Chapters Honor Members
Several members have received awards from their local chapters in recognition of their service. The citations of their awards are as follows:
"The members of the Valley Forge Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society gratefully present an Award of Merit to James and Sally Sorber. You both gave generously of your time and energy to the chapter's many activities. You crafted all the beautiful wooden bases that we use for displaying our rhododendron trusses and azalea sprays at Longwood Gardens every spring, and you were an important exhibitor at this show. You repeatedly opened your home and garden for our members' enjoyment and were always gracious hosts. You, Jim, gave us your sage advice while a member of the Board of Directors and made it possible that our meeting room at Jenkins Arboretum was expanded. Also, you donated plants to our annual plant sale, adding to the success of this important event. We very much appreciate your friendship and your contributions to the chapter and to the genus Rhododendron. October 29, 1995."
"The Leslie Hancock Memorial Award is presented to Laura Grant in recognition of her outstanding service to the Rhododendron Society of Canada and its Toronto Chapter. Laura, a Master Gardener, has been president of the Society and its Toronto Chapter. She has efficiently organized the Toronto Chapter's plant sales for many years. Her enthusiastic and knowedgeable contributions to the Society are much appreciated."
The Leslie Hancock Memorial Award is presented to Alexander Muntz in recognition of his hybridization of rhododendrons and his enthusiastic support of the Rhododendron Society of Canada. Alex's plants, especially his deciduous azaleas, are considered outstanding. His hospitality, and his garden where everyone is welcomed, are much appreciated by the Society."
"The Rhododendron Society of Canada Hybridizer's Award is presented to Jack Looye. Life without rhododendrons is unimaginable for Jack, one of the most knowledgeable rhododendron growers in Eastern Canada and the Eastern United States. He has been president of the Great Lakes Chapter, and served on the national and Niagara Chapter executives. Jack by his hybridization has developed many fine plants. His generous contribution of plants and seeds has inspired many members of the Society."
The Rhododendron Society of Canada Hybridizer's Award is presented to John K. Weagle. Over many years John Weagle, a long-time member since 1975, has become known as a hybridizer of rhododendrons and as a plant person. His contributions to seed exchanges are much sought after. His deep love of rhododendrons and his enthusiastic pursuit of the culture of the species have resulted in many outstanding plants."