Our members are active volunteers in Gwinnett County. We work in the parks, schools and community places. Shown below are few pictures of these folks and some of the different places they volunteer.
In March, member Shirley Bohm is shown receiving one of two ‘Silver Star’ awards presented by the Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation department for her Volunteer Service in 2014 at Vines Gardens Park in Loganville. This was a complete surprise to her. She had logged 90 ½ volunteer hours there last year and is also the Master Gardener Project Coordinator for the park with an excellent crew of Gwinnett Master Gardeners who meet every Tuesday to help out at the Park. Shirley also implemented the quarterly public class sessions last year which some were offered as a hands-on demonstration where the public were invited to participate. In the audience at the ‘2014 Volunteer Appreciation Reception was Tina Fleming, the Parks Division Director and Phil Hoskins who is the new Deputy County Administrator. Congratulations Shirley – an award well deserved!!!
GCMGA’s Trainee Breakfast Committee headed by Karen McGinty kicked off Gwinnett’s sponsorship of the breakfasts on March 11th. Providing breakfast goodies, snacks and desserts for the trainees is a tradition that spans back many years. The breakfast sponsorship rotates through the participating metro-Atlanta counties. Many GCMGA members contribute various food items to the breakfast which will be continue for the next two weeks. Karen, along with Susan Smith, Carin Ashman, Betty Songer and Betty Mastley form the committee this year.
This summer, many of our members have volunteered bi-weekly at the local Farmers Markets in Snellville, Grayson, Lawrenceville, Suwannee, Norcross and Lilburn manning the Ask-a-Master-Gardener tents. It’s been a fun time meeting new folks, answering questions, and of course, getting the opportunity to see and buy local produce. Kathy Parent snapped this picture last Saturday (August 9, 2014) at Lawrenceville of (L-R), Betsy Jagels, Freda Steward, Sonia Freidus and Lawrenceville Mayor, Judy Jordan Johnson.