I have taken over the duties of Shows and Awards Chair from a very competent Jo Anne Martinez this year. I am a member of the Toronto Gesneriad Society, which you probably know is hosting the convention in Canada in 2013.
We are planning an interesting and informative convention in a city that is alive and diverse. The flower show could be one of the largest ever, as our chapter shows can be almost as big as a convention show. If every registrant brought an entry this could happen. We need your support to make awards available to the many winning exhibits that will be entered in this flower show, each and every one. We thank people who have donated in the past, and hope we can count on you again this year. We hope that new donors will also consider stepping up to donate to the awards. Donations for awards are tax-deductible.
Donors or donor chapters may forward an award to me at the address below. Checks or money
orders should be made to The Gesneriad Society. Awards can be made when registering for the convention by mail, or online at the Gesneriad Society website. All donations for awards must be received by June 18, and any received after this date will be applied to next year’s convention.
Unspecified awards, which are preferred, will help prevent multiple donations for single awards. Special requests will be filled on a first-come basis. If there are no eligible entries, or the category’s award has already been filled, the award will be transferred to another class or section. If there are fewer eligible entries than awards, any unused award monies will be donated for additional color photos of award-winning entries in the journal. Acknowledgment of all award donations will appear in the fourth quarter issue of Gesneriads, and also on our website.
Remember you can donate awards online at the time you register for convention. If you want to
send donations by mail, you will need extra postage as I live in Canada. Please be as generous as always, and donate to the awards. I will be happy to receive your donations any way you choose to send them. The awards themselves always add to the anticipation at the awards banquet and give donors an opportunity to honor someone they admire, or thank them for doing what they do, in a public way. All donations will be gratefully received.
Paul Lee, 6693 Second Line, RR #3, Fergus, ON, Canada N1M 2W4