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Date: 2 November 2002
Annual General Meeting of the Wm. Saunderís Rose Society

The meeting began at 2:00 PM at the Fairwinds Lodge Complex in Sarnia thanks to the auspices of Joan Moriarty. Everyone was welcomed to our 3rd Annual General Meeting, our second meeting held in Sarnia. Joan was thanked for the arrangements. Guests, Irma Ramos, Antoinette Bonte, Jean Chaleyssin and John Vanden Hoven were welcomed. Jean and John subsequently became mambers.

Old Business
Fred Kristoff moved to approve the minutes of the 21 September meeting. It was seconded by Bill Lovelock and approved unanimously.
Al Whitfield reported $1 306.39 in the bank because of a profit on the bus trip and an increase in membership. John Obeda move that we adopt the financial report, Jim Mabee seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

Report on Activities
Harry McGee reported on the bulk order to Pickerings, to be delivered in spring. Some 40 roses were ordered and a cheque for half sent. At the March meeting, there will an opportunity to order miniatures.
Harry gave an update on the status of the federation of sister societies, N-R-C. It has been offered ĎThe Rosebank Letterí as a print vehicle. HM showed the corporate seal of N-R-C, a five-petaled, wild rose with five stars around it, representing the five main regions of the country.
Fred reported on the upcoming bus tour in June 2003. Currently, the two possibilities for the tour are Cullen Gardens in Whitby (including, perhaps, a stop at Pickerings) and The Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington.

New Business There was a unanimous agreement that next yearís membership fees be kept the same as this yearís.
Since Fred is not interested in becoming President, and the natural progression in a society is for the vice president to become president at some point, an amendment to the Memorandum of Association, section 8(b), was proposed to read as follows: ďOne or more Vice Presidents, designated 1st, 2nd, etc. who will act, according to rank, as President in the Presidentís absence or if the President is unable to perform the duties; and perform such other duties as may be, from time to time, assigned to each Vice President.Ē Marian Obeda moved the amendment be adopted. It was seconded by Ruth Kristoff and the majority carried the motion. Next year, the nominating committee will consider a suggestion made by Marian Obeda that the incumbentsí, the first and second Vice Presidentsí, positions be exchanged.
The report of the nominating committee was received. There were no other nominations for the Board of Directors. The board was acclaimed for 2003.
Marian Obeda moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Bill Lovelock. Carried.
The meeting was adjourned while the new board, with a quorum present, elected the nominated officers for the year 2003, and these too were acclaimed. They are:
     President: Stephen Elkerton
     1st Vice President: Fred Kristoff
     2nd Vice President: Jennifer Grant
     Secretary: Richard Cartwright
     Treasurer: Alan Whitfield
This board meeting was then terminated, and the Annual General Meeting reconstituted and continued.

Show and Tell
Joan Moriarty showed a picture of the rose Patricia Macoun dwarfing Harry McGee. The rose, bred by Isabella Preston, was repatriated by HM when he ordered 10 from a German nursery. This one is in the Niagara Botanical Gardens. HM thanked Joan for the picture, and Joan was given a round of applause.
Joan asked for information on ĎThe Rosebank Letterí, to which HM responded saying that the periodical is seven years old, starting from one page to its present sixteen with colour. He told how it all got started and how the circulation grew. Because of its wide established circulation, it was offered to National-Roses-Canada for $1.00. Fred paid tribute to the magazine.
Members were asked to sign the Memorandum of Association if they hadnít already. This is a legal requirement.

Jason Lozon worked for Paul King of Valderose, his mentor, for two years. When Paul decided to get out of propagating, Jason took over that end of the business (Paul kept the name and licences). Bellerose Nursery propagates roses and sells them bare root or, preferrably, potted.
Jason began saying how very happy he was to come and speak to us, how he had prepared a speech about propagating roses, but made a u-turn and chose to speak first of last summerís growing conditions and the results therefrom. He is stepping back from the business for now.
Early in the season, a grower of grafted plants prunes growth to about five inches, and keeps them that high, to encourage a bushier plant. This year, the roses in Jasonís fieldís were pruned back too early, and new growth was nipped by the late frost on the May 24th weekend. Besides that, there was no rain. Plants were stunted and could not really be sold. Those that could are going to nurseries like Brad Jalbertís Classic Roses in Langley, BC. Fred said that Jasonís are the best roses available since Palleck closed- high praise indeed-, and Jason received a round of applause. Jason said he wants to grow the best, but is heart-broken because of this last summer. It takes three years for a propagator to see a sale, and now, he has to start from scratch.
Still, there is hope. There are new varieties coming, and much was learned from the last summer. Those plants getting morning sun did best. Jasonís best plants came from Paulís clay-loam field, and not Jasonís sandy loam field because it drained too quickly. Because the pH was too high on his fields, the phosphates he added came too late to be of use. Roses were not sprayed after mid-July. The floribundas did best, as did the hardy Explorers and OGRs, but some roses didnít take well. Preventive maintenance includes mulching and planting so that there is sufficient air movement. Fertilize late in the fall to take advantage of early spring rains.
Budding takes place from August through September on Rosa multiflora. Stock on Dr.Huey (Shafter) is not worth buying because prone to rose mosaic virus and not as hardy in Canada. Jason orders his rooting stock from Northern Europe (the Netherlands and Germany). It is one-year-old multiflora, pre-washed, wired in bundles of twenty-five and sent from Europe. He orders twenty percent more bud stock than necessary in the new year because of losses. He has ordered bud stock from Pickerings and collects from his own stock. It takes three years to see how the plants do in an area. One sometimes takes risks like Jason did, growing a particular variety for a foundation who chose not to use it. He grows only in virgin fields, fields that have never grown roses. There is necessity for crop rotation. Some of his favourite roses include Lady Aberdeen, Iceberg, Elina, Warm Wishes and New Dawn.
One alarming fact is the royalties paid. Austin demands $2.10 on every plant that is growing in the spring, regardless whether it lives or dies, is sold or not. Fryer, on the other hand, is paid on plants sold.
Jasonís wife, Kara, has a florist shop at 50 Queen St. in Tilbury. He had several of her arrangements of artificial flowers with him, and he offered one for a draw. Joan Moriarty was ready with tickets, and it was won by George Rae. The others were for sale. Jason also had some yellow roses from her shop for sale.

Next Meeting
The next meeting will be held on the first Saturday in March.

Basil Kelly moved that the meeting be terminated.

The aforementioed minutes are, to the best of our knowledge, an accurate account of the meeting of the Wm. Saunders Rose Society.

Stephen Elkerton, Secretary

Approved by Harry McGee, President

Distribution: all members, patrons, citation holders, and honorary members.

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