Nicholas Sterling practically grew up in the dahlia patch helping his parents with their dahlias each year. Nicholas served as secretary of RIDS for a number of years, and after a 3-year hiatus, accepted the position once again, serving until 2010. Nicholas is the current Chair of Membership, serves as Chief of Clerks at a number of RIDS shows and is an ADS-accredited Senior Dahlia Judge. Growing his own dahlias for a decade, Nicholas took a brief respite, but began growing again in 2007. He lists among his favorites Bay State Angel, as well as other varieties introduced by his mother, Joyce Sterling.