Linda Clark , Director
ARS Pacific Southwest District
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
VOTING TO BE PLACED ONLINE: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 30, 2021 NOON CDT
ELECTION DAY: FRIDAY, JULY 30, 2021
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.
American Rose Society
Director, Pacific Southwest District