A diverse group of twenty Multnomah MGs met on the afternoon of Sunday, March 10th with a professional facilitator, Leo McCloud, who volunteered his time and supported us through a four-hour strategic planning session.  The purpose of this retreat was to clarify the Chapter mission and  develop a framework to help make recommendations on our direction as an educational organization and future projects.  In other words, as an organization how do we decide where we spend our time, money and energy?  Thanks to all who took the time and shared their energy in participating in the process.


As reported in the April eNews, the ideas generated at the Retreat were word-smithed by a smaller group and the MCMGA Board adopted the following as the Mission Statement for the Multnomah County Master Gardeners on March 26th: 

Multnomah County Master Gardeners™

Growing, educating and connecting communities.

We share research-based knowledge with the public to promote sustainable gardening practices.  Our work supports and enhances the Oregon State University Extension Master Gardener Program.

The next step was to word-smith the ideas that were generated at the Retreat about how we make decisions as an organization.  The writing group, consisting of Eleanor Burke, Susanne Cavicchi, Claudia Groth, Dave Owen, Stephanie Pringle, and Corinne Thomas-Kersting, reconvened and drafted the following.   

Considerations for Making Decisions about where to spend energy, time and funds


  • Can a diversity* of members participate?

  • What is the benefit to members?

  • What is the benefit to the Chapter?


  • Will this activity help us reach a wide and diverse* public?

  • Will this project succeed in impacting the intended audience?

  • Is this an opportunity for the public to better know MCMG Chapter as a resource?

  • Is there an opportunity to partner with other organizations?

OSU Extension

  • Does this project support and enhance the OSU Extension Master Gardener mission to educate and provide reliable information?

* A diverse and inclusive environment welcomes all protected classes as well as consideration for geography, experience, work schedule, non-native speakers, childcare responsibilities, access and transportation needs.

These “Considerations for Making Decisions” were presented to the Board with the recommendation that our organization utilize these guidelines for a year and evaluate their usefulness.  The Board approved this plan on May 28th and will be deliberating these questions related to our members, the public and Extension when considering future Chapter projects.