Grateful, Thankful and Hopeful…as we wind down yet another year. I have yet to meet anyone who doesn’t feel like the years pass so quickly.In both the best of times and fortunately even the bittersweet. Years march on, with or without us, just as the roses. Again, the roses mirror our lives! It should be the time of reflection. For roses, the ones that have surpassed expectations, those that delighted and those that have struggled. What to do? keep them,
feed them, replace them, give them time. Jjust like reflections for our own character and actions... if we are
brave enough. I pray for bravery.
What an exciting first year as your District Director and I thank you for your support. Last April I attended my first ARS board meeting in Shreveport and got to experience the ARS headquarters and rose garden first
hand. The vision that we have for the rose garden is spectacular. (Check the ARS magazine for periodic
updates) During our stay a tribute was held for the pavilion garden and the first of four new circle gardens.
Pathways were being poured and the deer fencing completed. I encourage you to become a part of the
transformation…with a visit or donation to ARS. It is a wonderful time.
In October, the board meeting was in Nashville - the city was another first for me. I continue to be proud
of this district and our current ARS president, Bob Martin. He does a fantastic job of organizing and
preparing for the board agenda. (Be on the lookout for some horticultural judging changes and the new
updated arrange-ment guidelines) The ARS staff is very friendly and knowledgeable as well. We are lucky
to have such good leadership. I look forward to the board meeting in Colorado Springs next June.
We are blessed that Earl Kangas has found a way to continue to serve as PSWD webmaster. His years of
service is a truly a tribute of dedication and expertise. Please visit our website often and let us know if there is anything you would like posted or addressed.
On a sad note…the scam that preys on generosity and compassion is on round two! Please call me or email
me directly before sending any money or gift cards…I have yet to ever ask for such gifts.
May you enjoy peace at this special time of year.
Keep hope and kindness close,