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December VMGA Meeting
Saturday, Dec. 09, 2017
In Kilmarnock, On the Northern Neck

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Location

St. Francis de Sales Hall
145 East Church Street
Kilmarnock, VA 22482

Directions to Hall:

From Middle Penninsula:  Cross over to Northern Neck at either Saluda/White Stone or Tappahannock.  Follow Rt. 3 to Kilmarnock. 

From the south turn Right onto Church Lane at the light – hall will be on the left side across the street from St. Francis church.

From the north turn left onto Church Lane and go to hall on the left side of road.

There is a light at the corner of Rt 3 and Church Lane in Kilmarnock.

Lodging

The Kilmarnock Inn or the Best Western Kilmarnock

Points of Interest

Main Street, 3 blocks from the meeting venue.  Art studio/gallery, antique, gift and specialty shops and restaurants.

George Washington Birthplace, Colonial Beach                                    Steamboat Era Museum, Irvington

Reedville Fishermen’s Museum, Reedville                                    Stratford Hall, Montross

Historic Rice’s Hotel & Hughlett’s Tavern, Heathsville                        Menokin, Warsaw

Mary Ball Washington Museum and Library, Lancaster            Historic Christ Church, Irvington           

Program

We will have a presentation on EMG Teaching Gardens in the Northern Neck as well as gifts and raffles!

Lunch Choices:  Order by Tues. November 28th

Tami McCauley, 89 Dividing Cove Lane, Kilmarnock, VA 22482

Cost $10.   Choose Wrap, Sandwich or Salad and Brownie or Cookie

Wrap - flour tortilla or Sandwich - white, wheat or rye

Includes:  Chips and brownie OR cookie

Choose -            Chicken Salad            BLT            Club (Turkey/Ham)

Salads - Green leaf lettuce, tomatoes, green peppers, carrots, cucumbers, onions, shredded cheese.

Includes a brownie OR a cookie

Choose -            Grilled Chicken            Chef (Turkey/Ham)            Crispy Chicken            Buffalo Chicken

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!