Newsletter 10/13

                      The Connecticut Dahlia Society 


                          October 2013Newsletter


Meeting Date:   Sunday, October 13, 2013

Time:                 1:00 PM Digging, dividing and storing dahlia tubers

                           2:00 pm Regular Meeting & October Bloom Competition

Place:                Thomaston Savings Bank, 985 Watertown Avenue, Waterbury



President’s Message:

As usual, we held a very successful show with high quality blooms gracing our Court of Honor.  Many visitors came into the show and were amazed at the variety that we have to offer with the many classes and colors of the dahlias. As usual we will do a critique of our show at this meeting so that we can make any improvements that may be necessary for next year.

A number of our members on following weekends attended other neighboring North Atlantic Dahlia Conference shows and received many higher awards.  It is this cooperation between societies to have their members attend, exhibit and judge in other societies’ shows that help to have everyone have successful shows. We encourage our new members next year to consider attending and exhibiting at some of these other shows to further our CDS commitment to cooperate with these other societies. Marge and I have traveled as far as Corning, NY and Provincetown, MA this year to attend the shows of those two NADC societies and exhibit and judge in them as well.

At this October Meeting, we do two things besides having our usual business meeting. First, we offer a demonstration on digging, dividing with appropriate tools and storage of tubers and this demonstration will be done by Dave Crockett.  So come at 1:00 pm if you would like to take part in this most important phase of dahlia culture in learning how to save your tubers.

Secondly, we will have our October Bloom Contest which always brightens our meeting room and brings a large turnout of members.  Read the specifics and rules later on in this Newsletter. Following the judging of the winners, our judges will be asked to report on their decisions as a learning experience for our newer members.

We look forward to seeing you all on October 13 th.

Donna Paternostro


October Bloom Competition:

One prize will be awarded for the best single bloom for each of AA/A, B, BB/Ball and one prize for the best 3 blooms in any of the other formations. A special prize will be awarded this year for the best bloom in the Competition.

Remember to bring your bloom(s) staged in a single container and show tags will be provided.  We will do a brief review of the judging so that new members will get an idea of the judging process.

CDS 2013 Court of Honor:

A copy of this is also attached to this Newsletter.

NADC 2013 Shows:

October 5 & 6            Mid Island Dahlia Society 2nd Show

October12 & 13         Long Island Dahlia Society 2nd Show

Marge Schnerr,



2015 Meeting Dates:

(All Meetings are at the Thomaston Bank unless otherwise noted). The programs for new members are open to any members who are interested.

Jan. 11 Thomaston Bank, 1:00 pm Finance Committee Meeting, 2:00 pm Regular Meeting
Feb. 15 Thomaston Bank, 1:00 pm Accredited Judge’s Class, 2:00 pm Regular Meeting
Mar. 15 Thomaston Bank, 1:00 pm Accredited Judge’s Class, 2:00 pm Regular Meeting
Apr. 26 Root Sale, West Hartford, Set-up 10:00 am, 12:00 Noon Sale Open to the Public
May 17 Thomaston Bank, 1:00 pm Accredited Judge’s Class, 2:00 pm Regular Meeting
Jun.14 Thomaston Bank
Jul. 12 Thomaston Bank
Aug. Annual Picnic, date & place to be decided
Aug. 29 CDS Dahlia Society 57th. Annual Show, Pond House, West Hartford
Sep No Meeting, Show Month
Oct. 11 Thomaston Bank
Nov. 8 Thomaston Bank
Dec. Christmas Party, date & place to be decided