How Can You Help?

· Commercial business or Affiliate Club?

Do you want to attract more members, share your knowledge or sell more products? In addition to advertising in Chatter, our upcoming Convention in Toronto will offer you a brand-new option. Two sales tables will be offered to all Commercial or Affiliate members who wish to advertise and or sell their products in this expanded Sales area.

Rental of the tables, which are six feet in length, are $30.00 each. At this time a maximum of two tables are being offered per application, but more may be available later if space allows.

Beverley Williams, AVSC Advertising/Commercial Chairman, can be contacted for more information about this exciting opportunity. Application forms will be sent out in January so it is important to ensure that your membership information is up-to-date with the
Membership Chairman so that you can be informed of the latest offers and opportunities.
Please contact Bev at: or call 905-620-1149 for more information about sales at the 2014 Convention.

· Donation of Auction Items

The silent and live auctions are an addictive part of any convention. This is the moment that you discover that item or plant that you never knew you wanted so much! Please consider donating plants,leaves or artwork. All monies raised will be greatly appreciated. This year, Liz McGrath will be in charge of the auction items and Chinese raffle baskets. Her contact information will be posted in the January issue of Chatter and on this web site by late December.

· Creating a Chinese Raffle Basket

With a theme like “Violets Roam the World”, you can easily create a theme for your basket and get members to bring in items related to it. You can choose a country, a festival
or even your own area as a theme and assemble a basket that is filled with goodies. TAVS will be donating a special prize to the club with the most tickets.

· Donating Items to the Registration Packs

We all know that one of the first things we do at a convention is to check out the contents of the registration packs. It is always such a treat to find all the goodies that have been donated by various clubs. We are expecting 150 delegates, but you can donate as many items as you want and we will have different items in the registration packs. All donations will be acknowledged in a special section in the souvenir booklet. If you would like to donate items towards the registration bags, please contact Marilyn Crompton by email at: by December 2013.

· Placing an Ad in the Souvenir Booklet

In an effort to raise funds towards the convention, we will be selling advertising space in the Souvenir Convention Booklet that each registered delegate will receive when attending the event. Ad space will be available to Affiliate Clubs and their members and to businesses solicited by members of Toronto AVS. It may also be used to send out a greeting or congratulatory message with respect to the convention from an individual, group or affiliate club or business. The rates will be:
· Grayscale: ½ page (4 ½ inches wide x 3 ½ inches high) $50
· Grayscale: 1 full page (4 ½ inches wide x 7 inches high) $75
· Colour : Inside front, inside back or back cover - full page $125

· Awards Donations

AVSC and our exhibitors of plants and designs greatly appreciate the donations our members and friends make to the Awards Program for each of our Convention shows. We hope you will donate again this year and that some who have not donated before will join in. We can assure you that our exhibitors are getting ready to put forth their best. Please send your donations to:

Jim Toms, AVSC Awards Chair,
59 Merrygale Crescent,
Etobicoke, ON M9B 5N9  CANADA

Your cheque or money order should be made payable to “African Violet Society of Canada Awards” or “AVSC Awards” for short.

A minimum donation of $10.00 is recommended as this corresponds to the minimum award size of $10.00 for a Best in Class Award. If you are donating a larger amount, a multiple of $10.00 such as $20, $50, etc. is recommended as all awards large and small are multiples of $10.

Your donations are always appreciated and will be acknowledged in the April-June 2014 Chatter. Please send them to arrive by March 31, 2014.

If you have any questions, Jim will be glad to answer them. Phone 416 622-5243 or email

· Help Spread the Word

Can you help us spread the word about the Convention? This could be encouraging friends and fellow club members to attend or letting relatives that live close to Toronto know about it. We are constantly looking for people to help spread the word so if you know of any opportunities, please contact: Don MacDonald, publicity chair, at:

Preparations are well underway and we are all looking forward to your visit! We will carry all the details in the January issue of ‘Chatter’ but if you can’t wait that long, visit the Convention 2014 pages on the AVSC website: to see all the latest information.