Message from Virginia Foster, President of the HRS.
Seasons Greetings to all our fellow Rosarians:
Winter is on its way and, after that sudden early snowfall, a lot of us were caught without finishing the winterizing of our roses. Thankfully, we have been given a reprieve to finish putting them to bed. I know that snow was a shock to us, as we still had roses blooming and were waiting for the last bud to open enough to be able to bring it indoors to continue blooming, but it didn’t make it.
The Executive have been busy over the last 2 meetings putting the plans together for next year. Our 40th Anniversary committee have been busy as well, helping to ensure that we celebrate this milestone properly. We are delighted to announce that we have just confirmed Alex Henderson from the Royal Botanical Gardens as the speaker for our on June 16th, 2020 meeting. We will be having 5 meetings throughout 2020, so there will be many opportunities to celebrate.
This year has been very successful, with lots of variations at the meetings and a wonderful Rose Show in the summer.
At the last AGM, our treasurer, Ligita Preisbergs, stepped down and handed the books over to Ellen Spencer. Ligita has been on board for several years and will be so missed at the meetings with her great sense of humour. She has been faithful in ordering the roses that we sell at the Farmers market each year. Lynne Melnick was on our executive for a year but had to step down because of other commitments and we will miss her expertise and helpful suggestions. We did get a wonderful writeup in the Canadian Rose Society (CRS) newsletter with photos from our Rose show last summer making us known across Canada. We would like to remind our members that our own Janice Schmidt is now President of the CRS and will be looking for support from us, so hopefully you will take out a membership next year.
This is the last newsletter for 2019, so we all wish you and your families wonderful Christmas celebrations and a very Happy New Year.
Please keep safe and remember to count your blessings.
LIFETIME MEMBERS RECOGNIZED
There are always fewer honours and awards than people who deserve them. Because receiving honours and awards are so rare, they are reserved for special people that have:
- made significant, observable changes or accomplishments in our society and whose work has benefited the citizens of Barrie
- shown ongoing initiative, leadership and dedication;
- earned the respect of their peers and become a role model in the society
This year we are proud to recognize our lifetime achievement winners. Starting on the left with
Sally Drapeau, Irene Slessor and Gladys Miller.
UPDATE ON THE CANADIAN ROSE SOCIETY (CRS)
The CRS is planning their first executive meeting in January 2020. A new teleconference system has been set up so that all can join via the comfort of their living room. The first agenda will focus on the future direction of the society with an emphasis on resurrecting the Rose Judging school and continuing education for current rose judges.
The World Federation of Rose Societies (WFRS) is an umbrella association of (as of 2015) 39-member countries’ national rose societies. Their next convention is in India this January 2020 and the next in June in Belgium. Is anyone up for a road trip?
Test your rose knowledge
- While the rose may bear no fruit, it does produce rose hips. What vitamin is produced by the hip almost more than any other fruit or vegetable?
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin B
- Vitamin C
2. What colour were the dominant species of wild roses?
3. Which Greek goddess gave the rose its name?
4. Name the French explorer that brought the first cultivated roses to North America
a) Jacques Cartier
b) Samuel De Champlain
c) John Cabot
5. Although often called thorns, what is the proper term for the sharp growths found on the stems of many roses?
Answers to the rose trivia, at the end of the newsletter.
OUR 40TH ANNIVERSARY YEAR 2020
During 2020 we are celebrating 40 years of the establishment of the Huronia Rose Society. Several of the founding members had already been members of the Canadian Rose Society, and the thought was since there was no rose society north of Toronto, we would start one in our area.
All year long there will be special guest speakers, a beautiful Rose Show, other wonderful events for all of you to take part in.
If you know of any former members be sure to tell them about our year and give us their names as we attempt to contact all former members to help celebrate our success.
Year 2020 Membership Form
( ) Single Membership – $15.00
( ) Family Membership – $20.00
( ) New Member or ( ) Renewing Member
No. Street City/Town Postal Code
Phone No: __________________ E-mail_____________________________( ) none
Please Note: This information remains with the Huronia Rose Society. Not for publication.
Membership includes: 1. 5 meetings – April, June, July, September & October. With guest speakers
2. Exhibitor status at our Annual Rose Show
3. Newsletters available via e-mail or postal mail
4. 10% discount at Barrie’s Garden Center (formerly Botanix)
5. Most importantly – the opportunity to learn all about roses from fellow rose growers and our guest speakers.
6. Membership card
Please make cheque payable to the Huronia Rose Society
Please submit the membership form with your payment at a General Meeting OR mail to:
Huronia Rose Society
c/o Lynn Schnitter
597 Mapleview Drive, East
Barrie, ON. L9J 0C3
Answers to rose trivia:
- 3) Vitamin C, 2. a) Pink, 3. a) Aphrodite, 4. b) Samuel De Champlain, 5. a) Prickles