July 2 - July 7, 2012
Gesneriads in the Emerald City
56th Annual Convention of The Gesneriad Society
Judges Training School
Judging school will be held on Wednesday, July 4, 2012 and will again consist of morning and afternoon sessions. People interested primarily in growing and showing, but not necessarily in becoming judges are welcome to attend. The morning session, beginning at 9:30 a.m. is comprised of three parts: 1) a Novice class for those wanting to learn about the judging of gesneriads; 2) an Intermediate/Advanced class for accredited judges primarily interested in preparing for Senior judge exams; 3) a workshop, open to all certified judges (topic to be announced in the January issue of Appraisal). It is very important when registering for the school that you clearly indicate which of the three classes you intend to take. The afternoon session, beginning at 1:30 p.m. will combine all three groups for practice judging and discussion. Novice and Intermediate/Advanced exams will be given from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. for those wishing accreditation as Gesneriad Society judges.
Registration for both sessions of the School is $11 payable when you register for convention (both online and printed). Please note: No payments for judging school will be accepted at convention. Subscription renewals for Appraisal are to be paid separately to Mel Grice. Novices who meet all the requirements to become student judges must subscribe to Appraisal no later than September 30, 2012.
The Judges Interest Group will meet from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. on Wednesday morning before the school sessions. All current Gesneriad Society judges and those interested in becoming judges are welcome to attend. A flower show critique, open to all who participate in judging or clerking the flower show, will be held on Saturday, July 9, from 7:30 to 9 a.m.
A Call for Judges and Clerks
Members registering for convention who would like to assist in the judging or clerking of the flower show on Friday morning should indicate their request to be considered on the convention registration form. You may contact Doris Brownlie, 80-600 Silvercreek Boulevard, Mississauga, Ontario, L5A 2B4 Canada with any questions.
Remember to register for the breakfast on Friday as final instructions will be given there.