About the Greater Greenville Master Gardeners Association (GGMGA)
The Greater Greenville Master Gardener Association (GGMGA) is an educational, non-profit service organization consisting of certified Clemson Extension Master Gardeners. GGMGA works in partnership with the Clemson University Extension Office as a service arm of Extension Horticulture providing non-biased, research-based horticultural information to diverse groups of people within the Greenville County area. What really sets Master Gardeners apart from other home gardeners is their special training in horticulture and their volunteer work in the community.
Our members are volunteer educators who work through the local Clemson Extension Office as well as through our own organization to fulfill our mission of education and service. Typical volunteer activities include: answering plant and gardening questions at Ask a Master Gardener locations around the county; conducting education events at several local garden sites which we maintain; training Jr. Master Gardeners; staffing Speakers Bureau requests for educational presentations; working with school gardens and community garden projects and many other activities. We also host a popular annual gardening symposium for the public, which brings attendees from around our state. Our Spring Plant Sale is one of our most successful endeavors.
Once you complete the 40 hours and become a Certified Master Gardener, you will always be a Clemson Master Gardener. The GGMGA is your professional organization to keep you up-to-date with the latest horticulture news and with volunteer opportunities, if you want to volunteer. Volunteer hours are logged in at the Clemson site.
Here is the membership information from the GGMGA By-Laws:
ARTICLE III. Membership Classes of Membership for Clemson Extension (CE) GGMGA Members: A. Certified status will be assigned to GGMGA members who have paid dues and completed and documented in the state Volunteer Reporting System:
at least 20 hours of Extension-approved Educational Service and
10 hours of Extension-approved Continuing Education by June 30, the end of our fiscal year.
Certified status will also include members who have completed the Master Gardener Training Class (MGTC) and the 40-hour requirement for certification has been met within the one-year anniversary date of passing their final exam.
B. Active status will be assigned to GGMGA members who have paid dues and completed and documented some Educational Service or Continuing Education hours, but not the minimum required. C. Inactive status will be assigned to GGMGA members who have paid dues and have not completed and documented any Educational Service or Continuing Education hours. D. Student Members–Individuals currently enrolled in the MGTC who are granted a complimentary guest membership. E. Interns–Individuals who have successfully completed the MGTC but have not completed the initial 40-hour volunteer commitment. A complimentary guest membership is granted to all GGMGA interns until the membership drive following their March certification. At that time, they become Active members of the GGMGA by paying annual membership dues. F. Honorary Members—Individuals awarded special recognition by the Executive Committee for exemplifying the spirit of the Master Gardener program by promoting consumer horticulture education in Greenville County. At the June Executive Committee meeting, Honorary Members will be determined for the subsequent fiscal year, beginning July 1. G. Transferees—Master Gardeners from other states who are currently auditing the MGTC or who will audit the next available MGTC. A letter of recommendation from the transferee’s previous Extension MG Coordinator and a copy of the transferee’s MG certification must be forwarded to the Clemson Extension MG Coordinator. While the transferee is auditing the MGTC or waiting to complete the Clemson Extension requirements, he/she, upon payment of dues, will have all rights, responsibilities, and privileges of membership with the exception of providing educational service to the public. Transferees from other counties within South Carolina will become members of The Greater Greenville Master Gardeners Association upon payment of annual dues. Any SC Certified Master Gardener in the Greenville area may join GGMG. Contact our membership chairperson at email@example.com for more information.
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