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2018 Triennial Election Ballot

Important Election Information:

YOU MUST HAVE A PAID ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP WITH ARS. Corporate, Complimentary, District, Libraries, Youth, E-members and Trial members cannot vote. Societies are allowed one vote.

YOU MUST HAVE A WORKING EMAIL ADDRESS on file with ARS as stated in the Jan/Feb and Mar/Apr magazines to be eligible to vote. Associate members must also have a working email address to be eligible to vote. This can be a friend’s email address.

ALL BALLOTS ARE NOW ELECTRONIC. Ballots will not be mailed. All ballot materials will be dispensed electronically via secure website (a third party election company-Intelliscan, Inc.) CHECK YOUR EMAIL (JUNK & SPAM FOLDERS).

VOTING BEGINS at 9:00 a.m. Central on June 1, 2018 and ends at 12 noon Central on July 27, 2018.

YOU WILL RECEIVE AN EMAIL FROM INTELLISCAN, INC. with a personalized link to vote.

At the onset of the election, lntelliscan will send personalized emails to ARS members with functioning email addresses. The message will list instructions for voting online, along with a personalized embedded hyperlink that will take members directly to their ballot. Each voter must sign in to the voting page separately and use their own embedded hyperlink. (Members, Associates & Societies will receive their own separate emails).

The ARS election site will be designed so that members will click on the personalized embedded link from one of the email distributions and automatically access their personalized ballot.

The online ballot will include the slates that the members are eligible to vote on. The voter will be able to click on a candidate’s name to view his or her biography.

After casting votes, members will be taken to the voter review page and will then have the choice to “submit” their votes as shown or go back and change selections. This process will continue as many times as necessary until members click the “submit” button. After clicking “submit”, members will be sent to a page thanking them for voting and will include a link to the ARS site.

ONCE A BALLOT has been submitted, the system will not allow the ballot to be accessed again. ONLY ONE VOTE PER MEMBER!

YOU WILL RECEIVE TWO REMINDER EMAILS from Intelliscan, Inc. about voting, if you have not voted.

During the fielding period, Intelliscan will send two reminder messages to all ARS members with functioning email addresses who have not yet voted.

ELECTRONIC BALLOT RESULTS are only seen by our election service provider Intelliscan, Inc. Their computer generates a report and the final results are presented to the ARS Tally Committee and others authorized by the ARS Board of Directors at the close of the election on July 27, 2018.

• Deadline for receipt of all online ballots by Intelliscan, Inc. is Noon [Central Daylight Savings Time], Friday, July 27, 2018.

SEE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION IN THIS SECTION FOR BYLAW AMENDMENTS, VICE PRESIDENT RESUMES AND OTHER PERTINENT INFORMATION

2018 Triennial Election

SAMPLE BALLOT

Select your vote on eight (8) Bylaw amendments:

1. Article III-Membership & Dues (Section 2: Affiliate/Associate Club Societies))

2. Article III-Membership & Dues (Section 2: Addition of Section 3)

3. Article VIII-Government (Section 3)

4. Article IX-Duties of Board of Directors: Regional Directors and District Directors (Section 1)

5. Article IX-Duties of Board of Directors: Regional Directors and District Directors (Section 3)

6. Article XV-Triennial Election-Terms of Office (Section 8)

7. Article XVI-Ballots (Section 2)

8. Article XVII-Vacancies (Section 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

o Yes

o No

Select your candidate for Vice President:

o Diane Sommers

o Chris VanCleave

Select your candidate for other areas, if applicable:

Region 1 [Delaware (zips 19701-19999), New York (zips 09001-14999) and Pennsylvania (zips 15001-19699)

o Ann Gibson

o Nancy Redington

Region 2 [Washington DC (zips 20001-20599); Maryland (zips 20601-21999); Virginia (zips 22001-24699); West Virginia (zips 24701-26899); North Carolina (zips 27001-28999) and South Carolina (zips 29001-29999)]

o Edwin H. Krauss

o Charles Shaner

Pacific Southwest District [Arizona (zips 85001-86599), Southern California (zips 90001-93599), New Mexico (zips 87001-88499), El Paso, Texas (zips 79001-79999) and Las Vegas, Nevada (zips 89001-89199)]

o David Bassani

o Linda Clark

Other Pertinent Information

Article XVI, Section 4 of the ARS Bylaws states:

“Section 4 - Except as otherwise set forth in these bylaws, any nominee running unopposed will be considered duly elected, and no vote will be taken. The Nominating Committee, however, should attempt to secure sufficient nominees to provide competitive elections.”

Therefore, the following nominees, running unopposed, shall be considered duly elected:

President – Robert B. Martin, Jr.

Vice President – See Sample Ballot above

Regional Directors

Region 0 – Craig Dorschel

Region 1 – See Sample Ballot above

Region 2 – See Sample Ballot above

Region 3 – Ralph Stream

Region 4 – Linda Kimmel

Region 5 – David Booty

Region 6 – Roger Brueckman

Region 7 – Allen Owings

Region 8 – Georgie Bever

Region 9 – Tommy Cairns

District Directors

Buckeye – Steve Campbell

Carolina – Don Myers

Central – Gary L. Osborn

Colonial – Ray Shipley

Deep South – Cindy Dale

Great Lakes – Duane DeDene

Gulf – Ken Kelley

Illinois-Indiana – Teresa Byington

New York – Joe Gibson

North Central – Lois Ann Helgeson

NCNH – Sue Bennett

Pacific Northwest – Caroline Fredette

Pacific Southwest – See Sample Ballot above

Penn-Jersey – Curtis Aumiller

Rocky Mountain – Diana Kilmer

South Central – Debra Bagley

Tenarky – Richard Anthony

Yankee – David Long

VICE PRESIDENT CANDIDATE RESUMES

Diane Sommers


Diane is a procurement manager for a global manufacturing company and resides in southeastern Wisconsin. She has been a member of the American Rose Society for 34 years and a member of her local rose society for more than 35 years. Diane has served as the North Central District Director from 2007 to 2012 and is currently serving as the ARS Region 5 Director. She is a member of the ARS Executive Committee, a position she has held for six of her nine years on the ARS Board. Diane was Treasurer of the ARS from 2010 - 2012 and has chaired the ARS Finance Committee, the Strategic Planning Committee and the Membership Committee. She has also served on the ARS Convention Planning Committee and has been a trustee for the ARS Maintenance Endowment Trust and the American Rose Society Endowment Trust. At the local level, Diane has served as President of the Waukesha and Milwaukee Rose Societies, Treasurer, Vice President responsible for meeting programs, Ways and Means Chair, Publicity Chair and Chair of four Local Rose Society Rose Shows and two North Central District Conventions. Diane has chaired and taught at numerous Horticulture Judging Schools and Consulting Rosarian Schools. She is a Master Consulting Rosarian, a Horticulture Judge and an Arrangement Judge. In 2010, Diane served as Chair of the ARS Mini National Conference in Milwaukee, WI. She is a frequent speaker in her community and at local rose society and district events. Diane has been recognized for her years of service and rose expertise with the ARS Silver Medal and two ARS Bronze Medals. She has also received the North Central District Outstanding Consulting Rosarian and Outstanding Judge Awards. Diane identifies her special qualifications for the office of vice president as her passion for roses, her experience growing and showing roses, her experience leading at every level of our organization, her thorough knowledge of ARS operations, her creative and collaborative style, and her ability to get the job done.

Christopher R VanCleave

​A 25 year banking veteran, Chris leads teams to achieve operational excellence at one of the nation’s top financial institutions. During his tenure, his prudent financial management skills, experience in process innovation and knack for building strong teams has produced millions in savings. As an appointed leader of a municipal Beautification Board in Helena, Alabama, Chris and his team work closely with the City Council, Mayor and city employees on a broad spectrum of issues related to


raising the standard of living in this municipality. A member of the American Rose Society for eight years Chris has served on the national level as a member of the Marketing and Membership Committee where on his own initiative resurrected the defunct Fragrant Rose newsletter and has served as its editor since. This valuable marketing tool is now reaching thousands every month many of whom are converting to full paid membership. Since 2015 Chris serves as the Membership Chairman for the Deep South District and also served as 2017 Chairman of the district’s mid-winter meeting. A member of the Birmingham Rose Society since 2007, he served two consecutive terms as President from 2011-2013. In 2012 and 2013 he served as Chairman of the Birmingham Rose Show. Chris was honored by the Birmingham Rose Society in 2013 when he was awarded the Bronze Honor Medal for meritorious service.

As a driving force in the world of roses, Chris has blazed new trails both inside and outside the organization. An innovator of programs and projects that he independently initiated and made into a success, solely due to his vision and passion for roses. He was a contributor to the 2015 Southern Living Gardening Book, has appeared on P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home television show and was featured in the June 2015 issue of Southern Living Magazine. His writing and interviews can been seen at HGTV.com, HomeDepot.com as well as various magazines and on his popular website; RedneckRosarian.com, where he chronicles his gardening adventures and explores an intrinsic mix of life, faith and gardening. In 2012, frustrated by negative publicity about roses, he took matters into his own hands and created the Rose Chat Podcast. This podcast, solely dedicated to helping gardeners grow awesome roses was scoffed at. Today, this popular resource has produced over 185 episodes and has reached almost one million downloads. A sought after nationally recognized speaker, TV personality and podcast host, Chris has created new opportunities for the ARS and has always made helping to grow the ARS part of his work. He tends a garden of about 185 roses in Helena, Alabama.

CANDIDATE RESUMES

REGION 1

Region 1 consists of Delaware (zips 19701-19999), New York (zips 09001-14999) and Pennsylvania (zips 15001-19699)

ANN GIBSON

Retired Educational Administrator (Building Principal), New York District Director 2012-2018; ARS Educational Endowment Trustee (EET) 2012-2018; Chair: ARS Marketing & Membership Committee 2015-2018; Co-Chair: ARS Convention Planning Committee 2015-2018; Co-Chair: ARS Fall 2015 National Convention & Rose Show, Syracuse NY; Member: ARS Audit Committee 2012-2019; ARS Finance Committee 2015-2018; Newsletter/Bulletin Award Committee 2012-2018; ARS Marketing/Membership Committee 2012-2015; Co-Chair Garden Tours: EM Mills Garden Reception; Volunteer: EM Mills Rose Garden 2007-2015; Co-Chair Volunteer assignments for the ARS National Miniature /Miniflora Conference & Rose Show 2011; Co-Chair New York District Conventions 2012-2017; New York District Rose Show 2012-2017; Presenter: New York District CR Schools 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017; New York District Horticulture School 2016; Volunteer: New York State Fair Rose Booth 2007-current; Represented New York District at the Yankee and Penn-Jersey Districts Conventions & Mid-Winter Meetings; Exhibitor at District Rose Shows 2008-2017; local rose shows since 2003; President: Syracuse Rose Society 2008-2009; Member: Syracuse Rose Society (2003-current); Manhattan Rose Society (2010-current); Attend and support Manhattan Rose Society programs including Great Rosarians of the World (GROW) lectureship; Silver Honor Medal 2017; Syracuse Rose Society Bronze Honor Medal 2011; CR since 2008; Accredited Horticulture Judge; ARS member 2005-current (13 years); Has attended all National conventions in past 5 years.

NANCY J. REDINGTON

Medical Technologist (ASCP), Penn-Jersey District Director 2012-2018; ARS Board Parliamentarian 2015-present; Chair: Educational Endowment Trust (EET) 2014-present; Arrangement Judge Committee 2015-present; Member: Bylaws Committee 2014-present; Convention Committee 2014 present; Digital Photography Contest Judge 2015-present; Ethics Committee 2011-2015; Chair: National Miniature Conference & Rose Show 2015 & 2016; Arrangements Chair; 2016 Fall National 2016; Organizing Chair: 2005 National Miniature Conference & Rose Show; Instructor for arrangement schools; Contributor to American Rose magazine columns 1995-2000; Arranger’s Bulletin; Speaker and workshop presenter on arrangements for other District Conventions; Penn Jersey District: Sec. 2008-2011; NNC 2005-2011; Horticulture Judges 2000-2003; Roses in Review Coordinator 1992 2002; Instructor: CR Schools, Horticulture Judge Schools and Arrangement Schools; Speaker on roses at Philadelphia Rose Show 1966-2006; Local Society: Treasurer 2015-present; Trustee 2005; Vice President 2005; President 2004; York Area RS Arrangement Chair 2008-2012; Harrisburg Area RS Arrangement Chair 2012 2015; South Penn Area RS Newsletter Editor 1990-1993; Show Chair 1995; Silver Honor Medal 1997; Outstanding Judge Award 1995; Outstanding CR 1994; Bronze Honor Medal 2011; CR since 1992; Master Rosarian 2004; Accredited Horticulture Judge; Accredited Arrangement Judge; ARS member since 1982 (36 years); Has attended 12 National conventions in past 5 years.

REGION 2

Region 2 consists of Washington DC (zips 20001-20599); Maryland (zips 20601-21999); Virginia (zips 22001-24699); West Virginia (zips 24701-26899); North Carolina (zips 27001-28999) and South Carolina (zips 29001-29999)

EDWIN H. KRAUSS

Scientist, Colonial District Director 2012-2014; Chair: ARS Old Garden Roses & Shrubs Committee 2006-2009; Member: ARS Old Garden Roses & Shrub Committee 2012-2015; ARS Classification Committee 2006-2009; ARS Rose Conservation, Preservation & Research Group 2006-2009; member, Potomac Rose Society; CR since 1993; Master Rosarian 2008; Horticulture Judge; ARS member since 1988 (30 years); Has attended 9 National conventions in past 5 years.

CHARLES SHANER

Security Officer, Colonial District Director 2014-2018; ARS Local Society Relations Committee, Assistant Editor 2012-2015; Editor, Colonial Courier & Shenandoah Rose Ramblings; President, Shenandoah Rose Society; Developed and Webmaster for Colonial District & Shenandoah Rose Society websites; CR since 1997; Master Rosarian 2008; ARS member since 1994 (24 years); Has attended 5 National conventions in past 5 years.

PACIFIC SOUTHWEST DISTRICT

Pacific Southwest District consists of Arizona (zips 85001-86599), Southern California (zips 90001-93599), New Mexico (zips 87001-88499), El Paso, Texas (zips 79001-79999) and Las Vegas, Nevada (zips 89001-89199)

DAVID BASSANI

Landscape Contractor: Bassani’s Greenscapes, Inc.; President, Beverly Hills Rose Society 2011-2018; Board member, San Fernando Valley Rose Society 1998-2018; President, San Fernando Valley Rose Society 2004-2014; various offices in San Fernando Valley Rose Society 2005-2018; Current administrator of Beverly Hills Rose Society Facebook page; Frequent speaker on rose landscaping & rose card; program presenter at societies in Pacific Southwest District 2000-2018; organized 4 rose shows; column writer for San Fernando Valley Rose Society for 24 years; panel Rose Judge for Rose Hills International Rose Trials, Whittier CA 2014-2018; Member: Beverly Hills RS and San Fernando RS; Consulting Rosarian since 2005; Horticulture Judge; Bronze Honor Medal, San Fernando Rose Society 2005 and Beverly Hills Rose Society 2012; ARS member since 2002 (16 years); has attended two National conventions in past five years.

LINDA CLARK

Retired Elementary Educator; Business owner, Roseworks-Landscape; ARS Exhibitors Committee 2009-2012; Show Chair: ARS National Convention & Rose Show, San Diego CA 2014 & 2018; Pacific Southwest District Chair NNC 2015-2018; San Diego Rose Society: Corresponding Secretary 2004, Rose Show Chair 2009-2018; Membership Chair 2005-2008; Grows appx 800 rose; hosts meetings and open garden visits; Member: San Diego RS, Pacific RS, Invitational Rose Seminar and Orange County RS; exhibitor; speaker/presenter at rose care seminars, CR seminar/schools, judge’s seminar/school and PSWD local societies; CR since 2004; Arrangement Judge since 2005; Horticulture Judge since 2005; Bronze Honor Medal recipient, San Diego Rose Society 2011; PSW Outstanding CR 2016; ARS member since 2001 (17 years); has attended four National conventions in past five years.

BYLAW AMENDMENT VOTE 2018: EXPLANATION

Reasons for these changes are noted. All changes were previously approved by the Board at its April 20, 2017 Board meeting in Monrovia, CA. Amendments to the Bylaws are dealt with through electronic ballots.

YOU MUST HAVE A PAID ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP WITH ARS. Corporate, Complimentary, District, Libraries, Youth, E-members and Trial members cannot vote. Societies are allowed one vote.

YOU MUST HAVE A WORKING EMAIL ADDRESS on file with ARS as stated in the Jan/Feb and Mar/Apr issues of the magazine to be eligible to vote. Associate members must also have a working email address to be eligible to vote. This can be a friend’s email address.

ALL BALLOTS ARE NOW ELECTRONIC. Ballots will not be mailed. All ballot materials will be dispensed electronically via secure website (a third party election company-Intelliscan, Inc.) CHECK YOUR EMAIL (JUNK & SPAM FOLDERS).

VOTING BEGINS at 9:00 a.m. Central on June 1, 2018 and ends at 12 noon Central on July 27, 2018.

YOU WILL RECEIVE AN EMAIL FROM INTELLISCAN, INC. with a personalized link to vote.

ONCE A BALLOT has been submitted, the system will not allow the ballot to be accessed again. ONLY ONE VOTE PER MEMBER!

YOU WILL RECEIVE TWO REMINDER EMAILS from Intelliscan, Inc. about voting, if you have not voted.

ELECTRONIC BALLOT RESULTS are only seen by our election service provider Intelliscan, Inc. Their computer generates a report and the final results are presented to the ARS Tally Committee and others authorized by the ARS Board of Directors at the close of the election on July 27, 2018.

After voting of membership is complete, if approved, Bylaw amendments are effective immediately. (NNC) is no longer required. This will streamline recruitment of candidates for Regional Director.

Below is a list of Bylaw Amendments, click on the image to see the full list, or look inside the 2018 May/June issue of AMERICAN ROSE.





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