1. The meeting was called to order at 1:15 pm in the conference room at Degroot’s Nursery, Sarnia. The president Roland Craig acted as chairman. In the absence of the secretary Richard Cartwright, Harry McGee was asked to take the minutes.
2. A motion to approve the minutes of the previous general meeting held on 6 March 2010 was made by Bill Lovelock and seconded by Julie Barks and approved.
3. The treasurer Alan Whitfield reported that there was no substantial change in the financial position of the society. He moved approval of the report which was seconded by Faith Archer and approved.
4. The chairman announced that at 2 pm on 19 September 2010 a representative of Meilland Roses of France would address the Rose and Flower Society of Greater Toronto at the Toronto Botanical Gardens. The charge for non-members would be $10.00.
He further advised that as of 2015 there would be no commerce in peat moss in Europe. A substitute made of sheep’s wool would be available.
5. The chairman then introduced Stephen Elkerton, a former president of WSRS, to speak about his recent visit to Japan.
Mr. Elkerton explained that he and his family visited Japan to attend the wedding of his sister-in-law. It was a formal Shinto ceremony in a hotel in Gifu. Its garden was raked stones with larger rocks positioned artfully in it. He had the opportunity to see the layout of the gardens created for the W.F.R.S. international conference four years ago and he showed pictures he had taken. Some of his favourite pix were of ‘Admiral Rodney’, ‘Claudia Cardinale’, ‘Madame Bovary’, ‘Silver Spoon’, ‘Baby Fourax’ and ‘William Morris’. The first of these dates back to 1973.
He showed a view of the colonnade stretching for 75 yards. He also showed some recent introductions with special appeal, such as ‘Sunlight Romantica’ (Meilland, 2002), and ‘Astrid Gräfin von Haedenberg’ (Tantau 2002). In the test beds he showed #32, a massive multipetalled deep pink bigger than ‘Dolly Parton’. Another was #119, a deep pink that produced a flood of little blooms. There had been no spray in these gardens.
He next showed views of other gardens elsewhere in Japan where spray had been used.
The chairman thanked Stephen Elkerton for this very interesting presentation.
6. Then he invited all present to pick up a roll of eight nickels as they adjourned to vote for the popular choice of roses entered in each category of the rose show. He recorded the results and read them to the resumed meeting, handing a $5 award to each winner.
(a) Single roses – won by ‘Heavenly Rosalind’ entered by Harry McGee
(b) Near single roses – ‘Festival Jubilee’ – Harry McGee
(c) Multipetalled roses - ‘Savoy Hotel’ – Julie Barks
(d) Multipetalled roses with side buds – ‘Ice Girl’ – Roland Craig
(e)Multipetalled roses in sprays – ‘Hope for Humanity’ – Roland Craig
(f) Multipetalled rose with confused, quartered or cupped conformation – ‘St. Cecilia’ – Roland Craig
(g) Climbing and rambling roses- ‘Altissimo’ – Harry McGee
(h) Miniature roses – ‘The Fairy’ – Roland Craig. This rose received the largest number of votes and the entrant received a $10 award.
There were a total of 63 entries placed by only four entrants.
7. The chairman announced that the Annual General Meeting would be held at Trinity Church Hall, Lambeth, at 1:00 pm on 13 November 2010.
8. There was a lengthy discussion of rose pests and the added difficulty in dealing with them with a ban on pesticides.
9. The chairman indicated there was a possibility of an offer being received to participate in a Wine & Roses Event sponsored by Degroot’s Nursery encompassing our rose show next September. Such an event was viewed favourably by the meeting subject to satisfactory details of any offer.
10. (a) Liz Taylor moved and Julie Barks seconded that the Wm. Saunders Rose Society renew its membership in National-Roses-Canada in 2011 and the motion was approved.
(b) Roland Craig moved and Ken Barks seconded that Harry McGee be reappointed as the W.S.R.S. society-delegate to N-R-C in 2011, and the motion was approved.
11. The chairman terminated the meeting at 3:30 pm.