BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Sandra Ward

President

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.

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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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RICK SNYDER

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.

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ARNIE SACHS

Treasurer

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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AMY SIMONSON

Secretary

Takes notes at the general and board meetings and distributes them. Amy created the SignUp Genius web page to manage volunteers for our events; organizes teams to work in the Trial Garden; procured MDS branded apparel for members; maintains our Facebook, and keeps MDS records. She also helps with content for the website.

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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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Tim Wollenzien

Director at Large

Tim is proud to be a northern Minnesota dahlia enthusiast and is excited to become more involved with the minnesota Dahlia Society.

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JOHN ENSTROM

Member at Large

John grows over 800 dahlias with 216+ varieties. He owns and operates Veteran's Lake Memorial Park in Ramsey, MN that showcases 1000's of flowers. He is also our resident expert on organic soils and is the owner of Ramsey Organic. He gives a 10% discount to MDS members!

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SANDRA WARD

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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LARRY BAGGE

Senior TG Director

Long time member, former president, and many other board positions. Senior judge and hybridizer.

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