WIMGA Annual Meeting
Thursday, December 2, 2021
Once again the WIMGA Annual Meeting was held online. Thank you to the almost 400 WIMGA members who attended our 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting! Our President, Marilyn Gorham, provided an update of the past year. Our featured speaker, Larry Meiller, provided insight into his over 50 years as host of "Garden Talk" and gave a behind the scenes view of how this weekly show is produced. Mike Maddox and Jay Dampier reported on changes taking place with the Program Office. A major Program change was announced during our meeting when Mike Maddox informed the attendees that he was stepping down as Program Director. Thank you to Mike for his leadership of the Master Gardener Program over the past 10 years. We wish him the best in his future endeavors. WIMGA looks forward to partnering with Jay Dampier and Kimberly Miller as they lead the Program Office into 2022. Jay stated that in addition to horticulture education; pollinator habitat, climate change issues, and reducing environmental pollutants in the environment will be stressed.
Slides from the meeting can be found on the Resource Page and a link is provided below.
Happy Holidays From Your Wisconsin Master Gardener Association
The most important thing to remember for New Year’s Eve:
Go into ORS and record your hours for 2021 now. Don’t wait until December 31st to be sure that you get credit for all of the hours you’ve earned. If you attended the Annual Meeting you may record two hours Continuing Education for attending the meeting on December 2nd.
Looking Forward to 2022
Watch the WIMGA website in early 2022 for answers to various questions submitted to the Program Office but pertain to responsibilities of WIMGA. The Executive Committee and the Program Office are coordinating those responses to be consistent.
Conversations have started between the new Program Leadership and WIMGA, and will continue into the New Year. Look for the January Newsletter early next month which will have more information regarding these conversations.
The Board of Directors will be meeting in early January and Board Committees will begin their work for 2022. Please contact your Local Representative with any questions or concerns you have for the Board. Your Local Representative will refer the question to your District Director if they are unsure of the response. The updated list of Local Representatives and Board of Directors can be found on the Members Only Tab on the website.
We will provide additional educational opportunities to members in 2022 and will further expand the Speakers Bureau that can be accessed by local Associations looking for educational presenters. Due to the continuing COVID concerns, the educational opportunities will be virtual for the near future.
We also expect to have more information on potential providers of Liability Insurance products that underwrite other Associations and have products that are used by some of our member Associations.