Extension Master Gardener Volunteers of Dare County Celebrate New Graduates and a Successful Year!
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The Extension Master Gardener℠ volunteers of Dare County celebrated their new graduates and a successful year at their annual appreciation dinner on Thursday, December 5, 2019, at the Sea Ranch Hotel in Nags Head.
The purpose of the Extension Master Gardener℠ program of Dare County is to provide current, research-based home horticulture information and education to the citizens of Dare County. Master Gardener℠ volunteers are individuals with an active interest in horticulture that receive extensive horticulture training through the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service.
Congratulations! 17 New Master Gardener Volunteers
This year’s class received over 50 hours of education and volunteered over 40 hours each for an outstanding class total of over 1,000 hours! 17 were presented with their official Master Gardener volunteer Certification certificates and name badges. The Newest Extension Master Gardner volunteers of Dare County are; Judy Carter, Mary Lou DiGrassie, Marianne Dubresson, Lorraine Elkerton, Jerry Fiedler, Dona Fiedler, Patricia Fields, Hope Guiley, Tanta Luckhardt-Hendricks, Lynn Murray, Harvey Murray, Louise Norko, Annette Robertson-Geesin, Barbara Schultz, Donna Walker, Tammy Watkins, Sara Zimmerman.
Celebrating Our Current Master Gardener Volunteers
The achievements of our current Master Gardener volunteers were also celebrated that same evening. Every year, each Master Gardener volunteer re-certifies by volunteering a minimum of 20 hours and keeping current with at least 12 hours of continuing education classes. N.C. Cooperative Extension honors these achievements with Milestone Awards based on volunteer service hours and years of service.
NC State Extension Milestone Awards
250 Hours of Volunteer Service: Richard Howell and Linda Turowski
500 Hours of Volunteer Service: John Phelan
2000 Hours of Volunteer Service: Keith Lilly
4000 Hours of Volunteer Service: Christine Stadther
25 Years of Volunteer Service: Nancy D’Andrade
15 Years of Volunteer Service: Nancy Beadling
10 Years of Volunteer Service: Jonnie Combs, Carol Hopkins, Judy Johnson, Marilyn Canning, Christine Stadther
5 Years of Volunteer Service: Jeanne Brook, Judy Crisman, Gemma Green, Francine Kelly, Susan Lynch, Gary Thomas, Linda Turowski, Christy Wease
2019 Extension Master Gardener Volunteer of Dare County Awards
Rookie of the Year Award: Harvey Murray
Behind the Scenes Award: Judy Johnson
Volunteer of the Year Award: Louise Dow
Please join us in congratulating the Extension Master Gardener volunteers of Dare County on their outstanding year!
The Extension Master Gardener volunteer Program of Dare County contributes significantly to the lives of North Carolina residents and local communities each year. In 2019, the Extension Master Gardener volunteers of Dare County volunteered more than 5,700 hours and obtained over 950 hours of continuing education. Their volunteer hours are estimated to be valued at $145,586.75 (based on Independent Sector value of $25.43/hour).
For more information about the Extension Master Gardener volunteers of Dare County or the horticulture programs and workshops they provide, please visit our homepage or you can contact the N.C. Cooperative Extension of Dare County office at 252-473-4290.