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2023 Volunteer Recognition Event

Updated: Mar 15

3/06/2024


Many thanks to all of the volunteers who were able to join us at the Bell Museum in March for the Awards and Recognition event to celebrate the good works done by RCMG volunteers in 2023.


Program Recognition

To get the full scope of all of the amazing things volunteers accomplished in 2023, read the 2023 "Year In Review" and catch up on all of the great things done by RCMG last year.


Capitol Region Watershed District Watershed Partner Award

RCMG received the Capitol Region Watershed District’s 2023 Watershed Partner Award for its commitment to CRWD’s mission of innovative stormwater management solutions. Get the full story on the Volunteer News blog.


 

Volunteer Recognition

Ramsey County is lucky to have such dedicated Master Gardener volunteers serving the community. Below are some exceptional examples of volunteers who have gone (far!) above and beyond the program's minimum expectations.


Local Recognition

RCMG recognizes those volunteers who blew the minimum expectations out of the water in 2023. If you see them this year, give them a high-five!


Project Leaders in 2023 (23 people)

We wouldn't have community outreach projects without the dedication of these RCMG volunteers.

  • Donna Anderson

  • Ann Aurelius

  • Jamie Aussendorf

  • Pam Baribeau

  • Chris Beal

  • Julie Bechtold

  • Simba Blood

  • Nanette Boudreau

  • Cheryl Brady

  • Fabienne Bridges

  • Jeanne Buck

  • Jeanne Buck

  • Jane Carlstrom

  • Susan Cathey

  • Susan Cathey

  • Molly Clemen

  • Julie Coopet

  • Julie Coopet

  • Beth Fritcher

  • Judie Ginter

  • Brianna Gohde

  • Tina Hammer

  • Stephanie Hankerson

  • Gretchen Hesli

  • Roger Hintze

  • Laurie Holmberg

  • Maddy Kaudy

  • Elizabeth Lorentz

  • Sue Mason

  • Sandy McDonald

  • Mary Montagne

  • Elaine Noel

  • Liz O’Toole

  • Liz O’Toole

  • Liz O’Toole

  • Patricia Ohmans

  • Patricia Ohmans

  • Susan Oven

  • Mary Parenteau

  • Kathy Passe

  • Megan Phinney

  • Karen Randall

  • Gene Ranieri

  • Becky Rude

  • Ed Shinbach

  • Cherie Skildum

  • Kathy Smith

  • Terry Smith

  • Stacy Sola

  • Chris Stevens

  • Christine Strong

  • Bill Suchy

  • Katie Swanson

  • Linnea Tani

  • Lynette Thompson

  • Gary Unger

  • Gary Unger

  • Kathy Vail

  • Laurel Watt

  • Eamon Whitaker

  • Rena Wilffang-Roepke

100 Hours of Volunteer Service in 2023 (25 people)

200 Hours of Volunteer Service in 2023 (9 people)

300 Hours of Volunteer Service in 2023 (2 people)

400 Hours of Volunteer Service in 2023 (3 people)

500 or More Hours of Volunteer Service in 2023 (3 people)


State Recognition

These University of MN Extension recognizes those volunteers who have dedicated a significant part of their lives to serving in the Master Gardener Volunteer Program.

1,000 Lifetime Hours of Service as a Master Gardener (5 people)

  • Cynthia Anderson

  • Jeanne Buck

  • Chris Kraft

  • Christine Strong

  • Lynette Thompson

2,000 Lifetime Hours of Service as a Master Gardener (2 people)

3,000 Lifetime Hours of Service as a Master Gardener (1 person)

5,000 Lifetime Hours of Service as a Master Gardener (1 person)

10 Years of Service as a Master Gardener (13 people)

15 Years of Service as a Master Gardener (5 people)

20 Years of Service as a Master Gardener (4 people)

25 Years of Service as a Master Gardener (3 people)

 

2023 Master Gardener Volunteer Award Winners

RCMG offers a few forma awards each year to recognize a volunteer who has excelled in the community. These volunteers are nominated by their peers in RCMG. Nominations can be submitted at any time during the year but must be submitted before the end of the year to be considered.


Outstanding Intern Award

This is the first time an intern has been recognized for exceeding internship expectations. Look forward to watching this list grow over time!

  • Jayme Neverton - 2023


Leonard Gloeb Outstanding Service Award

This award recognizes an individual Ramsey County Master Gardener member who has been selected as providing exceptional performance on a project; demonstrated exceptional knowledge, skills or ability and has demonstrated significant and sustained community contribution.


  • Leonard Gloeb - 2017

  • Ed Shinbach - 2018

  • Joe Baltrukonis and Jennifer Porwit - 2019

  • Susan Oven - 2020

  • Gary Unger - 2021

  • Nanette Boudreau - 2022

  • Susan Cathey - 2023

Ralph Thrane Extraordinary Partnership Award

This award recognizes an individual Ramsey County Master Gardener member who has been selected as developing or maintaining a significant partnership with organizations served and for their professional dedication and service as a project coordinator.


  • Ralph Thrane - 2017

  • Megan Phinney - 2018

  • Molly Clemen - 2019

  • Ann Aurelius - 2020

  • Patricia Ohmans - 2021

  • Mary Montagne - 2022

  • Ed Shinbach - 2023


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