The Chapter acknowledges the hard work of its volunteers with four awards at the Chapter level. The first three are described in the ARS bylaws; the President's Award is a less formal one of the chapter's devising. The Honors Committee is always looking for suggestions from members. If you would like to suggest someone for one of these awards, contact Janet Killeen at: Janet@Killeen.cc.
Bronze Medal: Awarded for outstanding contributions to the chapter, which may include accomplishments of the recipient outside the chapter consistent with the goals of the A.R.S. The honoree must be a member of the Society. [This is the highest award the chapter can give a member.]
Over the past ten years the chapter has awarded the Bronze Medal to the following individuals:
2001 George Hibben
2002 Susan Clark
2003 Joe Bruso
2004 Russell DeBurlo
2007 Tony Knights
2008 Joan Ferguson
Award of Merit: This award is to be given to an individual, individuals, or an organization which has made an outstanding contribution to the chapter and/or to the promulgation of the genus Rhododendron.
The Award of Merit has recently been issued to:
2005 Carol Stocker, Boston Globe columnist
2008 Clark Bryan of Elm Bank
2010 Nancy Cassidy of Weston Nursery
Citation for Service: This citation is to be awarded to an individual who has for many years worked tirelessly on behalf of the chapter. The recipient must be a member of the chapter.
The Citation for Service has recently been issued to:
2004 Barbara & Henry Wrightington
2007 CJ Patterson
2008 Janet Killeen & Fred Knippel
2009 Jim Aplin
2010 John & Donna Delano
The President's Award: Given at the Annual Meeting at the discretion of the president, usually to a number of the most active Chapter volunteers.