Gene's Note: Pear Blossom Festival
As we transition to April, it’s that time of year when the beauty of our valley blossoms. The cherry trees are in full bloom, tulips & daffodils are popping up in droves and this burst of color is our sign to get out and experience all that Southern Oregon has to offer in the spring. Spring also means its Pear Blossom Festival time and serves as a reminder of the importance of this event in our local community.
Since 2011, Rogue has been proud to present the Pear Blossom Festival. Rogue Credit Union and the Pear Blossom Festival share many of the same characteristics and values, so this has been a natural partnership for us. One of those similarities lies in our common focus on youth. The Pear Blossom Festival originally started as a children’s parade back in 1954 where a 5-year old girl was selected to reign over the floats as Miss Blossom. A couple years later, in 1956, ten teachers and educators gathered together in the Jefferson Elementary school cafeteria to sign the initial charter application to form a credit union that would eventually become what is now Rogue Credit Union. From the beginning, our focus has always been on you, our member-owner, including even our youngest members. I have vivid memories of marching in the parade with my cup scout troop back then and now I get to create those memories with my grandchildren.
This year’s Pear Blossom theme, “Discover Your Rogue” focuses on experiencing all that Southern Oregon has to offer. From local artisan food and beverages at the Pear-a-Fare event and Smudge Pot Stroll, to the Pear Blossom Pageant, Soroptimist of Medford Baby Contest, Golf-Bike-Run event and so much more, I hope that you’ll have a chance to enjoy just some of the great offerings here in the place we call home. While we had no say in developing this year’s Festival theme, I also encourage you to “Discover YOUR Rogue”credit union and how being a member-owner is more than just an auto loan or checking account; it is about being part of something bigger like celebrating the beauty of spring with the Pear Blossom Festival.
I invite you to join us on April 8th-9th in downtown Medford as we celebrate the 63rd annual Pear Blossom Festival. Make sure to wave to us during the parade, or stop by and say hi to one of our friendly Rogue staff members at the street fair!
Thank you for your loyal membership!