2013 Convention Activities
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Promoting gesneriad wear: Fay Wagman, Chair of Membership Publicity Promotion, with help from Convention Registrar Mary Helen Maran
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Flower Show Entries greeters MJ Tyler and Sally Robinson
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Show Chair Beverley Williams with Placement Chair Bruce Williams
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Entries Co-Chairs Karyn Cichocki and Emma Bygott, assisted by first-time convention volunteer Marilyn Crompton, entering the exhibits coming into the flower show
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Exhibitors preparing their entries for show (front left: Marina De Souza, first-time convention attendee, and Paul Kroll, Artistic Reservations and Schedule Co-Chair)
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Jill Fischer entering with Classification Co-Chair Bill Price inspecting
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Classification Co-Chair Vincent Woo (left) with placement team Leonard Re, Jeremy Keene, and Bob Clark
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The 2013 Student Convention Grant Recipients: Jason Martin, Hermine Alexandre, François Lambert (front), Reece Watson and Jeremy Keene (rear)
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François Lambert from Montreal presenting his research work
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Janique Perreault (gesneriad collection curator at the Montreal Botanical Garden), students Hermine Alexandre and François Lambert, and lecturer Alain Chautems
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Presidents enjoying the Chapter Presidents meeting
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The late afternoon lecture on Streptocarpus species by Dee and Bob Stewart
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Volunteers Randy Baron and Sylvia Svitak helping set up the donated auction items
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President Paul Susi presiding at the Annual Membership Meeting
Doris Brownlie leading the group in a July 4th singing of the U.S. National Anthem
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Arleen Dewell (left) presenting an Award of Appreciation to Gussie Farrice
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Michael Riley (center) presenting an Award of Appreciation to Carolyn Ripps
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Some of the former recipients of Awards of Appreciation standing and being recognized
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Attendees socializing at the evening dinner dinner (Mary Helen Maran, Harry Branson, Judy Smith, Betsy Branson, Betsy Gottshall, Jeff and Edie Chapman, Stephen Maciejewski)
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Bill Price presenting his lecture on Growing and Showing Gesneriads
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Sale of publications and promotional items while awaiting the opening of plant sales
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The crowd awaiting the opening of plant sales
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First three registrants first in line for early plant sales (Julie Mavity-Hudson, Carol Ann Bonner, Dee Stewart)
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Attendees making their selections
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The buying frenzy
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New Director Lena Klintberg from Sweden enjoying the sales room activity
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Plant Sales Co-Chair Mel Grice (left) with volunteers Wanda and Richard MacNair
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Plant Sales Co-Chair Patrick Smith (seated) with helpers Susan Smith and Leonard Re adding up and packing up the purchases
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Society Business Manager Michael Riley (and Growers Forum moderator) with Society Treasurer Becky Fontes helping at plant sales
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Species Seed Fund Co-Chair Carolyn Ripps taking Seed Fund orders
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Jeanne Katzenstein presenting a box of sale plants donated by the Society to Janique Perreault, curator of the gesneriad collection at the Montreal Botanical Garden