The AVS welcomes Annebelle Rice (Long Beach, CA) who has graciously
accepted the duties of President of The American Violet Society for the
year 2000. Elections for 2001 will take place at year's end. Many of you
recall Annebelle's many contributions to the IVA in past years as well
as her book reviews for the now defunct, Sweet Times.
New Board of Directors:
As a non-profit organization, the AVS is required to have a formal Board
of Directors. Our organization has been fortunate to engage the
collaboration of such distinguished violet experts: Dr. Harvey Ballard,
Jr., Ph.D. from the University of Ohio, Mrs. Christine (Kim) Blaxland, a
well renown international viola expert and author, and Dr. Arthur
Tucker, Ph.D. from Delaware State University (Dover). We heartily
welcome them to our midst.
New Presence on the Web!
Early in February, the AVS launched a brand new, comprehensive violet
site on the World Wide Web to replace our old one under the name of
International Violet Association. http://www.americanvioletsociety.org
This lovely AVS 'storefront' gives
credibility to the organization. And it is rapidly becoming the most
reliable source for violets on the Net and a true home for violet
fanciers around the world! New sections and features are added daily.
Watch us grow!
Of particular interest to violet
aficionados is the Public Discussion Forum. Here you can post your
questions, comments or just share with others your growing passion for
In addition, the AVS site issues a free,
monthly bulletin or e-zine: The Republic of Violet to all those who
subscribe online. This communication alerts readers of news in the field
of violets and provides net-related sources on a variety of pertinent
For your information, this new site would
have not come to see the light were it not for the outstanding efforts
given by a new AVS member and volunteer, Gary W. Sherwin. Gary is our
talented and generous web master. On behalf of all of us at AVS, we wish
to extend Gary our most sincere appreciation for the work he's doing for
the benefit of us all!
The nature of the Internet does make it
possible now to offer the AVS membership, and the general public, an
affordable pictorial and informational archive.
Our Violet Gazette( online version will be
featured in the Members Only section, that is, available to anyone who
is a paid member of the AVS and is able to access the Net. These
members, upon registration and payment, will receive a User ID# and a
password by return email. Members who do not have access to the Net will
receive the issues in a printed version, by regular mail.
These new arrangements will provide the
AVS (that is, all of us) with a substantial savings in printing and
Latest news is that the AVS site is
available to WEBTV users!
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All IVA members who paid their dues for 1999 will be spared fees during
* VIOLET GAZETTE(, the premier quarterly journal featuring the latest
information to be found anywhere on the subject of violets.
* Direct participation and discounts on
AVS sponsored events and activities
* Registration of your violet and viola
garden in the AVS' National Collection
* Participation in AVS sponsored violet
cuttings and seed exchanges
* Discounts on violet plants ordered from
AVS appointed suppliers
* The opportunity to be a key player in
promoting the cultivation of the violet, and to enable the violet to
recover its deserved role in the horticultural and ecological