This Month's Volunteer Update is brought to you with our gratitude for all of the people who make the arboretum thrive: staff, students, and volunteers. We will be highlighting just a few of these wonderful people in this Gratitude Edition. 
We would like to thank some very special volunteers from the recent past who generously gave their time and care to the Arb and are now pursuing other adventures.
We miss all of you! And, your energy, hard work, laughter and good vibrations are still felt throughout the gardens!
With so many wonderful and important volunteers, we are certain to have missed some--please know that we appreciate ALL of you, past, present and future volunteers!
Jo Barbier - Norrie's scheduling, staffing shop, holding regular 'buying' gatherings, and special events - thank you Jo!

Mary Francis Gonzalez, Amanda Van Loan, Lynn Roberts, Janet Rymsha, Barbara Vorlop, Stephanie Strelow, Lori Green - talented & wonderful volunteers at Norrie's Gift Shop and special events, plus Lynn R. served on the Board - thank you all!

Valerie Markham and Chris Martin-Boyer - Succulents and special events - thank you Valerie & Chris!
Bill Hill - Board member, special events, produced 'What's In Bloom?', Website Manager Extraordinaire - thank you Bill!

Barb Cordes - South African garden, Aroma garden Lead, special events and Katie's mama! Thanks mom!

Claire Sommargren, Lynn & Bodo Krueger - gardeners with Barb Cordes in South Africa and Aroma - thank you Claire, Lynn and Bodo!
Mary Ann Leer - Library and plant sales and other special events - thank you Mary Ann!

Astrid Randall - Succulents, Volunteer orientation and special events - thank you Astrid!

Dick Dumller - Aussie Weeder, Friday Sweeper, and special bouquet maker, thank you Dick!

Gurson Kantor - Propagation & the best garlic feta spread in the world - thank you Gurson!
We love and appreciate all the work from our students, out in the gardens or in the office! You help keep us growing and we hope to provide a life-long space for learning. 

Gift & Wreath Sale 

A thank you note from Director Martin Quigley and
Friends Board President Stephanie Nielsen.

November 20, 2018
Dear Volunteers and Friends of the Arboretum,

As Thanksgiving approaches, I’m most thankful for your dedication to the Arb, and to the events that make us unique. Another Gift and Wreath Sale has been a great success, netting about $20,000! So many of you gave of your time and talents to create the lovely array of offerings.  It was wonderful to hear the comments of customers as they admired (and bought!) so many of your creations. As always, we welcome your suggestions for improving the event.

Stephanie Nielsen, our Friends Board President, sent us this note, and it expresses the heartfelt gratitude that we all feel for your support and fellowship:
Over the last few days, I watched Hort II transform into holiday magic. But today when I walked into the room right before opening, all I could say was WOW!  The holiday spirit enveloped me.  You could feel and see the passion, dedication and hard work of so many over the last few months, all culminating in what has become a holiday kick-off event for the community.  
For me, this event has become a social outing. I know I will be able to catch up with people I have met throughout the years as well as meet new people, too.  Year after year, the volunteer wreath makers astound me with what they can create. I meet student volunteers and see friends who come shopping--we always stop and talk about plants and life.  I can't believe people ask me about how to take care of the plants! All this while helping with memberships, doing what needs to be done (this year was getting the coffee), eating lunch in the volunteer hang-out spot and thanking everyone for coming out to support the event. 
Most importantly though, is thanking the devoted volunteers who continue to put on this event, now in its 33rd year!  It's great to serve and work with such a dedicated and inspiring group of people. It's an honor for the organization to have such devoted volunteers. 
On behalf of the Board - Thank you all and thank you, volunteers and staff, for another successful event. 

With gratitude, Stephanie
All of us here wish you a warm Thanksgiving Holiday and a healthy & peaceful New Year.
Yours very truly,

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