Paul Smeal Honored
Effective the end of the 2006 meeting, Paul Smeal retired as Secretary-Treasurer. Paul served tirelessly since 1990 and his leadership will be sorely missed. Paul was honored at both the SAAS and SR-ASHS business meeting. The SR-ASHS Executive Committee passed a resolution that the 2006 meetings will be officially declared the “Paul Smeal 66th Annual Meeting of the Southern Region of the American Society for Horticultural Science”. In addition, the Executive Committee invited Paul back to the 67th meeting in Mobile so that he can attend at least one meeting in a relaxed atmosphere.
Dr. Paul Smeal receives resolution plaque from Dr. Jim Ballington, Chair Executive Committee
Reed Replaces Smeal
Dave Reed, Texas A&M University, was appointed Secretary-Treasurer to “replace” Paul. During his Presidential Address, Dave asked the membership to keep the following philosophy in mind when formulating their opinion as to whether or not he can actually “replace” Paul.
”If you keep your expectations low, you will never be disappointed”
The Southern Region of the American Society for Horticultural Science met in conjunction with the Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists in Orlando Florida, February 4-8, 2006. The meetings were held in the Wyndham Orlando Resort. Most of the meeting rooms were within very close proximity, and there were ample eateries within walking distance of the resort. The weather was cool, but nice. By all accounts it was a convenient and enjoyable meeting for most.
The following table summarizes registration, paper presentations, and ACB judging teams.
Masters Competition Papers
Ph.D. Competition Papers
ACB Judging Teams
As usual, there was a strong showing of affiliated research, commodity, and administrative Working Groups. These are a vital component of the “networking” at the meeting.
Report from Headquarters
Dr. Paul Read, President ASHS, could not attend, but our very own Dr. Fred S. Davies represented President Read. Mike Neff, Executive Director of ASHS, attended the meeting and offered headquarters’ full support as we try to replace Paul. The “big news” is that Mike has offered headquarters’ resources to allow SR-ASHS to accept credit card payment of registration at next year’s annual meeting. We will also begin posting the newsletter on the ASHS web site, and over time will make more information available on-line. The current Southern Region URL on the ASHS web site is: http://ashs.org/regional/history.html