September 2000 Newsletter

Schedule of Fall Meetings
Saturday, September 23, 1:30 p.m., THS regular meeting at the Leon County Cooperative Extension Office, 615 Paul Russell Rd. Speaker: Sam Wyndham of Dothan, AL. Sam is a past president of the Wiregrass Daylily Society and is an AHS Exhibition Judge. He will present a slide show of the 2000 AHS National Convention and the Region 14 (Alabama and Mississippi) Spring Regional Meeting. There will also be a big plant sale at the September meeting. As always, the donation of daylily door prizes by our members would be greatly appreciated.

Saturday, October 28, Time to be announced, THS regular meeting at the Cooperative Extension Office. Jan Joiner of Joiner Gardens in Savannah will be the speaker.

The AHS Region 12 Fall Regional Meeting will be held on Saturday, September 30 at the Holiday Inn in Lake City from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Registration is $16, which includes lunch. As always, there is a good daylily auction. Send registration fee to Opal Howell, 926 Rosemary Terrace, Tallahassee, FL 32303. Make check payable to AHS Region 12. Deadline for registration is September 23. This is an important meeting, as the new RVP will be elected.

Region 12 Mail Away Auction
Once a year, Region 12 holds a Mail Away Auction to raise money for the newsletter. The list of Auction plants just went out to AHS members, and there are some wonderful collections as well as individual plants this time. The deadline for bids is September 30. More information and copy of the bid list can be found on this site at auction. The rules are that you must submit a bid of at least HALF the retail price. People have been known to get some of the very newest daylilies at bargain prices in these auctions.

Message From the President ... ... Bill Knight
It has been a wonderful season for me, and I have thoroughly enjoyed serving as your President. I have visited many of our members' gardens, as well as several others on tour at the Florida Regional and the Georgia Regional. I have made a number of new friends, and have gotten to know many of you better this past year. Believe me when I say there is an enormous amount of knowledge and expertise within our club.

This expertise, combined with a lot of hard work, has allowed our club to experience many successes this past year, for which we can all be very proud. Our show, of course, is always our crowning moment, and this year's show was no exception. Keith and Toma Collinsworth did an incredible job co-chairing this event. We are having a tough time now, though, finding someone to follow them. Several members represented us proudly at three different Spring regionals as well as the National. They are all eager to share their experiences. We have more senior judges in our club than ever before, and several more currently in training. Another highlight of this past season was the inaugural presentation of the Edith Butler/Dot Ryan award. The two ladies who lent their names to this local show award have worked untold hours to lay the foundation upon which our club was built. I am very proud that the debut of this award happened on my shift. Another aspect of our club which has set us apart from others is our web page. It is evident that Rita Meng has worked long and hard on our website. I hope you get the opportunity to view it soon, if you haven't yet. I promise you will be very impressed. Another member who has drawn a spotlight on our club is our very own Angela Smith. She has an article published in the Fall 2000 edition of The Daylily Journal entitled "Ingredients For a Prosperous Daylily Society."

Angela's article is very timely for me, because it addresses membership recruitment and retention. We were able to enjoy the successes mentioned above because of our core group of workhorses who have a wealth of experience, and also the troops that turn out to help. We sincerely appreciate all of you who are able to help, in whatever capacity, with the activities of our society. Our membership has fallen drastically the last two years, which has put a huge strain on those of us still here. We need to focus, as a group, on increasing membership and retaining our current members. I implore each of you to bring a friend to our next meeting or call up someone you haven't seen at a meeting lately and invite that person back.

Our next couple of meetings will be great opportunities to spark new interest, because we have arranged for some wonderful speakers, as well as plant sales and giveaways. Please join us for our next meeting, and let's share some stories about our favorite plant.