PBS Transitions to New Leadership

Emil Friend via pbs pbs@lists.pacificbulbsociety.net
Sun, 19 Nov 2023 20:52:20 PST
Dear Pacific Bulb Society Members,

We are sorry to let you know that Robin Hansen has stepped back from her
position as PBS President, due to extenuating circumstances. Under her
careful guidance, PBS has held its course—through a pandemic no less!—and
is thriving. On behalf of the membership and the Board, I would like to
thank and commend Robin for the time and energy she gave to the Society. In
recognition of her service, the Board has extended Robin a lifetime

Robin had intended to complete her term through the end of this year, but
with her recent resignation, Bridget Wosczyna (who was Vice President)
acted as Interim President.

The Board held regular elections at their meeting this past weekend, and
there were several changes to the Board and its Officers.

Bridget has been elected President for a term of two years and will
continue to manage the Bulb Exchange.

The Board made two other appointments at the meeting.

As Bridget’s election to President left a vacancy in the Vice President
office, Society member Mark Akimoff volunteered to join the Board and step
into this role, and was affirmed at the meeting. Mark is a plantsman who
runs Illahe Rare Plants, a nursery in Oregon. He is appreciative of the
wisdom and knowledge he has gained from PBS over the years, and is excited
to give back. Welcome Mark, and thank you!

Jan Jeddeloh advised us earlier this year that she would withdraw as Seed
Exchange Manager at the end of 2023. In her stead we have appointed Lisa
Zankowski, the proprietress of Shoal Creek Succulents in Illinois. Lisa has
been a longtime follower of PBS and has a professional background and
expertise with plants, seeds, and plant shipping. Welcome Lisa, and thank
you! Jan will be working with Lisa to transfer the operation as smoothly as
possible. Thank you Jan, for your efforts as Seed Exchange Manager!

Arnold Trachtenberg will continue to serve as Treasurer and I will continue
as Secretary. Robin will continue to edit our journal, The Bulb Garden.

If you wish to follow Board proceedings, please keep an eye on the website,
where we intend to begin to post the Minutes. Historically these have been
published in The Bulb Garden, but we feel that the printed paper is better
saved for primary content, while having the Minutes in a digital repository
is a more organized approach.


Emil Friend
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