Its time to renew your Master Gardener Membership. Please send your 2015 dues ($22: $12 local, $10 state) to Tom Douglas, our new treasurer. Go to the Master Gardener website http://jeffcomg.org/ Click on the Master Gardener Service report link to the right and sign in. Go to the Directory link at the top and scroll down to Tom’s name to find his address. While your in the Service Report area, post your hours for 2014. We’re coming to the end of the year and we know many of you have worked a good deal more than the hours reflect.

The 2014 Graduation and Annual Banquet was a great success. The months of planning that went into this night provided a wonderful experience for everyone who attended.

After dinner, we enjoyed three speakers, Kerry Smith,State Master Gardener Program Coordinator;Fred Spicer,Executive Director/CEO of the Birmingham Botanical Gardensand Mayor William Bell, who took time from his busy schedule to be with us. Each of them addressed the value of our volunteers; Kerry Smith to the state in conjunction with Aces, Fred Spicer to The Gardens and Mayor Bell to our city. We all came away with a greater awareness of the part that we play and the importance of our efforts.

Graduates from the 2013 Summer class and the 2014 class received their certificates as Master Gardeners. This group of graduates has posted over 4000 volunteer hours this year, a very impressive accomplishment.

The new 2105 Officers were presented and pictures were taken.

Centerpiece from the Rose SocietyCenterpiece from the Plant Adventures ProgramCenterpiece from The LibraryCenterpiece from the Fern SocietyPat lighting the candlesBethany and KerryOutgoing and Incoming PresidentsA full RoomWonderful foodKerry SmithFred SpicerMayor William BellThe largest classBethany read names and Roger passed out certificates.Bethany read names and Roger passed out certificates.The incoming 2015 OfficersProud new Master GardenersThe Summer 2013 Graduating ClassThe 2014 Graduating class

JCMGA 2014