From October 2017 Newsletter
Dear Rose Friends,
My year as President of the Portland Rose Society has come to an end. I have had a great time meeting so many new people, visiting new places, promoting events, and enjoying beautiful roses. We just returned from the Autumn Leaf Festival in Leavenworth, Washington. What a beautiful part of the country! Our hosts couldn’t have been more welcoming and I loved riding in the parade in a shiny, black Corvette! (Picture on the right. Mike has always been a fast car enthusiast and he loved this Pink Brugmansia even though he barely fit into it.) We plan to return in the winter someday, to see all the lighted shops, and snowy streets. In the summer we enjoyed the Bavarian-styled planters on the hotels and other buildings, overflowing with bountiful geraniums.
Earlier in September, we traveled to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, to attend the National American Rose Society show, and so my wife could be present at the ARS Board meeting. While she was judging the rose show, I took a self-guided tour of some of the battlefields and learned about the important history of this area. One highlight was the Gettysburg Cyclorama, a massive 360-degree oil painting depicting a major battle, painted in 1882. It was also interesting to note the many old barns and homes in the area with signs saying they were historic sites once used as hospitals during the Civil War. Kudos go to the Penn Jersey District for hosting a wonderful convention.
The rose show was well attended by Midwest people and a few out of town travelers. Jeff and Kathy Wyckoff and we were the only attendees from the PNW. The roses were beautiful. It was interesting to note that the Queen and King of Show were both exhibited and hybridized by John Smith, a rare feat! The Queen was Randy Scott and the King was Sunny Sundays. I highly encourage you to attend the national convention in San Diego in October 2018, when Bob Martin will be installed as ARS President. It will be loads of fun! Rumor has it he will have a mariachi band and a taco truck at his home in Escondido to celebrate with guests who attend! Many thanks to all who have supported me as President of the PRS this year. It has been a great experience and I am looking forward to a little more free time to attend to tasks around the old homestead. Rosy best wishes to you all and see you at the next meeting.