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Annual Meeting

Another great Midwest Dahlia Conference Meeting and Plant Auction was successfully achieved by host, Elkhart Dahlia Society. Thanks to their members, a great time was had by all dahlia growers who made the journey from local societies in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Wisconsin. Sorry if I missed others who attended!

The day started at 8 am with members carrying in plants to organize for the plant auction. While the process was moving on, there was much dahlia talk and just catching up with friendships. Oh, coffee and donuts too! At 10 am, the meeting was called to order by President Randy Foith, thanking the Elkhart Dahlia Society for again hosting and all their hard work.


A moment of silence was observed for the ill and for those that had passed into our beautiful dahlia hereafter. Members ask for some personal prayers for special members dear to us. They were dahlia icons:

  • Wilson Garner of the Southeastern Michigan DS

  • Dave Cap of the Dahlia Society of Ohio, and

  • Kathy Franklin of the Elkhart DS.

All will be missed!  


The Midwest Dahlia Conference By-Laws were revised and updated. A vote was taken in support of the revisions. Dr Richard Peters ask that his name be pulled from nomination for re-election to Secretary/Treasurer. Doc has been an integral part of the leadership in the Midwest Dahlia Conference for so many years. Hard to replace someone of Doc's qualifications. Jim Kassner acceped the nomination for that position. And Jim Chuey is back and was nominated to fill Jim Kassner as a director! All good people to work for the conference. The meeting was then adjourned.

A panel of dahlia experts was gathered to answer questions from fellow dahlia enthusiasts. Filling the panel was Dave Walton of the Southeastern Dahlia Society, Jerry Landerholm of the Central States Dahlia Society, and Tony Evangelista of the Dahlia Society of Ohio. The questions were very in depth. I think that everyone learned a lot about every phase of growing dahlias and procedures. Much was learned about dahlia virus and the phrase, "When in doubt, throw it out"! New growers asked many questions about their newfound passion! After the panel discussion those registered moved to a delicious, boxed lunch and dessert. Also, what else, more dahlia talk and friendship!

At 12:30 pm, the always exciting plant auction started, lead by auctioneers, Jim Kassner and Tony Evangelista and with the assistance of the Elkhart Dahlia Society members. With the auctioneers calling and the audience bidding, the action was hot and  fierce. The Elkhart Dahlia Society will host the 2022 Fall Midwest Dahlia Conference Show on September 9-11 at the Farmstead Inn in Shipshewana, IN. Details can be found at their website. As the host of the show they receive the proceeds of the plant auction to help offset the cost of the show.

In closing the Midwest Dahlia Conference is seeking any local society willing to host a future Fall Midwest Dahlia Conference Show after 2023. The Greater Pittsburgh Dahlia Society will be our host in 2023 in Pittsburgh, PA.  Also, sign up on the Midwest Dahlia Conference website to receive the quarterly "Midwest Dahlia Report" by email. Thanks to all in attendance!

Thanks again, Elkhart Dahlia Society for a successful Annual Meeting and Auction,

Randy Foith 
President, Midwest Dahlia Conference

Photo credit, Anita Ritchie.

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