AHS Region 2/Great Lakes Newsletter
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beat you into sending me your ballot. Please consider this
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s I sit at the computer
the first of a series of notifications to send me your ballot.
today it's February 21,
Another duty is to collect news from Region 2. This
and the weather is playing
includes news of the Region 2 meeting, local clubs, obitu 
its typical tricks for this
aries, newspaper articles, and local newsletters. I am also to
time of year. It warms up to
collect articles for the Region 2 newsletter if requested by
tease us about the 
potential
the RVP. Local clubs, please think of me when you publish
of spring and then slaps us
your newsletters or send out notices. Having been the
back to reality of winter
editor of the Wisconsin Daylily Society Newsletter for
with snow or cold tempera 
several years, I have a deep and abiding respect for any
tures. Gradually though, the
newsletter editor. Please include me in your mailing list so
season WILL change and
that the information of your local club's activities can be
our gardens and daylilies
Paul Meske
archived.
will come out of their
dormancy again. And so will we.
The word  anticipation  describes this time of year very
well. How well will our plants perform this summer? How
Greetings from Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. My name is Paul
will the seedlings look? What new plants am I getting?
Meske and to paraphrase an old joke,  I used to not be able
Where the heck am I going to plant them when they arrive?
to spell 
RPD
, and now I are one!   There are several major
Am I nuts to do this to myself every year? As good
duties that an RPD performs. Writing this message is one
 hemeroholics  we know that these questions will answer
of them, so I can check that off my list, I guess.
themselves eventually and we should not worry about little
A more serious duty is to collect and tabulate the regional
things like lack of space in the garden for the dozen new
popularity poll every year. As one of AHS's geographically
plants that will be arriving in May.
and  populationally  large regions, we have the potential to
I am looking forward to the 2003 regional meeting in
have our collective voice heard with regard to the popular 
Illinois this summer and hope to see all my old friends and
ity poll. Part of this process is for me to badger and brow 
make new ones. 
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By Greg McMullen
Well, it hardly seems like time to write my final column as
SMHS 2002 surprised the Region with a financial donation
your 2001 2002 RVP, but that time is here.
to the Region following the National Convention. The
It has been so enjoyable getting to meet, know and work
Region had planned for quite some time that there would
with so very many of you. The camaraderie we experience
be no financial proceeds in 2002 from the combined
in our Great Lakes Region is what makes being a part of
meeting; traditionally our annual plant auction at the
this organization so very enjoyable. I thank those of you
summer meeting is a major source of funding for the
that offered so many words of encouragement, advice and
operating expenses of the Region. So the financial windfall
support during the last two years. Most certainly you have
was quite an unexpected boon. It is the generosity of clubs
enriched both my life and this organization.
such as SMHS that keep the Region financially afloat.
Please do consider leading a discussion within your local
I am pleased to share with the Region that AHS President
club on how you might be able to support the greater good
Luke Senior has requested that Region Two and a Region
surrounding our favorite plant.
Two local club host the Fall 2003 AHS Board meeting. I
have invited the Indianapolis Daylily Iris Society and the
With these parting comments, I will be soon turning over
Hoosier Daylily Society to share in this endeavor with the
the reins of leadership to Ed Myers of Columbus, Ohio, as
Region, and both organizations have agreed to share in this
your 2003 2004 RVP. Please support Ed and his new
responsibility.
officers as much as or more than you have supported me,
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