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History of the Shasta Rose Society

Organized 1986

Friendly family rivalry with Duane and Melody Carlson at Sacramento area rose shows, prompted Bob and Sandy Parker to ask the American Rose Society for guidance in establishing a Society in the Redding area. The American Rose Society furnished not only helpful guidelines but sent a list of current area subscribers.

With that "contact introduction", sixteen founding members assembled for their first meeting May 28, 1986, and the Shasta Rose Society, a Chapter of the American Rose Society was born. Of those charter members, the Parkers remain active members today and Pat Jackson is a lifetime member. Recently the Society has changed from a Chapter to an Affiliate Society.

From only 16 individuals, membership listings of both single and couples gardens now number 86 gardens in 2001. Shasta Rose Society members aren't only from the Redding area, but from Chico, Corning, Eureka, Red Bluff, Shingletown, Sacramento, San Francisco and Willows. Along with membership growth, meeting places in Redding moved from the county library basement to the Board of Education building meeting room and on to Hilltop Estates. Our current location is at the City of Redding Corporation Yard on Viking Way.

Treasury of the fledgling Society, though sometimes non-existent when membership dues were spent for insurance and publication of the Society's newsletter, "The Fifth Leaf" was occasionally aided by donations from sympathetic nearby District Societies and individuals. As membership grew and rose shows and some other activities became funded traditions, the Society in recent years has finally been able to offer scholarships to horticultural students at Shasta College.

 



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