Master Gardener Volunteers honored for 19,678 hours of service to community

GENESEE COUNTY, Michigan –  More than 324 Michigan State University Extension Genesee County Master Gardener Volunteers were honored for 19,678 hours of service to the community in more than 150 educational projects throughout Genesee County in 2010.

They were recognized and congratulated by Genesee County Commissioner Patrick Gleason, and State Master Gardener Program Coordinator Mary Wilson during the 23rd Annual Master Gardener Volunteer Recognition Banquet Thursday April 7, 2011 at the Mill Street Dining Room at the historic Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad in Flint.

Under the leadership of Carol McTaggart, Genesee Master Gardener Coordinator, and Terry McLean, MSUE Horticulture Educator, the Genesee Master Gardener Volunteer Program honored the newly certified Master Gardener and Advanced Master Gardener Volunteers.

Thirty Master Gardener Volunteers received their Basic Certification as Master Gardeners while thirty Master Gardener Volunteers received Advanced Master Gardener Certification.  Thirty-eight veteran Master Gardener Volunteers received honors for cumulative volunteer hours worked in the community.

Special recognitions were awarded to four outstanding Master Gardener Volunteers for 2010.

Receiving the “2010 Outstanding Master Gardener of the Year” awards were Carol McTaggart of Grand Blanc and Millie Daron of Flushing.  Joyce Bellaire of Flushing and Mel Kennedy of Davison were honored with the “2010 Master Gardener Award for Distinguished Service and Continued Contributions to Horticulture Education in Genesee County”.

The Master Gardener Volunteer Program is a horticulture education and volunteer leader-training program offered by MSU Extension in Genesee County.  For more information about the program, contact MG Coordinator Carol McTaggart at 810-244-8531 or [email protected]

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