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Darren's Digest – November 2022


Recognizing the good work of volunteers should be done 365 days of the year

Each year the Thanksgiving holiday is recognized in November. Giving thanks and recognizing all of the good work of Ramsey County Master Gardener volunteers is something that should be done 365 days of the year. We appreciate all of your hard work and sharing of your time and talents with the RCMG Volunteer Program.

Thank A Volunteer

As we approach the end of the calendar year, I encourage each of you to give thanks to those who have supported your Master Gardener volunteer experience this year. Send them a thank-you card, email or text message to tell them that you appreciate their help and support this year.

  • A Master Gardener mentor

  • Community partner organizations

  • Project leaders and project coordinators

  • Fellow committee members

  • Board members

A kind word can mean a lot. All it takes is a few minutes.

Nominate a Volunteer

Every year we like to recognize those volunteer who have had a big impact on RCMG. The nominations come from you so as you think back on those who have helped and inspired you this year, we hope you nominate them for an award..

The Leonard Gloeb Outstanding Service Award recognizes a RCMG volunteer who has provided exceptional performance on a project and the Ralph Thrane Extraordinary Partnership Award recognizes a RCMG volunteer who has developed or maintained a significant partnership with outside organizations as part of RCMG.

Nominations will be accepted until Monday 11/28 and will be voted on at the next RCMG Board Meeting.

Share a Volunteer Story

We want to hear from you about your favorite volunteer experiences from this year. The stories you share help us to connect with our communities and to highlight the many ways in which Master Gardener volunteers help the people living in Ramsey County.

These are a few examples of project stories from last year.


Thank you again for all that you do. Our organization is stronger for having you as a member.

Darren Lochner

RCMG Program Coordinator

COVID-19 Safety Update

The current COVID-19 Community level is LOW. That said, we will continue to encourage all volunteers to wear a face cover or mask when participating in in-person and indoor activities regardless of vaccination status. The main page of the State Master Gardener website ( has some good information and updates on COVID-19 as well as low-contact, work-from-home volunteer opportunities.


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