Bob has now served as Vice President of the American Rose Society since September2015. Under the bylaws of the ARS, the Vice President serves for three years and then automatically becomes President of the American Rose Society for a three-year term. Bob will be installed at the ARS National Convention being held in San Diego, late October, 2018! Watch for details as we get closer!
Bob is well known for his service to the San Diego Rose Society since moving to the area in 2007. His service includes two terms as society President and a term as Vice President Programs. Most recently, Bob served as the Program Chairman for the highly successful ARS National Convention, sponsored by the San Diego Rose Society in May 2014. The Society recognized Bob for his extraordinary service with the Bronze Honor Medal in 2013. Bob is the first ARS Vice President in the long and storied history of the San Diego Rose Society, the oldest rose society in Southern California.
In commenting on his candidacy, Bob has noted that: “The American Rose Society exists to promote the culture and appreciation of the rose, through education and research, to members, to local rose societies and their members, and to the public.” That is the Mission Statement of the American Rose Society and emphasizes that its purpose is to promote roses through education. And, in order to do that well, he believes the ARS should have a Vice President and President that knows roses.
Bob knows roses. He has been growing roses for 44 years. He and his wife, Dona, live in Escondido, California, where they have a rose garden of more than 450 roses of all types. He is an ARS Master Rosarian, an Accredited Horticultural Judge and an Accredited Arrangements Judge. Bob has been a continuous member of the American Rose Society for 34 years, during which he has devoted his attention to the service of the American Rose Society at the national, district and local levels. Bob’s record of service to the rose has been recognized by the award of the 2009 ARS Klima Medal for lifetime contribution to rose education, the 2007 ARS Guy Blake Hedrick Jr. Award for lifetime achievement in rose exhibiting, the ARS Silver Honor Medal for outstanding service to the Pacific Southwest District, and the ARS Bronze Medal for outstanding service from three local rose societies.
Bob is a well-known speaker and rose evangelist, having spoken at 21 American Rose Society national conventions and at district conventions and conferences in 13 of the 18 ARS Districts. He has spoken on many occasions to the San Diego Rose Society as well as countless local societies and garden clubs, all about roses.
Bob is also a prolific writer, having authored more than 600 published articles on roses. He has also served as the Editor of the American Rose Society quarterly publication, Rose Exhibitors’ Forum, since 1997, and National Editor of Horizon Roses, an annual review from the nation’s top exhibitors of new exhibition roses that he has compiled and produced for more than 16 years. Bob is also the author of the book Showing Good Roses, and maintains a website covering U.S. rose shows at www.roseshow.com.
Bob is an active rose exhibitor at all levels, having shown roses at 220 rose shows and has recorded over 1,400 trophy-winning entries. He is also a hybridizer with eleven registered varieties, including the show roses, Butter Cream, Peter Cottontail and Pasadena Star, and serves as the Western Regional Director of the Rose Hybridizers Association. One of his latest roses is a light pink sport of Randy Scott that he named after his wife, Dona Martin.