JARS v63n3 - Gold Medal: Mike Stewart
Gold Medal: Mike Stewart
You have served the American Rhododendron Society with enthusiasm and distinction as a Chapter President, District Director, Western Vice President, and Society President. You have been of immense value to our Society over many years working on various committees at all levels. The leadership you have generously provided will have a lasting impact on the future of the ARS.
You were instrumental in compiling and working to produce, promote and distribute the book, Pacific Coast Rhododendron Story . You co-chaired the ARS 50th Anniversary convention in Portland OR that not only was a gala even but a time to honor the ARS founding members.
You are a highly sought speaker. Your love and knowledge of rhododendrons and devotion to the ARS and its members are evident in the programs you have presented to many Pacific Northwest ARS Chapters, Western Regional Conferences, and other forums. As a nurseryman, your program presentations at retail garden centers and industry conventions have greatly increased interest in species Rhododendrons on the West Coast and beyond.
With our grateful thanks for your outstanding leadership, service and commitment, the American Rhododendron Society is pleased to award the Gold Medal to Mike Stewart. May 2, 2009. Everett, Washington.