Bronze Medal Awards
Bronze Medal: Ken Jones
The Noyo chapter of the American Rhododendron Society proudly presents its highest award, the Bronze Medal, to Ken Jones for your many years of dedicated service to our chapter. As a charter member you have helped to nurture and shape the Noyo Chapter into the successful group that it is today. Your service has included several terms on the board of directors, chairman and co-chairman of our annual rhododendron show, and countless years organizing the yearly plant sale. You have participated fully in chapter activities and the generosity of your plant donations to our raffles never failed to amaze us. You have always shown your willingness to share your knowledge with others and have helped many members to start on a lifetime journey of hybridizing and propagating. You have inspired our membership with your enthusiasm and love of rhododendrons. For all of these reasons, and many other wonderful qualities, it is a great pleasure to present to you this Bronze Medal. May 17, 2008.
Bronze Medal: Rose Profitt
The Noyo chapter of the American Rhododendron Society has approved your receiving the Bronze Medal from our chapter. This is the highest award our club may give to a member in this organization and it has been awarded to you with the deepest respect and appreciation. You have inspired the membership for many years with your enthusiasm and participation in club events. Your clear thinking and historical perspective are invaluable as you have served on the club's Board of Directors. You brighten the days for the members who receive the greeting cards you so faithfully sent for get-well, birthday and other appropriate occasions. Additionally, you have served members from the kitchen at meetings, Christmas dinners, potlucks and shows. Besides generously giving of your time, you work apparently effortlessly as you go about your tasks, always with a smile and encouraging words. Our club is most fortunate to have you as such a dedicated member. The Bronze Medal is gratefully awarded to Rose Profitt for exceptional service to the Noyo Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society. May 17, 2008.
Bronze Medal: Beverly Watkins
Since retiring as a microbiologist, you have provided outstanding volunteer service to the Portland Chapter. Even with ill health you continued to serve with courage, a cheerful attitude, and winning smile. As a 1987 Master Gardener graduate, much of your payback time for the program has been at Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden. You developed a love and appreciation for this beautiful garden and its friendly volunteers. You served as Garden Chairman and have done a great job with your ability to get along with others, your good nature, and your dedication to upgrading and keeping the garden as a showplace. You have spent many hours coordinating and instructing the volunteers, keeping records, planning work parties, arranging luncheons, leading garden tours, and assisting with annual plant sales. You have also worked hard in various areas to make the beds look "just right." For your outstanding service, the Portland Chapter, American Rhododendron Society, is pleased to present the Bronze Medal to Beverly Watkins. May 16, 2008.