President's Podium February 2018 - Meeting Feb 24

Hello AVCO Members and Guests!

Wow!  Congratulations on the "African Violets for All Seasons!" show and sale this month.  We made many new friends and many members relayed how much you enjoyed showing your African violets and other gesneriads.  Many volunteers worked as a team to pull this show and sale off with such enthusiasm and expertise.  It was a huge success in spite of many challenges this year.  Our honoree, Marge Fangman came to the show each day and we enjoyed her belle of the ball and fun attitude.  There were many hugs and group pictures.  Our raffle winner is planning to attend our meetings and will be presented with her grand prize when she comes.  To top it off, the African Violet Society of America certified judges were pleased with the quality of the show!  Congratulations to our current members!!!

Our club was the first show of the 2018 season in Florida.  There are several others coming up over the next two months - one in Tampa, Springhill and Jacksonville!

Spring is springing and now it is time to repot the violets you didn't take to the show and groom them into lovely specimens for your home.  Speaking of spring, the African Violet Club of Ocala has been asked to participate in the Marion County Master Gardener's Spring Festival.  So we will have an educational booth there and are gearing up for that.  The dates are Saturday, March 10 from 8 am to 5 pm and Sunday, March 11 from 9 am to 4 pm.  Stop by and bring all your violet questions - we'd love to talk with you!

Our next meeting is February 24.  We have some fun surprises planned for the meeting.  Our Belle of the Ball, Marge, our honoree will be having some fun as well.   Our program presenters are speaking on and demoing grooming and propagation of African violets.  It promises to be very informative.


Please bring those extra plants, leaves and treasures for the raffle table.   Everyone enjoys the raffle and it is a great way to support our club! 

A special Thank You to our refreshment volunteers this month! 

Look forward to seeing you all Saturday, February 24th!  

Happy Growing, 

Linda


                                                                        

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