Presidents Letter Nov. 2010

The morns are meeker than they were,
The nuts are getting brown;
The berry’s cheek is plumper,
The rose is out of town!!
Emily Dickinson

The rose blooms have definitely left my address; the plants are pampered, pruned, sprayed and awaiting their blankets before the hard winter sets in. While I don’t like to see the beauty fade, my back and knees are grateful for the rest. The shade garden has also gone sleepy-bye.
November is our last meeting of the year and Jon Wier has announced a change in the program due to Mark Adams of Weeks Roses needing to be out of state. And so, we will see Part II of Harlan’s “year of the rose 2010.” Everybody come along – you’ll love it!!
The October newsletter, my part of it, went out to Bill Blok just before I received the news of Joey Enders death, and unfortunately I was unable to say what was in my mind and heart at that time. Joey was the first person my daughter, Judy, and I met on attending a rose show at the Gardens. He was so gracious in telling us all about the exhibits, and of course, the benefits of joining the GVRS – which we did, that very day. Sitting next to Joey at meetings and shows was unending fun – he could always get me good on those jokes with his poker face. Joey always had time for my many, many, questions, especially at show time when I couldn’t be sure if an exhibit was just right, or needed some fine tuning. At his funeral, the kind of man he had been showed in the number of “Godchildren” who came to weep as they said goodbye to the person who probably many of them thought of as “dad.” He has simply gone from us far too soon – so long Joey – we will miss you.
Now I want to remember another of our friends who, Jon Wier tells me, has just put the 87th candle on his birthday cake. HAPPY BIRTHDAY HOWARD THOMPSON. Howard is so youthful that I find it hard to believe he is older than me!! Howard is such a help at show time – always right there filling those vases, and there again at tear-down time. We wish you many more happy and healthy years Howard – now if I could just persuade you to show your roses——-.
See you all on November 16th, 7:00 pm.

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