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Sandra Ward


Presides over the general meetings, board meetings, picnics, and the annual awards banquet. Sandra is a longtime member and is a senior judge. She grows around 75 dahlias each year.


Kelly Thommes

Vice President

Fills in for the president in her absence, coordinates with Show Chair on shows and coordinates with the board on other decisions.

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Amy Simonson

2nd Vice President

Organizes meeting topics, recruits speakers, secures venues for picnics and garden tours and the annual awards banquet. Coordinates with board on other decisions.




Deposits membership dues, tuber sale proceeds; writes checks to cover expenses and reimbursements. Provides a financial report at general meetings. Arnie is a long time member and volunteer at the trial garden. He has also been proactive in securing and caring for large assets like our storage trailer. He grows around 200 dahlias.

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Melissa Grette-Compton


Take notes at the general and board meetings and distribute them. Send out invites to Board meetings and General Meetings. 


Karen Loney

Membership Director

Coordinates with webmaster and board to create a positive user experience for new and renewing members. Creates the annual directory, sends out notices and reminders for events. Karen also coordinates with Show chair to produce the show books.

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Cindy Soule

Director at Large

Cindy is a long-time member of the Minnesota Dahlia Society. She is also a senior judge, trial garden volunteer and record keeper for our two shows.

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Member at Large

Open position



ADS Representative

Represents MDS to the American Dahlia Society. Writes reports on MDS activities to be printed in the Quarterly ADS Bulletin. Sandra also does the publicity for our annual tuber sale and fall shows.

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Heide Zierdt

 TG Director

Long time member, senior judge, former show chair and many other board positions. 

About MDS


If you also love dahlias and want to learn some best practices for growing these beautiful flowers, join us at one of our events or meetings.

You'll meet other dahlia enthusiasts, learn first-hand from local growers, and have lots of fun!

Grow with us


Be part of a community where you will learn about dahlias, meet fellow dahlia enthusiasts. Learn more about our membership options.

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