JARS v45n3 - Bronze Medal Awards

Bronze Medal Awards

Ted and Ken Ladd
Through the presentation of the American Rhododendron Society's Bronze Medal Award, we are pleased to recognize you, Ken and Ted Ladd, for your special contributions to the growth of the Fraser Valley Chapter. Your sincerity, dedication and enthusiasm has never wavered since your involvement as members of the organizing group and your subsequent listing as charter members.

Few have served an organization better. Since the formation of this Chapter, you have both served continuously as executive members. Through your presence, friendship, generosity and knowledge you have added greatly to the success and our enjoyment of all our activities. You have readily, consistently, and competently stepped forward to assist the Chapter with any task that needed to be accomplished and you have also taken on committee responsibilities at the regional level. You have provided leadership and inspiration for so many. You have opened your home and garden to many Chapter activities and have displayed a genuine friendship and caring for all the members.

With sincere appreciation, we are pleased to present each of you the American Rhododendron Society's Bronze Medal Award on September 24, 1990.

Robert and Lorna Wells
The Juan de Fuca Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society owes its existence to Robert and Lorna Wells. As members of the Olympic Peninsula Chapter they saw the need for a second Peninsula Chapter to serve the western part of the Olympic Peninsula and worked diligently with other chapter members to bring this new chapter into existence in 1975.

Robert served as the Chapter's first president; Lorna served as president the second year. During the following 16 years they have dedicated their talents and love of rhododendrons to serving the needs of the Chapter in a multitude of ways. Chapter members appreciate Robert and Lorna's willingness to share their wealth of knowledge and experience of rhododendron culture. Their enthusiasm and commitment is an nd Lorna its highest award, the Bronze Medal of the Society, on March 21, 1991.

Eleanor Stubbs
In the history of the Portland Chapter, few individuals have been more diligent and hardworking than the person to whom recognition is now given. She has been instrumental in enlisting and encouraging the interest of the general membership in numerous old and new activities of the Chapter including the annual Christmas party, the summer get-together at the Smith Garden, and visits to other gardens of the Pacific Northwest.

No one has been more willing to serve the Chapter in official capacities, including the presidency, and editorship of the Chapter Bulletin. In her forceful, yet gracious manner, she has led the way for increased participation of the membership in Chapter activities.

Her enthusiasm for rhododendrons in general, and evergreen azaleas in particular, has advanced wider interest in the genus Rhododendron.

For these activities and many others, this Chapter is now pleased to grant the Bronze Medal to Eleanor Stubbs on May 16, 1991.

Eileen Landregan
The person we honor tonight has served the Portland Chapter persistently, unassumingly and always with good humor. She was co-editor of the Chapter newsletter for seven years starting in 1968 with the first edition. Over the years she has supported many Chapter activities.

In 1986 she joined the Cecil and Molly Smith Garden committee and accepted the chairmanship in 1989. Working with volunteers from Tualatin Valley, Willamette and McMinnville chapters, she has demonstrated leadership and administrative skills. Much progress is being made in this beautiful garden through her leadership.

In appreciation for her many contributions the Portland Chapter is pleased to award the Bronze Medal to Eileen Landregan on May 16, 1991.

Edward and Frances Connors
Together you have provided extraordinary service to the Chapter. Ed has served as president, treasurer, Flower Show chairman, and continues to serve as cochairman of the plant sale, plant auctioneer, chairman for spring garden visits, and membership chairman.

Fran has served behind the scenes, including the preparation of chapter meeting notices and as plant sale and auction cashier. Possessing one of the largest collections of rhododendrons and azaleas in the area, each year both of you prepare and bring hundreds of cultivars to our cutting exchange and workshop.

Your generosity is constantly expressed with plant donations to new members, and as door prizes. None in our Chapter have demonstrated a greater willingness to take on new responsibilities; none have shown greater devotion to the best interests of the Chapter; and few have donated their time and talent in such measure.

It is with great pleasure that the Board of Directors of the Princeton Chapter awards the Bronze Medal to Edward and Frances Connors on this 17th day of March, 1991.

Benjamin and Marion Shapiro
For more than three decades you have served the New Jersey and Princeton Chapters in a wide variety of capacities, including president. During that period, your devotion to horticulture, and especially to rhododendrons and azaleas, has been expressed in an active hybridizing program. The success of your efforts may be seen in your outstanding garden, with more than half of the plants your own creations. As interest in your hybrids has rapidly increased, you have responded by evaluating and registering the best of them, and have very generously provided cuttings and plants to ARS members. After more than 50 years of marriage and gardening, you still enthusiastically prepare your garden and welcome large numbers of visitors every year.

It is especially because of your contribution to the genus Rhododendron that the Board of Directors of the Princeton Chapter awards the Bronze Medal to you, Benjamin and Marion Shapiro, on this 17th day of March, 1991.