Wow, what a summer! So many things have changed since the last time I wrote the President’s Message, and yet it seems like nothing has changed at all. I moved into a house with a proper garden space and am excited for planting season. I’ll get to have half of the garden for roses! Just a few long days’ work and I’ll change the sandy soil to a more appropriate mix. Unfortunately, in the move I lost the spindly rose I spoke of last time. But it does mean that I get to acquire roses that I choose!
Usually during the summer the President goes to a variety of festivals and helps represent Portland. This summer was a little different. None of the festivals in our group proceeded as planned. Several festivals decided to offer online activities, while others copied the Rose Festival’s idea of doing a Porch Parade. The most impactful was the Coronation of the Queen of Rosaria and her plaque laying ceremony. After many hours of careful planning and consultation with local health authorities, the Portland Rose Festival crowned a new queen. Queen Anya Anand was chosen by a vote from the Princesses to represent Rosaria in the upcoming year.
In September, the PRS Board got together virtually to decide what is in the best interest of our members for this next membership year. Ultimately, we decided that in-person General Meetings will not happen for the foreseeable future. This does not mean that we cannot see each other!
On Monday, October 19th, we will have a virtual PRS Meeting. This will act as an informal Question and Answer session, with some discussion about favorite roses. Please join in for the fun!
Cwymp Hapus! ~Emily Hastings, President Portland Rose Society