Linda DeRooy Holmes-Cook is currently serving as President and is very active in the dahlia community, having been raised around dahlias. Her dad, in 1952, co-founded the Pacific Northwest Dahlia Conference, along with several other groups. After dealing with medical issues, Linda and her sisters stepped in to help with their dad's garden. She has been growing her own dahlias since 2005 and enjoys showing, judging, and serving as Editor of American Dahlia Society Bulletin which comes out quarterly. She has served as Show Chair for our local show for six years and is currently the NCW Representative to the Federation of NW Dahlia Growers. She hopes to become a Senior Level judge this growing season but most enjoys all the people she has become friends with along the way. In additional to dahlias, she is the Volunteer Coordinator at Pybus Public Market and lead for her WHS Class of 1967 alumni group. Much of her time now is spent serving as the Local Arrangement Chair for the ADS 2020 National Show, which will be held in Wenatchee.

Keith Rupprecht is serving as Vice President and has been growing dahlias for twelve years in Warden, WA. He enjoys working with new members and sharing his enthusiasm for growing with them. He is a passionate deliverer of smiles, hand packing and transporting up to 18 vases of flowers a week to local businesses. As a cancer survivor, it is one of his top priorities to give hope to those who have no hope, making sure the cancer center gets flowers throughout the summer until the final frost makes that impossible. Keith enjoys competing, having won "Best of Show" in two county fairs. He is currently on track to becoming a judge, and his biggest joy in life is watching his grandchildren grow.

Victoria Bosche (Vic) is serving as Treasurer and has been growing dahlias for nine years. Vic says the best part of this club is that everyone makes you feel welcome from the first day they meet you. She especially loves serving at the tuber sales and talking with excited growers in our area and sharing her knowledge whenever she can. She is most proud of winning the award for Best Old Fashioned Bouquets in Show at our annual show at Pybus Market. She is most looking forward to helping put on another great show at Pybus and being a part of the planning for the National 2020 show which will be held in Wenatchee. In addition to growing dahlias, Vic is an excellent knitter and serves as the Treasurer for the local Knitting Guild.

Rod Grille has been growing dahlias since the 80's with what started as two plants from a local nursery in New York as a Mother's Day gift to his wife from his son and daughter. On his own, he managed to dig, divide, and store them until the following year. Despite his small garden, he managed to grow fifty plants in 6-8 varieties. In 2014, Rod and his wife, Angela, moved to Washington, onto a 46-acre ranch owned by their daughter. No longer restricted by size, Rod now grows 140 plants, spanning sixty different varieties of all colors and forms. Rod entered his first show here in Washington, purely for the experience, and was pleasantly surprised to take home several ribbons. In addition, Rod and Angela grow vegetables in a garden that spans 4,000 sq. ft., they enjoy hiking, playing tennis, and are ski instructors at the local ski mountain, Mission Ridge.

Corresponding Secretary:  Sherry Anderson has been growing dahlias for over 30 years, originally getting "hooked" when she saw a demonstration of dahlias by Tony DeRooy, John Ruud, Helen Pickett & Ray Brain at the Eastside Mall. Sherry has fond memories of being a new grower and learning from them. One of Sherry's proudest moments was when she won the "Best of Show" bouquet one year at our local show. Sherry doesn't show any more, but enjoys selling her dahlias for weddings and special events, and raising dahlias in several demonstration gardens around town. In addition to dahlias, she enjoys downhill skiing, spinning wool yarn , knitting, hiking, and working locally as a Master Gardener. She looks forward to the annual tuber sale, making bouquets for Confluence Health, and selling bouquets at the annual show at Pybus.

Fernie Slabaugh shares responsibility for head of the Show Committee, along with overseeing the club's tuber sales each spring. Fernie has been growing dahlias for about twenty years, and sells her flowers at her roadside stand, and provides blooms for weddings and other events. Fernie is passionate and dedicated to growing new varieties of dahlias, which can be seen at the club's demonstration garden off 9th and Emerson. One of her greatest accomplishments was to receive a score on the seedling bench at a show. Fernie has served the club in many ways over her time as a member, but has enjoyed the most watching the club's fall show grow over the years into a first class show. Fernie strongly believes there is always more to learn and enjoys time spent with other dahlia growers and all the great hybridizers here in Washington, and has fond memories of the members that have passed. She is in training to become a certified Senior Judge with the American Dahlia Society.

Mike Cattin shares responsibly for head of the Show Committee, along with overseeing the maintenance and success of the club's demonstration garden off Emerson in Wenatchee. Mike started growing dahlias with one plant, nine years ago, and now competes in shows, and is learning how to judge them. He has served five years as Club President, and is in training to become an accredited Senior Judge with the American Dahlia Society. He has been fortunate to have his entries on the head table twice so far. In addition to his passion and leadership in the dahlia community, he has an interest in researching family history, and currently has 8,500 names, and 19,000 records in his database. Mike also serves on the Board at Pybus Market.

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