You’ve probably wondered from time to time just who is doing what in the chapter. This is a list of the members of the board of directors, with a one-liner description of what their job is. Don’t know who all these folks are? Maybe we can collect head-shot photos to help!
Officers of the chapter are spelled out in our by-laws. All of the officers except the Historian are elected annually by the membership. The Historian is appointed by the President, as specified in the by-laws.
PRESIDENT - Corinne Thomas-Kersting
Corinne is serving her second term as president. As set out in the bylaws, the President serves a one-year term and is responsible for 1) conducting meetings, 2) appointing ad hoc and standing committee chairpersons and members, 3) ensuring that a financial audit is undertaken each year and 4) overseeing ongoing operations of the Chapter. The president can be reached at MCMG.President@gmail.com
VICE-PRESIDENT - Jack Lazareck
This is Jack’s first term as Vice-President. According to the bylaws, the Vice President will serve a one-year term and be responsible for membership activities for the Chapter, for documenting and maintaining Standard Operating Procedures for the Chapter and standing in for the President when the President is not available. The vice president can be reached at MCMG.VicePresident@gmail.com
SECRETARY - Jo Ann Klooz
This is Jo Ann’s first term as Secretary. The bylaws state that the Secretary will serve a one-year term and be responsible for maintaining Chapter records – including meeting minutes, correspondence, bylaws and adopted procedures – and conducting Chapter correspondence. The secretary cann be reached at MCMG.Secretary@gmail.com
TREASURER - Stevan Cohen
This is Stevan’s first term as Treasurer. He served as bookkeeper in the past year. According to the bylaws, the Treasurer will serve a one-year term and be responsible for overseeing the financial operations of the Chapter and preparing the annual budget as directed by the Executive Board. The treasurer can be reached at MCMG.Treasurer@gmail.com
OMGA REPRESENTATIVES - Lorna Schilling / Marilyn Frankel (alternate)
Lorna is serving her second term and is now our primary representative. This is Marilyn’s first term. She will be our alternate representative. The Oregon Master Gardener Association reps serve a two-year term and shall be responsible for maintaining communication between the Chapter and Oregon Master Gardeners Association by attending OMGA quarterly meetings. One Oregon Master Gardener Association Representative shall be elected each year to serve a two-year term. Only the most senior representative present may vote.
PAST PRESIDENT - Tom Ralley
Tom is in his second year in this role. The Past President usually serves a one-year term and provide advice and assistance to the Chapter President.
HISTORIAN - Eddie Rosen
This is Eddie’s second year as Historian. The Historian is responsible for documenting the history of chapter activities through photographs and written materials. The Historian can be reached at MCMG.Historian@gmail.com
Committee Chairs (more specifically, Standing Committee Chairs) are appointed by the President and serve on the board, as specified in our by-laws.
AWARDS/RECOGNITION/SCHOLARSHIP - John Jordan
I think John has been leading this group forever. The Awards committee accepts nominations for Chapter awards and annually selects MGs to recognize outstanding service and dedication. It also handles applications for scholarships to mini-college each year.
COMMUNITY CULTIVATORS - vacant
This committee has created and implemented activities to cultivate a strong, vibrant, connected Master Gardener Community. Harvest Fest and Plant Swaps are examples. Would you like to help create more?
DEMONSTRATION GARDEN - Heidi Nichols & Nancy Fine
Heidi and Nancy continue to lead this committee. The Demo Garden Committee plans and oversees workdays at the Demo Garden and the Annex, keeps a record of activities in the Garden and shares the information with individuals who have expressed an interest in the Demo Garden.
MERCHANDISE - Jennifer Simpson
Jennifer is in her second year leading this committee. The Merchandise committee identifies and obtains garden tools and MG identifying clothing, and sells it to MGs and the public. (and it makes a profit for the chapter while doing it!)
INCREDIBLE EDIBLES PLANT SALES - Rich Becker
This the the second year Rich has lead the IE Sale. He has been actively involved since its earliest days. The committee coordinates the many volunteer committee activities required to support the Incredible Edibles plant sale – the biggest source of revenue for the Multnomah County Master Gardener chapter.
HOSPITALITY - Carolyn Dixon
Carolyn continues to lead this committee. They provide welcoming and refreshments for our Chapter meetings and some other activities. The depend on volunteers to sign up to bring food at meetings.
MEMBERSHIP/DIRECTORY - Heidi Nichols
Heidi continues to lead this taxing job. The Membership Committee accepts membership renewals, placing the data in a spreadsheet so that it can be sorted as needed for other Chapter committees. The committee provides a roster of all members to the Directory committee for inclusion in the Chapter directory.
PROGRAMS/SPEAKERS - Sally Campbell / Marcia McIntyre
Sally and Marcia continue leading this group. The committee identifies, contacts, and recruits potential speakers for our chapter meetings. Once dates are agreed upon, they solicit a description of their presentation, a short biography, and a photograph and ensure that information about each speaker is disseminated via the directory, newsletters, press releases or other outlets.
METRO LIAISON - Jack Lazareck / Rich Becker
Jack and Rich continue in this role. The liaison attends meetings with the Program Staff to communicate Chapter concerns to the staff, and bring program news back to the chapter. It also offers input for the Chapter on future Metro program planning.
COMMUNICATIONS - Dave Owen / Kate Davenport
The committee members are tasked with reviewing, improving, and assisting the chapter with all the official ways we communicate both among ourselves and with the general public. The committee seeks to improve collaboration among members.
WEBMASTER - Kate Davenport
Kate is in her second year as Chapter Webmaster. Our website is intended to be an always-available internet presence of our chapter to the world and to our own members. You can contact the webmaster at MCMG.firstname.lastname@example.org
GRAPEVINE NEWSLETTER EDITOR - Lorna Schilling
Lorna continues as editor. The Grapevine is a short monthly newsletter intended for viewing mostly by MGs in the other Metro chapters. A link to it is provided in the monthly Metro Master Gardener Newsletter published by the program office.
ENEWS EDITOR - Susanne Cavicchi
The eNews is published at the beginning of each month, and is intended to be the chapters voice to our own members. You can reach the eNews at MCMG.eNews@gmail.com