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For those of you who are fans of the “trilogy” of six books, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams, this title will make sense to you. For those of you not familiar, I can only recommend you get to reading these.
As I hand over the reins of the JCMGA board to our new President, Regula Pepi, I wanted to express my appreciation and love for this organization and all the friends and volunteers who make Jackson County Master Gardeners such a wonderful force for good in our community.
Despite seemingly insurmountable obstacles – COVID-19, shut downs, well failures, decreased membership – our board and all our volunteers have continued to serve the association and the broader community in so many ways: garden maintenance on campus, teaching OLLI classes, Winter Dreams Summer Gardens Symposium, JPR radio gardening show, JCLS library lectures, installation of a native plant demonstration garden at Britt Festival, and many more that I am sure I am omitting.
So, this is both a thank you and an appeal.
It has been my great honor to serve as president. Before I agreed, two years ago, to become president-elect, and then president, I had no idea of the complexity of steering such a giant ship of volunteers. I have learned so much from my fellow gardeners and board members and appreciate their dedication so much.
My hope is that each of you, as members, will reflect on how you might help Jackson County Master Gardeners to maintain the high level of service we provide for Rogue Valley gardeners and the broader community. Can you be sure you have renewed your membership? Can you volunteer to help with upcoming events? If you cannot volunteer in person, can you assist from home? If you are capable of making a monetary donation, we are always in need of money to fund our programs. Please be sure you are checking the JCMGA website regularly, and pressing that donate button, if you can. https://jacksoncountymga.org/
I have one more year on the board as past-president and look forward to seeing many–I hope all–of you in the gardens this year.
So long…and thanks for all the fish!