- The President shall preside over all meetings of the Club and Executive Board and shall perform such duties as regularly pertain to the office. The President shall be ex-officio member of all committees and shall appoint the chairs of all standing committees and special committees as necessary. The President may call special meetings of the Club or Executive Board as the need arises. The President shall not vote at Club meetings unless there is a tie, and shall cast the deciding vote.
- The Vice-President shall assist the President in the discharge of his/her duties, and shall perform in the duties of President in the absence of or inability of the President. The Vice-President shall be the Chair of the Publicity Committee and any other special duties as assigned by the President.
- The Secretary shall keep all the minutes and attendance of regular and Executive Board meetings... and any other duties as assigned by the preseident and/or Executive commitee. (Some additional duties specified for the Secretary in the by-laws are currently being done by the "Information Officer," which is currently an unofficial position, and by the other officers. ...correspondence with members and other Club affiliates, have charge of the books and papers of the Club, prepare reports for publication and filing to appropriate organizations, attend to the distribution of notices and bulletins.)
- The Treasurer shall be the custodian of the funds of the Club and shall pay expenditures approved by the Executive Board. The Treasurer shall make financial reports at every regular meeting, a yearly financial report at the Annual (November) meeting, and be subject to an annual audit in October by the Executive Board. The Treasurer shall receive dues from the members... and keep an up-to-date membership record at all times.
- Pam is offering to run for President but would welcome anyone else who would like to step forward. Please send Pam your name if you would like to run or would like to nominate someone.
- Pam is proposing Mary G or Janet B for VP if either would like to run or anyone else who would like to hold this office (please email Pam with your name or the name of a willing nominee). The VP candidate should be willing to move into the President position in subsequent years.
- We need a Secretary who expects to be attending most meetings and can email digital copies of the minutes to Pam for posting on the blog. If you don't know everyone's names, please feel free to ask for people to give names at the start of the meeting. Georgianne? Anyone else?
- While the By-laws specify that no officer may hold office for more than two consecutive terms, we will ask that this be waived again and that Becky T. continue on as Treasure unless there is a member who would like to run for this office.
MASTER GARDENER VOLUNTEER TRAINING TO BE HELD
Garden enthusiasts interested in learning more about horticulture and who have an interest in volunteering in their local communities can now sign up for the University of Wisconsin Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Training program. Classes will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6-9 pm starting September 6 and will continue through Tuesday November 22. Classes will be held at the Government Center on Hwy K north of Siren.
The class format will include a combination of on-site live instruction and instruction via live interactive web-based conferencing. Instructors include both University of Wisconsin Specialists, and guest instructors. Classes will meet once a week for thirteen weeks and cover topics on general gardening practices, botany, soils, pest management, entomology, weeds, plant pathology, herbaceous plants, woody plants, lawns and backyard wildlife.
According to Kevin Schoessow, Area Agriculture Development Agent, for Burnett, Washburn and Sawyer Counties, the purpose of this program is to train volunteers to assist with community projects related to horticulture, gardening and nutrition. While participants will get a broad base of knowledge in horticulture, the ultimate purpose of the training is to recruit volunteers. To become certified as UW-Extension Master Gardener Volunteer participants must commit 24 hours of volunteer service per year.
The registration fee for the thirteen sessions will be $120, which covers the cost of the Handbook for Gardeners and the Wisconsin Master Gardener Program Manual, a one-year membership to the North County Master Gardeners Association and speaker costs. If two people share the manual and handbook, cost for the second person to attend the training is $85.
The Spooner Area UW-Extension is sponsoring the Master Gardening Volunteer Training. Class size is limited. Copies of the registration form and a list of scheduled times and dates can be found by visiting their web site at: http://www.cals.wisc.edu/ars/spooner/pdf/2011MasterGardenerVolunteerTraining.pdf
or contact Kevin Schoessow at the Spooner Area UW Extension Office at 715-635-3506 or 1-800-528-1914.
ADDITIONAL CONTACT INFORMATION
Kevin Schoessow is an area Ag Development Agent for University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension. His office is located at the Spooner Ag Research Station and he can be reached by telephone at 715-635-3506 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"A volunteer's time is the true example of selfless giving" JRC
Area Agriculture Development Agent
Spooner Area UW-Extension
Spooner Agriculture Research Station
Annual Garden Twilight Tour, Spooner Agriculture Research Station on Tuesday, August 23 from 4:00 pm until dusk.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Annual Garden Twilight Tour Tuesday August 23
The public is invited to attend the annual twilight garden tour at the Spooner Agriculture Research Station on Tuesday, August 23 from 4:00 pm until dusk.
There will be demonstration and displays on composting, drip irrigation, adaptive gardening, rain barrels, food preservation, raised bed gardening, native pollinators and beekeeping. Tasting of vegetables, fresh salsa, and grilled vegetables will also be offered.
UW-Extension Plant Pathologist Brian Hudelson from UW-Madison and UW-Extension Fruit and Vegetable Specialist Brian Smith from UW-River Falls are invited guests. These specialists along with Kevin Schoessow, Area Ag Development Agent and local UW-Extension Master Gardener Volunteers will be on hand to lead discussions and answer questions on a wide range of horticulture and gardening topics.
There will be an introduction of guests and speakers at 5 pm, followed by short presentations by Dr. Hudelson and Dr. Smith.
Participants can also see the newly installed “off the grid” drip irrigation system and a hoop house.
Schoessow reminds gardeners to be sure to bring your plant and insect questions. “Bring samples in plastic baggies, clearly labeled so that if we need to get back to you with an answer, we have your name and contact information”.
Visitors can see over 350 plant selections in the garden this year, both annual and perennial. Favorites include the cold hardy wine and table grapes, heirloom tomatoes, garlic, and of course the All American Selections Display featuring award winning annual flowers and vegetables from 2006-2011. There is also a landscaped perennial display garden featuring roses, flowering shrubs, ornamental grasses and other flowering perennials.
The demonstration garden is a joint effort between the Spooner Agriculture Research Station, UW-Extension and Master Gardeners Association. The garden is free and open to the public August through September for self guided tours. Guided tours are available M-F 8am-4:30 pm.
There is no cost to attend this event, however participants are asked to bring a non perishable food item, to support local food shelves.
Upcoming events in the garden include the fall harvest garden walk on Tuesday Sept 27, the putting the garden to bed garden walk on Tuesday Oct 25, and a fall table grape pruning workshop on Saturday Nov 5.
The garden is located ~1/2 mile north of Hwy 70 on Orchard Lane, across from the Sheep Research Facilities at the Spooner Ag Research Station. The research station is located ~ 1 mile east of Spooner on Hwy 70. Watch for garden meeting signs.
Check the Station’s web site for more information and a map: http://www.uwex.edu/ces/sars/programs.html or contact Kevin Schoessow at the Spooner Area UW Extension Office at 715-635-3506 or .
The Burnett Medical Center garden has survived unscatherd. If anyone is disappointed about the tour cancellation, they can visit the hospital garden anytime.
Please let us know if you have damage from the storm and would like help with the cleanup. I will post requests on the blog. Anyone available to help can call these members: Pam, Becky, Linnea, Linnea’s mom Shirley, or Teresa. Numbers can be found in the 2011 bulletin.
Here are a few pictures of the damage at my house (if you'd like to share photos, send them to pameladavies @ yahoo.com) :
Loading up the van was a little tricky.
The Grant House in Rush city, less than two blocks away, was a great place for refreshments. The raspberry cream cake was a real hit. Thursday's special two dollar burgers were home made! We all agreed we'd be back.Wanda's house, a few miles out of town on lush, winding roads, is situated on 15 beautiful acres that feature a small pond and a terrific bonfire pit.
In the backgound, notice Wanda's experimental square foot gardens.
We posed for a photo, Kristie serving as photographer, then went to have a quick look at the livestock--chicks and ducklings!
Our schedule is :
5:30 PM at Grantsburg High School, if you wish to carpool to Rush City
6:00 PM meet Wanda at 2 Eskies Greenhouse (right on 61 in town—they close at 7:00 PM))
7:00 PM go to Grant House for dessert (they close at 8:00 PM)
We will tour Wanda’s garden after dessert.
Sounds like a fun time!! Hope to see you all there!