Next Meeting

VMGA Board Meeting

Saturday, October 14th 2017

9:00AM – 2:00PM

Our next bimonthly VMGA meeting is being hosted by the master gardeners of the Eastern shore, in the town of Painter. Please read this flyer for more information and how to order lunch.

Upcoming Meetings

VMGA’s Board of Directors, along with other committee chairs, the Unit Reps and interested members, plan to meet six times a year. Meetings are scheduled for the second Saturday of the even-numbered months, with the June meeting held in conjunction with Master Gardener College. For a list of upcoming meetings, see below. Directions and other local arrangements for the next regularly scheduled meeting are available two to four weeks in advance of the meeting. Click here to see what was posted for the last meeting, and if available, for the next meeting.

Units volunteer to host the bi-monthly meetings for which VMGA is most appreciative.  If your unit would like to host a meeting, please read, “Hosting a VMGA Meeting (What a Unit Should Know).”

If your unit would like to host a meeting, contact VMGA’s President.

What do we do at our meetings?

Usually, on the days of our meetings, MGs from around the state show up at the meeting site more than 1/2 hour before the business meeting begins to share gardening stories and catch up over coffee and treats provided by the MGs hosting the meeting.  Our business meeting begins promptly at 10:00 with introductions.  The minutes of the last meeting are approved, the Treasurer tells us how we are doing financially, and the President makes a report. Each of the Committee Chairs gives a brief report on the status of their committee and any special projects. The Extension Liaison, usually the State Master Gardener Coordinator Dave Close or Assistant Coordinator John Freeborn, brings us news from their Office and VCE.

To meet VMGA’s purpose of networking, Unit Reps are asked to give a report of their Unit's achievements, changes in leadership, and upcoming events or challenges they have met.  Sometimes, a discussion topic is proposed in advance of the meeting. Topics such as local fundraising efforts, training class recruitment and 501(c)(3) status represent issues common to many units.

Next is consideration of unfinished business and any new business and announcements.  At this point we usually adjourn the formal part of our meeting, and further networking or committee work takes place. Sometimes, the local unit arranges a tour for the attendees – a special treat for special folks!

Every member is invited to attend. Come along with your Unit Rep! Non-member Master Gardeners are especially invited to see what your state association does. We'd love to have you visit!