Our long-time RIDS member and friend, Jess W. Saur, of Middletown, RI, passed away on Friday, February 12, 2016, after a short but intense battle with vasculitis. Jess was born in August 1935 in Jersey Shore, PA. In 1951 he joined the Navy and became a Boatswain’s Mate. He serve
William "Pop" Dykstra died on Pentacost Sunday. He sang in the Church choir in the morning, went home and layed down to take a nap. He was 91. Bill, or "Pop" as he was better known, was a Christian gentleman in the classic sense of the word.
Roberta Achtermeier passed away in May 2006. Roberta, President of RIDS from 2000 to 2002, had been ill for some time, but her death was unexpected. Roberta’s mother offered all of her dahlias and garden books to the Society.
Al Werling drives from Connecticut to attend RIDS meetings each month. He has been a member of RIDS since 2003, and a member of ADS since 2004. Al can always be counted upon to help set up and tear down the staging for RIDS dahlia shows.
Nicholas Sterling practically grew up in the dahlia patch helping his parents with their dahlias each year. Nicholas served as secretary of RIDS for a number of years, and after a 3-year hiatus, accepted the position once again, serving until 2010.
Joyce and Eliot Sterling have been growing dahlias since 1963. When asked how they became interested in growing dahlias, Joyce said she couldn’t remember since it was so long ago. But, she said Harry Dixon taught her a lot about growing and exhibiting, as did Robert Graves.
Joe and Ginny Schuttert have been growing dahlias since 2002 and recently joined RIDS. They grow about 50 plants of 20 different varieties, and while they have not yet entered dahlia shows, they are considering it in the future.
Peter Roberti and daughters Gina, Jacqueline and Alexandra were first introduced to dahlias when they were out for a drive and happened upon Walter and Dot Taylor’s gardens. Of course, they couldn’t leave without some dahlias!