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Opportunity to be a part of the MGEV Advisory Panel

The MGEV Advisory Panel is important to the work of the State Program Office of the Georgia MGEV Program, providing a sounding board for ideas and resources. The Panel was created in 2012 so that the State Coordinator had a means of hearing from programs and perspectives from all over the state. At first, the Panel met four times per year in person at a location that was central for current participants. Now, the Panel meets virtually, removing the travel barrier and increasing opportunity for participation.

Participants in the MGEV Advisory Panel are asked to contribute to topics relating to the future direction of the program or asked for ideas or feedback on things in development or coming down the line. Panelists sometimes see and discuss topics long before they are shared with agents or volunteers. Agendas are provided prior to each meeting for each participant to prepare.

The State Coordinator selects panelists so that the panel is representative of Georgia MGEV programs and includes volunteers, agents, and program assistants representing small, medium, and large programs in rural, suburban, and rural areas. Additionally, there are spots held for the current and past/elect presidents of GMGA. No more than eight people serve at a time so that the Panel remains a functional group with space for discussion.

Currently, there are two MGEV positions available for the September 2021 – June 2022(23) term. MGEV panelists can serve a one or two-year term. MGEV candidates should have active status and not currently be in leadership positions with GMGA. Our next meeting will be September 24, 2021 (online).

Positions on the Advisory Panel are based on nomination and approval. Individuals can self-nominate by sending an email to the State Coordinator. To be appointed to the panel, MGEVs will need approval of their agent/coordinator, and Agents will need the approval of their District Director.

We’d love to have some MGEVs with backgrounds in marketing and instruction for projects we are preparing to address. MGEVs should be familiar with the organizational structure, function, and purpose of the Georgia MGEV Program to understand conversations at multiple levels.

Does this sound like something you would like to be a part of? Are you a MGEV with vision and heart for the Georgia MGEV Program? We are looking for “big picture” people, especially with experience outside of Extension, to serve on the statewide advisory panel. Does this bring to mind a fellow MGEV? Send your nomination email to Sheri Dorn, sdorn@uga.edu.

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About sdorn

Sheri is the State Coordinator for the Georgia Master Gardener Extension Volunteer Program and Extension Specialist for Consumer Ornamentals. When she is not traveling about the state of Georgia admiring the work of Georgia Master Gardener Extension Volunteers, she spends time in her own (real and virtual) gardens.