Wednesday, July 29, 2015

CCMGA July Update

Hello Cabell County Master Gardeners and friends,
I hope that everyone has been able to get out and enjoy their gardens now that the monsoons of the past few weeks have (hopefully) passed.
I just want to pass a few reminders along to you as we move from July into August.

Picnic
Our annual picnic is scheduled for 3 pm on August 29 in Shelter #1 at Barboursville Park.  We will recognize the newly certified master gardeners with a presentation of certificates and their WVMG name badge.  We will have a brief business meeting while our meal is being prepared.  The evening’s activity will be geocaching with Brian Cordle.  Brian will take us on a GPS scavenger hunt around the park and introduce us to geocaching as a great way to get outdoors and enjoy nature.  If you would like to engage in this activity please wear shoes that are appropriate for walking around the park.
If you are planning to come to the meeting, please contact Jane Wilson (jackjanewilson@gmail.com or 304- 416-1740) and let her know what side dish, condiments, lettuce, tomato, onions or dessert you would like to bring to the picnic to share.  In your message to Jane please let her know how many will be in your group.  This picnic is a family event so please bring guests just let Jane know how many so she can plan for the food.  CCMGA will provide the meat, breads, cheese, soft drinks and the paper products.

Name Badges
Outgoing treasurer, Greg Norris, will be ordering name badges for recently certified Master Gardeners.  Anyone who needs a new name badge should contact Greg (wvframer@ntelos.net) by August 8. 

State Fair
The State Fair of West Virginia will be held at Fairlea, WV from August 14-23.  If you are planning to go to the fair, you may want to stop by the WVMGA demonstration garden since our group made a contribution to expand this display.  You can also volunteer hours by working at the demonstration garden.  A posting on our website gives more information on signing up to volunteer.

International Master Gardener Conference
The International Master Gardener Conference is scheduled for September 22-25 in Council Bluffs, Iowa.  More links to the conference and more information is on our website.

2016 MGIT Class
The class for new Master Gardeners is now being planned and should be starting in January 2016.  Debbie Martin and Jane Wilson are working to plan for instructors to present required and elective sessions for the MGITs.  Anyone who would like to assist them should contact Debbie (MartinPTA@aol.com) or Jane (jackjanewilson@gmail.com). 
If you know anyone who would like to consider becoming a Master Gardener and would like more information, please direct them to our website (www.cabellcountymastergardeners.com) where they will see a link near the top of the page that says “Sign up to get more information on becoming a Master Gardener”.

Upcoming 2015 Meetings
Our next regular meeting is at 6:30 on October 13 at Enslow Park Presbyterian Church where Mary Beckelhimer will tell us about the Botany of Witchcraft.  On November 10, Tim Hardesty and Joe Browning of the Ohio Valley Camera Club will give us tips on taking better photos of our gardens.  Our Christmas party will be on Saturday, December 5 with wreath making and holiday cheer.  The December meeting will be at the Boyd County Extension Office with Lori Bowling. The meeting schedule is posted to the “About CCMGA” page of our website.

2016 Meetings

The CCMGA Executive Committee is looking at potential meeting dates and topics.  If you know of a good presentation or, better yet, if you are willing to present a session yourself, please let me know (beckelhimer@gmail.com) and we would love to continue the education programs at our 2016 meetings.

Website
Please continue to watch our website (www.cabellcountymastergardeners.com), especially our Events page where announcements are posted.  Our calendar also identified many educational and service opportunities.  The most recent treasurer reports and meeting minutes are also posted to the “About CCMGA” section. I am thinking of ways to make our website more useful, informative and user friendly.  Please give me any feedback or suggestions that you have.

Enjoy the rest of your summer. I will look forward to seeing everyone at the picnic.  Please feel free to contact me at any time.

Steve Beckelhimer, President 2015-2016
Cabell County Master Gardener Association, Inc.



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