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New Club Shirts Reflect COVID-19 Theme

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By Joe Merkelbach – The photo image that is the basis for this year’s HSCSS T-shirts shows the natural spacing characteristic that giant saguaros exhibit in habitat. This spacing trait is a natural fit with the now-usual conditions of life with social distancing in 2020.

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Mike Hellmann Joins CSSA Board

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Former HSCSS President Mike Hellmann has joined the Cactus and Succulent Society of America board of directors. Although Hellmann had been nominated as a board candidate for next year by Woody Minnich, he was recently appointed by CSSA President Jeff Pavlat to replace a director who had to resign from the board. Hellmann’s term runs through the end of 2021. …

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Departure of Dave Janas Opens HSCSS Directorship

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HSCSS Program Director Dave Janas has left his position as a horticulturist at Missouri Botanical Garden and is headed home to New Hampshire, leaving the program position for Henry Shaw Cactus and Succulent Society vacant. “For us, it is a great loss,” society President Ralph Olliges said. “Thanks, Dave, for all that you have done …

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HSCSS ‘Adopts’ Pincushion Cactus, Dudleya

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The Henry Shaw Cactus and Succulent Society has donated $2,000 to the Center for Plant Conservation to help preserve two diminutive succulent species. The club gave $1,000 to support the Navajo pincushion cactus, Pediocactus peeblesianus var. peeblesianus and $1,000 toward conservation efforts for the short-leaved dudleya, Dudleya brevifolia. …

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A Summer to Remember

By Mike Hellmann – Summer looks bleak at this point. We’re all canceling vacations while also trying to get back to work and adjusting to changes we never expected to address. No sports, no special events, and the “unknown” looms ahead of us. I know this is a difficult time for all. Please take time to catch up on things, create projects and enjoy what you have around you. Hopefully, when we finally step out of this pandemic, the world will be a better place. …

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Hellmann’s Hither & Yon: Quarantined With Cacti & Succulents

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By Mike Hellmann – It is indeed a concerning world in which we’re living right now, with so many new and unprecedented things happening at such a fast pace. We’re living one day to the next, not knowing what the next day will bring. Please find solace in your plants as much as you can. Many exciting things are happening right now with the spring season, so take some time to enjoy them. …

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New Martin Schweig Award Recognizes Volunteers

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Henry Shaw Cactus and Succulent Society has established a new award to recognize volunteers who freely give their time and energy to support the club. Named in honor of a long-time member who worked for HSCSS on many levels until his passing in 2017, the first Martin Schweig Appreciation Award was presented to Jerry Beckerman. …

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In Memoriam: Chuck Hanson

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By Mike Hellmann – It is with deep regret that I let you all know that Chuck Hanson passed away on May 14, 2019. Hanson was a dear friend to some of our members and was very supportive of our society. He spoke at several of our regional conferences. He was a speaker and vendor at the CSSA convention we hosted …

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