Of the American Rose Society
Minutes of the Spring Business Meeting
March 2, 2002
Marin Art & Garden Center, Ross CA
Steve Steps, District Director of the Northern California-Nevada-Hawaii
District called the Spring Business Meeting to order at 9:40 a.m. Barbara
Picarelli of the Marin Rose Society gave a welcome to those attending
the business meeting.
ROLL CALL OF SOCIETIES: There were no delegates present
for Butte, Central Valley, Humboldt, or Mother Lode Rose Societies.
MINUTES OF THE OCTOBER 2001 FALL BUSINESS MEETING
The minutes of the October 5, 2001 Fall Business
Meeting were presented and approved.
The 2002 Budget Proposal was presented. Alice Affleck requested an increase
to $475 for the cost of District Directories.
On a motion and second, the 2002 Budget Proposal
On a motion and second, the change to the Fiscal
Year was unanimously approved as presented.
UPDATE ON AMERICAN ROSE SOCIETY - Steve Steps, District
The period to reaudit for arrangement judges
will be reduced from 6 years to 4 years to align with the Horticulture
judges. The school fee will be $35, which will include the badge.
District CR Chairpersons have electronic access to the CRs in their
District. (Actually, per Jolene, "it's on the way.")
The Mid West is quite concerned about Rose Rosette Disease. Iowa State
University has been experimenting using a mite to eliminate Rosa multiflora.
The problem is that it transfers to domestic roses. The ARS Board of Directors
approved writing a letter to Iowa State University stating their grave
concerns for the domestic rose business.
Gamble Fragrance Award to be awarded at the National Convention - 'Angel
Finances & American Rose Magazine - The state of finances is "involved"
but one symptom of the state of affaires is the fact that ARS borrows
from prepaid dues to pay bills. Also $53,000 have been taken out of Klima
Funds to pay bills. Of most concern to the NCNH would be the effect on
the Klima Center. Also $106,000 has been taken from Klima Funds to pay
a fundraising consultant. Dr. Tommy Cairns is leading the charge to get
ARS finances under control. Dr. Cairns is most committed to seeing that
ARS does not "cut things that affect membership, i.e. the magazine, the
Rose Annual, the Buyer's Guide."
Steve pointed out that all meetings of the Executive Committee are open
to the general membership and encourage all that could attend the Thursday
before the Convention to do so.
YEAR OF THE ROSE 2002 - Jolene Adams
Jolene listed the number of American Rose Cities designated in our
District. Check out the District Website for an update on the Year of
the Rose activities.
HORTICULTURAL JUDGES - Beverly Rose Hopper
Several judges returning after a leave of absence: Cindy Nalepa-Nelson,
Susan Chan McCarthy, and Marilyn Butts. They would like to be considered
for invitations for judging. Judges school in 2003. Fee will be $35
ARRANGEMENT JUDGE CHAIR - Barbara Gordon
There will be an ARS show in June 2002 and an Arrangement School Fall
CONSULTING ROSARIAN - Baldo Villegas
The Consulting Rosarian list is finalized. There are 204 CRs in the
NCNH District. 27 are new CRs.
CR School - Late October/Early November 2002 in Vallejo hosted by
North Bay Rose Society with Susan Turk facilitating.
CR School scheduled for March 2003
CR School - Jackson, CA March/April 2003 hosted by Mother Lode Rose
All CR Schools: $5 fee to take the test. All current and new CRs must
sign a disclaimer saying they understand not to recommend restricted
materials not approved by State EPA and that they understand the safety
issues. Baldo mentioned that several mail order houses can be a problem
for California CRs as they stock products that are UNREGISTERED (therefore
restricted) in California. Hint: If it says 1-oz/100 gallons of water
it is a commercial product and not appropriate!
CRITERION - Linda Burg
Linda alerted the delegates about the need to drum up business for
Criterion. We currently have approximately 190 and have had up to 240
paid subscriptions, but 60 people have not paid to renew. We need to
maintain a certain amount to continue to send out bulk mail, which is
a great saving in postage costs.
As pointed out by delegates in attendance, the Criterion is an excellent
publication and well worth the subscription amount of $10 per year.
ROSES IN REVIEW & DISTRICT DIRECTORY - Alice Affleck.
Alice announced that Directories are available to the District representatives.
Roses in Review: She says that reporters are down by 60 this year
and that while it is required that all CRs must submit an RIR report,
not all CRs submitted a report.
MEMBERSHIP - Michael Devencenzi
Michael would like to present a workshop regarding increasing membership.
He would like to correspond with Society Membership Chairs via email.
WEBSITE - Jolene Adams
It was noted that it would take $125 annually to get the ads off the
It was moved and seconded that NCNH spend the
$125 to remove the ads from the website. The motion carried with 3 no
TROPHIES - Tom Bonfigli
Jolene Adams representing East Bay Rose Society presented the Ruby
Cayere Memorial Perpetual Trophy complete with carrying case to Tom
Bonfigli, Chair of Trophy Committee. The trophy is for the Best Oriental
Manner Arrangement in the Annual NCNH District Rose Show. It is a 'museum
quality' Cloisonné vase with Ruby's Silver Honor Medal embedded
in the black laquer base. Underneath the base is a plaque that repeats
the text from the reverse side of the Silver Medal.
It was moved and seconded that NCNH accept the
trophy free and clear to the District. The motion carried unanimously.
BYLAWS - Dolores Moffat
Dolores presented the report of the Bylaws committee. The revision
recommended by the committee was included with the packet mailed out
prior to the meeting. She noted that they had used Roberts Rules and
Bylaws from many organizations including the ARS Bylaws.
The Bylaws committee suggested that the district only get $1 per head
from District conventions instead of the $2 that had been the practice
for the last couple of years.
It was moved and seconded that the amount per
head due the District per registrant at District Conventions be $2 per
head. Motion passed with one dissenting vote.
It was moved and seconded that NCNH approve
the Bylaws as presented with the change to the assessment amount of
$2 per head. The Bylaws were approved unanimously.
Sacramento Conference - There were 165 registered
participants. The committee gave a check for $330 do the District ($2/per
registrant). Baldo Villegas acknowledged Muriel Humenick as being instrumental
in getting the high quality of speakers to participate. They did mention
that clean up of the Rose Show was a large task and members of the District
need to pitch in and help clean up after District Rose shows not just
leave it to the hosting group. Also, if you win a trophy you need to
take it home.
ARS Spring Convention - Diana Steps noted she had registration forms
and encouraged all to attend.
Steve Steps mentioned the 4th Annual All Miniature Rose
Show and noted that he had cards with the date and place.
DISTRICT ROSE SHOW 2002 & FALL BUSINESS MEETING
Sunday, September 29, Norman King Center, Vallejo California. Alice
Alice noted it will be a full District Rose Show and Business Meeting
with District Show awards in the afternoon. There will be a program
in the morning for those who will not be clerking or judging the rose
Spring 2003 - Golden Gate Rose Society at Golden
Earl Parsons suggested changing the name of the Spring Business meeting
to "Spring Social Meeting." He said that several Societies not centrally
located don't want to come that far for a one-day business meeting.
He suggested changing the name and perhaps extending it to a two-day
meeting. After some discussion it was recommend that the topic be referred
to the Executive Committee.
On a motion and second, it was unanimously approved
to direct the Executive Committee of the NCNH District to develop a
concept of a "social" meeting. .
BIDS FOR UPCOMING MEETINGS
Spring 2004 - East Bay Rose Society
On a motion and second the bid of EBRS was accepted
for the Spring 2004 Business Meeting.
The Spring Business Meeting of the NCNH District was adjourned at 12:30
Following adjournment the NCNH District held a workshop for Judges and
Exhibitors on Staging National Challenge Classes presented by Dr. Tommy
Cairns, President American Rose Society.
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