Tina Helmstetter Honored for Volunteerism
Cranford resident Tina Helmstetter was recently presented with the ‘Rutgers Master Gardeners of Union County Wesley Philo Award’. The award is named in honor of the group’s first president. It is presented annually to a Master Gardener who exemplifies excellence in volunteerism.
Tina has shared her extraordinary talents with the Master Gardener program in many ways. Tina served on the MG Executive Board, in the position of 3rdVice President, for two terms (2014-2017). Tina demonstrated outstanding dedication and commitment to her responsibilities on the Board. She has been an Advisor to the incoming MG class and was noted for her skills as a floral designer and organizer.
Tina’s contribution of overseeing the MG Continuing Education Program over the past years, has resulted in well-attended and received educational programs which have given the Master Gardeners the opportunity to earn their annual CEU credits as well as community and family members who have attended the opportunity to enhance their knowledge in various aspects of gardening.
Her connections in the horticulture industry made the meetings wonderful, educational experiences. When the meetings had to switch to a virtual format, Tina brought in excellent speakers so that the monthly meeting program could continue to be offered during the pandemic.
Tina is also a 4-H Master Gardener Tree Steward and active in the Emerald Ash Borer Survey of the Union County Parks. She also participated in the Berkeley Heights Street Tree Survey and was actively involved in the Cranford Beautification Project with regard to saving a historic tree located in Cranford.
Tina is employed at the Great Swamp Nursery and uses her Master Gardner expertise at work. Tina is also an active member of the Cranford Environmental Commission.