Board of Directors

Carolyn KoehlerPresident

Presides over the general meetings, board meetings, picnics, and the annual awards banquet. Carolyn has been active in the club since her father was the president.

Byron JacobsonVice President

Fills in for the president in her absence, coordinates with Show Chair on shows, coordinates with board on other decisions.

Rick Snyder 2nd Vice President

Organizes meeting topics, recruits speakers, secures venues for picnics and garden tours and the annual awards banquet. Coordinates with board on other decisions. Many of the monthly meetings have consistent topics every year to help member be successful.

Arnie Sachs Treasurer

Deposits membership dues, tuber sale proceeds; writes checks to cover expenses and reimbursements. Provides a financial report at general meetings. Arnie is a long time member and volunteer at the trial garden. He has also been proactive in securing and caring for large assets like our storage trailer.

Amy Simonson Secretary

Takes notes at the general and board meetings and distributes them. Amy created the SignUp Genius webpage to manage volunteers for our events; organizes teams to work in the Trial Garden; procured MDS branded apparel for members; maintains our facebook, and keeps MDS records. She also helps with content for the website.

Kathy Thomson Membership Director

Coordinates with webmaster and board to create a positive user experience for new and renewing members. Creates the annual directory, sends out notices and reminders for events. Kathy also coordinates with Show chair to produce the show books.

Eric ThomsonDirector at Large

Member for about 6 years. Had this role about 4 years ago. Also Show chair and webmaster.

John KooimanTrial Garden Director

Member for several years, previous show chair. Large grower and supporter of the Trial Garden.

John Enstrom Member at Large

Joined over a year ago and did well in his first State Fair show! He is in the trade growing sod and flowers and selling soil. Also has a Veterans lake memorial.

Larry BaggeSenior TG Director

Long time member, former president, and many other board positions. Senior judge and hybridizer.

Sandra Ward ADS Representative

Represents MDS to the American Dahlia Society. Writes reports on MDS activities to be printed in the Quarterly ADS Bulletin. Sandy also does the publicity for our annual tuber sale and fall shows.