TAVGS History

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 has 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, and we are 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.

On September 10, 2017, at our meeting, a Draft Bylaw was presented to members. Challenges to the Bylaws were discussed and agreed upon during the meeting. It was agreed to have a vote to accept the Bylaws at our October 15 meeting. A vote to accept the “Seventh Draft Bylaws for a New Entity, Tentatively Called Toronto African Violet and Gesneriad Society” was held. We also voted on the name. The vote was by a raising of hands. Both votes were passed by a large majority of members. The Bylaws were sent to The Gesneriad Society for approval, and they were adopted February 14, 2018.

A new web site was initiated in November 2017 called http://tavgs.ca/index.html, it has a Photo Gallery which has pictures of our meetings and Shows.

In our January 2018 TAVGS newsletter, a list of nominations for a new executive to run our new society was proposed. At our January 14, 2018 meeting, a vote was held, and the new executive was elected.

On January 13, 2019, we celebrated our 1st Anniversary as a merged society with a cake and a movie “Our First Year 2018".

The year 2020 started off as normal. By the mid March 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic got worse Ontario recommended the closure of all programs and businesses that were non-essential. Our monthly meetings at TBG were cancelled and replaced with Zoom meeting. This allowed us to keep in touch with our members. A positive that came with Zoom meeting is that we were able to invite other society members to join our meetings and we were able to sit in on other society meetings without leaving our homes. Unfortunately with the restricted number of people that can be at an event, we had to cancel the Spring Show, the Spring Sale and the Fall Sale events.