Roberta Achtermeier passed away in May 2006. Roberta, President of RIDS from 2000 to 2002, had been ill for some time, but her death was unexpected. Roberta’s mother offered all of her dahlias and garden books to the Society. About 50 of Roberta’s tubers were already planted, so a dedicated crew of volunteers helped dig them and replant them at the Green Animals Garden in Portsmouth. In August of 2006, the garden was dedicated in Roberta’s memory.