Region 8

Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin

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Iowa

Meeting Information:

Debra Heights Wesleyan Church
4025 Lower Beaver Road
Des Moines, IA 50310

Third Saturday of each month (no meetings in December or January)
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Contact:

Jean Tool
Email: eveningavclubdsm@gmail.com

Club Email Address: eveningavclubdsm@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AfricanVioletClubOfDesMoines

Additional Club Information:

Club Email Address: eveningavclubdsm@gmail.com

Updated 10/11/23

Meeting Location

Bettendorf Library
2950 Learning Campus Dr.
Bettendorf, IA  52722

Meeting Time

Our meetings are usually held on the first Thursday of the month at the Bettendorf Public Library, 2950 Learning Campus Dr. Bettendorf, IA 52722 (Sometimes a room at the library is not available and we need to move the date) The time is 6:00pm to 8:15pm. We start with a short business meeting, have a raffle, some type of educational program and have snacks and drinks.

Contact

Judy Du Pont
Phone: 815-999-2341
Email: 2manyhobbies2@gmail.com

LuAnn Christenson
Phone: 563-505-9552
Email: luann.christenson@gmail.com

Club email: africanviolets@yahoo.com

Information updated 9/6/2023

Minnesota

Meeting Location

Zoom
Second Tuesday, Sept., Nov., Feb., March, May 10:AM to 12:00 noon.

Contact

Jude Neumann
651-433-2708
email: judeneumann@frontiernet.net

Patricia (Pat) Mattson
715-472-2734
horsehappy@lakeland.ws

Additional Club Information

Show and sales April and October.

Information updated 9/7/23

Anoka Library — Mississippi Branch
410 Mississippi Street NE
Fridley, MN 55432

Meeting Times: 10:00 a.m. twice a year (Spring and Fall, to be determined)

Contact : Barb Werness
City: Blaine, MN
Phone: 763-754-3918
Email: bwerness@comcast.net

Information updated 2/14/2019

Maplewood Library conference room
3025 Southlawn Drive, Maplewood, MN 55109

Meeting Times: Fourth Saturday of the month, except July and Dec,  11:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Contact: Jude Neumann

We meet Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, June, Sept & Nov. We also participate in the AVSM Aug. State Fair show and the Oct. AVSM show/sale.

We start on time and end on time. The first hour is relaxed meeting.  The second hour is a dynamic training program for violet enthusiasts.  It is open to everyone to ask questions and make comments. At the end of the program we have a raffle of $1.00 a ticket prizes supplied by the members.  The funds from the raffle give us the money for our annual Spring Luncheon that is FREE to all paid members.

Yearly dues are just $10 a person or $15 for a household.

We adjourn to a restaurant for lunch and more time together. Our meetings are so much fun and so well attended that people come from as far away as two and a half hours to attend.

Information updated 1/30/2019

Meeting Information:

We are a fun club that welcomes new members! We meet the first Saturday of the month from January through June. Our September meeting is the second Saturday of the month. We meet in September and November. Our AVSA fall show and sale is the first weekend of October.

Contact: Carol Semrau, President
City: Ramsey, MN 55303
Phone: 612-501-0417 cell
Email: carolsemrau@hotmail.com

We welcome visitors to come to our meetings.  Our meetings start with an informative program, followed by a short business meeting. Lunch and social time to follow.  The June meeting is a potluck at a members home. Our club has a AVSA Judged show and sale the first weekend in October.

Information updated 9/5/2023

Wisconsin

Meeting Location:

  • Olbrich Botanical Gardens
    3330 Atwood Ave
    Madison, WI 53704-5808

Meeting Times: First Wednesday each month, September – June, 12:30 p.m.

Contact: Jerry VandeBerg, President

Contact #2: Marlene Green, Vice-president

  • Address: 1127 Fleetwood Ave.
  • City: Madison, WI 53716
  • Phone: 608-222-8578
  • Email: loyd23@charter.net

Notes: We take turns bringing a dessert and enjoy our friendship together. Each month we have a program about some aspect of African violets,
Streptocarpus, and other related varieties.  Members are free to ask questions and get help with growing them. Members bring a leaf for leaf exchange.

Birthdays are celebrated with everyone bringing a leaf for the birthday member. Our Christmas program is a pot luck luncheon at a members home. June
meetings we plan a trip and put together next years program and events.  We have members come as far away as 1 1/2 hour drive.

We meet the first Wednesday of the month except July and August. Dues are $10.00 per year. We hold a yearly African violet sale in May the day before Mothers day at
Olbrich Gardens.

Visitors are always welcomed. We would appreciate if you would call  before coming to the meeting.

Information updated 3/1/2019

Meeting Location:
Evergreen Retirement Community
1130 North Westfield St.
Oshkosh, WI 54902

Meeting Time:
February through November at 6pm

Contact:

Kevin Degner
Phone: 920-426-3764
Email: kevindegner7@yahoo.com

Marty Anderson
Phone: 715-613-6878
Email: manderson2069@wi.rr.com

Club Email:
OshkoshAVSociety@gmail.com

Club Web Address:
https://sites.google.com/view/oshkosh-african-violet-society/home

Additional Club Information:
Annual show and sale the weekend before Mother’s Day.
Potluck meal in September
Christmas banquet in December.

Information updated 9/8/23

Members’ homes
Meeting Times: Second Tuesday each month, 6:30 p.m.

Contact: JoAnn Marti
Zip: 54494
Phone: 715-421-0087
Email: jmm@wctc.net

Information updated 2/15/2020

Meeting Location and Time:

Location varies within the State of Wisconsin. The time and location is announced in newsletter prior to meetings. Meetings are typically in April, July and November at 10:00 a.m. Call to confirm meeting information.

Contact:

Doug Kindschuh
Phone: 920-602-1798
Email: dougsoasis@gmail.com

Marty Anderson
715-613-6878
Email: manderson2069@wi.rr.com

Club Email:
WiCouncilofAVClubs@gmail.com

Additional Club Information:
WI Council of African Violet Club’s annual show and sale is held each fall.

Information updated 9/7/23

Nebraska

Meeting Location:

  • Eastmont Towers Community Living Center
    The Seasons Gallery, 2nd floor
    6315 O St, Lincoln, NE

Meeting Times: Second Tuesday each month, September – November and January – May. Potluck dinners in December and June at member homes as announced.

Contact: Mary Reifschneider
Phone: 402-483-0214
Email: violetmary1@hotmail.com

Contact: Jill Jensen
Phone: 402-430-5040
Email: jilljensen2000@yahoo.com

Meeting Location:

Nebraska Extension Douglas-Sarpy Counties Office
8015 W. Center Road
Omaha, NE

Meeting Times: First Thursday of September, October, December, February, March, and April. Fellowship time 6:45PM. Meeting starts at 7:00PM.

Contact #1: Scott Evans, President
Phone: 712-242-7553
eMail: scott.evans@unl.edu

Contact #2: Randy G. Deutsch, President
Phone: 605-321-0717
eMail: rcjsch@prodigy.net

Facebook – Omaha African Violet and Gesneriad Society

The Omaha club is a great mixture of age groups as well as skill levels. There are members just learning how to grow African violets as well as the Gesneriads. Other members have been growing for many years. The members of this group are fun loving and look forward to meeting and sharing information as well as plant material. We have a raffle at every meeting so many members go home with something new to try or maybe something they have been looking for. The club has an annual combined AVSA & Gesneriad judged show. We also are an affiliate member of the Missouri Valley African Violet Council and we participate in their annual Fall Show and Sale. We can also be found on Facebook. We welcome new members always! We love to answer questions or hear suggestions too.

Information updated 4/27/2023

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