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Master Gardeners Continue Setting Pace for Volunteerism

At this year’s Winter School, the Master Gardeners of Hamilton County was recognized as the top County in the State of Tennessee with online recorded volunteer hours.  Our organization reported 13,554 volunteer hours in 2009, more that the two largest cities of Memphis and Nashville.   That translated to more than 70 hours of service time per active member.

This year is the centennial anniversary of the University of Tennessee Extension and to celebrate this milestone, the UT Extension program is recognizing master gardener volunteers who provide 100 hours of service.  Not even midway into the year, over a dozen MGHC members reached this goal by May!  Congratulations!

Pictured below are representatives of MGHC accepting the 2010 Service Award at the Annual Winter School: (from left to right) Beth Babbit, TMG coordinator, Mike Payne, Stephanie Payne, Patsy Boles, Denise Chivington, Donna Smolinski, Clyde Mathews, Carol Mathews, Barbara Blankenship, Charlene Griffin, and Jane Goodin.

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