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President's Message
By Kathy Schach


From 2022 November Newsletter  

Here we are already in November! Our rose bushes are recipients of the Fall rains and winter wind pruning time has arrived.
I wanted to introduce myself and share briefly about roses in my life. I have always loved roses, beginning as a child when I was given a small vase to pick bouquets from our Mlle Cecile’ Brunner rose bush. At age 13, I got to choose my first rose bush, Apricot Nectar. Fast forward many years to 2000, when I was well into a busy career and life, one of my work colleagues, Annette Raab was then President of the Rose Society. I asked her for several recommendations for roses and that year my current rose garden had its small beginnings. Three of the original bushes I planted are still in my larger rose garden today.
I was invited by Sandi Decker to attend an arrangement class given by the PRS in May, 2005. I enjoyed it immensely. Class attendees were asked to sign up to enter an arrangement for the upcoming 2005 Spring Rose Show. Much to my surprise, I won a Novice Trophy for Novice arrangements!! I very excitedly joined the PRS and through the years I have learned so much about caring for roses and gained confidence that I could grow healthy, beautiful roses. I have received so much from being a PRS member from the meetings and educational topics, conferences, pruning demonstrations, rose shows and exhibiting roses, to opportunities for volunteering, learning and sharing rose care information with others, developing “rose camaraderie” and making new friends and meeting new people!
I am very honored to be the 2022-23 President of the PRS. My first official event was on October 22nd. A very memorable rose planting honored Royal Rosarian Dame Helen Benscheidt on her 100th birthday at the Oswego Lake Country Club, pictured above.
That busy day I also attended the Pacific NW District Fall Conference held at the Holiday Inn Columbia Riverfront. The speakers provided such great information on several rose topics and answered questions about various aspects regarding roses. During the breaks I enjoyed both talking with and meeting members from several other rose societies in the Pacific Northwest. I eagerly look forward to our wonderful PRS year ahead!



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