From November 2017 Newsletter
Happy holidays! It is incredible to think that it is that joyous time of the year again. I guess that it really is true that time flies when you are having fun. And what could be more fun than enjoying our favorite hobby with the other members of the Portland Rose Society.
I am honored and privileged to have been elected to serve the Society in the office of President once again. This will be a very special year for me because it is the 20th anniversary of the first time that I was president of the PRS. As I said, time flies when you are having fun. I have selected the theme for this year of “Celebrate Service, Celebrate You!” with the slogan of “Just Say Yes”. I selected this theme because it is all about YOU. Nothing happens in this or any other organization without the active participation of the membership. The mere fact that the PRS is 128 years young certainly attests to the myriad of ways that the membership has provided service to others over the years. You are all to be commended on your service. Thus, at this year’s officer installation last month, I inducted everyone into the Order of the Golden Rose and all members received a commemorative golden rose coin that was minted for the 100th anniversary of the PRS. (If you did not receive yours, see me this month.)
I was delighted to hear that Prime Minister Adam Baker of the Royal Rosarians had selected to dedicate his year to honoring “Public Service” and the slogan was, say “Thank you”. Hmmm, great minds tend to think alike? Probably not, it is more like just two public servants who are very cognizant of what a gift service to others is.
This month the PRS is hosting some special events. First, Santa will be visiting us, then we have the holiday bazaar crammed with all kinds of goodies to make your holiday shopping easier, then there are the calendars and note cards for sale, then the two raffle baskets, (one Christmas and one Fall), and finally, if all of that was not enough, a great program planned by Program Chair, Mike Darcy. Come and join us for some great holiday fun and remember, when asked, “Just Say Yes”.