The Outagamie County Master Gardener Executive Board meets on the first Thursday of each month at the 3375 W. Brewster, Appleton. The board meets to consider input from members and to finalize the agenda for the general meeting.
|Jill Botvinik||President (through 2019)|
|OPEN||Vice President (through 2020)|
|Tom Wentzel||Treasurer (through 2020)|
|Nancy Goodman||Executive Secretary (through 2020)|
|Don Brill||State Representative (through 2019)|
|OPEN||Member at Large (through 2019)|
|Peg Ebben||Member at Large (through 2019)|
|Donna Nett-Heus||Member at Large (through 2020)|
|Member Education Chair
Community Education Outreach Chair
|Kim Lesperance / Brad DeBroux||Communications Co-Chairs|
|Lori Mendels / Jaci Micke||Fundraising Co-Chairs|
|Karen Peckham||Sanctioned Project Coordinator|
|OPEN||Long Range Planning Chair|
|Sue Mings||Grants & Scholarships Chair|
Grounds / Garden Chair
|Nancy Goodman||Member Recording Secretary|
|Kevin Jarek, Advisor||UWEX Crops, Soils, & Horticultural Agent|
The Education Committee consists of two separate divisions: Member Education and Public Education Outreach. The first plans and implements the training programs for the Master Gardener program, working within the State and National guidelines. This Committee takes responsibility for planning the curriculum, recruiting instructors and speakers, and working with each new class of Master Gardener students. Additional tasks include the planning of workshops and seminars, acquisition of speakers for meetings and conferences, and responsibility for the resource library at the UW-Ext. The second plans all activities, conferences, and anything related to education of the public. This includes our annual spring garden conference, summer garden walk, library presentations as well as the Outagamie County Fair booth.
The Communication Committee holds responsibility for the quarterly newsletter, the OCMGA website, the OCMGA Facebook page, the OCMGA blog, all mass e-mails to members, and emails to non-members about various events and fundraisers throughout our calendar year.
The Fund Raising Committee holds responsibility for organizing fundraising events, including the ordering of product, recruitment of volunteers, procurement of supplies, and interaction with both the Communication and Education Committees to ensure resounding success.
Project Sanctioning Committee
Certified Master Gardeners earn service hours each year by working on projects that have been sanctioned, or approved, on the basis of the benefit that it will bring to the community. The Project Sanctioning Committee receives requests for new project sanctions, and follows up on the progress of those projects that have been approved.
Long Range Planning Committee
The Long Range Planning Committee serves as an advisory to the board to ensure the vision of the organization remains relevant, and to ensure that goals are met and/or re-calibrated as needed.
Grants and Scholarships Committee
Application for grants and/or scholarships may be submitted to OCMGA for horticultural/educational projects. The committee is responsible for the application process, criteria for the awards, and making recommendations to the board for awarding recipients.
Strong member involvement is critical to the long-term success of any volunteer organization. The committee will work with new and existing members to ensure a strong body of volunteers.
Grounds / Gardens Committee
On the grounds of the University of Wisconsin-Extension office at 3365 W. Brewster Street and our own offices at 3375 W. Brewster Street are many gardens and pathways that are used for classroom studies, as well as being available for browsing by the general public. In addition, the grounds are used for our annual plant sale each May. This committee takes responsibility for the design of each of the garden areas, as well as maintenance of those areas.