Bronze Medal Awards
DE ANZA CHAPTER
The De Anza Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society is pleased to present the Bronze Medal, its highest award, to Nan Ray in recognition of her years of work for the chapter. Since joining the chapter in the early 1980s Nan has been involved in virtually all of its activities. She has held, at various times and sometimes more than once, most of the officer positions of the chapter and because of her knowledge and enthusiasm has been a success at all of them. She has judged at chapter shows up and down the West Coast. She has helped with the organization of local conventions and been instrumental in the success of our own shows and plant sales. The whole chapter has benefited from her dedicated volunteer work at Strybing Arboretum where she is involved in the propagation of rhododendrons, particularly vireyas, and from her vast network of personal contacts in the rhododendron world. She opens her home to chapter speakers from outside the area and has hosted many of the chapter's social events. Nan, for your long-standing support of all the facets of the De Anza Chapter, we present this award with grateful appreciation.
KOMO KULSHAN CHAPTER
Joan and Alan Yoder
The Komo Kulshan Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society is proud to present its Bronze Medal, the chapter's highest award, to Joan and Alan Yoder. Joan and Alan have been members of the chapter for eleven years and in that time have loyally attended almost every meeting, bringing their knowledge of plants and their good cheer with them. Proof of their deep interest in rhododendrons was their willingness to move their nursery, A Touch of Color Gardens, to the site of the former Komo Kulshan Nursery owned by the late Alma and Larry Allbaugh. Joan has served on the chapter Board of Directors, as secretary/treasurer and for several years as our newsletter editor. Alan has served as vice president, program chairman and president. He is especially appreciated for his technical knowledge of rhododendron culture and is hard to stump when it comes to questions of a scientific nature. They also have been generous in their donation of plants. When the Komo Kulshan Chapter was asked to host the 2002 Western Regional Conference, Joan and Alan boldly stepped up as co-chairs and logged innumerable hours in that capacity. Alan not only chaired the conference planning committee but also coordinated the various committees and personally helped with the phyto-certificates for the plant sale. Joan, our culinary expert, miraculously planned all food and beverage events and, with Lori Bayes, personally helped in preparation and serving. The chapter thanks Joan and Alan for their willingness to help in all these various ways and is grateful to them for sharing their many skills and good spirits.
The Midwest Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society is pleased to present the Bronze Medal award to John Golab for his outstanding contributions to the success and vitality of our Midwest Chapter. Foremost is his leadership in assuming the presidency for a second time when the organization needed ideas and a more positive purpose. He has helped energize our membership and new projects and activities are always "on the table." As an avid "rhodie" grower, John has turned an Illinois cornfield into a beautiful garden that serves to educate in addition to testing the viability of H-1 and H-2 plant ratings under Midwest conditions. The membership always looks forward to a visit to his garden and the gracious hospitality of his wife, Eileen. With pride we present to John Golab the Bronze Medal, our highest award.
PINE BARRENS CHAPTER
The officers and Board of Directors of the Pine Barrens Chapter want to recognize you for your many years of valuable and productive involvement with the chapter. Your leadership and dedicated service to our small chapter while serving as vice president and president helped to keep the chapter focused. Your untiring effort to plan programs and get high quality speakers for the meetings enabled the membership to increase their knowledge of the genus Rhododendron. For your willingness to continue to be a major and active member, to educate yourself, chapter members and the public, we are proud to present you with our highest award in the Pine Barrens Chapter, the Bronze Medal of the American Rhododendron Society.
V. Leon Pace
V. Leon Pace is hereby presented the Bronze Medal in recognition of leadership and service. You have served our chapter well. You have come early and stayed late to lend energetic assistance. With a smile, you have performed whatever task was at hand, even those jobs requiring long hours and perspiration. Your friendly spirit exemplifies that of cooperation and public service. You seek out visitors at our meetings and welcome them warmly. For these and other contributions too numerous to mention, the Southeastern Chapter salutes you and bestows this, its highest honor.
Jean L. Pace
Jean L. Pace is hereby presented the Bronze Medal in recognition of leadership and service. You have graciously extended your hand in warmth and hospitality to all of us. Your friendly spirit brightens and enlivens each meeting. Your careful attention to detail and thoughtful planning make you the perfect choice for complex jobs others might eschew. Your have discharged chapter duties faithfully, enthusiastically and energetically. For these and other contributions too numerous to mention, the Southeastern Chapter salutes you and bestows this, its highest honor.