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News You Can Use" is a weekly newsletter issued by the OSU Extension, which newsletter contains timely information for Cuyahoga County Master Gardeners. The newsletter includes statewide events and programs of interest to Master Gardeners. Please provide information on your events to Pat Koch at the Extension Office, (216) 429-8200.

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Important News and Upcoming Events


New Master Gardener Volunteers
Congratulations to the 25 Interns who are now Active Master Gardener Volunteers in Cuyahoga County!  Their celebration luncheon was on Saturday November 12.

Welcome:  Janer Belson, Tracy Brubaker, Jimmy Cannata, Beth Conroy, Paula Damm, Elizabeth Filak, Sandra Gates, Erin Gay, Joy Geiss, Linda Gerhart, Darlene Holt, Dawn Johnson, Divinia Koonce, Molly Laks, Theresa Lemut, Edward Levine, Christine Liebson, Andrea Lindsay, Kristine Meaux, Mary Murphy, Theresa Repicky, Patricia Sauernheimer, Sabrina Vandenbroeck, Jennifer Wey.

Strategic Plannining

The Advisory Committee has approved strategic planning which discussed and prioritized key areas of focus and address three primary strategic initiatives: Optimize Volunteers and the Volunteer Experience, Enhance Educational Programming, and Strengthen Organizational Structure. The planning process produced a clearer definition of where the organization desires to go in the next three years and what MGCC expects of itself. Task forces will be created to implement the plan, reviewing current practices, developing methods for achieving the desired ends, and implementing them. The following information provides details:
    Strategic Initiatives: (These documents are in the Archives, which requires ID and password. Check with the MGV Program Coordinator if you have forgotten them.)
        Introduction
        Initiative I -
Optimize Volunteers and the Volunteer Experience
        Initiative II -
Enhance Educational Programming
        Initiative III - Strengthen Organizational Structure
    Gantt Chart - showing timing of plan steps
    Glossary and committee members listing


MGV Management System
The Master Gardener Volunteer Management System is now operational for the
reporting of volunteer hours and continuing education hours by each Master Gardener directly into an online internet reporting system. Time logs for recording information between submissions are posted below. New project listings (Click here for Project Listings) must be used to record volunteer hours in order to coordinate with new state-wide tracking categories. If time is not reported, the hours will not be counted toward annual requirements. Provisions have been made for Master Gardeners without internet access.
Continuing Education Reporting - Continuing education hours earned at Master Gardener-approved events must be included on time logs and entered into the online reporting system. Continuing education credit may also be obtained by other means, but a form (see below) must be submitted in addtion to the online reporting. Forms are provided for use in obtaining credit by other means: 1) reading a book and writing a book review, 2) visiting a garden and writing about what was seen and learned, and 3) attending a non-Master Gardener program and writing about it. The form itself need not be completely filled out if the information requested in the form is included on a report provided as an attachment to the form. Completed forms may be emailed to: koch.399@osu.edu.
Go to the Forms page for Instructions and an online tutorial for using the MGV Management System, Time Logs, project categories, and non-MG Continuing Education reporting forms.


MG Education Store
We have an Education Store on our website.  You may order and pay for attendance at educational programs presented by MGCC. Payment may be made by credit card or by your PayPal account. PayPal will process the transactions.  Programs will be offered for purchase about 60 days before the date of the program.   Go to: cuyahogamg.org/EducationStore, or find it in the MG Only section.
     For Continuing Education programs, register online only if you are paying for the programs.   Due to payment system constraints which will not accept a $0.00 transaction, a $0.50 charge will apply to register online with only Bonus Bucks--the Bonus Bucks must still be mailed in by the deadline. To avoid the charge, fill out the paper registration form, and mail it with your Bonus Bucks. Bonus Buck registrations with a paid guest will not be charged the fee. (Previously issued Bonus Bucks will still be accepted for one $7.50 program.)
     If you are mailing in your registration form(s), please note hint #5, below.
 Hints for Shopping:
1 - Fill out form completely, including all program-specific blanks.
2 - For multiple registrations including others, if permitted, fill out the form for each registrant, add it to the cart, then continue shopping and return to Store page for a new form for the next registrant. Provide the name for each registrant.
3 - For special needs, such as dietary restrictions when food is offered, please state them during Checkout as special instructions. We will try to accommodate your needs.
4 - For multiple registrations, if the added registrants would like to be on our email news list, please add them to the special instructions.
5 - Online registrations are applied immediately against the number of available reservations. Mail registration submissions are subject to Postal Service and processing lags, increasing the chances of being closed out. Submit mail registrations early for programs with attendance limits to prevent being closed out.


■ Guidelines for Community Gardening Volunteer Hours

There has been a lot of confusion about Master Gardener involvement in community gardening. While the MG Program wants to support community gardening, guidelines have been established for when it is an approved Master Gardener activity and when it is an extension of personal horticultural interest. See Guidelines for Community Gardening Volunteer Hours.


Special Volunteer Opportunities
Check out the Volunteer Center for these and other volunteering opportunities:


Community Gardening Mentors Wanted
Enlisting Now!

The Community Gardening Committee is seeking new volunteers to mentor gardens for the coming season. Training will begin this month and will equip you with knowledge and skills to help a new garden get growing! Volunteer hours are flexible, so this is a good volunteer position if you have a job or family constraints.

The training will include basic vegetable gardening skills, pest and disease management, and advice on how to be a garden mentor. Attendance is not mandatory, but HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, especially for new mentors. Two hours of continuing education credits will be given.

Please contact me to learn more. Even if you’re just curious, please come to one of the training sessions. (You only need to attend one.)
Wednesday, January 18th, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Maple Heights Library
Saturday, January 21st, 10:00 – 12:00, extension office
On Saturday, March 11th, there will be a Meet and Greet, where mentors and garden leaders come together. More details to follow.

Marianne Sachs
mari@sagework.net
216-702-3861
Community Gardening Committee


■ Ben Franklin School Demonstration Gardeners Needed
The Ben Franklin Perennial, Herb and Vegetable Demonstration Gardens were created so that the visiting public could learn from the gardens and the volunteers who care for them. These gardens are always in need of many hands to give the proper care to the plants and to manage the weeding and watering. Please join other Master Gardener Volunteers on Monday nights from 6:45pm to 8:45pm and Saturdays from 8:30am-10:30am. This is in addition to the usual hours of 8:30am-12:00pm on Thursdays.

Share the Health Garden Volunteers Needed
We have an urgent need for volunteers at the Share the Health Garden. If you haven’t been out to see it, you will be amazed. It is a very large garden with an electrified deer fence, irrigation system, and lots of vegetables. Vegetable plants are growing strong and so are the weeds!
We meet on Monday mornings at 9 AM. The more hands, the faster the work gets done - but we usually work for about 2 hours. You will learn a lot about vegetable gardening. The garden is located at the Gates Mills Environmental Education Center, 390 County Line Road, Gates Mills.
Please come or email Laura at arual74@hotmail.com if you have questions. We can use your help and you can get some good volunteer hours in a beautiful country setting.

Willott Iris Garden Needs Volunteers
Volunteers are always needed at the Willott Iris Garden at the Greenhouse. From 9:30 AM until 12:30 PM every Wednesday and Saturday are good times to go. This time of year is always busy with weeding and dividing. You will learn so much! Contact Hank Doll.

Ben Franklin School Children's Garden - Thursday mornings, 9:00 - 11.30 - The Ben Franklin School Children's Garden needs volunteers. Earn hours. Come to 1905 Spring Rd., Cleveland, about 5 blocks west of Rt. 176 (Jennings Freeway) or 2 blocks east of Broadview (map).

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