Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Myles Roser Awarded the Ann Williams Clark Medallion

Myles Roser & Geoff Bell

Our nomination to Garden Clubs of Australia for the Ann Williams Clark Medallion to be awarded to Myles Roser was successful and we are justifiably proud for him to be a recipient in this prestigious award. Myles was awarded theMedallion by Club President Geoff Bell at the Christmas function held at Opal Cove on 2 December 2013.

Myles in his acceptance speech, said that Rhona Brooks, Coffs Garden Club President in the early 1990's noticed the Roser's beautiful garden and encouraged Myles and Pat to become members of the Club. This was the commencement of their journey with the CHGC. Myles also added that there have been many notable events and activities during his 20 year involvement and he has enjoyed all aspects of being a club member. It is testament to this attitude that the CHGC nominated such a worthy recipient for this award. 

Well done Myles!

The following is the Club's submission to GCA:

The Garden Clubs of Australia Outstanding Service by a Member of an Affiliated  Club – Ann Williams Clark Medallion

Myles Roser is the quiet 'behind the scenes' man in the Coffs Harbour Garden Club and in the 20 years that he has been a member he has been totally involved in the life and activities of the Club. If something has to be done, then Myles is your man.

Service and Involvement
Over the years Myles has stepped in to fill the roles of absent members and was the Catering Officer for some years. He is a Club representative on the Coffs Harbour Show Pavilion Committee, where the Garden Club is responsible for staging and organising the Plants, Flowers and Vegetable Section in the Show Pavilion. He is also one of the co-ordinators organising the displays of Craft, Horticulture, Agriculture, Cooking and Schools exhibits and attends regular meetings and working bees of the Pavilion Committee to prepare, plan and maintain equipment and fixtures used in the Show each year.

An All Round Helper and Inspiration
He is an indispensable helper at each meeting, as he is one of the first to arrive and set up the meeting room organising the tables and chairs, setting up the library and the Trading Table, filling the urn and making sure the tables are set up for Afternoon Tea. He directs visitors to the Attendance Book and the Competition Table and welcomes them to the club.  He has at times been responsible for the “Hint of the Month”, and presented the “Gardener’s Diary” for many years.  Myles is an inspiration to our members for his dedication, his active participation in the life of the Club, his sense of humour and his ability to share knowledge and skills. When anyone has a practical gardening question Myles is the first person they ask.

Through his activities at the Show he is continually promoting our Club in the Community and encourages gardeners to join our club.  He was also the chief organiser of our fund raising BBQ’s  each year, purchasing all the supplies and even peeling 20 Kilos of onions each time (!) and is an indefatigable worker at all the other events that the Garden Club participates in every year. He is also famous for his sandwiches, which he supplies on many of our outings and club events.

A Mentor and Teacher
Myles is always cheerful and friendly. He is a good organiser of people and activities and has helped organise club outings over many years. He is a most willing and enthusiastic member, who plays an important role in the Club and is recognised in the wider community for his contribution to the Coffs Harbour Show, where he was on the Committee of the Show Society for many years. He is also a successful exhibitor winning many prizes for his roses and pot plants each year, as well being a regular contributor to our Monthly Competition Bench at our club meetings. (He always enters under his wife’s name as he famously quips each time: ”He is the grower, she is the shower”, but none-the–less we all know that the plants are really Myles’s flowers and plants.)

Always involved in the Annual Garden Competition as a driver for the judge, he encourages other members to accompany him so that they can become familiar with this task and take over in the future. He is always concerned that as many people as possible are given the opportunity to learn and be involved.  Myles opens his garden twice a year to promote the Village where he lives and has invited our Garden Club and Garden Clubs visiting Coffs Harbour to see his garden and loves to give plants and cuttings to anyone who asks, especially plants that he has propagated himself.

When asked if the club wished to nominate anyone for this award, the members were unanimous in their support of Myles for his outstanding contribution to our Club and to our community.

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