Annual Convention, June 17 - 20, 2004
Best Western Hotel
Punta Gorda, Florida

Best Western Hotel, Punta Gorda, FL
Sunset over the Peace River

Sunset from the room
Sioux Hurley registers new member Janette Mills

Thursday, June 17, the City of Punta Gorda began their First Annual Hibiscus
Festival by hosting a barbecue for AHS Convention attendees

Sam & Lynn Andrews exhort members to purchase raffle tickets
Damon Veach & Gloria White enjoy an adult beverage

Cindi Armstrong, Jane Flory, Trudi Seaberg, Paul McConnell and Ed Flory
Past, current and future AHS Presidents.  From left:  Curt Sinclair, Rita Hall, Roz Merritt, Zelma Neef, Carl Powell

Harry Goulding's daughter and son:  Ann Goulding Bobo and Joe Goulding
Punta Gorda's Hibiscus Festival crew

Enjoying the tasty barbecue
Penny Benninger, Kathy Grandoff & Val Longson

Enjoying the hospitality suite are from left:  Kathy Grandoff, Annelle & Randy Cox, Will Staver and Gary Schneider
Carl & Penny Benninger visit with Bobby Dupont

Jack McClain demonstrates his versatility
Donna Schneider and Jane Flory

Paul Felsberg, Beverly Bernard, Eddie Griffith, Maureen Buono relax in the hospitality suite
Wally and Zelma Neef flank sisters Barbara Hagen-Smith and Betsy LaFever

Tony & Bonnie Orpi
Jo & Pete Conrad found some plants

Annelle Cox chairs the Seedling Evaluation Committee meeting
Katie McClain checks out the auction items

Bob Collins (l) with blooms from his yard.  Greg Graves (r) holds a tray of Pride of Hankins and its sports
Space City President Grace Stamps with Director Carl Benninger

Audrey McCarthy chats with Larry Johnson
Roz Merritt and Randy Cox find a quiet place

The filled up Harry Goulding Grafting Plaque is presented to Dawn McGibbon for placement in the Goulding collection in Punta Gorda
Roz Merritt and Wally Neef discuss a hibiscus plant donation with a representative from Selby Gardens

AWARDS BANQUET - Saturday, June 19

Louisiana members accept the Charter for the new Red Stick Chapter in Baton Rouge
Donna Schneider accepts the Norman Brubaker Trophy for Judges' Favorite Bloom, Byron Metts, on behalf of its hybridizer Dale Dubin

Sandra Theall, Michael Bernard Acadiana Chapter, accepts from Pat Grant the Norman Reasoner Trophy for Most Amateur Exhibitors
Walter Bisselle holds the plaque for the new A. B. Morrison Memorial Award presented to the hybridizer winning the most Best of Show Seedlings in a show season.  A. B.'s widow Gayle also presented a crystal hibiscus bowl to the two winners this year:  Barry & Susan Schlueter and Nola & Carlos Reynolds.  Lone Star President Greg Graves accepts.

AHS President Roz Merritt presents the Hibiscus of the Year Award to Jo & Pete Conrad for their bloom Royal Treasure
Carlos Reynolds accepts from Rita Hall the award for HOTY Second Place for his and Nola's bloom Ana Lynn

Curt Sinclair accepts the award for HOTY Third Place for his bloom Chads
Cindi Armstrong introduces Father Bob Gerlich, President of the New Orleans Chapter, who delivered an inspiring Invocation

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