AVCO Executive Board
Linda is enthusiastic about growing and showing African violets and other gesneriads. Her enthusiasm is contagious and she enjoys making an atmosphere conducive to learning and fun for the members and guests at the AVCO meetings. Her first African violet had an irridescent pink bloom. It was part of Holtkamp's Rhapsodie series. Linda is the webmaster for the African Violet Club of Ocala, as well as, a member of the African Violet Society of America, Dixie African Violet Society, and the African Violet Council of Florida. She has many hobbies and interests. Prior to becoming President, she held the positions of Vice-President, Director, Secretary, and Committee Chairwoman and is a charter member of AVCO. Linda is currently an Advanced Judge for the African Violet Society of America.
Diane Otis spent many years in various areas of New York and moved to Ocala in early 2016 after spending 17 years in Homestead, a rural community between Miami and the Keys. Finding an African violet club in Ocala was first on her agenda, and she found AVCO, joined and volunteered to be Vice President. Her career centered in the field of continuing education, managing programs that include occupational and licensing courses. She also ran a program for adults over 50 for Florida International University. Diane brings a lot of experience to her position as AVCO VP from being on the executive boards and volunteering and helping out with many clubs. She lives with dogs she has rescued and her husband. Diane has many other interests involving plants, butterflies, birds & other wildlife.
Jann Cummings has lived in Florida for 35 years after enduring the cold states of Maine and later in Connecticut. She was a hair stylist and owned her own shop there. Jann saw an AVCO advertisement in the newspaper for our annual show and sale and she purchased a violet in memory of her beloved Mom. She found she was hooked on African violets after attending the show. She attended a meeting and Sue, one of the members was so friendly and encouraging that she joined immediately and has enjoyed her AVCO activities tremendously ever since. When AVCO needed a treasurer, she volunteered and with her experience she executes the position extremely well for the club. Jan is so excited about all she has learned and the new friendships she has made. She is one of our most enthusiastic and dedicated members. Jann’s other interests include needlework, reading books, her pets and the theater.
Carol was born in Teaneck, NJ, grew up in St. Petersburg, FL, graduating from Dixie Hollins High School, and then graduated from from Central Florida Community College in Ocala. Hobbies include horseback riding and showing, competition shooting, ceramics, stained glass, reserve deputy sheriff with MCSO, photography, flower arranging and last, but not least, growing African Violets! She belonged to the Ocala Camera Club, Civitan Club, and currently the Pilot Club and African Violet Club of Ocala where she is a charter member. Carol was commercial manager and later became general manager for Country Music Station WMOP/WFUZ in Ocala. Then after the station was sold she started full time real estate with Foxfire Realty to the present time. She lives with 5 cats, LD, The Princess, Cleo, Jasmine, and yes VIOLET!
Peggy has been involved with AVCO for years and has served as Chairman of various committees prior to being elected as Director. Her mother loved growing any kind of plant and had a few African violets. Her Aunt had a house full of them all the time. Peggy always greatly admired them. Now, Peggy has quite a few violets and other gesneriads of her own. She is also a very successful window grower. Peggy is a charter member of AVCO and is also a member of AVAS. She is a mother of two grown boys, and retired licensed practical nurse and also certified Opthalmic Technician. When she is not tending her violets she enjoys collecting old cookbooks, making new recipes and growing violets, but she loves all flowers.
Carolee has been growing and showing African violets and gesneriads for 30 years. She was first President of AVCO.