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St Charles County Master Gardener


Steering Committee Meeting Minutes


Friday, 26 June 2020


Attendees:  Kevin Minard, Jan Carron, Rebekah Davis, Joe Walker, Cindy Platzer, Mary Medina, Marsha Brown, Laura Stiemel


Call to Order:  Kevin Minard called the meeting to order at 9:06 AM


The Steering Committee met at Quail Ridge Park due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. 


Secretary’s Report:  Rebekah Davis-  Steering Committee Meeting Minutes for 12 June were approved as written.


Treasurer’s Report:  Joe Walker- Report was presented at the last Steering Committee meeting on 12 June.  Joe reports more money from the plant sale has been received and exact totals are being finalized.


MU Horticulturalist Specialist:  Justin Keay- No report


MU County Engagement Specialist:  Alex Reichert- No report



Committee Reports-


Membership:  Waneta Parmenter, Bonnie Winkeler-  The Steering Committee discussed annual SCCMG membership requirements for 2020, the current approved requirements are as followed:  Current Master Gardens require 12-hours of volunteering with 5 of those hours working in the Demo Gardens.  An additional 6-hours of continuing education are also required to maintain active status.  There will be no changes to the hours necessary for a Trainee to become a Master Gardener as they have until June 2021 to meet their requirements. 


Cindy mentioned scheduling an event for the Trainees once fifty people are allowed on the extension grounds.


Demo Gardens:  Cindy Platzer- Cindy reported that there is leaf mulch available for Demo gardens and Master Gardeners to use.  Soil will need to be ordered at some point to be used for potting up perennials.


Greenhouse:  Marsha Brown, Laura Stiemel-   Amanda Templer is stepping down from the Greenhouse Lead position.  Laura is willing to be a co-lead of the greenhouse.   Looking for additional helpers, Laura Stiemel plans to co-lead with Nancy Torke and perhaps one other.  Marsha mentioned the sick bay, to be attached to the back of the greenhouse, needs to be constructed this fall.  Joe reminded the SC that the greenhouse has a capitol asset allocation budget separate from the Demo Garden budget to be used to cover construction costs.




Plant Sale:  Marsha Brown, Laura Stiemel- Marsha reports that the Plant Sale is done.  We won't be having a fall sale- there are not enough plants leftover for one.  Thanks to everybody who helped to make them a success!  Marsha and Laura would like to collect photos of adult plants purchased by MGs to use for non-copy right visuals to be used in future plant sales.



Speakers:  Val Mertz-  No report



Hort Line:  Patti Kolek-  Hort Line is still working on a Call-In basis.



Education:   Mary Medina is not in charge of the Education committee at this point.  This position is still open and will be discussed at the next Education Committee meeting.  Ann Schappe, Waneta Parmenter, Val Mertz, and Maureen Wamsley have done some work on getting speakers for the library and the 2021 Dig In.



New Business:  Kevin Minard reported that MOMGA dues are up to date. The MOMGA state conference is still scheduled to occur in September, final decision will be made at the 10-Jul meeting.


Zoom Account Update: Jan Carron- Jan reported the St Charles Master Gardeners now have their own official Zoom account.  She will continue to coordinate meetings and classes using this Zoom account.   Talk to Jan if you are interested in being a co-host


Jan Carron-  discussed leads positions for the 2020 graduates.  Laura Steimel had said many interns were interested in being leads next year.  Jan said she is concerned this will overwhelm.  


Monarch Madness 2020 at the Weldon Spring Interpretive Center. It's scheduled for Sat. September 19 of this year.  Mary Medina says this event may be canceled for this year, replaced with a static and traveling display.



Old Business:  The Steering Committee is still having Open discussions on communication/ social media needs, per February meeting.


MGSC President will be sending approved meeting minutes for publication to our web site <> and to our newsletter, on all meetings from the previous month, at one time.



Meeting was adjourned at 10:08 AM



Respectfully submitted,

                                   Rebekah Davis




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