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County of Santa Clara Honors Master Composter Volunteers

Volunteers of the Year Recognized for Hundreds of Hours of Service
SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. — Last night, October 2, 2012, the County of Santa Clara recognized the work of a diverse group of Master Composters who donated a total of 1,450 volunteer hours to the Home Composting Education Program between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012.
The evening began with a pot-luck dinner and was capped off with the recognition of the 2011 and 2012 Master Composter Volunteers of the Year.  Receiving engraved plaques in recognition of their contributions were: for 2011 - Marilynn Gilmore who in her 14 years as a Master Composter has contributed more than 700 hours to the program; and for 2012 - Joan Kyle who, since graduating from the program in March 2011 has already contributed 120 hours volunteering with the Home Composting Education Program. 
Both Master Composters were presented their plaques by Linda J. LeZotte, Vice Chair of the County’s Recycling and Waste Reduction Commission and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Santa Clara Valley Water District. 
Master Composter volunteers complete a ten week course that includes classroom instruction, hands-on training and tours of local materials resource facilities and composting sites in Santa Clara County.  In the first year after graduating, Master Composters contribute a minimum of 50 hours of volunteer time back to the program as compost instructors at Saturday workshops, school presentations and staffing table displays. 
The program is now recruiting candidates for the 2013 class of Master Composters.  Don’t delay, download the application to volunteer at or call the Rotline (408) 918-4640  for an application to be mailed to you.  Classes are held on Wednesday mornings from 9am – noon at 1555 Berger Drive in San Jose from January 9 – March 13, 2013.  Applicants pay a $50 fee for the training.  Fees may be waived upon request. The application deadline is November 12, 2012.

Media Contact: Sarah Smith, Home Composting Education Program (408)918-4641
Posted: October 3, 2012