remain certified at all.  I'm not complaining.  I
have another month to find just one more hour and I'm ok.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Melody" <mhobertm@excite.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Thursday, September 11, 2003 3:30 AM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] MG classes

> Kitty: Our IA program lets us attend current sessions of the MG classes
> in order to meet the education requirements if we can't find anything
> else...attending 2 3 hr. sessions would fulfill the whole 6 hrs. And
> here in my county, our neighbors to the north in a different county have
> a community college that has a large agricultural/horticultural division
> that sponsors quite a few Saturday and evening classes that meet the
> requirements. The 12 volunteer hours/6 educational hours requirement has
> been part of Iowa's MG program for some time now...and it really is
> quite manageable, even with my overly busy schedule.
> Melody, IA (Z 5/4)
> "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."
> --Albert Einstein
>  --- On Mon 09/08,  < kmrsy@comcast.net > wrote:
> From:  [mailto: kmrsy@comcast.net]
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Date: Mon, 08 Sep 2003 17:14:20 +0000
> Subject: [CHAT] MG classes
> Each county or state handles the classes differently. Here we have
> classes <br>twice a week for 3hrs at a time for 8 to 9 weeks. Equals 51
> hours; roughly the <br>same number of volunteer hours expected after the
> training. However, some <br>counties conduct their classes in longer but
> fewer sessions, even 6 or 8 hour <br>full days. I think that in most
> cases the amount of training time is still <br>somewhere between 50 and
> 65.<br><br>There are a lot of changes taking place in the Indiana MG
> program. A new state <br>coordinator is streamlining things and
> requiring all districts to meet certain <br>standards and requirements.
> Most of these are already met here in Allen <br>County. However, you're
> no longer a MG for 'life'. You must volunteer at <br>least 12 hrs each
> year and get 6 hrs of education each year to remain <br>certified. A new
> logo has been developed to help protect Purdue's control over <br>the MG
> name in IN. Any MGs who have stopped turning in hours anytime in the
> <br>past 25 years will be given until April 2004 for recertification. A
> new badge <br>system will be applied depending on volunteer and
> education hours rather than <br>on the previous method of years of
> service. I have over 2000 hours of service <br>in but I will get the
> lowest badge because I haven't kept up my education <br>hours. I can't
> afford seminars and bus trips and the free seminars are always <br>given
> during our plant sales which I must work. It looks like I'll have to go
> <br>to the Home and Garden show - ugh - to listen to some speakers.
> Personally, I <br>don't care what color badge I have, but I can't let
> them kick me out!<br>> 9 Wednesdays? We did every Tuesday and Thursday
> morning, 9 until 12:30, for<br>> 3 months, January through March.<br>>
> <br>> Daryl<br>> <br>> ----- Original Message ----- <br>> From: "Pamela
> J. Evans" <gardenqueen@gbronline.com><br>> To:
> <gardenchat@hort.net><br>> Sent: Monday, September 08, 2003 10:50
> AM<br>> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Re:Guardian angels & car wrecks & fall<br>>
> <br>> <br>> > Wish
> I could do that but I can't afford to take 9 Wednesdays off in a<br>> >
> row. Especially since they have the MG course during our busy time.<br>>
> > Pity.<br>> <br>>
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