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The Rock Prairie Master Gardener Association, located in Rock County, Wisconsin, is the 42nd association of the Wisconsin Master Gardener Program.

This blog is used to distribute timely information to association members regarding volunteer opportunities, MGV highlights, and other social tid bits.

Horticulture related information is to be directed to the Horticulture Educator or the Plant Health Advisors.

This blog is not for garden related questions.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Volunteer Recognition get-together sparsely attended but lively

For years we've been spoiled by the lovely environment at Rotary Botanical Gardens as the locale for the annual Volunteer Recognition dinner with white table clothes, muted lights and all the amenities.

This year things were a lot different. We met in the basement of Hyatt Smith Hall in a brightly lit double classroom filled with narrow formica topped tables, each set with four chairs. There were no candles or white table cloths, no place-mats, or atmospheric lighting.
Following a tour of the facility we chowed down on finger food and other comestibles. Barb Converse brought hot squash soup that was absolutely to die for. There were hand-made crescent rolls that simply melted in your mouth, desserts, fruits, cheeses, crackers, dips, assorted chips, pies, cakes, iced tea and fruit punch, some pungent jello shots and shots of chocolate mousse that literally took your breath away.

The atmosphere was casual. We munched while in-coming president Laura Boettcher ran the meeting. Mary Thompson gave a short farewell speech in conclusion of her term as president.

The meeting brought one exciting new item to the table. Garden Festival for 2012 will move to new digs. Deb Grams, chair of the Garden Festival team, asked that two checks totaling $390.00 be considered for approval for the rental of the Rock County Fairgrounds as the location for the 2012 Garden Festival. The rental is $290.00. The $100.00 check would be held as a deposit against damages or cleanup expenses, to be returned if there is no cleanup to be done.

There were several questions that related to the by-laws of the organization. Below is a link to the by-laws for those who are interested.

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