The July-August issue of the Prairie Rose newsletter is hot off the virtual press – in it you will find details of the activities so far this season and what to look forward to this summer an fall. Coming up later month is the Monument of Peace Dedication Rally at the International Peace Gardens – help is needed for parking, registrations, etc. We’ve also gotten an invite from the Minnesota Unit to their Rally at Rollag, MN for the Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion Labor Day Weekend, Sept 5-8. Rollag is about 35 miles driving east of Fargo. This is dry camping and they need a preliminary trailer count by July 15, and firm by August 10. See the newsletter for details. To view the newsletter, click Prairie Rose Newsletter – July-Aug 2016
Lewisburg, WV, the site of this year’s International Rally & Convention, is just up the river from White Sulfur Springs where the devastating floods have claimed 24 lives so far, and destroyed many homes. Electricity and fresh water has been a challenge since storms dumped 10 inches of rain in the area. They are not out of the woods yet, as Flash Flood Watches are posted with more rain in the forecast. Stay safe.
Listening to the rain pouring down on the parched landscape, I think Spring has finally arrived. Hope Art’s place isn’t getting the deluge we are. The latest issue of our unit newsletter, the Prairie Rose has been sent out. In it you will find details on the upcoming Spring Luncheon and Campout at Art’s Place May 5 – 8, with the Luncheon on Saturday May 7 at Noon at the Pizza Ranch in Casselton, ND. Also in this issue are details for the Summer Buddy Rally at the Hawk Museum Festival in Wolford, ND June 9 – 12. To view or download this issue, click Prairie Rose Newsletter – May-June 2016
VERY IMPORTANT NOTE – if you are planning to attend the Region 7 Monument of Peace Special Events Rally or the Dedication Ceremony, you will need to clear US/Canada Customs to gain access to the International Peace Gardens, as the Park straddles the Border. You will need ONE of the following: (1) Current Valid US Passport Booklet or Passport Card, OR; (2) Official Birth Certificate and two (2) forms of identification. According to the Peace Garden website, “When you drive pass the Canadian or USA Port of Entry and enter the International Peace Garden, you have left either the United States or Canada. To re-enter, Border Services Officers must record information from all identification documents you present. Passports are not mandatory, but are the only form that can be scanned quickly and efficiently. Passports help reduce wait times and contribute to a smooth border crossing.”
BOTTOM LINE: You have time to apply for or renew your passport, but you need to do it NOW.
A little cool yet, but Spring has definitely arrive in North Dakota! The 2016 Unit Directory was mailed to everyone last week – a big THANK YOU to Ryan J. for the beautiful cover photo this year! Don’t forget to get your registrations sent in for the Monument of Peace Dedication Rally and the Region 7 Tall Ships Rally. The Region 7 Rally registration deadline is June 1 and you must make your own campsite reservations with the campground. See the directory for details, contacts, registration forms and phone numbers for both rallies! You will also note that the New Member Application is a new form this year. Please use the calling cards included in the directory to promote our unit activities and membership.
Great News! We just confirmed one of our activities for the Spring Campout at Art Idso’s place in Absaraka the weekend of May 5 – 8. We will be treated to a private tour the 35-acre Dale E. Herman Research Arboretum just outside Absaraka! Dr. Todd West, NDSU Horticulture Undergraduate Program Coordinator and Associate Professor of Woody Plant Improvement confirmed our tour. We will learn more about woody landscape plants they are trialing in our climate conditions, plant diseases and small fruit research. This will be a great opportunity to pull off the winter mittens and get some much needed sunshine on those pale green thumbs! The tour is scheduled for Friday at 1:30 PM (weather permitting), with an alternate morning time frame, too. It’s early spring – just in case, bring your waterproof shoes or boots. See you there!
I am proud to advise that 100% of the funding required to complete the Monument of Peace has been obtained at the IBT Meeting in Rayne, Louisiana. This is through two generous donations of $5,000.00 each by Region Officers. Fundraising will continue and donations will still be collected for a fund to maintain the monument. Now the celebration begins !! Gail Harrower, chair International Peace Garden Monument Committee
As I sit here, the temperature is struggling to get to the positive side of Brrrrr, and thoughts are turning to Spring. Already the days are getting longer – there is a sliver of setting sun on the horizon at quitting time and it’s not a totally dark commute home. The January-February issue of our Prairie Rose newsletter has been posted.
In it, you will read about some very hardy Snowbirds who found their niche volunteering in British Columbia this winter in their Airstream! Also an article dreaming away the winter and getting their rigs ready for the upcoming camping season. Plans are well underway for this summer’s dedication of the Monument of Peace at the International Peace Gardens on July 24th. Check the Calendar of Events in the newsletter – to view or download, click Prairie Rose Newsletter – Jan-Feb 2016
Autumn is here already and some of you are already thinking about pulling out and heading south. Our Fall Installation Rally at Fort Ransom State Park is just around the corner. See the Rally Schedule in the latest issue of the Prairie Rose Newsletter . Camping will be $25 per night, payable to Art, who has already paid for all the sites, plus if you do not have an Annual State Park Pass, it will cost an extra $5 per night. See you there!
Artist Art Norby accompanied his Monument of Peace sculptured to the International Peace Gardens north of Dunseith on Monday August 17. WBCCI’s North Dakota Peace Garden Unit set out on a multi-year fund raising effort to replace a sculpture that disintegrated in the elements that was donated by WBCCI in 1973. Just under $20,000 remains to be raised, so it is good to be able to see the results of the generous donations that have come in so far. We are not done yet – for the addresses where to send your donation, please use the Monument of Peace Donation Form .
Have you seen the Monument of Peace article in the July issue of North Dakota Living magazine? Kudos to Vern and Bev Zink for their tireless efforts in getting the word out. Just so you know, the Monument is finished, sitting outside the artist’s studio in Minnesota for all to admire, waiting for our final payment. Following the International Rally, there is only $21,000 left to raise in order to bring the Monument home to the International Peace Gardens. Remember, your contributions are tax deductible as allowable under Internal Revenue Code § 501(c)3. For a photo of the Monument as it was getting its final polish, see our status page