Linda Clark , Director
ARS Pacific Southwest District

Dear friends,

As you know, the times are unprecedented. I work at this fall article with continued disbelief and
awe.  It is both oddly rewarding and painfully devastating in almost the same breath. My nature

is to be somewhat planned and organized; this virus is neither. However, there arises some

information from ARS that I would like to share and so it is with hope that I write.

On August 27, 2020 the ARS board of directors met using “GoTo webinar” and “GoToMeeting”. 
The ARS staff managed a wonderful event. Countless hours of practice and preparation were

clearly evident, and we are very grateful. Updates on the Great Garden Restoration project in 
Shreveport and the newly renovated structure “Wind Song” were shared, highlighting the ARS vision

New maintenance tools and machines were added to the garden headquarters and Christmas in 

Roseland is moving forward, albeit with social distancing requirements. 

On a classification note, it was approved to change our “S” Modern shrub class into 3 divisions. Modern shrubs “S” will now be English Style, Ground Cover and Landscape. I look forward to making changes in our show schedules to encourage more entries. I will pass 

along information as it becomes finalized.

ARS elections take place in 2021. Now is the time to prepare and decide if you would like to serve the district or consider service to
the ARS as Vice President. Applications are open for district and regional directors and the prizes and awards position currently held
by Bud Jones, as he will have served two terms. The district is also in need of a webmaster to take over for our long-standing manager,

Earl Kangas. His help and leadership will be missed. Applications for all positions are due to ARS on or before January 29th, 2021 for
the June voting. If you wish to run for a position, have questions or need application materials, you can email me or get them from
the ARS website.  Here is the timeline for the 2021 elections:

January 29, 2021: Deadline, Vice President Nominations due to NNC Chair

January 29, 2021: Deadline, Regional & District Director nominations due to ARS HQ

February 12, 2021: Deadline, NNC Chair final resumes/ballot information due to ARS HQ

ARS HQ deadline for resumes/ballots for Regional /District offices

MAGAZINE PUBLICATION: May/June 2021 American Rose magazine



As I contemplate continuing district service, I reflect. My first year as district director representing the Pacific Southwest, was exciting.
I attended my first ARS board meeting at ARS headquarters and gardens in Shreveport. A new world of learning opened. Meeting
people from throughout the nation with a focus on roses was wonderful.  The year 2020 began my second year. The Pacific Rose Society had scheduled the district convention, spring rose shows were planned and we were looking forward to an ARS National Convention hosted by Pike’s Peak Rose Society in Colorado Springs. I was excited to attend them all. Unfortunately, that changed; in place instead, isolation and of course, virtual beginnings. The year as we had hoped was lost.   Therefore, with the help of many from our current team and future volunteers, I ask for your support in a second term as the Pacific Southwest District Director. Though I do not quite know what the future will bring, I offer my commitment to be ever positive and hopeful while navigating in our new and uncertain world. I hope you will support me in a second term as your district director

In addition to the ARS opportunities, we now need to schedule a district meeting. Most assuredly it will be a virtual event. We have a tentative date of 12/12. More information will be available on the website as the plans unfold. ARS and many societies have been exploring this avenue with great success and I am confident we will manage too.

Linda Clark,

American Rose Society

Director, Pacific Southwest District


The chapters and affiliates of the American Rose Society stand ready to help you with your questions about growing roses throughout

the district.  Information on the local rose society nearest you can be found on the Local Societies page on this website.


We are dedicated to help you grow beautiful roses.  Attend a rose society meeting soon and learn more about the joy of growing roses and the camaraderie it brings into your life.