Richmond Rose Garden President and Vice President, Beth Van Der Burgt and Kelly VanVleet, secretly nominated volunteer and board member Ann Herrman for the LifeStream Golden Hoosier Award. They were pleased to hear that Ann won the local Golden Hoosier award. Ann was surprised in the Rose Garden with her award, balloons & flowers on Friday, June 4th.

Ann has volunteered for the RIchmond Rose Garden for 10 years and is an active member of the Richmond Community. It only seemed fitting to explain Ann’s volunteerism for the Richmond Rose Garden with a ROSE acronym.

Reliabilty –  Ann is a volunteer that you can count on to show up.  She’s present at all of our board meetings, committee meetings, and volunteer work days.  Ann shows great pride in being a lead volunteer by welcoming and training new volunteers for the Richmond Rose Garden. 

Organized –  Ann is the chair of the Richmond Rose Garden’s 1st Bloom & Glow fundraising event.  This event is Ann’s baby! She has happily chaired the event for the entire 7 years it has been held.  It is an annual event to celebrate the first blooms of the roses along with an added glow from hot air balloons.  This is the main fundraising event for the Richmond Rose Garden and provides money for the maintenance of the Garden.  Over the years, this event has grown to be one of the most talked about community events of the year! In Richmond.  Ann works tirelessly on this event all year long from getting sponsorships, selling tickets, and marketing the event. Ann also organizes every detail of the event.  Her passion for the Rose Garden along with her organization is what makes this event a success!

Special- Ann leads by example which makes her so special.  She truly cares about her community and wants to make it a better place.  Ann doesn’t tire and always possesses a can-do attitude. 

Energy – Volunteering in the Richmond Rose Garden isn’t just about giving your time.  It requires a lot of energy.  Gardening isn’t always easy work!  Ann’s positive energy is contagious.  You will often find her working long hours in her designated bed as well as other sections making it look beautiful for the community to enjoy.

Selfless – As a volunteer, you have to learn how to work with all sorts of people.  Ann is friendly and flexible.  She knows when to speak up and contribute to the group.  She also knows how to sit back and listen.  Ann always keeps the best interest of the Richmond Rose Garden in mind.  She always goes above and beyond the normal volunteer duties.Ann not only supports the Richmond Rose Garden with her time but also supports the Rose Garden financially.