Here are your 2020 ECMGA Officers
|A. D. Cowser||Vice President, Projects|
|Mattie Thompson||Vice President, Programs|
|Billy Crawford||Director at Large|
|LaFawne Hartin||Director at Large|
|Susan Knapp||Past President|
Dues—Annual Dues deadline was on December 31, 2019. If you completed and logged your volunteer hours, but did not pay your $25 dues, you may still send the dues of $25 plus $10 late fee to Treasurer, Susan Hall.
NO POTLUCK LUNCH AT GENERAL MEETING—
BREAKFAST FINGER FOODS ONLY
We received numerous suggestions during 2019 that we discontinue the monthly meeting meals. Very few members signed up to help host the 2020 meetings therefore the board decided to discontinue the meals so that everyone can enjoy the meeting and program. Beginning January 2020, we can bring already prepared fingerfoods to enjoy during the social and meeting time. Suggestions are—bagels, doughnuts, mini quiches, pigs in a blanket, cookies, etc.
Join us for the next meeting on January, 14th!
INTERN CLASS BEGINS JANUARY 31, 2020.
The Intern Class Schedule will be forthcoming. The classes will be held at the Extension Office each Friday beginning January 31 through March 20th. There will be an opportunity for members to register to attend one of the classes, but space will be limited and registration will be required. More information will be available soon.
Ellis County Master Gardener Monthly Meeting – You’re Invited!
Tom Graves, an Ellis County Master Gardener since 2017 and a vegetable specialist, will discuss growing tomatoes and peppers in Ellis County at our monthly meeting on Tuesday, January 14, 2020. He will also discuss some uses of these vegetables.
Social time begins at 9:30am with our meeting following at 10am. The guest speaker presents at 11am. Please be our guest! The meeting takes place in the Fidelis “Banquet” Hall of the First United Methodist Church, 505 W. Marvin Ave., Waxahachie. For info, call (972) 825-5175
The 2020 Master Gardener Calendars Are Here!!
The Ellis County Master Gardeners are proud to present our 14th annual gardening calendar. Our theme this year is “Native and Adapted Plants.” As always, this beautiful and informative calendar includes month-by-month gardening information, soil preparation, fertilization, moon signs, average temperature and rainfall each month, holidays, as well as the sponsor’s events.
May 12-14, 2020
Texas Master Gardeners Conference
McLennan County, Waco
Proudly hosted by the McLennan County Master Gardener Association in Waco, TX.
May 12-14, 2020 at the Waco Convention Center
The annual conference provides an opportunity for Texas Master Gardener volunteers from around the state to receive continuing education hours, participate in hands-on workshops, go on fascinating tours unique to the area, shop specialized vendors, and converse and fellowship with Master Gardeners — all during a three-day event.
Please consider coming a day early to partake in the Leadership Training. This year, we are bringing in a professional trainer to lead attendees in an interactive workshop on developing a vibrant volunteer environment fostering collaboration, empowerment and communication to help you nurture and grow your people.
Keep up to date on our conference Facebook page.
LODGING: We have contracted with two great hotels for you! The host hotel, and it’s partner hotel directly across the street, are now accepting reservations. Our agenda will have Leadership Training on the afternoon of May 11th, with conference registration opening at 7:00am on May 12th. The conference will close at 5:00pm on the 14th. Our special hotel rates are valid for three days before, and three days post-conference. Come, enjoy all that Waco has to offer!
Hilton Waco: This riverside hotel is connected by a covered walkway to the Waco Convention Center $149 Phone: 254-754-8484
Courtyard Marriott: This newly remodeled hotel is immediately adjacent to the Waco Convention Center $145 Phone: 254-752-8686
NOTE: If you wish to stay longer, both hotels will honor the above three days BEFORE and three days AFTER our conference block, however, you must make these reservations by phoning the Reservations Desk directly at the hotel using the phone numbers provided above.
Presentation from August 3rd Director’s Meeting may be viewed here.