New Beginnings

New Beginnings can be scary, fun, daunting and exciting. I find myself in the later… EXCITED. 

EXCITED that our excellent outgoing District Director will become a new Regional Director. 

EXCITED that I have the opportunity to work with all of you and get to know you better. 

EXCITED to start a new website and open our world of roses a bit wider. 

EXCITED that together we will plan opportunities to learn more about the roses we love and share our love of roses with others through conferences and rose shows. 

EXCITED to hear your ideas for the district. As I assume this new role and continue in my roles as President of the Indianapolis Rose Society, Co-Host of the Rose Chat Podcast and garden blogger, I have personal goals that govern what I do. 

  • I want to represent the rose, her people and her organizations with love, excellence and integrity.
  • I want everyone that comes to us to be warmly welcomed and fully informed to take their next steps whether with the organization or in the garden.
  • I want to provide multi-generational resources whenever possible.
  • I want to provide entry points for people when they walk through our doors physically, with programs and resources or find us via social media, websites or blogs. I want our information to be shareable, linkable and searchable.

I love people and I love roses and I’m EXCITED for more opportunities to bring them together.

Teresa Byington
Indianapolis Rose Society President
Incoming Director of Illinois Indiana District


This is my last message to the District as District Director. I want to thank my entire board for their great work helping to build our District into a larger and stronger organization. Changing the District to assume the financial responsibility for our District’s meetings has expanded the participation of more local societies to sponsoring a District meeting.

We did not lose any money at any District meeting. At the same time we kept the costs to the attendees within reason. The financial statement for the year is found later in this issue. Our total ending balance for the District is over $16,000.00 which is great.

As you are all aware Teresa Byington has been installed as our new District Director. She will bring her “can-do” attitude to this position. Her strong social media background will spearhead our District to become even larger and more active. We have many ideas for our future meetings.



The spring meeting will be Saturday, March 30 in Logansport, Indiana. Additional information on this meeting is listed in a recent issue of the Illi-Ana. (Download here.)
SPEAKER: Dr. Mark Windham of the University of Tennessee will be with us and will present three 20-minutes classes on diseases, insects and pesticide safety. 


The fall meeting with our normal District rose show will be held on Saturday, September 7th at the Richland Community College in Decatur Illinois.

Please reserve both of these days so you can attend the meetings.

Roger Brueckman
Illinois-Indiana District

Roger and Linda Kimmel presenting Andy Plasz with the Silver Medal at the Fall District meeting in Indianapolis.