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President’s Message June 2016


The past two years have gone fast. At our Pi Alpha Xi meeting in July 2014 I took over the reins as President of our organization. Since then we have installed two new chapters, worked on updating new chapter acceptance/installation procedures, recognized Dr. Paul Thomas (Sigma 138) as a PAX Fellow, and our chapters collectively inducted about 200 new student members!

As of this writing, I regret we have not yet wrapped up the revision of the procedures for accepting new chapters. There is still time to have a draft ready for our annual meeting in Atlanta, though, so stay tuned.

What have I learned over the last two years? For one, it takes a boatload of people to keep this organization running and I am eternally grateful to Mary Lewnes Albrecht. The Operations Manual she spearheaded in 2012 has been constantly open on my desk. Mary is an inspiration and I don’t know where PAX would be without her guidance. I am also quite grateful to Stephanie Burnett and Tina Cade, our trusty Vice President and Secretary/Treasurer respectively. PAX will be in good hands when Stephanie steps up to the Presidency in August; Tina has chosen to remain in her current role so we will be electing a new Vice President.

Our own Paul Thomas fills so many roles, most importantly that of chair of the Photography Contest. He also works behind the scenes so most of our membership is unaware of his contributions. Trust me: they are mammoth.

Also, many thanks to Tim Rhodus for the years put in handling our web site. And also thank you to Cindy Slone at ASHS headquarters who now handles the web site, many daily membership tasks, and our finances. My appreciation also goes out to all at ASHS Headquarters as they graciously house our web site. Thank you Michael Neff and all at the American Society for Horticultural Science!

A final thank you to all of you, our members, for your continued work in horticulture! Our future certainly looks bright, as we are truly outstanding in our chosen field.


Best wishes to all,


Karen Panter

Pi Alpha Xi National President

Chi 66



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Letter from Your President - Autumn 2015

Letter from Your President - June 2015

Letter from Your President - January 2015

Letter from Your President - September 2014

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