September 25, 2018 Board Meeting Minutes

Attending: Corinne Thomas-Kersting, Marilyn Frankel, Tom Ralley, John Jordan, Marcia McIntyre, Lorna Schilling, Jo Ann Klooz, Dave Owen, Kate Davenport, Rich Becker, Jack Lazareck Pete Jacobsen, Christine Semeniuk, Stevan Cohen 

Minutes of the August meeting were amended and approved. 

President’s announcements

Corrine asked everyone to come up with ideas of keeping to the upcoming 90-minute board meeting format. Everyone was given Post-It notes and asked to put them on a board. Recommendations include:


Time keeper

Time limits for agenda items

Time keeper, possibly using a kitchen timer

Limit the agenda to items that can be completed in 90 minutes

Limit the time any individual may speak

Between meetings      

Officers confer between meetings to take care of some business

Committee chairs work with members to put together recommendations and proposals

Approve minutes via email prior to board meeting

 Have a pre-meeting by email with proposals

 When G Suite is active, board members use it as a tool to confer outside of board meetings

 Documents for approval should be vetted well in advance

 Content-during meeting

Committee chairs and officers should come to meetings prepared to speak to the agenda topics and should be mindful of their use.

Committee chairs come prepared with brief report and recommendations

Better understanding of committee versus board work

Limit committee work (long discussions and planning) at board meeting

Restrict opportunities for outside speakers to special meetings

Limit time of non-board members to speak 

Action Item:  Review, determine our agreements and commit

Policy and Procedure

Proposed bylaw changes for financial review and nomination of officers. The changes received second and final approval.

Action Item:Announce changes to chapter in email communication to prepare for November chapter vote.

MG Program Conduct expectations

How is inappropriate conduct defined? What is the process after an incident occurs? Several MG’s are concerned after the removal of an MG from the program.

Action Item:Weston Miller to meet with concerned MG’s at the Demo Garden on September 27.

 Officer Nominations

Jack is looking for candidates for Treasurer and President. 

Action Items: The nomination committee (Tom and Jack) will develop a plan for moving nominations forward. Jack will develop a plan for moving job descriptions forward and available on GSuite.

 Spending Policy and Procedure

Summary-Methods for providing input into planning the budget and requesting money that exceeds or is outside of budget. A vote gives second approval to the procedure.

 Action Item:Add to chapter announcements.

 Budget Timeline

October- First draft with finalization and approval by the end of the year. This year’s big-ticket item is the greenhouse for the Demonstration Garden Annex. 

Action Item: Treasurer will draft based on board and member input and present for discussion October board meeting


OMGA Representatives


OMGA is recommending that the first year of service hours for a Master Gardener be 50 or less for certification. They have only received on Search for Excellence application. They have opened an Amazon Smile account for donations.


Some statewide statistics:

2,847 OMGA members

  238 members attended Growing Gardeners 

21 of 23 counties participated in G2

78 percent of OMGA members are female

96 percent of OMGA members are white

 Awards and Recognition

John says Search for Excellence award application will be prepared for the Demonstration Garden. 

Action Item:Policy and Procedure will be written for awardcriteria of various awards that the Chapter A&R Committee determines (June Shank, OMGA Send a Friend, Longevity). 


Dave says look for October emails asking you to sign up for new email account for the chapter. Each officer/chairiswill be responsible for archiving his/her files in G Suite.  This process TBD and will be included in the officer/chair descriptions.  

Action Items:  Officers to work with Dave to sign up for Gmail account. E-News Susanne needs photos and content for the newsletter.

Demonstration Garden

Pete reports record yields from the Demo Garden. His initial research shows an estimate from a local installer for the greenhouse for the annex at about $24K for the materials and $18K for installation for a total estimate of $42K. They are talking with Portland Parks about erecting a permanent structure. Current contract language means that any structures added become property of Portland Parks. Pete is working on clarifying language by the beginning of 2019 to retain ownership of any structure added 

Action Item:  Pete continue research on greenhouse costs and report to board.

Upcoming Board meetings are October 23 and November 27. No December meeting.

Submitted by Jo Ann Klooz, MCMGA Secretary (Minutes approved October 23, 2018)

August 28, 2018 Board Meeting Minutes

Attending: Corinne Thomas-Kersting, Marilyn Frankel, Tom Ralley,  John Jordan, Marcia McIntyre, Lorna Schilling, Carolyn Dixon, Eddie Rosen, Jo Ann Klooz, Adele Thompson, Dave Owen and Kate Davenport 

Minutes of the June meeting were approved.

President’s announcements 

Board moved to donate $200 for a retirement gift for Jordis from the Multnomah County MG staff. This money will be pooled with funds from other Metro chapters for one gift. 

Marcia has talked with the staff at Mt. Tabor about the rental fee discrepancy. We’re exploring the idea of holding workshops to teach and demonstrate pruning skills. The board wants to be clear and considerate in ensuring that Master Gardening volunteer time is true to the mission of education and outreach rather than labor for hire. 

Carolyn will identify people to coordinate snacks for the chapter meetings in October and November. 

Board members discussed concerns following an incident involving an MG’s behavior at a public event. Several MCMG are concerned about clarification on behavior expectations and the process once a complaint has been filed. The incident resulted in OSU removing an MG from the program. Action Item:Corrinne and Jack will meet with Weston on 9/25.  

Growing Gardeners Conference 

A discussion at the request of OMGA about what to do with the annual training.  We need alternative ways to host and coordinate the event. Options include: 

1.     Keep the process the same with 1st and 2nd Vice Presidents of OMGA as co-chairs of the conference.

2. Hire a conference event planner

3. Hold 3 or 4 regional conferences

4. Hold the conference in one of several regions of Oregon with that region’s chapters taking on responsibility for the event. 

Most board members chose option #2 and that recommendation will be forwarded to the OMGA. 

A motion was seconded and approved to spend $300 for the September Harvest Fest to rent an ADA approved women’s bathroom.


MCMG G Suite Presentation 

The suite has multiple features that will make communications among MCMG chapter and board members easier. There are shared calendars and chapter specific email addresses for each member. Document sharing is easier and allows multiple users to edit simultaneously. Currently we have ‘siloed’ environments for documents. This new sharing technology allows for real-time collaboration. Our chapter is qualified as a non-profit with Google, so these services are free. The demonstration garden is currently using some of the tools and the schedule is to transition the board and others to G Suite by the beginning of 2019. 

 Upcoming Board meetings are October 23, no November meeting, 

June 26, 2018 Board Meeting Minutes

Attending: Corinne Thomas-Kersting, Jack Lazareck, Marilyn Frankel, Rich Becker, Tom Ralley, Stevan Cohen, John Jordan, Marcia McIntyre, Pete Jacobsen, Lorna Schilling, Nancy Fine, Jennifer Simpson, Suzanne Cavicchi, Dave Owen, Carolyn Dixon, Eddie Rosen, Jo Ann Klooz

Minutes of the May meeting were approved. 

President (Corinne)

Upcoming Board meetings are August 28 (tentative), September 25, October 23, no November meeting, December 4th (at Hawthorne fire station) and Thursday, January 3, 2019. 

The board will be changing to 90-minute meetings because the community room at all fire stations need to be vacated by 8:30 pm. Typically, board meetings last 2 hours+.

Tabor Space has communicated concerns that our chapter may owe for the monthly meeting space. According to our records, the landscape work we’ve done in the past should cover this.  We need to organize these records, communicate clearly, and renew our relationship with the church. Additionally, we want to be careful that we stay true to the MG mission of education and outreach rather than providing labor alone for landscaping efforts on the church property.

The chapter received an OMGA grant in 2017 to purchase educational materials for school age children.  Corinne has completed the purchase of these materials and shared an inventory and description of the items.  

Discussion of proposed bylaw changes and first approval for the following

-       Article II.  Organization: Replace financial audit with a biennial financial review.

-      Article IV.  Voting and Elections:  Align the timelines for nominations and elections to correspond with our practices (nominations in October rather than in September; election at the November Chapter meeting).  

A seed swap was discussed as a possibility for a future chapter meeting.  

 Request for non-budgeted funds:  A motion was made and approved to allocate $200 for monthly meeting refreshments to be used for the duration of 2018.

Vice President (Jack)

Jack is collecting officer and committee descriptions. Still waiting on a few. 

Tom will help Jack with identification of candidates for 2019 officer positions

Treasurer (Stevan)

Steven needs to gather data for nonprofit status/IRS reports and wants to identify the responsible person for tracking numbers for chapter meetings and other chapter events. Stevan will contact leads and coordinators for the following information:  # volunteers, # volunteer hours and # public.  For the 2018 year, the leads for chapter/partner educational outreach activities are the following:

·       Monthly Speaker Series – Joanne (members sign in and the sheets are given to the secretary for tracking)

·       Winter Pruning at the Oregon Food Bank - Marcia

·       Summer Pruning at the Oregon Food Bank - Marcia

·       Cane Berry Pruning at Demo Garden - Rich

·       Other classes at the Demo Garden (irrigation, raise bed class, etc.) - Heidi & Nancy

·       Earth Day at LGL – Lettuce Bowl Planting - Sharon

·       Harvest Fest at LGL – Carolyn

·       Share Your Garden Tours - Corinne

·       Summer Veggie Class for Interns - Eddie

·       IEPS Kids Grow - Corinne

·       IEPS Plant. Grow. Eat. Tent - Marcia

Spending Policy & Procedures:  Tom made edits to the draft which was sent out in advance of the board meeting. Corinne read the changes. The board gave first approval to this P&P. 

OMGA Reps (Lorna and Marilyn)

G2 Silent Auction donations from our Chapter:  donations consisting of photographs (Eddie) in frames (Corinne) and hand-made soaps (Jo Ann) were collected and will be taken to the G2 conference by Lorna. THANK-YOU donors, for the art and hand-craft!

OMGA meeting in Portland:  Discussion of what should go in the welcome packets for the November 2-4 meeting at Oregon Food Bank. Ideas for suggested venue brochures included Saturday market, Tram, Oregon Food Bank, Powell’s Book Store, Audubon House, Forest Park and the Gorge.

 Communications (Dave)

Susanne now producing the E News and the transition with Pete is complete.  Welcome Susanne and a big THANK YOU Pete for the work you have done to take our eNews to the next level!

MG Advisory (Jack and Rich)

Metro Advisory meeting on July 25 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Food Innovation Center on Naito Parkway. It’s a chance to share your thoughts with Metro staff. Rsvp to Extension office required

The next board meeting is tentatively August 28, 2018 and may be a potluck.

May 22, 2018 Board Meeting Minutes


Corinne Thomas-Kersting, Jack Lazarek, Marilyn Frankel, Adele Thompson, Rich Becker, Tom Ralley, Stevan Cohen, John Jordan, Marcia McIntyre, Pete Jacobsen, Lorna Schilling, Nancy Fine, Jennifer Simpson, Kate Davenport

Minutes of the April meeting were amended, reviewed and approved.

President’s announcements:

The July board meeting is suspendedand the August meeting is still tentatively on the schedule for August 28.

Share your garden tours-Eddie, Evie, Corinne, Demo Garden, Demo Annex and Pablo on Saturday June 23.

OSU Extension requires us to follow best practices for MG potlucks and bake sales. This requirement means that many home baked items will not be allowed, including cakes with buttercream frosting. Our monthly meetings will be impacted because we invite the public. 


1) eNews Editor responsibility will transition from Pete to Susanne Cavicchi.


2) Survey is being created to learn about demographics and communications preferences.

3) G Suite project will be ready for early pilot adopters soon.  Pete requested the Communications Committee make a presentation to the board.

4) Website-Creating SOP (standard operating procedures) for Square Space


Spending policy draft- Discussion around how to handle approval by email. Corinne says this is a voting rather than a spending issue. 

Discussion of Spending policy regarding amounts president, board and membership approve and use of this policy. Is it for spending beyond budget limits or for new projects? Christine says some of the language for this exists in current by-laws. 

Metrics for the financial report: OMGA treasurer says there’s no need to collect information for events where MCMG doesn’t make money. Christine presented a handout with definition and terms of guidelines for submitting a report to the IRS. She says the standard is reasonable accuracy. Monthly meeting attendance data will be collected by the secretary and event coordinators should collect numbers from events. 

OMGA Portland meeting

Oregon Food Bank has been confirmed as the location for the Portland meeting November 2-4, 2018. We’ll need to find volunteers to prepare food for 30-40 people and local information for bags to invite members by September. 

Growing Gardeners silent auction. July 12-14 at Linfield College. Eddie will provide photos, Corinne will donate frames and Jo Ann will donate handmade soaps. 

IE Plant Sale

The 2018 sale was a big success! Extra cashiers  and a new layout may have contributed to an estimated net profit of approximately $19,000. The net for the past two years has been between $14,000 and $15,000. 

Demo  Garden

Heidi is concerned about having enough volunteers for harvesting as the season continues. About 200 pounds has been harvested already and that amount is comparable to the 2017 season.

Policies and Procedures

Communication policy about use of contact info. The policy has been approved with a final vote of 8 ayes and 3 no. 

The next board meeting is June 26, 2018.

April 24,2018 Board Meeting Minutes

Corinne Thomas-Kersting, Jack Lazarek, Marilyn Frankel, Adele Thompson, Rich Becker, Tom
Ralley, Stevan Cohen, John Jordan, Marcia McIntyre, Pete Jacobsen, Lorna Schilling, Nancy
Fine, Jennifer Simpson

Minutes of the March meeting were reviewed and approved.

President’s announcements
OMGA Search for Excellence
Share your garden tours-Eddie, Evie, Corrine, Stephanie- set for Saturday June 23

Vice President
Jack is looking for better job descriptions for Board and Comittee members.

Stevan is creating a spreadsheet to collect numbers on service hours and numbers of people
reached. He will clarify who collects specific data points to show impact to the IRS. Number of
volunteers and hours as well and numbers of people reached. Questions were raised about
counting MG clinics and possible overlap with OMGA reporting.
Spending policy-Funding request form available for members. Asks for expected community
benefit and requires a 4 week lead time. Policy to be voted on at the May board meeting.

OMGA Portland meeting
Locations are still being finalized and the latest to be considered are Overlook and Oregon Food Bank. The event is set for the first weekend in November.

Growing Gardeners silent auction.
July 12-14 at Linfield College.

Dave and his committee continue to work on Google Suite and pot luck survey results.
Procedures and policies for use of MG contact information. We will safeguard and protect
member information. The Directory will be available in printed form only. The measure was
moved and seconded. 13 ayes and 2 no. Second vote at the May board meeting.
E-news goes out May 1.

Financial report
Tom explained his review shows that records have been well-kept and are accurate. He
recommends making this review an annual or biennial procedure. The board should examine
wether or not we need a change in by-laws to reflect this schedule.

IE Plant Sale
Rich is finalizing layout and we’ve got extra cashiers for the event to make it better for

Demo Garden Annex
Pete says the annex is entering a new phase. New beds have been built and planted.

Thanks to Heidi, Pete, Tom and Lucy Keating for their work on the directory.

Policies and Procedures
Voting practices final vote. 15 ayes- approved.

March 27, 2018 Board Meeting

Multnomah County Master Gardeners Board meeting, March 27, 2018

Attending: Corinne Thomas-Kersting, Rich Becker, Stevan Cohen, Carolyn Dixon, Marilyn Frankel, Pete Jacobsen, Eddy Rosen, Marcia McIntyre, Jack Lazareck, Dave Owen, Tom Ralley, Nancy Fine, Jennifer Simpson, Adele Thompson

Minutes of the February Board meeting were reviewed and approved.

President's announcements
*Corinne and several other Master Gardeners recently attended a meeting with the Cully Neighborhood called the Cully Food Summit on community gardens in urban settings. She circulated a PSU research report stemming from a review of urban gardens which recommends expanding their presence. (Corinne said we concur.)

*Corinne passed around cards for us to sign thanking members Evie Hausman and Stephanie Pringle for their presentations ("Enlightenment minutes") at recent Chapter meetings.

*Corinne and Eddy will open their gardens for members to visit June 23. Some other noteworthy members' gardens were mentioned. Action: (? who?) could ask Judy Battles and Stephanie Pringle if they would also participate in open gardens this summer.

*Corinne showed a draft of a new form, "Request for additional funds," which will accompany requests for money over budgeted amounts. The next policy work will focus on finances. Action: Stevan will form a committee to draft text to guide us on large expenditures and spending over budget.

OMGA meeting
We have agreed to host the quarterly OMGA meeting in November. Several venues were again discussed including one in Washington County which some concerns were voiced. Action: Marilyn and Lorna will talk about the options and offer their recommendations at the next meeting.

Dave said the Communications Committee’s focus is currently working on how to support information about the IE sale and raffle. They are also documenting policies for communication issues, especially regarding privacy of contact information; constructing a survey of members' needs and interests; continuing work on Google Suite; and offering their help to members needing their technical expertise on MG matters.

Kate has put a link on the Web site for suggesting Chapter meeting speakers.

Pete wants material for the April e-News issue by the end of this month.

Invited guest Patrick Proden, OSU Extension Outreach and Engagement Regional Administrator for Multnomah and Washington Counties. We introduced ourselves then Pete, Corinne, Rich, and Dave told Patrick about specific activities of our Chapter, illustrated with Corinne's customized slide show. Patrick described his background working with volunteers including leadership in the Peace Corps in Africa. In front of a complex organizational chart, he explained his role. He contrasted Extension's substantial presence in Washington County with its smaller

presence in Multnomah County attributed to the stable funding that Washington County provides compared to no local money from our county. He does feel like changes are likely, both in the way Extension is organized statewide (moving from 12 regions to 6 with Clackamas County possibly joining the Metro area group) and eventually in the way Multnomah County works with Extension. He thinks OSU's new campus in Portland will highlight OSU Extension's possibilities to the city. He thinks as Extension can show the results of some large projects we can use this to leverage more standing in Portland. Action: Corinne (other officers?) to maintain contact with Patrick

IE Sale
Rich showed a copy of the probable sale layout. New landscaping in the parking lot has made a challenging design problem.

Demo Garden Annex
Pete talked about his research and thoughts since the offer of a free greenhouse was withdrawn. Costs to purchase and erect a large greenhouse could top $30,000, an amount we cannot incorporate in the current budget. Several people offered thoughts on where to go from here. We perceive general support for the Annex among members. Action: Continue broad discussions of ways to finance a greenhouse, possibly with partners, as it will allow us to offer more classes and programs, fulfilling our mission.

Policies and procedures
The policy on voting practices at Board meetings was approved (initial vote.) Action: hold final vote next month.

Intern potluck
The General meeting next month is the intern-welcoming potluck. Carolyn said plans are going well. Action: encourage veterans to sign up for the potluck and members to RSVP.

Adele Thompson, substitute secretary
April 4, 2018



February 27, 2018 Board Meeting

MCMGA Board Minutes February 27, 2018

Attending: Corinne Thomas-Kersting, Jack Lazarek, Marcia McIntyre, Lorna Schiling, Rich Becker, Carolyn Dixon, Stevan Cohen, Marilyn Frankel, Pete Jacobsen, Nancy Fine, John Jordan, Christina Semeniuk, Tom Ralley, Jo Ann Klooz

Minutes approved from January meeting.

Patrick Proden rescheduled his visit with us until March board meeting.

President’s News-Corinne

  • OSU State of University address Feb 1st – Corinne attended to represent MCMG
  • County Cully Food Forum Summit is Saturday March 10. MGs have been invited to represent Extension.
  • OMGA grant ($375) for educational materials for school age children

Tresurer/Bookeeper – Stevan and Christine
Working on metrics for year-end report. Discussion with board regarding how to collect data. Compilation on one spreadsheet recommended.


  • Sept 14-15 or Nov 2-3 are possible dates for OMGA meeting hosted by our chapter. Lorna will research possible venues (Leach Garden?)
  • Memorandum of Understanding OMGA and OSU to clarify purpose and roles of MGs for better organization. Look at it and send comments to Lorna by 3/3/18.


Awards-John says he is working toward getting general chapter membership more involved in nomination process for awards.

-MCMG will be establishing a Facebook page.
-GSuite implementation is moving along. Communications Chair Dave Owen is recruiting people with technological mindset to form a Technology subcommittee to work on GSuite as a priority.

Demonstration Garden

April 17-propagation class
March 10-raised bed gardening demonstration at demo garden

Metro Liaison - talked about fostering communication between MG chapters.

Policies and Procedures

-The procedure to approve new policies and procedures was approved and adopted after second reading.
-Discussion re: Voting Procedures. Initial presentation of a P&P related to this will occur in March

Membership (report submitted by Heidi)

As of 2/27, we have 177 members who have renewed.  (This includes 3 honorary members and 3 lifetime members.)  In 2017 we had 224 total renewals, but 17 of those came in after March 1, 2017, so we have about an 85% renewal rate compared to renewals at this time in 2017.  In 2017, the rate was 86%. Fifty-eight (58) people who were vet members in 2017 have not renewed.  A couple of them are seriously ill and at least 3 have moved out of the area.  We had 114 trainees and opt-ins in 2017 of which 33 have renewed.  Eighty-one (81) have not renewed, though 20 of those must have been opt-ins, as they live in the other counties.  That means about 35% of the trainees who lived in Mult. Co. renewed their memberships.  In 2017 about 37% of the trainees renewed. 

Merchandise sales-Jennifer says items are selling well with MG interns. She will be requesting additional funds to buy merchandise.

MG chapter meeting

-We still need more volunteers to bring snacks to the meetings. Board members were encouraged to bring things to the March meeting.
-Enlightenment Minutes for April will feature Demo Garden. Send photos to Corinne and she will make slide show. Demo Garden volunteers needed to make brief presentation and Q&A.

Meeting adjourned 7:59
Jo Ann Klooz, secretary March 24, 2018
Additions March 25, 2018 by Corinne TK, President

January 23, 2018 Board Meeting

MCMGA Board Notes January 23rd, 2018
Attending: Corinne Thomas-Kersting, John Jordan, Stevan Cohen, Marcia McIntyre, Christine Semeniuk, Tom Ralley, Eddy Rosen, Jack Lazareck, Rich Becker, Pete Jacobsen, Marilyn Frankel, Adele Thompson, Lorna Schilling, Jo Ann Klooz, Carolyn Dixon, Nancy Fine

Minutes from January 2 meeting were reviewed and approved and will be posted on the website.

President’s News - Corinne

  • Patrick Proden, Extension outreach representative for Multnomah and Washington counties visits MCMGA Board February 27. We’ll talk about member activity with 10-12 minute presentation and ask what’s happening with Multnomah County Funding.
  • The Food and Farm Public Forum hosted by Rep. Earl Blumenauer, scheduled for Wednesday, January 24th was cancelled- Marcia sent out an announcement to the chapter.
  • Feb 1 OSU President Edward J. Ray delivers the State of the University Address 2018. Corinne will attend.
  • OMGA request for speakers for our "Growing Gardeners - G2" (Mini-College)
  • Ideas were discussed and board members will continue to think about potential speakers.
  • Updating 2010 descriptions of office positions will be tabled for now.

Past Treasurer – Christine Final Comments

  • Sent a net worth report, annual report will be sent on 1/24
  • Over the next two years net worth will drop by 50%
  • Christine suggests raising membership dues as well as prices at IE and on merchandise.
  • Christine had trouble getting numbers of volunteers, volunteer hours and number of people served.
  • ACTION:  Discuss improved strategies for tracking hours, as recommended for IRS purposes.

Potential meeting locations for November are being explored for 40-50 people.
ACTION:  Send venue ideas to Lorna

Communication Committee

  • MCMG FB page may be especially of interest to interns.  Dave Owen will be identifying leads for a Chapter Facebook presence.  
  • Remote participation for board meetings to be arranged Spring 2018.
  • Dave is working on Google Suite and a technology sub-committee will be assembled to help.
  • Communication survey will go out in a couple of months, to allow feedback about the new eNews format.
  • Link to G-Suite implementation plan (note: work in progress):

Contributions for the February newsletter are needed as well as photos. Pete has sent emails requesting photos as well. Working to make sure content recaps past events and promote upcoming things.

ACTION:  Forward photos to Pete for inclusion in eNews.  

Greenhouse update
Pete says the greenhouse purchase for the Demo Garden Annex is at a critical point with verbal agreements but no signed documents. The greenhouse will likely be deconstructed at its current site in April and they need half the money at that point. The full cost for the 30’ X40’ structure is estimated to be $14,000.

Financial Review- Tom
Tom plans to review and report on what number of forms are correct. Tom will pull random samples for statistical accuracy. The procedure page explains what criteria. Tom is checking to assess  a form's accuracy.

ACTION:  Tom will consult with Steve and Christine about details.

IE Plant Sale – Rich
Working on layout with Bevan. Big areas for recruitment will probably happen early to mid-February. Bigger checkout team is likely.  Raffle lead Ginger requests post office box be checked at specific times for sponsor responses

ACTION: Ginger will be advised to coordinate PO Box monitoring with Christine and Stevan

Policies and Procedures (ad hoc) – Eddie, Adele, Pete, Tom
The new procedure to propose new policy & procedure was discussed and approved.
ACTION:  Vote for second approval is set for the next board meeting Feb 27.

Who votes and what constitutes a quorum

  • January 2 meeting budget was approved with 8 board members.
  • Board discussion regarding voting privileges for board members:
  • OMGA reps are elected by General membership and they should all get a vote.
  • Co-officers would have to select one person (usually the one in attendance) for a vote.
  • 4 criteria were discussed and there was general approval.
  • ACTION:  First hearing for this proposal will occur at the February board meeting.

MG chapter meeting Enlightenment Minutes

  • Mason bees presentation by Stephanie Pringle will be featured in February
  • A slide show and information about the Demo Garden & Annex will be shared in March
  • January meeting had few refreshments, so we need to renew efforts to encourage participation.
  • ACTION:  Send Demo Garden photos to Corinne for the March slide show
  • ACTION:  Board members urged to use Sign Up Genius to bring refreshments in February
  • ACTION:  Highlight our wonderful Hospitality Committee’s efforts in the eNews and urge members to contribute

Meeting adjourned at 8:02
o Ann Klooz, secretary January 29, 2018

January 2, 2018 Board Meeting

Corinne Thomas-Kersting, John Jordan, Stevan Cohen, Marcia McIntyre, Christine Semeniuk, Tom Ralley, Eddy Rosen, Jack Lazareck, Rich Becker, Pete Jacobsen, Beven Peters, Adele Thompson

Minutes of the December meeting were reviewed, edited, and approved. They will be put on-line for member access.

President's news
*OMGA has asked for a roster of our officers and committees with contact information. Corinne circulated the list so we could check accuracy and give our permission to send it to them.
*Corinne circulated a letter from our state program coordinator, Gail Langellotto, which gives a current overview of her role.
*She announced that Eddy will host a "workshop" for interns in his big vegetable garden again this summer. The date is July 7. Weston Miller plans to attend. Action, as the date grows closer, find volunteers to offer refreshments to the group.
*Patrick Proden, Extension outreach representative for Multnomah and Washington counties, is coming to the February Board meeting. We are planning to present a brief introduction to our chapter before he speaks. Action Corinne is making a slide show and several members will speak on aspects of our program--the Demo garden and Annex; the IE sale; Chapter communications; and support of Master Gardener training.
*2018 Food and Farm Act--see December 5 minutes. Liv Brumfield, a member of Congressman Earl Blumenauer's staff, contacted Corinne about our potential role in informing the public about this legislation. Corinne envisions that we might be able to support or help coordinate a public meeting later this spring. Action, continue discussion. Identify point person(s) to work on this.

Budget 2018
The budget is nearly ready. Christine suggests one minor change to the draft we discussed in December, merging two items (that both involve the Chapter's clinic box.) Pete noted that even excluding the large expenses incurred by the Demo Garden Annex, this is a deficit budget. Christine said donations have dropped. She said we might want to consider raising dues next year to support our general operating budget. The budget was approved by unanimous vote for recommendation to the membership at the January 9 chapter meeting. Corinne is planning a slide show that will inform members how we earn our money and how we spend it. Christine will present the budget.

Book Sales: Sharon Baker sent word that we earned $102.50 from used book sales at the greens party last month. She requests the money be spent on education and outreach. No objections.

Tom brought up a possible problem he has gleaned from our by-laws. The past-president has a one-year term. But when the president is elected to a second term, what becomes of the past president? Can he still serve? Can he vote? Corinne urged him to continue his role fully for now. Action, consider the issue for a future formal by-laws clarification.

OMGA meeting
We have committed to hosting the November OMGA meeting. We have not secured a location yet. Eddy will look into one possibility. Action, Eddy will report on this. Others can offer suggestions.

Membership renewals
A recent attempt at on-line renewal did not work for Corinne or Jack – led to test page only after information was inputted. Several suggestions were offered. Action, Corinne will follow up with Kate and consider if members need step-by-step directions.

Metro Liaison
*Rich said all stickers for 2018 Master Gardeners have been sent. Someone who didn't get theirs should contact the office.
*Flyers publicizing the 2018 course are available from the office and can be sent to people wanting to distribute them.

IE sale
The new landscaping in the church parking lot has presented new challenges for the IE sale. Beven showed some possible layouts that will include almost all the elements planned for the sale. She is still working on this. Rich said it is possible we will need another site. Action, Beven and Rich will keep the Board informed.

A few months ago, Weston had requested that Chapters don't use the words "workshop" or “clinic” to refer to their presentations. The term workshop will be reserved for those events that interns are required to take to meet their class requirements. The goal is to reduce confusion when interns are being introduced to the Master Gardener world. Corinne led the discussion. Alternative words were mentioned—hands-on class, seminar, course, etc. Agreement that the alternate term for Chapter learning activities that are “workshop-like” will be hands-on class. Action, comply with request.

Pete was thanked for making the e-news a place for members to go for current information.

The policy for creating new policies was discussed and mostly approved. Following minor changes, it will be ready for voting (first approval) when next on the agenda. Action, Corinne to present final draft.

Annex greenhouse
Pete said formal negotiations for the purchase of the greenhouse will begin this month.

Speakers/Monthly Meetings
"Enlightenment minutes," are short intermission presentations at our chapter meetings. Corinne said she will put together a short power point about the 2018 budget and Stephanie Pringle will share information about mason bees next month.

Adele Thompson, substitute secretary
January 8, 2018



December 5, 2017 Board Meeting

Attending: Corinne Thomas-Kersting, Jennifer Simpson, Marilyn Frankel*, Christine Semeniuk, Marcia McIntyre, Jack Lazareck, Heidi Nichols, Jo Ann Klooz*, Gloria Bennett, Tom Ralley, John Jordan, Carolyn Dixon, Rich Becker, Stevan Cohen, Pete Jacobsen, David Owen, Lorna Schilling, Adele Thompson.  *incoming Board members

The meeting began with a potluck. The minutes of the October 24 Board meeting were approved with one addition involving wording Weston has suggested for classes offered by the chapters.  "Actions plans" were reviewed.

Corinne will invite Patrick Proden of the Extension service to the February meeting. She plans to preface his presentation with short descriptions of our current programs, including how we support MG training, the Demo garden, the speakers  program, the IE sale, and our communication innovations. Pete and Rich have offered to do some of these and Sally Campbell was suggested for one. Corinne will assemble representative photos. Action--Corinne will find members to complete this roster.

Farm Bill:  Liv Brumfield of Congressman Earl Blumenauer's staff recently met with Corinne, Eddy Rosen, and Robin Greenwood to talk about the 2018 Farm Bill and our possible role educating members and the public about it. The draft bill may be available in January and we can include a link to it in our e-news. Corinne and Eddie are also looking into the possibility of Liv or the Congressman making a short presentation at one of the noon programs at MG training. Rich suggested that we ask Bevan regarding the noon talks.  Marilyn suggested that we forward the information to OMGA.  Weston is being kept apprised of our activities in this area and fully supports as long as our efforts to educate the public do not extend to any endorsement or support of any specific legislative proposal.   Action—Corinne will write an article for the January eNews and relay the information to OMGA.  Also send the noon talk request to Bevan.

Corinne said officer job descriptions recently circulated will become policy with a few suggested changes. Corinne is still compiling descriptions of committee responsibilities. Actions--Committee heads to finish getting this information to Corinne; group to review document.

Budget: Christine led continued discussion of the 2018 budget. *Our current balance is $67,930. This is too much money to qualify for OMGA's "Send a Friend to Mini-College" scholarships but it was decided we will fund three June Shank Memorial Scholarships of $150 each for Mini-College.
*The Demo garden Annex budget was filled in--the Annex committee expects to spend $3500 (new figure) on plants and about $14,000 (an increase) to move the greenhouse.
*It was agreed that we will contribute $1000 towards the new IPM website.
*OMGA--We will be hosting the November meeting (November 3-4, 2018.) Marcia is coordinating the search for a venue. OMGA will give us $300 towards our expenses. We are budgeting $400.
*Computers and software--The bookkeeper needs a new computer. Christine has been researching suitable software. $400-500 will be budgeted for this.
*Explanation for this deficit budget was repeated. It is due to the "Annex bubble," one time construction expenses.
Action, finalize budget at early January Board meeting and present budget to the membership at the January Chapter meeting.

Awards:  John reported all have been distributed.

Communications: Dave said we will probably move to the comprehensive "Google Suite," which permits file sharing and archiving among its advantages. He is planning transition strategies beginning with an unspecified pilot project and mentioned the idea of enticing people to learn the system with the offer of a Multnomah Master Gardener e-mail address. Kate Davenport and Dave are making a communications survey for the membership. Pete is the new editor of the e-news. He plans to put the news on the (public) Web site, using a link accessible only to members. He said advantages include being able to correct mistakes and see how many people are reading various parts of the news. Action--Provide feedback to these communication efforts.

Demo garden: Heidi reported a generally good year with stable volunteer hours and many visitors though some crops were "duds." Gloria said the Annex design committee, Nancy Fine, Dennis Brown, and Gloria, have found designers for almost all the beds. Many of these people are new to the Demo garden, two are students, and two are trained in the Backyard Habitat program.

*Corinne circulated a flyer with beautiful garden photos from the Tuscon Arizona Master Gardener Demo Garden.

 Financial review: Tom said he is gathering a team that will conduct a review of the Chapter's finances when the 2017 books are closed, using the random sampling method he proposed at the last meeting. Action--Proceed as above, then report findings to group.

 Membership: Heidi said on-line renewals are ready to go. The trials Kate ran included a way for members to make additional donations. Members' interests and special abilities are also included with the on-line renewals and are retrievable now. She plans to begin in-person renewals next week at the December greens party. Pete has designed the cover for the next Directory. Action--Renew membership!

 Privacy policy: Corinne presented a policy for members regarding their inclusion in recorded media (attached.) It was approved with one minor addition. Action--Corinne and the ad-hoc committee will continue refining and recording policies and procedures. Goal is one or two per month.

 Speakers bureau Jenessa Datema is taking on the coordinator role of the speakers bureau, replacing Linda Eggiman. There is a variety of topics with Power Point presentations (mostly produced by Washington County but available to us) ready for groups requesting a Master Gardener speaker and several members have volunteered to be presenters. Marcia requested that a speaker be allowed to borrow the chapter's A-V equipment for presentations within Multnomah County. No objections were voiced.

 Greens party: The holiday greens party is December 12. Jo Ann is coordinating the event. Greens will come from the Leach Gardens and members. She said plans are in place for the big tarp, getting the stored supplies, purchasing additional materials, music, refreshments, and cleanup.

 Adele Thompson, secretary
December 16, 2017


October 24, 2017 Board Meeting

Attending: Corinne Thomas-Kersting, Christine Semeniuk, Jennifer Simpson, Nancy Fine, Heidi Nichols, Marcia McIntyre, Cathy Gibson, Tom Ralley, Pete Jacobsen, Jack Lazareck, Stevan Cohen, Rich Becker, Lorna Schilling, Carolyn Dixon, Adele Thompson

Minutes of September meeting were accepted.

President: *Corinne reorganized today's agenda to group the various communication-related items together.
*Corinne has sent us a copy of officer job descriptions, last revised in 2010. (Action, Board members to review document for possible future discussion.)
*Archiving records--Corinne's goal is to preserve and store (archive) chapter records so they are easily or routinely shared and conveniently retrieved. (Action, Officers, especially secretary to work with communication committee for solutions.)
*Possible meeting guest--Weston Miller suggested we invite Patrick Proden, OSU Extension Regional Outreach and Engagement Coordinator for Washington and Multnomah Counties, to one of our meetings. (Action, Corinne to invite him, probably to the February meeting.
*Corinne said the Board (by e-mail vote) approved buying gift certificates and donating some of our merchandise for the door prize table at Recertification day October 28.
*Meeting location--Corinne asked if we want to continue meeting at this location (Firehouse at NE 86th and Sandy.) No objections voiced except Rich thought we should have a distance device for those unable to get to a meeting because of bad weather. No specific method was planned.

Officer nominations: These people have agreed to run  for Chapter offices for 2018:
  President--Corinne Thomas-Kersting
  Vice-president--Jack Lazareck
  Secretary--Jo Ann Klooz
  Treasurer--Stevan Cohen
  OMGA rep--Lorna Schilling (currently the alternate)

No one has agreed to run for OMGA alternate yet.

Budget: Christine circulated copies of a proposed 2018 budget (filed with paper copy of minutes) Income was projected somewhat lower this year and expenses are higher; this is a $25,000 deficit budget but we have over $70,000 in the bank. The largest projected expenses are related to establishing the Demo garden Annex with smaller increases in several other areas, especially education/outreach and OSU program support.

Some individual items and comments heard follow:

Without Pay Pal, individual contributions have dropped.
The IE sale plans to "maintain, not expand."
Fewer people are signed up for the Fred Meyer Community Rewards program.
(Action, remind members they have to re-enroll periodically.)Maybe eliminate the donation cup at meetings and make the coffee/tea a gift to the group.   
Consider raising the dues to $25
Continue dues at the $20 level.

Reach out to other businesses, maybe arborists, for directory ads. Should we keep the ad rates the same as last year?

Christine removed the $2000 line item for site rental, as this has not been charged to us recently.

Annex--apply for grants; look for donations; signs acknowledging donors are planned; we need plants to be specified to get cost estimates.

Merchandise sold well at the convention last summer. It is assumed sales will be lower this year (without a convention.)

Scholarships are organized according to Weston's plan this year.

Summer speakers are being planned this year.

Consider renting the Pittock Mansion to host the OMGA quarterly meeting. Previously it has been "on-site" at the Church and "off-site" at the Leach Garden.

Change the term "cultivator" to "members" events.

Communications reports: E-news--Marcia offered to collect information for the next issue until a new editor is found as Claudia has resigned from the post. (Action, publicize this job, consider other configurations, such as sharing the job;the editor will coordinate the production of the eNews with the Communication Committee.)

Demo garden:  (Nancy and Pete) Members have been winterizing the beds, cleaning the greenhouse. Work progresses on the Annex; paths are taking shape. (Action, publicize any winter work days to the general membership.)

Financial review: (ad hoc committee) Tom proposed a sampling method to review our finances. The goal is to see that expenditures are proper and that accurate records are being kept. Copy of proposal is attached to paper minutes. (Actions, continue discussion and refine if needed, vote to proceed, conduct review, report findings and recommendations to the Board; based on this process consider changing bylaws to reflect financial review versus audit requirement)

Membership/Directory: Heidi wants to resign from the job of compiling the Directory. In preparation, she has written up the tasks involved. Directory information has to be ready for press by mid-February. Should we consider contracting out a portion of the job? (Action, Pete, Kate Davenport, Corinne, Heidi, and David Owen will meet to plan how to proceed. The goal is to make the job easier!)

Metro: Jack said Weston is trying to make the advisory group more inclusive. Jack has suggested Tom join the committee. There are two new instructors for 2018 training. Jen Gorsky will teach plant ID and Jane Collier, berries.Because of the spread of Japanese beetles throughout the Metro area, Chapters cannot hold plant swaps any longer. Weston is investigating safe alternatives with the Oregon Department of Agriculture.

Adele Thompson, secretary
November 29, 2017


September 26,2017 Board Meeting

Attending: Christine Semeniuk, Stevan Cohen, Rich Becker, John Jordan, Tom Ralley, Claudia Groth, Lorna Schilling, Jack Lazareck, David Owen, Eddie Rosen, Nancy Fine, Carolyn Dixon, Adele Thompson

Eddie chaired in Corinne Thomas-Kersting's absence.

Minutes of the June Board meeting were accepted with the addition of Eddie to the list of those attending.

Policy review: Pete Jacobsen, Corinne, Eddie, and Adele met this summer to set a framework for the policy and procedure committee. Eddie has been reviewing the Chapter's historic documents, in an attempt to find what policies were previously established. He presented a proposal for establishing new policy, based on work earlier done by Pete. (text attached to printed copy of minutes) Members modified the wording slightly, adding "is approved by majority vote," "significant" objections, and "needed modifications." It was agreed that we need a place or method to store decisions. Vigorous discussion followed: Claudia suggested the general membership should be included in this process to prevent the appearance or reality of non-democratic developments. Tom said in the absence of previous problems it makes sense for the Board to handle these questions. David said the communications committee has ideas about circulating and storing policy decisions. Actions--Eddie will rewrite and circulate his proposal. Discussion to continue. Research to continue.

Summer workshop report: 22 interns and 4 vets along with Corinne and Weston Miller attended a late summer vegetable growing workshop at Eddie's large urban garden. Eddie saved statements the interns wrote about becoming Master Gardener educators, their favorite "gives" and "gets." John read these to the group with appropriate emotion.

Nominations: Eddie said he will not continue as vice-president but would like to remain Chapter historian. No one has offered to run for the vacant offices yet but Tom has been suggesting candidates to Corinne. He said it is helpful for continuity if some current Board members move into other positions on the Board. He also suggested looking for talent within committees. Action-- Eddie and others of us to continue search for possible candidates.

Treasurer: Christine said we should plan on getting the budget done soon. She will write a draft based on recent past budgets and past spending. She will circulate this draft and suggests we begin discussing it in October. Tom said we should try to get the proposed budget to a wider audience (beyond the Board.)  Action--Christine to present proposed budget at October Board meeting.

OMGA: Long-time OMGA treasurer, Katherine Johnson, was named State Master Gardener of the Year. Audits done by the state organization were discussed in view of the Multnomah County Board's interest in doing a financial review of some sort.  Lorna said Katherine Johnson has done informal OMGA audits with Wes Bevans, a past president of the Columbia County Master Gardeners.

Awards: John said two award winners have not received their awards yet. He will present these at the next Chapter meeting. Lorna brought certificates from OMGA for our Chapter awardees. Also, 20- and 30-year members will get special OMGA recognition. Action--Present the remaining awards at October Chapter meeting.

Metro: scholarships and training: Jack circulated and explained changes Weston proposed in terminology and amount of available financial aid for the next training course. The process will be more centralized, though they will give us the names of people whose applications were not successful at the Metro level. Last year 22 scholarships and fellowships were given in our 3-county region, most to Multnomah applicants. Ten of these came from the chapters, the rest from other sources. Jack and Rich distributed copies of the written budget requests. Rich recommends the expenses for parking be handled as previously done, afterwards. Action--Chapter contribution to Metro to be included in next budget.

Metro: new Web site: Stevan explained some of the scope of the statewide website under development, "" It will begin with 660 common problems, be simpler to use than the current PNW's, and include a Spanish version. He said many other organizations and corporations are involved and have pledged money. He anticipates there will be ongoing costs. Action--Chapter contribution to website to be included in next budget.

Community cultivator: This position is still vacant. The work continues with groups of members volunteering to chair events. Harvest Fest went well despite a smoky afternoon due to forest fires. Plant Swap will be October 7. Action--Continue to look for a person who is willing to chair this committee, as the Chapter seems to enjoy these activities.

Demo garden: Nancy reported on plans for the garden and shared an update Pete wrote on the Annex. Two design committees are meeting later this week. There is a class this Saturday to build raised beds to winter-over plants we may acquire this fall.

Training: Some planned changes in the curriculum include more hands-on work, plant ID practice, additional time for berries, and role-playing. The vertebrate pest unit will be on-line. Vets are being encouraged to attend classes for their own educational benefit and to begin meeting the interns. State coordinator Gail Langellotto-Rhodaback is adding and revising on-line modules. These have to be publicized to Master Gardeners. Tom reported having technical problems with the modules, cause unclear. Action--Provide information on class schedules and modules in newsletters, etc. Report module problems to Jordis.

Plant sales: Washington County is adding vegetables to their sale inventory. They are interested in our experience planning the nursery orders and we (Rich and others of the IE team) plan to help them. In turn we can learn from their experience with tallying and holding methods. Action--Continue communication between the sales chairpersons.

Communications committee: David Owen said a general invitation was sent and this committee began to meet August 22. He continues to recruit additional members. There is another meeting next week. They plan to talk about how we communicate among ourselves and with the public; how we engage interns; how we organize and document information. A second focus of the committee will be our technological infrastructure. He said we might consider using "Google Suite," which should be free for us as a 501-c3 nonprofit. Action--Committee to continue updating Board on plans.

Communications-newsletter: Claudia said she is resigning from her position editing the e-newsletter. She outlined general expectations for this position: writing skill, attending some meetings, generally staying in touch with the Chapter, tracking down photos and captions. She estimates she has spent parts of ten days each month on this. David Owen will continue doing the layout. Action--Recruit some more.

Other: The chapter received a $325 Educator grant from the Extension Service. Corinne will announce this at the next meeting.

OMGA is scheduling their 2018 meetings. Do we want to host in March or November? Action--Ask Marcia to check these dates with the church.

Mention was made of Weston's idea of inviting Patrick Proden, the OSU Extension regional outreach and engagement coordinator for Washington and Multnomah Counties, to one of our meetings. Action--Remind Corinne of this plan and schedule him if the Board expresses interest.

Adele Thompson, secretary: 
October 9, 2017