Hi everyone,

First, some of us are surrounded by fires and smoke and high fire danger and drought; our hearts go out to everyone affected, especially those in Klamath County.

We held our 3 rd quarter executive meeting this past Friday, August 6 via zoom. Our agenda included updates from our OSU Extension Program Coordinator, Gail Langellotto; and reports from our mini-college committee, our Historian, and the DEI task force. We are also happy to announce our newest member to our Executive committee and Gardener’s Pen editor, Ann Kinkley from Linn County.

Gail reported on OSU COVID policy changes, as the public health situation changes. The best place to stay up to date on OSU COVID policy is this site: https://covid.oregonstate.edu/ , and this specific link: https://covid.oregonstate.edu/latest-updates . Face coverings are now required in indoor public settings. “For purposes of this face covering requirement, “public indoor settings” at OSU include indoor environments in university-owned or controlled property or in which OSU activities are held, and which are open to the public.” She also reported on changes to our 2022 Master Gardener training for new volunteers. In addition we covered improvements to the awards process, and OMGA’s role in supporting diversity, equity and inclusion.

Next, we discussed the complexity of our virtual mini college and commended both Eric and Sheri Bosler, and Sue Nesbit for their efforts to bring this fantastic program to our membership. Thanks to the entire committee that worked their magic to make it happen. We are ready to plan our next mini college for 2022.

Lastly, we decided to move the date for our 3 rd quarter OMGA board meeting to September 10 due to the Labor Day holiday. For now, we will continue to hold our meetings via zoom. Start thinking about items you may want to include in our agenda.

Please see the Grants and Awards for 2021 post in case you missed them at mini-college. Congratulations to everyone!

That’s all I have. See you all September 10.

Thank you everyone for your patience and support. Take care of each other.

OMGA President