In 2014, both the African Violet Society and Gesneriad Society were experiencing a decline in memberships. It became apparent that something had to be done or we might have to dissolve  the societies.

Both groups held meetings to discuss the possibility of merging and holding meetings together. The first joint meeting was held on November 9, 2014 and have continued to the present. Starting in 2015 we held parallel Spring Shows and both societies participated in the Fall Sales event in September. It has been a successful venture. Working together for a better society.

In June 2015, we had a vote to merge the two societies. It was not accepted. On May 9, 2017, we had a vote to proceed - “Shall we move forward to create Bylaws for the proposed merger.” This was accepted by a large majority of both societies.