August 2023 – President’s Message

I hope this newsletter finds all of you doing well and enjoying our mild summer.  So far we have been fortunate to have survivable temperatures in our area, which allows us to be outdoors and enjoy our parks, gardens and events.

Our annual potluck picnic, on July 23rd,  was attended by 35 members and we shared good food and stories of  summer events and places we have visited both near and afar. 

On July 22nd, we participated in the Redwood City Kiwanis Farmers Market.  The booth is part of our community outreach program and rose care information. Our table has a great location at the market and we had many visitors stop by with questions on caring for their roses.  The biggest problem, many have right now, is the dreaded “black spot”.  We will continue as often as we can, with volunteer participation, to host a PRS booth at the market.  The market runs through November so I hope we can support it at least twice a month.  Please see my Kiwanis Farmers Market emails about how you can help.

I encourage all of you to participate in our club activities whenever your available time permits. This is so important to me because I enjoy meeting people and I love seeing your smile vs an email address. I know many of you work full-time, live far away, still raising families and caring for others. So I understand how little time you may have to volunteer. Being the president I see several of you at least once a month. Every time we get together I am reminded of the social value there is in being part of any club.   Participating in a club will give you a sense of achievement and connection with your community. For me, being president, I have learned so much about myself.  I have also developed new skills, met many of our members and our community leaders. Volunteers are what holds our club together.  Even helping with the smallest tasks can make a big difference.  For example:  If you visit the farmers market, stop by our booth and see if one of the volunteers would like to take a short break.  Join the board in a low-profile position, and become a part of our club’s future. (We have several board positions available for next year.)   I realize this may not be of interest to you right now but staying connected, in some way, has great benefits. So please keep us in mind.

The moral of my messages is:  The more volunteers we have the less work and more enjoyment for everyone. 

Our next membership meeting will be, Tuesday, August 15th at 6:30pm.  We will not have a judged rose show but please bring in any roses you have to show us or if you have one that needs identifying.  Our next judged meeting show will be in September.

Our guest speaker, this month, will be Nancy Kruberg. Topic: Healthy Soil for Healthy Roses.

I hope to see you soon and I thank all of you for making the Peninsula Rose Society a great organization to be a part of.

Judy Webster