The Sixth Annual General Meeting
1. The meeting opened at 1:14 p.m. at Degroot Nursery, Sarnia. President Steve Elkerton gave greetings to members, guests, and Eva and Renee Schmidz of Palatine Nursery, St.Catherine’s, Ontario.
2. The Schmidz gave an informative Power Point presentation entitled “The Creation of a Rose Plant” over a three year period. It was accompanied by pre-recorded music of Cape Breton artist Natalie McMaster.
Renee stated that the conditions for success are rich soil, proper timing of important steps, knowledge of plant physiology, a good back, and good luck. Over 14,000 roses per acre are produced on land that previously had never been used for roses. It is prepared two years before production with cattle manure.
In year one, seed is harvested from a thornless R.multiflora hedge to produce rootstock. The seed is layered in sand-filled bushel baskets and set outdoors from the end of November to the first week in April. It is then hand-sown over a 150 x 30 ft. bed. The seed germinates in a week. After growing to two feet, the plants are graded, bundled together, and put in apple bins in cold storage.
In year two, the 1,300 rootstock plants are planted high resembling potato fields. Grafting is done in July. The bud wood is gathered from bushes that have just finished flowering. By this time, the rootstock is about 1 ˝ pencils thick and a “T” shaped graft is made for bud grafting. After 14 days, the graft is fully functional. A 90% success rate is expected.
In year three, the plant hills are lowered and in the first week of April, the top of the bush is removed. The fields now contain about 10,000 plants. Potassium sulphate fertiliser is used to promote basal breaks. A fungicide is applied every seven to ten days. The plants are then cut to ten to twelve inches. The bushes are dug-up in full leaf.
In year four, there is spring delivery of roses. Each plant has four to five canes with a strong bud union and long, deep fibrous roots. Around April 15th when the apricot trees are in bloom locally, the bushes are potted and ready for sale.
Three potted roses were offered as door prizes. The winners were Joseph Mota (‘Ivory Tower’), Sandra Papineau (‘Liebeszauber’), and Joyce McGee (‘Esme Euvrard’). A refreshment break followed.
3. Approval of the minutes of the Meeting of 27 August 2005 as distributed. An amendment was made to item No.14 by Harry McGee. It should read, “ application ratio should be 1:400”. Motion: Harry McGee. Seconded: Fred Kristoff. Carried.
4. Treasurer’s Report.
Bank Balance 29 November 2004 $1,654.39
Bus Trip 2,725.00
Bank Interest 00.87
Total Receipts $3,095.87
General Expenses $407.23
Speakers and Room Rental 201.74
National-Roses-Canada Dues 200.00
Bank Service Charge 12.00
Bus Trip 2,225.80
Total Expenses $3,046.77
Bank Balance 4 November 2005 $1,814.81
Outstanding Cheques 111.32
Book Balance 5 November 2005 $1,703.49
Motion: To accept Al Whitfield’s report. Motion: Bill Lovelock. Seconded: Maureen Mota. Carried.
5. Summer 2006 Bus Tour. Windsor area public and private gardens have been suggested.
6. Bakker Whoesale Rose Order for Society Members. Minimum 100 rose order. Ten of one variety. Information will be available by the March 2006 meeting.
7. N-R-C (National Roses Canada) representative from Society. Motion: To re-appoint Harry McGee. Moved: Fred Kristoff. Seconded: Bill Lovelock. Carried.
8. Amendment to Library borrowing Policy. Motion: Books will be borrowed at society meetings. The librarian will be contacted prior to the meeting. Moved: Harry McGee. Seconded: Ruth Dodson. Carried. Steve Elkerton donated Canadian Rose Society Annuals (1962-1981, 1985-1990, 1993-1997, and 1999-2003) and the Canadian Rosarian (Spring 2000-Summer 2001 and Spring 2002-Fall 2003) from the Bob Whitlock estate.
9. Membership and membership dues. Motion: To continue the dues at $10.00 individual and $15.00 family. Moved: Bill Lovelock. Seconded: Faith Archer. Carried.
10. Amendment to Memorandum of Association to allow a flexible number of board members. Motion: There shall be no less than seven and no more than twelve directors of the Wm. Saunders Rose Society elected from among the members at an annual general meeting. Moved: Fred Kristoff. Seconded: Catherine Lovelock. Carried.
11. Nominations to the Board. Report of Nominating Committee for directors and officers. The following will stand for re-election for 2006: Richard Cartwright (St.Thomas), Steven Elkerton (London), Jennifer Grant (London), Fred Kristoff (Aylmer), Bill Lovelock (Sarnia), Harry McGee (London), George Rae (Tillsonburg), and Allan Whitfield (London). Joseph Mota (Woodstock) has been nominated. Submitted by George Rae on behalf of the nominating committee. Motion: To accept the Nominating Committee’s report. Moved: Catherine Lovelock. Seconded: Ruth Dodson. Carried.
12. Election of directors for 2006. Roland Craig (Mt.Brydges) accepted nomination from the floor. Moved: Sarah Kelly. Seconded: Fred Kristoff. Carried.
13. Adjournment. Motion: To adjourn the Annual Meeting for election of officers. Moved: Harry McGee. Meeting of new directors (2006) for election of officers. The following officers were chosen: Richard Cartwright, President; Jennifer Grant, 1st vice president; Fred Kristoff, 2nd vice president; Jennifer Grant as Recording Secretary; and Allan Whitfield as Treasurer.
14. Resumption of Annual General Meeting.
15. Show and Tell.
(a) A selection of the Horticulture Magazine was given to Sandra Papineau.
(b) The ‘Mary Rose’ (Austin) was offered by Steven Elkerton to Faith Archer. He also offered ‘Abraham Darby’ to Bill Lovelock. Arrangements were made to dig-up the roses.
(c) Gerald Young created a standard rose from grafting ‘Raddox Bouquet’ onto R.multiflora. It bloomed successfully this July.
(d) Steve Elkerton brought his favourite rose book, ‘Roses’ (1968) by Jack Harkness.
16. Confirmation of Next Meeting. The next Quarterly Meeting will be on Saturday, 4 March 2006 at 1:00 p.m. at the Aylmer Legion Hall.
17. Termination at 4:10 p.m.
The aforementioned minutes are, to the best of our knowledge, an accurate account of the meeting of the Wm. Saunders Rose Society.
Richard Cartwright, Secretary
Approved by Steve Elkerton, President
Distribution: all members, patrons, citation holders, and honorary members.