Views

A "platform", according to dictionary.com, is "a body of principles on which a person or group takes a stand in appealing to the public.” I had thought of calling the essays in this section my "platform”  since they do tend to describe where I stand in appealing for your vote as the next Vice President of the American Rose Society.

It is, however, a little more than that. My purpose is not so much to “take a stand” as it is to describe who I am and what I have come to believe about the American Rose Society. And, so I have decided to call these essays my “views”. This is how I view the American Rose Society and its future. If you share those views I solicit your support.

This is also a work in process. As the campaign progresses I plan to write more of my views and put them here. I also invite you the reader to let me know what your views are about what the American Rose Society should be doing to further its mission.

2015 Triennial Election Questionnaire for Vice Presidential Candidates – Bob Martin

American Rose Magazine, May/June 2015

By Robert B. Martin Jr.

Introduction: The following questions were compiled from ARS members around the country and submitted by the Editors of the American Rose Magazine. Answers were limited to 150 words per question. I personally prepared and submitted the answers.

1. Given the American Rose Society’s priorities of membership growth, financial security and relevant programs, what decisions are truly critical in the next 3 to 6 years?

Inside the Rosarians Garden – Questions for the Candidates

Inside the Rosarians Garden Blog, April 26 2015

By Robert B. Martin Jr.

Introduction: The following questions were asked by the writers of the Bolg, Inside the Rosarians Garden, and posted on their site on April 26, 2015 I personally prepared and submitted the answers below. If you have any questions or comments on the answers, please feel free to email me.

About the person.

A 4x4 Platform 2

A Four by Four Platform

By Robert B. Martin Jr.

“The American Rose Society exists to promote the culture and appreciation of the rose, through education and research, to members, to local rose societies and their members, and to the public.” That is the mission statement of the American Rose Society. Our purpose is to promote roses through education. 

My vision of the future is that we should try a little harder to do a little better to carry out our educational mission. …

Membership Counts

ARS Membership

Membership Counts

By Robert B. Martin, Jr.

While writing my book, “ Showing Good Roses” I went through 30 years of the American Rose to look for articles on exhibiting. In so doing, I got to reading the incoming messages of each of our society presidents. There, I noticed an interesting fact. Every single one of those messages expressed concern about the membership of the society. …

Every Member a Member

Every Member a Member

By Robert B. Martin, Jr.

There are about 300 local rose societies affiliated with the American Rose Society. Local rose societies are the backbone of the ARS, which has a number of good programs to support them.  For example, ARS provides a blanket insurance program for local societies that enables them to obtain insurance for their activities at considerably less expense than if they tried to obtain insurance separately. …

Support Our Rose Shows

Support our Rose Shows

By Robert B. Martin, Jr.

In 2009 I was awarded the ARS Klima Medal. In connection with the award, I was invited to submit an essay on an educational topic. My essay, titled “The Educational Value of a Rose Show” was published in the March/April 2010 issue of the American Rose. A copy of that article is available by clicking here.

In that article I expressed my belief that the primary educational value of a rose show lies in the education of its participants. …

Support the American Rose Center

Support the American Rose Center

By Robert B. Martin, Jr.

The American Rose Center in Shreveport, Louisiana is the crown jewel of the American Rose Society. Created in 1974, it is the headquarters of the Society, and the home of the Klima Rose Hall Education and Visitor Center.  The Gardens of the American Rose Center, with over 42 acres and 20,000 roses, is the nation's largest park dedicated to roses and contains more than 65 individual gardens.

America's Flower

America's Flower

By Robert B. Martin, Jr.

In October 1985, a Senate resolution naming the rose America’s National Floral Emblem was passed. The same resolution by the House of Representatives was passed in September 1986. And, on November 20, 1986, President Reagan, signed Proclamation 5574 declaring the Rose to be The National Floral Emblem of the United States of America. …

The Rewards of Service

Sherlock Holmes

"This rose is an extra..."

The Rewards of Service

By Robert B. Martin, Jr.

Shortly after planting my first rose garden in 1971, I began to discover something unique and remarkable about roses. Left to their own devices my roses were quite beautiful.  But when I started to do some things they got better. Not just a little better, but a lot better.  And in every case the return was a multiple of the additional effort. …

"Warm Spit"

“Warm Spit"

By Robert B. Martin Jr.

When it comes to commentary about the office of vice president of the United States, no statement is more repeated than John Nance Garner’s observation that “the vice presidency is not worth a bucket of warm spit.” Garner’s statement is part of the lexicon of studies on the office of vice president. 

Although well-remembered for this one-liner, the truth is that John Nance Garner, one of the most famous political figures in twentieth century American history, served well as the nation’s thirty-second vice president for two terms. …