You, Too, Can Be A Judge
by Russ Bowermaster
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Qualifications for Appointment as an apprentice Rose Judge
Application for Apprentice Rose Judge Certificate
2012 Judging School
You probably have
often heard the rhetorical question, “Why should I become a rose judge?” I
hope, in this short space, to provide some sound reasons why becoming a rose
judge should be the desire of more of our rose exhibiting members. The first
point I would like to make is that in becoming a rose judge, you immediately
acquire a new dimension in the appreciation of roses.
search for beauty is enhanced by the knowledge learned in our studies to
become a rose judge. My second point concerns the enjoyment experienced as we
broaden our horizons by visiting other areas and meeting fellow judges and
rosarians. Rose people are special all over the world. Whatever their
background or vocation, the common interest of roses make us kindred souls.
Of course, to
become a rose judge, certain qualifications must be met. I will delineate
those here and provide some background and reasoning for some of them.
A person applying
for designation as an apprentice rose judge of the America Rose Society must:
Have been a member of the American Rose
Society, either regular or joint, for thirty-six (36) consecutive months
immediately preceding application.
Have personally grown roses in an
outdoor garden or be engaged in their scientific culture.
Have knowledge of the characteristics
of at least 100 varieties, which includes varieties in all
Know and follow the American Rose
Society rules and technical requirements.
Be observant and careful in all
Be a person of high integrity and able
to subjugate all personal likes, dislikes and biases.
Be able to substantiate decisions with
concrete and specific reasons.
Be diplomatic, constructive, definite
and understandingly assertive in adhering to rules and passing judgment.
Have exhibited for at least three years
in a total of at least five ARS rose shows. Won at least five blue ribbons
and at least two classes for which ARS
certificates are available.
Have worked as a clerk with accredited
judges in at least three rose shows.
Have satisfactorily completed an
authorized American Rose Society Judging School and pass the written and
An applicant who fails qualify after
completion of an authorized school may not re-apply until the following
PROCEDURES - APPRENTICE
A person anticipating attending an
authorized American Rose Society Judging School and taking the examination
for appointment as an Apprentice Rose Judge shall complete an application
and submit it to their District Chairman of Judge, preferably at least six
weeks prior to the scheduled school date along with a check for the fee.
Later applications will be accepted, but the applicant will be informed
that it may not be possible to verify his or her eligibility for
appointment as an Apprentice Rose Judge before he or she takes the exam.
The District Chairman of Judges shall
review the application and, if the applicant is considered qualified,
forward the application and fee to the American Rose Society for
verification of ARS membership.
The ARS shall verify ARS membership. If
the applicant is found not to have been a member of the ARS for thirty-six
(36) consecutive months, a letter to that effect will be sent to the
applicant with an information copy to the District Chairman of Judges. The
fee shall be refunded.
After the applicant has taken the
examination, the District Chairman of Judges shall grade the examination
and forward the graded examination along with his or her recommendation as
to whether the candidate has passed or failed the examination to the ARS.
The Chairman of the Judging Committee
shall review the examination and determine whether the applicant passed or
failed, and forward the examination and this
information to the ARS.
The ARS shall inform the applicant of
the results of the examination.
I hope this will
convince those who have been indecisive about becoming a Rose Judge to study
the Guidelines for Judging Roses and to take the examination at their
next District Judging School. For those who have stated they would never
become a judge, perhaps this will serve to give you more thought and decide
that judges are really advanced rosarians, and you can be one of them.