From May 2019 Newsletter
Yes, rose season is finally here and the calendar of rose related events invites everyone to select your favorite and participate. So many opportunities and so little time! Please take advantage of everything that is available and help the PRS celebrate a spectacular 130th birthday.
Bill and I were delighted to represent the Portland Rose Society at many events in April. We were privileged to meet the 2019 Rose Festival Court and their families and to share a little about our organization. The talents of these accomplished young ladies certainly attest to the fact that the future is in good hands. We also attended the Royal Rosarians Newsmakers dinner and enjoyed learning about all of the astounding feats in which the winners had been involved.
The Blessing of the Festival was an inspiring beginning to Portland’s festival year. This annual gathering of members from the Royal Rosarians, Rose Festival Foundation, Navy League and PRS to honor our deceased friends and seek a blessing on the festival year is always a reflective but stimulating event. I was delighted to see so many additional red coats among the participants. I received many comments regarding how many PRS members were in attendance. And yes, we had a great group of 22 red coats present for the kick off of the festival year.
April also signals the beginning of the parade year in Portland. Once again, the PRS served as a sponsor and a participant in the 82nd Avenue of Roses parade. Not only did we have the marching?? Mobile Rose Garden, but we also had several past presidents riding in vintage cars. The Baers even got to ride in Model T that won the ribbon for the oldest car in the parade. They added that it was because the vehicle contained the oldest parade participants as well! It did rain prior to the parade, and we got wet at first, but then the sun came out just in time for the parade to start and it became a perfect day for a parade. Let me extend a special thank you to all of the PRS members who came to celebrate our 130th birthday, including the former Presidents, all of the marchers and those who helped man the streets. Everyone had a great time. The PRS also owes a great deal of gratitude to Past President Eilene Curtis, who has helped organized this parade since its inception 13 years ago. Great job, Eilene.
Last, but not least, now is the time to begin your planning for participating in all of the PRS activities associated with the Rose Festival. Check your calendars and do not miss the Starlight Parade, the Junior Parade, the 131st annual spring rose show, the Grand Floral Parade and Portland’s Best Rose. I eagerly anticipate seeing you all there.