Volunteer Recognition

Fall 2016

Volunteer Spot Light Featuring Roz Mason


Roz Mason has been gardening her whole life. “Growing up, we always had both flower and vegetable gardens, as did both sets of grandparents. My aunt and uncle had a farm. I have wonderful memories of learning to plant seeds, weeding the gardens, thinning out plantings, and, of course, picking flowers and vegetables”, wrote Roz in her Master Gardener Volunteer Program Application. Even during college, Roz found a way to keep gardening as she tended the greenhouse as a student aid while majoring in biology. Since then, she had a vegetable garden in raised beds, indoor houseplants, and blueberry bushes.

Roz has been using her life-long experience as a gardener and master gardener training to answer our clientele’s questions at the Education Center and to give talks about container gardening. “Through working on the phone lines at the Education Center, I have learned that we impact our community one small issue at a time” says Roz.  “Each question may seem like a small thing, but to the person receiving the information, it is often very important. I have also seen a ripple effect where information we have shared has been passed along by the recipient to others in the community.  We will never fully know how far our influence has extended or how great an impact we have made.”

What does Jeremy DeLisle, our Education Center Info Line Program Coordinator, has to say about Roz? “Roz has quickly become a trusted and dependable volunteer.  I can always count on her to give superior customer service and provide accurate information, always seeking to find the best solution for our clients. Roz has also worked extremely hard to develop and deliver presentations for various community groups through our speakers’ bureau.  Her attitude, intellect, and devotion epitomize the ideal volunteer. We are so fortunate that she chooses to contribute her skills to our volunteer programs”.

Jeremy’s appreciation of Roz’s volunteer work is echoed by all staff members at the Education Center. We are lucky to have “snatched up” such an amazing volunteer. Thank you, Roz, for all your help since 2015!

Repost from UNH Cooperative Extension



Strafford County Master Gardeners Association, part of the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension, is fifty+ gardeners strong, educating through gardening in Strafford County New Hampshire.
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3 Responses to Volunteer Recognition

  1. Kathy Travaglini says:

    Congratulations Roz! You are such an asset to our Strafford County group. Your energy and willingness to learn and teach are an inspiration! Thank you!


  2. Marie VanGuilder says:

    Way to go Roz! You make our class proud!


  3. Oddment says:

    That ripple effect cannot be overestimated. Very nice to know about Roz! Thank you!


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