After last year’s cancellations, we’re delighted to be getting back toward normal again, with even perhaps a few improvements; made possible by our move to the new venue with its beautiful outdoor spaces, our first gathering of this year, a (slightly madcap) lawn bowling ‘game’, was terrific fun.
But there are still a few limitatons.
We all have to sign in at each meeting, just in case Covid contact tracers should ever need to follow up. It is quick and easy, and there will be assistance provided as needed.
The regulations still demand that we stay 1.5m from each other (wear a mask if this is hard to do- or even just because it’s a good idea), and definitely if you have any slight feeling of malaise, be extra-cautious and stay home.
Supper at meetings has to be a bit of a pared-down affair because just now, we aren’t allowed to bring a ‘plate’. So, for the cost of $2 per person, it’s just simple snacks such as cheese or sweet biscuits that have been hygienically wrapped as set out in the new Covid regulations. Tea and coffee will still be served, as always. We can preserve the memory of past delights, ready to restore them nimbly when circumstances permit; with plenty of roses we can mark and keep hallowed the places a home-made sponge or rhubarb slice will one day (but not for long!) again stand.
SPRING ROSE SHOW CHANGES FOR 2021
Instead of the usual exhibition and competition, there will be a leisurely, non-competitive exhibition, a ‘Spring Rose Spectacular‘. This will be held at Gardenworld 810 Springvale Rd, Braeside, on November 20 and 21, Saturday and Sunday respectively. Regulars will know Gardenworld as the place we usually hold our ‘Autumn Rose Spectacular’ (a ‘spectacular’ is a lavishly produced performance, according to the dictionary…with roses, ‘lavish’ is a given).
For members of course, there is the monthly meeting for November, which this year falls on the 10th. Just for us, we’re holding a small show in the aeons-old magic of twilight at our usual venue with its walls of glass opening onto green. Bring ye all your roses and revel!
If you are not yet a member, you can always join. We will welcome you, and look forward to hearing what special things you have growing in your garden.
Update: 9 April 2021 – Capacity for seated venues:
“From midnight on Friday 9 April, Victoria moved to allow 100% of seated indoor and outdoor capacity for entertainment, cultural and sporting venues, up to a maximum of 1,000 patrons per space.” The current Victorian Government guideline
To their mailbox 4 times a year will arrive seasonal issues of the gorgeous to look at and comprehensively informative Rose News journal. They will also receive a copy of the Rose Society of Australia’s national publication, the Australian Rose Annual.
They will be eligible for big membership discounts on Neutrog products to put all that advice to good use.
Research has shown that experiences yield more happiness than material things. Membership in the RSV is both materially AND experientially happy-making; a year and a half of great rose-growing fellowship, excellent reading and garden products discounts really will be a ‘gift that keeps on giving’.
RSV president Sandra lovingly created this beautiful rose tree to wish you Christmas happiness.
Because Covid-19 continues to make physical meetings risky, we have at last arranged to gather online, using Zoom!
Several intriguing topics have now been scheduled, to be presented by some very interesting people. You will learn about a unique class of roses, get a big dose of visual swoon, and pick up some insider breeding knowledge.
If you are not yet a member, there is time to join if you would like to participate in some serious official business.
Non-members may safely ignore this:
On November 10th- nearly six months later than usual thanks to ‘Covid’- will be the Annual General Meeting at which will be processed all the usual topics such as membership and money matters, the upcoming year’s office bearers voted in, and more.
Might the ‘more’ part interest you? If there is a Rose Society matter you would like raised at the Zoom AGM that is not yet listed in the Agenda as up for discussion, you can have it added when you register beforehand (essential). Your community welcomes your participation.
An email came to the RSV from the Programme and Projects office of Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, with a message from her.
I wanted to send a message to all Victorians.
Although we are all feeling the effects of the current COVID restrictions in different ways – in different regions, different businesses and sectors and within our own different households -there would not be one of us who is not affected by the challenges of COVID-19.
First and foremost, to those who have lost a loved one, and to those who are battling the illness, my husband Tony and I send our warmest wishes. Our thoughts – and the thoughts of your fellow Victorians – are with you.
To our frontline medical workers and paramedics, police, ADF, contact tracers and all those working so tirelessly to protect and care for us, once again we say ‘Thank you’ to you.
To our experts, scientists and researchers, we know how hard you continue to work – to analyse data, contribute to the development of a vaccine and to find new drugs and treatments. No-one is more committed than you to the breakthroughs that we all long for.
I am not sure how we can ever fully express our gratitude to all those who work in community organisations to ensure that the needs of the most vulnerable amongst us are met. There is a vast army of you. You work to make our State better at all times. But there is no doubt that the difficulties of this pandemic would be so much harder without you.
To every single Victorian, I know that you are tired and tested in so many ways by this difficult battle, and all that it is demanding of you.
I hope there is some comfort in hearing the optimism of the experts that the current restrictions are what is needed to save lives, and to have us move to an easier footing as soon as we can.
I have said before that our fight against COVID is clearly a marathon and not just a sprint. The experience in countries and cities all over the world shows us that.
I am confident that our State can pull together and that we will look after each other to do these hard yards together…in the lockdown, and ahead in the recovery too. In the meantime, we wish you all well.
Take good care.
The RSV thanks the Governor for her thoughts and encouragement.
“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be.”
Fortunate indeed are we if we can go outside, as many of us are once again confined to home, continuing the quiet contest against the spread of ‘Corona’.
It was hoped things might be safe enough for the RSV to recommence meetings come July. Time has really sprinted; it is now July, and it grieves us to have to admit that this would not at all be a safe moment to meet…nor is it possible to guess when might be.
We are so looking forward to resuming all our happy-making social activities around roses, so looking forward to seeing each other again. Dear member, we hope it will be soon.
As with increasingly leathery squeaky clean hands that crave cocoa butter, we keep being vigilant, keep up the distancing, we send warm smiles of encouragement. More power to us all.
We’ll keep you appraised of any updates as they come to light.
HE the Governorof Victoria, the Hon. Linda Dessau ACand Mr Anthony Howard AM, QC:
“It has certainly been a difficult start to the year, with parts of our State so heavily affected by bushfires and now the unprecedented challenge of COVID-19.
First and foremost, we care about the health and well-being of all Victorians and hope that those associated with our Patronages are safe and well cared for. We all need to stay across the advice of our health authorities, which are constantly updated and can be found at www.dhhs.vic.gov.au and www.health.gov.au.
We have seen the anxiety in the community caused by COVID-19, and its effects. Of course, anxiety like this is understandable at a time of such uncertainty. But it is important, now more than ever, to remain calm and to work together.
It is a time too for gratitude to all those who are working so hard to look after our medical and emergency needs, to care for the vulnerable, to keep essential services running and to respond to this unfolding situation.
We are conscious that many of our Patronages are amongst those groups. We express to them the gratitude felt by all Victorians. We would be pleased if you would convey that to your members for us.
We are conscious too that a number of our Patronages will be celebrating particular anniversaries or achievements during this period, when large groups of people will be unable to gather together. Others will have members who are likely to feel acutely the cancellation of their normal events and activities. That, and the social distancing practices now in place, will often bring a sense of isolation. Each person, each organisation, will experience these upheavals in different ways. Our thoughts are with them all.
Please take care of each other. This is a time when we all need to check on family, neighbours, the elderly, workmates who are working off-site – anyone who might be alone or doing it tough.“
To do our bit to limit the spread of the new Coronavirus the RSV have made three fairly big changes ([EDIT] actually four):
1. We won’t have our usual monthly meetings for the time being. We hope we may be able to start meetings again in July.
2. We won’t hold the Autumn Rose Spectacular this 2020 year ([EDIT] and now the Spring Rose Show has had to be cancelled too.)
3. There won’t be any rose pruning demonstrations this year.
This is all a little bit lonely and disappointing, it has to be admitted, but the more we all pull together (yet at a safe distance) right now the quicker we’ll be able to return to fun as usual. It’s up to us! Sit tight, take all possible care and we’ll stop it in its tracks.
As soon as things are fine again, we’ll resume monthly meetings, and when that time comes we’ll let everyone know. We’re very much looking forward to it!
There will regular updates here, so watch this space.
Something lovely to sing for just over 20 seconds hand-washing time:
Hold me close and hold me fast The magic spell you cast This is la vie en rose
When you kiss me, heaven sighs And though I close my eyes I see la vie en rose
19th World Federation of Rose Societies Convention27 October 2022
17months to go.
Patrick of Coonawarra wine sale funding 19th World Federation of Rose Societies Convention
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