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Kaufman County Judge Hal Richards, left, installed KCMGA's 2023 officers: Billie Henderson, President; Rebecca Morrow, Vice-President, Jim Burt, Treasurer, Sandy Stahlman, Secretary. Photo: KCMGA.

Master Gardeners Review 2022 Accomplishments, Install 2023 Officers

Kaufman County Master Gardeners held their annual appreciation dinner on December 5, 2022 at The Porch at FBC Kaufman. Pastor David Hunt offered the invocation before the group enjoyed a barbeque meal. In addition to Pastor Hunt, guests included Kaufman Count Judge Hal Richards, Commissioner Mike Hunt and wife, Commissioner Skeet Phillips and  wife, Commissioner Terry Barber and wife, and Commissioner Ken Cates. 

In 2022, Kaufman County Master Gardeners volunteered 2,710 hours. The rate per hour, set by the State Comptroller, is $29.95 for this year, which equals $81,141 in value to the county. Activities for this year included our fall seminar “Live, Love, Local, Learn,” a series of garden- and landscaping-related classes at Heartland,  a hands-on seed-planting demonstration at The Center in Kaufman, several information booths at local events, and a number of presentations by Master Gardeners at local garden clubs and other organizations.

Kari Rough and Larry Vzarlek demonstrate the construction of a small self-watering container. Photo: KCMGA.
Master Gardener Don Mzyk helps two children decorate planting cups. Photo: KCMGA.
Master Gardener Don Mzyk helps two children decorate planting cups. Photo: KCMGA.
MG Robert Castro demonstrates using newspaper to protect from thorns while handling cactus. Photo: KCMGA
MG Robert Castro demonstrates using newspaper to protect from thorns while handling cactus. Photo: KCMGA

Our longtime County Extension Agent for Ag and Natural Resources, Ralph Davis, retired in August of last year, and in February of this year, we welcomed our new agent and sponsor, Tommy Phillips. In March, we receive word that we had won two awards at the Texas State Master Gardener Association meeting. Our project with Sharing the Love Foundation, the Children’s Legacy Garden in Forney was awarded second place in the Youth-Other category. Master Gardener Karel Halloway was awarded second place in the Written Education category for a series of gardening articles published in the Kaufman Herald. 

Awards for years of service and hours of service in 2022 were presented by Judge Richards. See listing below. 

Master Gardeners Chet McDonald (left) and Sam Keats (right) with County Extension Agent and Master Gardener sponsor Tommy Phillips. Photo: KCMGA.
Master Gardeners Chet McDonald (left) and Sam Keats (right) with County Extension Agent and Master Gardener sponsor Tommy Phillips. Photo: KCMGA.
Wide view of field with volunteer workers. Photo: KCMGA.
Wide view of field with volunteer workers. Photo: KCMGA.
Front page of the Kaufman Herald showing the cover of the Spring Home insert: Photo: KCMGA.
Front page of the Kaufman Herald showing the cover of the Spring Home insert: Photo: KCMGA.

The award dinner ended with the installation of officers for 2023 by Judge Hal Richards. Next year’s officers are Billie Henderson, President; Rebecca Morrow, Vice-President; Jim Burt, Treasurer, and Sandy Stahlman, Secretary. 

Service Awards

2022 Years and Hours of Service

20 or More Years of Service
10 or More Years of Service
Pam Corder
Frances Holmes, Emerita
Ada O'Steen, Emerita
Sandra Stahlman
22 years
21 years
21 years
22 years
Jim Burt
Marline Ballard, Emerita
Judy Barton, Emerita
Nancy Bowman, Emerita
Samantha Keats
Rebecca Morrow
Lisa Nalls
Tamara Stahlman
Hildegard Smith, Emerita
11 years
11 years
13 year
18 years
11 years
13 years
13 years
11 years
19 years
5 or More Years of Service
Hours of Service for 2022
Vicki Aken
Beverly Curtis
Billie Henderson
Allen Hiller
Angela Johnston
Kris Kumar
Don Mzyk
Marcia Rayne
Renee Roysdaon
Zahnd Schlensker
Vicki Stecher
Shiela Stein
Larry Wagliardo
Brenda Walker
Rita Ware
Linda Wells
Robert Yowell
5 years
6 years
5 years
5 years
5 years
6 years
6 years
6 years
7 years
5 years
6 years
5 years
5 years
5 years
9 years
6 years
6 years

Rebecca Morrow
Laura Hughes
Samantha Keats
Chet McDonald
Dorothy Dillon
Linda Wells
Billie Henderson
626.00 hours
181.50 hours
179.00 hours
161.25 hours
150.00 hours
149.00 hours
100.00 hours

Kaufman County Master Gardeners held their annual appreciation dinner on December 5, 2022 at The Porch at FBC Kaufman. Pastor David Hunt offered the invocation before the group enjoyed a barbeque meal. In addition to Pastor Hunt, guests included Kaufman Count Judge Hal Richards, Commissioner Mike Hunt and wife, Commissioner Skeet Phillips and  wife, Commissioner Terry Barber and wife, and Commissioner Ken Cates. 

In 2022, Kaufman County Master Gardeners volunteered 2,710 hours. The rate per hour, set by the State Comptroller, is $29.95 for this year, which equals $81,141 in value to the county. Activities for this year included our fall seminar “Live, Love, Local, Learn,” a series of garden- and landscaping-related classes at Heartland,  a hands-on seed-planting demonstration at The Center in Kaufman, several information booths at local events, and a number of presentations by Master Gardeners at local garden clubs and other organizations.

Kari Rough and Larry Vzarlek demonstrate the construction of a small self-watering container. Photo: KCMGA.
Master Gardener Don Mzyk helps two children decorate planting cups. Photo: KCMGA.
Master Gardener Don Mzyk helps two children decorate planting cups. Photo: KCMGA.
MG Robert Castro demonstrates using newspaper to protect from thorns while handling cactus. Photo: KCMGA
MG Robert Castro demonstrates using newspaper to protect from thorns while handling cactus. Photo: KCMGA

Our longtime County Extension Agent for Ag and Natural Resources, Ralph Davis, retired in August of last year, and in February of this year, we welcomed our new agent and sponsor, Tommy Phillips. In March, we receive word that we had won two awards at the Texas State Master Gardener Association meeting. Our project with Sharing the Love Foundation, the Children’s Legacy Garden in Forney was awarded second place in the Youth-Other category. Master Gardener Karel Halloway was awarded second place in the Written Education category for a series of gardening articles published in the Kaufman Herald. 

Awards for years of service and hours of service in 2022 were presented by Judge Richards. See listing below. 

Master Gardeners Chet McDonald (left) and Sam Keats (right) with County Extension Agent and Master Gardener sponsor Tommy Phillips. Photo: KCMGA.
Master Gardeners Chet McDonald (left) and Sam Keats (right) with County Extension Agent and Master Gardener sponsor Tommy Phillips. Photo: KCMGA.
Wide view of field with volunteer workers. Photo: KCMGA.
Wide view of field with volunteer workers. Photo: KCMGA.
Front page of the Kaufman Herald showing the cover of the Spring Home insert: Photo: KCMGA.
Front page of the Kaufman Herald showing the cover of the Spring Home insert: Photo: KCMGA.

The award dinner ended with the installation of officers for 2023 by Judge Hal Richards. Next year’s officers are Billie Henderson, President; Rebecca Morrow, Vice-President; Jim Burt, Treasurer, and Sandy Stahlman, Secretary. 

Service Awards

2022 Years and Hours of Service

20 or More Years of Service
10 or More Years of Service
Pam Corder
Frances Holmes, Emerita
Ada O'Steen, Emerita
Sandra Stahlman
22 years
21 years
21 years
22 years
Jim Burt
Marline Ballard, Emerita
Judy Barton, Emerita
Nancy Bowman, Emerita
Samantha Keats
Rebecca Morrow
Lisa Nalls
Tamara Stahlman
Hildegard Smith, Emerita
11 years
11 years
13 year
18 years
11 years
13 years
13 years
11 years
19 years
5 or More Years of Service
Hours of Service for 2022
Vicki Aken
Beverly Curtis
Billie Henderson
Allen Hiller
Angela Johnston
Kris Kumar
Don Mzyk
Marcia Rayne
Renee Roysdaon
Zahnd Schlensker
Vicki Stecher
Shiela Stein
Larry Wagliardo
Brenda Walker
Rita Ware
Linda Wells
Robert Yowell
5 years
6 years
5 years
5 years
5 years
6 years
6 years
6 years
7 years
5 years
6 years
5 years
5 years
5 years
9 years
6 years
6 years

Rebecca Morrow
Laura Hughes
Samantha Keats
Chet McDonald
Dorothy Dillon
Linda Wells
Billie Henderson
626.00 hours
181.50 hours
179.00 hours
161.25 hours
150.00 hours
149.00 hours
100.00 hours

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