Gold Medal Award: Betty Spady
You have made countless contributions to the ARS for over two decades. You played a key role in the establishment of the Willamette Chapter. You have generously given your time to the Portland Chapter and assisted with programs for regional and national meetings. You have provided valuable service at the regional, national and international level through your work as Public Relations Chairperson and as creator and editor of the electronic Rhododendron & Azalea News. Your efforts have greatly improved access to information for members and non-members alike and helped further public awareness of the ARS. Your engaging personality has been a magnet for attracting and holding members and has enabled you to work effectively with others to help achieve Society goals. For these contributions, the American Rhododendron Society is proud to award the Gold Medal to Betty Spady. April 28, 2001.