African Violet & Gesneriad Society of Syracuse


African Violet & Gesneriad Society of Syracuse

Newsletter November 2018 

The meeting will be held on November 8th at 7 pm in Pitcher Hill Community Church,

605 Bailey Rd., North Syracuse. 

Guests are always welcomed.

Greeter – Jane Feldman

Refreshments – Shirley Mills & Donna Coleman 

There were no birthdays this month so we would like to wish all a happy Thanksgiving as we all give thanks for what we are blessed to have. 

Plant Auction

This is our annual fun raffle of plants, leaves, design material, books and whatever you think would be of interest to other members. If you are bringing plants or leaves please have the name somewhere on the plant/baggy. Bring a box or insulated container if you will be purchasing a lot of goodies. So dig out that change in the couch and those dollar or other larger bills stashed away for a rainy day and have some fun.

The steps name from barbs presentation was IOA Wanna.

Next month will be our annual Christmas Party so start to plan and pray for a decent night. 

A note from the Yagers whom has been absent for awhile: We are both fine, just taking a little break from the violets at the moment. I expect we’ll get back at some point but just too much at this time. Bill has had his schedule changed and is on the road a lot so it is tough to make the meetings. Happy holiday season to all the members. 

The new membership list will be available at the meeting for those who get the newsletter by email; all the others who get it by mail will get it with the newsletter. With all the hacking going on I feel more comfortable doing a paper copy for all. 

Do Your Violets Sometimes Make You Want to Scream?

Mealy bugs, thrips, mites, oh my! Fungus, bacteria, and virus, I cried, My violets were sick! I needed help quick! It was hopeless and fright'ning,

When it struck me like lightening, African Violet Society of America, Inc! They calmed my fears with just one link.

When you feel like screaming, don't be afraid to ask for help from the African Violet Society of America. The African Violet Magazine, the AVSA website, the resources at the AVSA Store, and even this growing tip are all designed to provide answers and support for you.

105 opps, the new addition to our family is helping me with the newsletter, she is fitting in with all the other cats and we have bonded. Now they can all me the crazy cat man at work.


African Violet & Gesneriad Society of Syracuse

Newsletter October 2018

The meeting will be held on October 11th at 7 pm

in Pitcher Hill Community Church, 605 Bailey Rd., North Syracuse.

Guests are always welcomed. 

Greeter – Shirley mills

Refreshments –Dawn and Kathy Marquart

Violets and Relatives – Barb Leonard


This months program will be presented by barb on the how to grow streps with the care and propagation of this unique and pretty plant. We encourage members to try to grow these at least once. 

Any member whose dues are not paid by October 24th will not be receiving the Newsletter and will be dropped from the membership list, if not sure see me at the meeting or email me. If your dues are not paid you will not be receiving a project plant. 

Happy Birthday to Susan Scanlon, Bill Yager and Paul Gerthoffer; hope all of you have some fun. 

Next month is our auction, start thinking about plants or leaves and other design materials you would like to donate. December is our Christmas Party, hopefully we will not be snowed in as last years party that we had to cancel. 

Congratulations to our officers for the coming year:

President – Penny Moore

Vice President/Show Chairman – Barbara Leonard

Treasurer/Newsletter/Membership – Jim Wildman

Secretary/Historian/Director 3 year – Donna Coleman

Director 2 year – Jerry Finger

Director 1 year – Sue Scanlon 

We are getting together a basket for NYSAVS convention in October in Owego, NY. The theme is a beer basket, the beer is being provided by the club but we will need other items like scratch off lottery tickets, snacks etc. 

Our theme for our show in April 2019 is “Violets get their kicks on Route 66”, sounds like a fun theme. 

We will have a new membership list available in November at our meeting for those not getting a hard copy. 

“The more you talk, the less people listen” – Mitch Landrieu

“The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer somebody else up” – Mark Twain

“Your world is only as small as you make it” – Gabrielle Union.