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We've been contacted by the local home school group wanting a program in March through May. This hasn't given us much time to try to get something together.
If we get folks interested in presenting something in this regard for a class or two, I'll offer that to them. Catch is I need to get back to her Friday morning, February 9.
We thought we might try to put a program together for them for next year. Within the junior master gardeners program, there are guidelines we can use. If anyone is interested in participating for next year, please also let me know. If we get enough interest, we'll get organized and try to participate next year.
Call me if you think you'd like to present a class this year. My cell is 219-776-9620. Otherwise email and well see what we can organize for next year.
If you’re one of the lucky project or event leaders that will be updating your webpage, this message is for you! If you don’t know what you’re doing yet, or perhaps you’ve been wishing for training, here is a perfect solution. Weebly (our website host) has created a one-hour+ beginners’ guide training video. Please try this before asking for a training class from your webmasters. If necessary, if you need more training after reviewing this video, we will offer either one-on-one or a small training group session.
Please keep the webmasters informed about your need for assistance. Good Luck !!!
- - - Frits and James - - -
Something to Brag about –
Our new members from the Fall 2017 class are jumping right in and becoming active participants in the Baxter County Master Gardener group.
The following are some of their involvement:
James Wiegand is one of our webmasters; Debbie Legner is doing our newsletter; Jennifer Baker has used our Buddy Message Blog to inform us of a gardening topic, "Gaining Ground-Native Plants and Heirloom Seeds" by Vicki Garner at the library. Check her Buddy Message Blog for details.
Recently at the Horticulture Table Meeting our four new guys will be involved with Horticulture Table presentations. James Loveless, James Wiegand, and Jon Smith will be involved with the Horticulture Table presentation, and Jeffrey Pearson will assist with the Flower Arrangement program. Our seventh member of the new class, Toni Olden, spends the winter in warmer climes, yet she has already told Darrell Stewart she will be active at the Norfork Hatchery Project.
Cheers for the newest members !!!!!!!
MAYOR DILLARD HONORED BY MASTER GARDENERS
Mountain Home Mayor Joe Dillard (left) recently received "The Friend of the Baxter County Master Gardeners" award from Susan Chamberlain at 2017 holiday luncheon.
Thursday's 2/8 Educational table speaker and topic is:
James Loveless, "Root of the Problem".
If you have a plant of interest, problem, or to share, please bring in. Also if you have something for the raffle table, it would be appreciated.
Want to thank all those who joined me at the chamber luncheon today.
Everyone who attends gets one minute to speak so 'the more the merrier' really helps get more of our message out.
Many thanks to Jennifer Baker, Priscilla Jamnicky, Phyllis Henley, Jane Druff, and Marcia Taylor.
I thought I'd try something new. I'm publishing here a list of who brings treats for our monthly membership meetings for the rest of 2018. I thought it might be easier than everyone scampering to look to see if I'd published the monthly notice. I've also had to make an adjustment in the alphabet a bit as it was a little lopsided.
So make your calendars!!! Hope this Helps!!
2018 Horticulture Table Topics and Speakers
Other topics for the future
Horticulture Table at the Seminar, March 17, 2018
Rick Gatewood (left) recently accepted the Baxter County Master Gardener Rookie of the Year Award from Susan Chamberlain and Phyllis Henley at the group’s recent Holiday Luncheon.
This buddy message is intended for all master gardeners involved in the updating or reviewing of our website pages. This includes all positions listed in our “Website Updating Duties” webpage. Please make a determination if that includes you or not. If so, read on …...
For over a year we have been using the Dropbox program for saving and sharing copies of the files and photos used in making our website. Unfortunately we are beginning to fill up the 3GB of free internet space given by Dropbox before they start charging for its use. James Wiegand, my new fellow webmaster, and I are planning to conduct a migration from Dropbox to Google Drive. Google Drive can also do the file saving and syncing, but will give us 15GB of free space instead of 3GB, which should be adequate for a long time to come. The process of creating the Google Drive on your PCs will be simple in concept:
Any files that are used to create changes in your webpages should be stored in those folders.
We’re asking you to complete any Dropbox updating that is currently taking place by the end of the week (Friday evening). James and I will then close down the Dropbox from any further updating on Saturday morning. While we are moving the files to the new master Google Drive, all you website updaters and reviewers should create a Google Drive on your PC. Then we will “share" access to the new Google Drive folders with you via email.
All users will need to create a Gmail account to create a Google Drive. Please send me an email reporting your name and gmail address. We will need it to send you “Share” emails. If anyone has a problem creating the Google Drive, please call or send an email to let me know. If necessary, we will schedule a training session at the Library, like we did last year.
A list of the steps involved to create your Google Drive is listed below.
Thanks for all your efforts. We appreciate your understanding and patience during this upgrade.
Creating a Google Drive
Please be careful. If you make a mistake you can’t fix, don’t panic. Call for help. Google keeps old files that have been deleted for some time, and the webmaster will be making backups, so maybe it’s fixable.
- - - Frits - - -
Mark Keaton had agreed to take a picture of new board members February 8th and put in the paper. Those who are not present will have their names listed.
Just want to compliment, and “Thank” Audrey Holt and Joan Burr for the excellent job they both did as co-originators of the new Master Gardener Mentoring Program this year. I was a mentor and attended several of the classes and thought this group of MG’s were being well prepared and informed.
The new zoom classes that were presented were very interesting and went smoothly. There will always be questions that will have to be addressed, but on a whole I give the program a 99.9%.
Thanks again to both of you for doing a great, great job.
The Horticulture Table Committee is planning a meeting this Thursday, January 25, at 1 p.m. at the Library, Knox Community Room A. We will be scheduling the monthly meeting Horticulture Table topics for this year. We will also plan for the exhibits for the Spring Seminar. Anyone who is interested is invited. If you have any ideas, topics you would like to see covered at the monthly meetings, or if you have ideas for displays at the Seminar or plants to bring, please let me know.
I’ve had several questions about the lack of a “login” button on the “Enter Your Hours” timekeeping function. The system has been scheduled to be down for a few days but is expected to be back up on line Monday, January 15th. The state staff will issue a notice when it comes back on line, and we will post the notice in the Buddy Messages when it is received. Sorry for the confusion.
- - - Frits - - -
Folks whose last name begins with A through P are asked to bring treats for the January meeting.
Sorry for the late notice.....This is a new job for me, and I just forgot.
See y'all on Thursday.
Here is the info I have so far for our 2018 meeting speakers:
Thanks, Janie Robbins
The library is again hosting the volunteer fair on Saturday, January 13 from 10 to 2. This is an event to let folks know we're here and encourage them to join our group.
Anyone interested in manning a master gardeners booth that day please contact Ceil Gasiecki at email@example.com or 219-776-9620.
MY LAST MESSAGE AS BCMG PRESIDENT 2016-2017
When I became President in Jan 2016 I had only been a MG member for two years. I did not know many of the members nor did I know much. I have enjoyed getting to know MG members in the past two years; some have become good friends. I have since learned that Ceil G. has a super memory for taking notes, Priscilla J. has a love for animals she traps, Betsy D. loves violets, Susan C. is very flexible and can do most anything she is asked, our webmaster has compassion for those in distress, Joan B. is a super woman, Audrey H. is very organized, smart and helpful, Darrell S. is very pleasant to work with and always pulls through in a crisis. The rest of you are very nice friendly and kind people.
While I was President I wanted to find ways to bring more people to Master Gardeners and letting the community know about BCMG. I think some of this has been accomplished. I have had the blessed opportunity to work with a wonderful considerate board. I want to “blow the board’s horn” and share some of the items the board has incorporated the past several years. I may have left something out but I am sure I got the majority.
2016- 2017 BOARD ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone!
2017 MG President
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Happy New Year
Have A Wonderful
With Family & Friends
From The Baxter County
Copyright © 2017 Baxter County Master Gardener Organization, All rights reserved.
THANK YOU FOR OUTSTANDING SERVICE ON THE BOARD!
Leaving the board are Mary Smith - Jan Halligan - Priscilla Jamnicky
2017 BCMG AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
2018 BOARD MEMBERS
2017 RECOGNITION OF BCMG MEMBERS
BCMG GARDEN COORDINATORS
2018 BCMG EVENT COORDINATORS
LAST BUT CERTAINLY NOT LEAST WE WELCOME OUR NEW BCMG CLASS MEMBERS
BCMG President 2017
To: Baxter County Master Gardeners
As we close the book on 2017, I want to wish everyone a joyous holiday season! May Peace and Love reside in your hearts and minds not only at this time of year, but all year long.
I am excited about leading our group in 2018. We have a great group of individuals who maintain our garden projects and support all the community programs that the Master Gardeners are involved in. Like many volunteer organizations, we are continually faced with new challenges. But our group has proven time and again that if we come together and focus on the issue, we can meet the challenge successfully. I know that will continue to be the case. If we all keep planting, nurturing, and growing; we will not only have beautiful flowers to enjoy, but loving, caring gardeners to work together with in this garden we call Earth.
I hope everyone who can, will attend the Christmas Party on Thursday. Enjoy the food and festivities! Celebrate the great year we've had and be excited for the year ahead. I'll see y'all at the January meeting on the 11th. (Regretfully, I will not be able to attend the Christmas party this year.)
Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
M E R R Y C H R I S T M A S
BCMG AWARDS AND FOOD!
PLEASE BRING FOOD FOR THE MOUNTAIN HOME FOOD BANK TO BE DEPOSITED IN THE TRUNK OF JUDY BRIESKE'S CAR.
PLEASE BRING YOUR PLACE SETTING - COFFEE AND/OR BEVERAGE WILL BE PROVIDED.
PICTURES WILL BE TAKEN OF THOSE RECEIVING AWARDS FOR THE LOCAL PAPER. SO PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU HAVE YOUR PICTURE TAKEN BY JO STRICKLAND BEFORE LEAVING.
THE NEW BOARD WILL BE ANNOUNCED AND THEIR PICTURE WILL BE IN THE JANUARY NEWSPAPER AS ONE BOARD MEMBER WILL BE ABSENT.
NEW MASTER GARDENERS FOR BAXTER COUNTY
Seven Baxter County residents recently completed the Master Gardener training offered by the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service. The group participated in a 40-hour training program, and each volunteer will donate 40 hours back to the Extension Service in the areas of horticulture and ornamental horticulture.
The group will meet monthly and work on community service projects throughout the coming year. As of November, the Baxter County Master Gardeners have logged 3575 volunteer hours back to the community in 2017.
For more information on the Master Gardener program, call 425-2335.
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