UC Master Gardener Program
UC Master Gardener Program
UC Master Gardener Program
University of California
UC Master Gardener Program

Volunteer Leadership Summit- November 9th

The Volunteer Leadership Summit is the first ever leadership training designed for California Master Gardener volunteers. At this free one-day workshop participants will hear from a range of speakers and be challenged to engage in the larger Master Gardener community by networking with their peers from across the state. The workshop will be held November 9, 2012 at the UC Davis Campus.

The idea for this conference was actually introduced by a volunteer earlier this year. She had noticed that other volunteer organizations have trainings and conferences specifically towards making better leaders out of their volunteers and requested that the Statewide Master Gardener Program do the same.  We quickly recognized what a powerful tool this could be and set to work creating a program. At the workshop, participants will hear from Associate Director of UC Cooperative Extension, Bill Frost; discuss the importance and process of building community within their programs from Ellie Rilla, and hear from select volunteers from diverse programs throughout the state during our panel talk. Participants will also explore ideas for program and board structure, meeting facilitation, and the nitty gritty on financial policies. Breakfast refreshments and lunch will be provided.

Unfortunately, to stay within fire code and to make the workshop as interactive and meaningful to participants as possible each program may select one volunteer to attend. For more information and access to registration please contact your local coordinator.  

UPDATE: Thanks for those who commented, to remind me to say that we will be recording the day's session for those who are unable to make it and would like to see it later! It will not be a live webinar because the logistics of audience participation and such via Adobe Connect and teleconference would be nearly imposible, however the DVD of the taped session will be available to all counties.

Posted on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 2:31 PM

Comments:

1.
A very positive step. Will this training be repeated in more areas of our state?

Posted by Win Rogers on October 26, 2012 at 8:36 AM

2.
Is this possible to have this program as an Webinar?

Posted by Royce Rhoads on October 26, 2012 at 11:49 AM

3.
This would be a good time to have this as a webinar since funds are really not available for extra travel expense. Perhaps you could do this training regionally, if not possible to use the internet.

Posted by Joanne Abing on October 26, 2012 at 4:01 PM

4.
Since attendance is so limited and significant travel costs for those of us in Southern Calif. to/from Davis for even one day are prohibitive, please seriously consider either a Webinar and/or possibly an Adobe Connect Video or UCTV session that could be recorded and made available for those who have 'real jobs' on weekdays. It will be unfortunate for so many who cannot travel so far on two weeks notice to miss out on this great opportunity to learn how to improve our local MG Programs.

Posted by Cindy Peterson on October 28, 2012 at 9:56 PM

5.
Hi Royce,  
 
A live webinar will not be possible due to the interactivity of the sessions. However, we have already planned to have the session professionally recorded for those who would like to view it after the fact.  
Thanks for reminding me abpout that very important topic!  
-Aubrey Bray

Reply by Aubrey Bray on October 29, 2012 at 7:59 AM

6.
Hi Win,  
We also feel that this is a HUGE step for the California Master Gardener Program. We are hoping that this will be an annnual event, and have already heard suggestions that it rotate locations each year to better meet the needs of various areas around the state. Of course, everyone will still be invited, it will just hopefully be closer to you every couple of years to make travel easier. We think this is a great idea and we'll see what the possibilities are for next year! Thanks for the comment! -Aubrey

Reply by Aubrey Bray on October 29, 2012 at 8:05 AM

7.
When time and budgets allow, I'd like to see similar type of sessions for MG's involved in or interested in getting involved in community outreach through municipal or other organizational efforts.

Posted by Steve M Sanguinetti on November 2, 2012 at 9:44 AM

8.
When time and budgets allow, I'd like to see similar type of sessions for MG's involved in or interested in getting involved in community outreach through municipal or other organizational efforts.

Posted by Steve M Sanguinetti on November 2, 2012 at 9:44 AM

9.
When time and budgets allow, I'd like to see similar type of sessions for MG's involved in or interested in getting involved in community outreach through municipal or other organizational efforts.

Posted by Steve M Sanguinetti on November 2, 2012 at 11:21 AM

10.
@ Steve - are you sure?

Posted by Win Rogers on November 7, 2012 at 10:06 AM

11.
How about some comments from trainers and trainees? What did you like best?

Posted by Win Rogers on November 14, 2012 at 8:23 AM

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