Silver Medal Award: John Hammond
You have been active in the American Rhododendron Society for many years. Your first foray into its administration was as a convention manager for the 1996 Oban Convention. This was no mean task, being the first convention organized by an offshore chapter. The logistics of fitting 600 delegates into this small Scottish town called for great skill. You and your team met this challenge and achieved a very successful convention. You later took on the office of secretary and treasurer of the Scottish Chapter and continue to fulfill these duties with great dedication. This can be a daunting task with a chapter covering most of the British Isles where members travel as much as 300 miles to attend a meeting. More recently you adopted a wider role serving as first Alternate Director at Large and currently as Director at Large. For these contributions, the American Rhododendron Society is proud to award the Silver Medal to John Hammond. April 28, 2001.