Time flies when you’re having fun! Doesn’t seem all that long ago I was elected to serve as your President. It’s been a privilege. We were able to accomplish some things and others are still a work in progress. We have developed good ties with ASHS, our management partner. Vice President Karen Panter has done an excellent job of producing the Lotus Leaflet and getting news out to the membership. Bob Lyons and the Photography Contest Committee made a major revision to the contest with the goal of trying to ensure that everyone in horticulture feels welcomed to participate. The old categories served us well while we were focused on floriculture, landscape and ornamental horticulture. When we broadened to include all of horticulture, we needed to revamp the contest to draw others in. I look forward to seeing this year’s entries.
We welcomed another member as Fellow last summer, Dr. David Graper from North Dakota State University. We also were able to locate most of the citations for past Fellows and post their accomplishments to our PAX website ably managed by Tim Rhodus, The Ohio State University. I encourage you to review the accomplishments of these outstanding members of PAX.
We did finally have conversations with an attorney regarding our status as a 501(c)(3). Because of our decentralized and volunteer structure, it proved to be a daunting task and ill‐advised at this time.
Things we are still working on are 1) a strategic plan, 2) reactivating older chapters, and 3) connecting with members.
Where do we go from here? At the annual business meeting (Tuesday, July 29, noon until 2:00pm, in Salon 4 of the Rosen Plaza Hotel) we have a number of key topics to discuss which include strategic planning, the annual business meeting itself, presentation of the slate of new officers, and building our relationship with ASHS. The agenda for the annual business meeting is included in this newsletter. Preregistration is required if you plan on eating lunch; we will start the meeting at approximately 12:45 pm. I hope to see you there.
With this, I sign‐off as your president and will be passing the gavel at the end of the business meeting. As I said in the beginning of this message, I feel privileged to have served as your president. I have had a very long affiliation with PAX and look forward to the next several years as we continue to strengthen our Horticulture Honor Society.Mary Lewnes Albrecht, Ph.D.
President, Pi Alpha Xi National, Zeta 166
Associate Vice Provost
Professor, Department of Plant Sciences
University of Tennessee, Knoxville