(01/07/2021)
The WVU-Roane County Extension Service’s Master Gardeners met in person via a Zoom Video call on January 5, 2020 beginning at 11:33 a.m. The meeting was called to order by Robin Wilson, Vice President.

Members present included: Robin Wilson, Pam & Ernie Simien, Jennifer Randolph, Peggy Heeter, Elizabeth Close, Sierra Cox, Judy Goodwin, Violet Maston, Nan Copen, and Julie Greathouse. Also in attendance was Brandy Brabham, WVU-Roane County Extension Agent.

Elizabeth reported she had finished 7 pavers and 4 more were curing for the walkway. Brandy and Kellie Rose will cut and place typar under the stones and welcome any helpers to load/unload/set pavers on Friday, January 15 at 8 a.m.

Discussion on having a seed library/exchange project at the Spencer Library, Judy and Violet both volunteered to help.

The nominating committee presented their potential slate of officers: President, Jennifer Randolph; Vice President, Robin Wilson; Treasurer, Ernie Simien; Secretary, Sierra Cox and all new officers were unanimously accepted.

Robin suggested a map of Extension Master Gardener volunteers/advisors in Roane and the surrounding counties be developed to share with residents so they can contact someone from their community when in need of gardening information. This could be put in a newsletter or online or both. Jennifer suggested any Extension Master Gardener contacted should also be encouraged to join our Association and attend meetings. Pam volunteered to help call inactive Extension Master Gardeners and ask if they would join us and if they were willing to have their contact information shared for advisory purposes.

There was discussion on changing the meeting date/time to accommodate more members. It was decided to leave it as is for now.

Mary Quick is working on an updated display to take to events to help promote WVU-Roane County Extension Service and Extension Master Gardeners and Gardening. It will be ready to use in the spring.

Brandy asked if we wanted programs as part of our meetings. There are a few trainees who need to do a public presentation and they will be invited to the February meeting. Meeting participants were asked to please be thinking about topics you can present, or would like to hear about for the coming year. We will try to have a short educational program after each meeting. Robin suggested we invite an FFA officer to participate to see how we can work together.

Upcoming Educational Opportunities announced by Brandy included:

* Winter Dinner Educational Meetings were replaced with a Virtual Agriculture Webinar Series on Thursdays from 7-8 starting January 14 through March 25. Register here:   2021-ag-webinar-series

* WV Food and Farm Coalition Craft tours continue tonight until January 21. Watch on Facebook   WestVirginiaFoodFarmCoalition

* Grow This Challenge here:  here

Brandy reported Kyle Knopp, the new senior trainee from the National Council on Aging (NCOA), will start at the WVU Extension Office on Friday, January 8 to replace a former trainee that has moved. Currently, trainees are paid through the NCOA to work 15 hours a week for community organization through the National Council on Aging program in exchange for office training.

Jennifer Randolph reported that Merlin Shamblin was appointed by the Roane County Commission to serve on the WVU-Roane County Extension Service Committee again for 2021.

Garden calendars are available, stop by or call and they can be dropped off locally. Visit the website and sign up for them.

Judy reminded everyone dues were $10 and due now until March.

Judy moved to adjourn, seconded by Jennifer. Meeting adjourned at 12:15 p.m.


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