Chairman's Report by Frank Fraser
Well what a season, if you like rain there was buckets of it literally, yet exhibitors still turned up at the show, what a hardy breed they are.
JJ purchased superb crystal engraved whisky glasses and a lovely vase for Anne Turner, who has now retired from the secretary's table. May I take this opportunity of thanking Anne on behalf of the Scociety for your work and time.
Joycelyn Wallace stepped into Anne's shoes and what a marvellous job she done, considering she does not know us that well, she kept us riff raff in order with calm efficiency, a big thank you to you, watch out Joycelyn you could get that job for life!
Where would we be without the Turner clan, Ian has been our show secretary for many years nothing is a bother to him, and what about his grandsons Sean and Jordan, who not only built an excellent stand of dahlias and chrysanthemums at the secretary's table, they also kept and eagle eye out for other exhibitors 'borrowing our vases and tables', well done lads.
JJ, our show manager, does a great job, he does not have to 'shout from the rooftops', he goes about his job with quiet unflappable efficiency and we know the job will be done.
Alistair does a terrific job, looking after our finances and producing and excellent Impact magazine, I appreciate the time that it takes. Thanks Alistair.
Dugald McDougall is our minutes secretary and secretary for the Society. He lives over 100 miles away from us and was unable to drive, yet still done a great job for the Society, you have my respect Dugald.
As for the judges, they are a bit like referees, they will never keep everybody happy, and with our stewards they do their honest best.
What more can I say about our Scottish website manager, John 'Braveheart' Wallace, he had a tough time with his health recently, did that slow him down, not a bit, John was at every show that I was at, and winning championships, Yewshill and Stan Hall at the Scottish C&D and even at Harrogate aided by Joycelyn was the first Scot to win the Pom Championships. Lang may your lum reek John.
A big thanks also goes to all the guys who helped with the little things that all help the Society, and finally, I will finish with a bit of 'exhibitors humour' we can all appreciate, I was helping one of our English friends carry his buckets out of the back of the van, when he stiffened up with a bit of cramp, when I seen the quality of his flowers I said to him - I hope your cramp lasts all night mate! The both of us laughed heartily.
Good luck in the growing season.
Frank - Chairman
The 2018 National Show results have now been uploaded.
This year's seminar will once again be held in the GILVENBANK HOTEL, GLENROTHES. KA7 6NL on Sunday 21st April 2019. The speakers are Andy Robinson (Winner of the Individual at Wisley) on Dahlias. Jim Evans is the other speaker and his talk will be about Begonias.
The seminar starts at 10am with coffee. Cost is £10 and includes lunch...a bargain!
There will be a raffle (donations welcome) and at the end of the seminar there will be the usual plant sale.
Members and non members are all welcome.
This year's SNC&DS Schedule has been uploaded on the Annual Show info page.
Details of the date of the AGM is available on the Key Dates page.