February 2002 Newsletter

Salters to Speak at Mid-Winter Social
The Tallahassee Hemerocallis Society's annual Mid-Winter Social will be on Saturday, February 23, from 9:00 a.m. until Noon at the Cooperative Extension Center, 615 Paul Russell Road. Try not to arrive early, as the heat won't be comfortable until 9 a.m., and the room won't be ready.

Hyridizers Jeff and Elizabeth Salter from Eustis, Florida, will be our guest speakers. Jeff hybridizes large flowered tets and Elizabeth hybridizes both small and miniature tets and dips. Famous for her advances in the color blue through her distinctive eyezones, Elizabeth received the Bertrand Farr Silver Medal for excellence in hybridizing at the 2001 American Hemerocallis Society Convention. Jeff , with hundreds of spectacular introductions and the winner of the Stout Medal in 2000 for his cultivar "Elizabeth Salter", recently earned another unexpected tribute -- that of having one of the most rust-resistant cultivars: "Ed Brown". Notable on its own merits, Ed Brown may become the progenitor of many rust-resistant cultivars as our society works to overcome rust in the only known 100% effective method -- breeding it out.

A plant sale of Salter daylilies will begin at 9:00 a.m. and we'll socialize until about 10:00. From 10:00 to 10:30, we'll have some Society business and give away door prizes. At 10:30, Jeff and Elizabeth will talk and show slides.

Bring a friend and a door prize if you can. A sweater might be nice too.

Notes of Interest
  1. Have you paid your dues for 2002? Dues are $10 per person, but dues for a family are $15, instead of $20. Mail checks asap to: Opal Howell, Treasurer
    926 Rosemary Terr.
    Tallahassee, FL 32303
  2. We need some committee chairs for the club. Please talk to President Angela Smith if you would like to be on the Program, Fundraising, Transportation, Facilities (meeting room), Door Prize, or Newsletter committees.

Where shall we meet, and how shall we seat?

At the last meeting of 2001, we decided to poll our members to determine the most convenient and popular meeting dates and times. We want to maximize attendance and increase our membership. To do this, we must have meeting times and places to accommodate members' and visitors' schedules.

Please study the options presented and mail your post card back BEFORE the Mid-Winter Social so we can present findings then.

  1. Both the day group and night group combine for a Saturday morning meeting.
  2. Both the day group and the night group combine for a Sunday afternoon meeting.
  3. Both the day group and night group combine for a weekday evening meeting. (A committee would be formed to coordinate transportation for those who don't drive at night.)
  4. Day group meets in day, and night group meets at night, as we have done for the last 7 or 8 years. If you think of other viable options or want to make comments that don't fit on the post card, write to Angela Smith or e-mail them to: angelab_smith@yahoo.com.