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MG Robert Castro displays the plaque for 3rd place in the Project category at the 2023 Texas Master Gardener Association Annual Meeting. Photo: KCMGA

Master Gardeners Celebrate 2023 Successes

The annual Kaufman County Master Gardener Awards dinner was held on December 4 at the First Christian Church in Kaufman.

Accomplishments

MG Robert Castro displays the plaque for 3rd place in the Project category at the 2023 Texas Master Gardener Association Annual Meeting. Photo: KCMGA
MG Robert Castro displays the plaque for 3rd place in the Project category at the 2023 Texas Master Gardener Association Annual Meeting. Photo: KCMGA

For 2023, the Master Gardeners logged 2,119 volunteer and training hours. The State sets the value of these hours at $31.80 per hour, which totals $67,373 in value to the community. Again this year, KC Master Gardeners presented a three-program gardening series for homeowners in three Forney neighborhoods. The series done last year (2022) won third place in the programs category at the Texas Master Gardener Association annual meeting. In September, the Fall Seminar, “Going Native: Saving Nature in Your Yard,” focused on the benefits of using native plants to help restore native ecosystems, emphasizing that it can be done in your own yard.

Years of Service

Members were acknowledged for their years of service. Those with 20 or more years are Pam Corder and Sandra Stahlman, with 23 years. Both were members of the first Master Gardener Training class in 2000. Those with 10 or more years of service are Jim Burt (11), Samantha Keats (11), Rebecca Morrow (14), Lisa Nalls (14), Tamara Stahlman (11), and Rita Ware (10). Those with 5 or more years of service are Vickie Aken (6), Beverly Curtis (7), Billie Henderson (6), Allen Hiller (6), Angela Johnston (6), Kris Kumar (7), Marcia Rayne (7), Renee Roysdon (8), Zahnd Schlensker (6), Vickie Stecher (7), Shelia Stein (6), Linda Wells (7), and Robert Yowell (7).

Emeritus members were also acknowledged for their years of service, although they no longer log volunteer hours. They are Marline Ballard (12), Judy Barton (14), Nancy Bowman (19), Frances Holmes (21), Ada O’Steen (22), and Hildegard Smith (20).

100 or More Hours Contributed in 2023

Six members wer recognized for contributing more than 100 hours of service for the year. They were Rebecca Morrow, Billie Henderson, Samantha Keats, Laura Hughes, Karel Holloway, and Beverly Curtis.

2024 Officers

The evening closed with the installation of officers. The officers for 2024 are Rebecca Morrow, President; Zahnd Schlensker, Vice President; Jim Burt, Treasurer; Sandra Stahlman, Secretary; and Karel Holloway, Parliamentarian. 

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