This summer has
been an active one in the American Hosta Society. Each of your new board and
continuing members has been busily working upon their respective ongoing
responsibilities as well as several exciting initiatives.
Recording Secretary, New York, transitioned from an interim position into her
first full term. Minutes and reports from the June board and business meeting
were posted in the members section of the AHS website near the end of July (To
view the minutes and reports, click HERE).
The fall board meeting was held in mid-October. Be sure to check the same
location on the website for greater detail than what I share within the scope of
this publication. We hope you will be as excited as what we are in our service
to your society.
Mary Bardens, Newsletter Coordinator, and Judy Burns, Judges Records and
Classification Chair, have moved on to pursue other demands of their time. Local
newsletter editors and judges alike have benefitted from both individual’s
diligent work that has been conducted behind the scenes for years. A hearty
thanks goes out to both for their years of service.
Massachusetts, moves into the role of Newsletter Coordinator.
individuals join the efforts within the area of Judges and Exhibitions. Donna
Priester, Tennessee, accepted the role of Judges Records Chair. Kim Larsen,
Minnesota, will chair the Classification List. Kathie Sisson, Connecticut,
rejoins the service ranks as Judges’ Training Chair; her experience in training
is unsurpassed and will undoubtedly maintain the high standard of judges’
The Genus Hosta group adds one new individual and
is joined by a position from the Members Services area to facilitate
communications during a new project. Roger Smith, Maryland, joins us as
Education Chair. Our Public Relations Coordinator, Jeff Miller, Wisconsin,
moves to this team. All are focusing upon information about hosta-related items
to be made available upon the website and elsewhere.
The society hit
the jackpot within a single family from Michigan. Our VP Awards and Honors is
joined by Libby Greanya as Awards Sponsorship Chair, a new position aimed at
maintaining and finding sponsorship of current and future awards. Mike Greanya
will be working with our Membership Secretary in another new role of Volunteer
Coordinator. Look for the survey developed by Mike aimed at enhancing the
number and quality of programs and services available to our society though
volunteerism. Click HERE
to access the new survey.
has seen change and additions as well. Mary Arnberg has already been mentioned.
Display Gardens has been divided into two positions. Phyllis Weidman, Missouri,
has taken the board position of AHS Display Garden Chair focusing upon public
gardens. Barbara Jones, Massachusetts, rejoins the board as Members’ Gardens
Chair aiming to maintain and expand upon the listing of gardens open to our
traveling membership. Joy Collura, Wisconsin, has stepped into the new role of
Web Resources that focuses upon maintaining updates to time sensitive data upon
the website and the speakers list, updating and expanding this list as a
service to our local societies.
Directors group has witnessed change. The Midwest Regional Director, Sally
Stewart, has moved on to different pursuits. A thank you is extended to Sally
for her service and a welcome to Pat Gwidt, Wisconsin. Marcia Sully steps into
the role of director for the Great Lakes Region.
Alabama, our Treasurer, has been working tirelessly with the transition between
treasurers. She has initiated the required audit.
The Executive VP
continues to work diligently with next year’s convention planners and has her
focus set upon the following years. Chuck Zdeb, Georgia, has accepted the role
of Merchandising Chair contributing his expertise with marketing garnered from
years of experience with Target Corporation.
The area of
Publications is not to be left out of the news. Gerry Meyer, Minnesota, is our
new eNewsletter Editor, taking over
for Reldon Ramsey, Iowa, who built the eNewsletter
into what it is now after its initial stages. However, Reldon’s service is not
complete. Reldon was appointed to the position of Online Journal Editor as of the October 12th board
meeting. The Online Journal is on
track to go live on its annual launch date of Thanksgiving Day, November 28,
While on the
topic of publications, great efforts have been and continue to be made to keep
you, the membership informed of news. Check out the society eNewsletter if you have not done so yet.
Simply go to the website page linked off of the homepage or click HERE.
A button labeled Newsletter Archive is located on the top third of the page for
you to access previous issues. Go to the bottom of the page and sign up if you
have not done so already. Signing up is simple and quick. You can encourage
friends whether they are members or not; perhaps they will join us! Be sure to
check your spam or junk mail boxes if you sign up and have not been receiving
the eNewsletter; an important tip is
that some service provider’s spam filters direct messages sent to that folder
when the message is sent with several people listed in the address bar of the
email. This newsletter will help keep members across the country and around the
overwhelmingly gracious acceptance of invitations to accept appointments from
across the country has been exciting and foretells of positive things to come
in the ensuing months. I encourage all members to look for postings of both the
reports and minutes from this fall’s board meeting upon the AHS website near
the time of the Online Journal going live.
Details of progress upon specific projects and initiatives are anticipated
within those resources.
Don Dean, AHS