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History of the Gold Country Rose Society

Organized 1982
Written by Sue Magill

Dottie Michelis and Martin J. Martin were the initiators of the society having received a sign-up of twenty-four interested people at an Auburn District Fair rose display. The thirteen enthusiasts who attended the organizational meeting in 1982 at Dottie’s home got to work on the name, meeting place, purpose (to share rose-growing knowledge since there were many experienced rosarians in the foothills), and other particulars of a society.

Sean McCann, in San Francisco to visit his daughter, was the guest speaker at the first meeting in October, 1982, where he announced that a new yellow rose he developed was named "Gold Country." Mary Marshall, the NCNH District Director, installed the first slate of officers at a dinner on December10, when forty-one charter members were listed.


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