The Florida East Coast Bromeliad Society

Next meeting Saturday, July 19, 2003 – Field Trip

July, 2003

Field Trip to Russell’s Bromeliads!

President Mike Fink – 386/673-5450

Vice President – Linda Stagnol – 386/760-6842

Secretary – Calandra Thurrott - 386/761-4804

Treasurer - Ted Nuse - 386/673-2648


This month’s meeting:

Field trips – Don’t you just love ‘em? I know this is short notice, but sometimes arrangements aren’t finalized until the last moment and that turned out to be the case here. Russell’s Bromeliads have invited us to tour their nursery in Sanford this month, and for any of you who have joined us in past visits – you know that this is a real treat and one that you don’t want to miss! The plan is to meet at the nursery (there’s a map covering how to get there on the back page of this newsletter) at 10a.m. on Saturday, July 19th. Now, please note that this is a departure from our usual meeting day and time. Need more of an incentive to join us on this field trip? How about lunch (on us) at the Gator Riverside Grill after touring the nursery! That’s right, we are reserving the upper deck of the restaurant for our group and even if you are a picky eater you should be able to find something on the menu to tickle your pallet. Menu items include luncheon baskets as well as sandwiches and offer fish, chicken, crab and even ‘gator bites’! So join us on Saturday the 19th at Russell’s, gather up a basket of Tillandsias (they offer a terrific selection of plants for sale) and then sit down to a basket of gator bites – it should be real nice time!

Sugar Mill Gardens:

You may remember from last month’s newsletter that the Sugar Mill Gardens folks were very appreciative of the work that we did in restoring a bed of bromeliads in the gardens. They were so appreciative that they would like to put out a sign recognizing our efforts, but would like us to provide the wording. Give this some thought and let’s have some discussion about it. This is a great opportunity to put the name of the club out there in front of the general public and to possibly attract new members, so let’s make the most of it!

The Blame Game:

We’re all familiar with the phrase ‘Everyone complains about the weather, but noone does anything about it". I think a more appropriate saying today is "everyone is complaining about the weather, but noone knows who to blame!" The current wisdom seems to be that if it is raining a lot in the summer, it must be because of El Nino and if this South American weather phenomenon weakens and fades away we’re going to have a drought. That’s a simple, tidy explanation and it gives us somone (or in this case "something") to blame, but I’m afraid that’s a little too simple to explain our weather patterns. There’s no doubt that we have been seeing some weather extremes. In recent years it seems like we’ve seen it all – record drought, record rainfall, record high temperatures, record low temperatures. Who should we blame? Carbon dioxide emissions? Air pollution? Destruction of the rain forests? El Nino/Nina? Does it really matter? Rather than attempting to place blame (and that’s understandable - we’re only human) maybe our time would be better spent preparing for these extremes and that’s where this relates to bromeliads. Don’t spend your time complaining about the weather – do something about it! If your bromeliads are plagued by problems stemming from too much rainfall, use a different potting mix or move your plants to a location where they won’t stay wet so long. If you have problems with cold temperatures in the winter, make plans now to protect those bromeliads that are most cold-sensitive. Seems simple enough doesn’t it, but how many of you have taken these simple measures? It’s far easier to complain.

By-Laws Review:

I know, I know – this is everbody’s least favorite topic, but there comes a time in every organization when their governing rules should be examined and updated, if necessary. References to President Nixon, field trips by horse and buggy and nickel cups of coffee are no longer appropriate! In this case Article 7, Section 2b should be examined and perhaps revised. You don’t remember this section? It reads as follows:

Membership meetings shall be on the second Sunday of the month

a. The time and place for the meeting shall be selected by the President.

b. Cancellation or deviation from Section 2a., above, is permissible with notice to the members at the previous membership meeting.

This month’s meeting was scheduled at the last minute and there just was no opportunity to provide notice at the previous meeting. Is this situation likely to occur again? Probably – so maybe we should consider changing this to allow for notice to the membership through the newsletter. When you think about it, this is probably a better means to notify the membership since everyone who is a member receives a newsletter, but not everyone who is a member attends each monthly meeting…and what’s up with that anyway - why haven’t you been attending the meetings? You’re missing out on some good times!

Incidentally, if you don’t have a copy of the by-laws to call your own, here they are in their entirety:





The name of the organization is the FLORIDA EAST COAST BROMELIAD SOCIETY referred to herein as the-Society. The Society is a non-profit organization affiliated with the Florida Council of Bromeliad Societies, Inc.


Section 1. To educate the members regarding the culture, identification, and hybridization of the plant family Bromeliaceae (Bromeliads) by the exchange of information at regular meetings.

Section 2. To promote public interest in Bromeliads by participation in public horticultural events and presentations.

Section 3. To preserve Bromeliads by the cultivation of rare and endangered plants, and, to support habitat conservation and the eradication of non-native pests.


Membership is open to persons who support the objectives of the Society upon payment of the established dues. Members sixteen years of age and under are exempt from the payment of dues.


Section 1. Dues shall be proposed by the Executive Board at the November membership meeting and will be subject to a majority of the votes cast, a quorum being present.

Section 2. Dues are payable by the end of January for the year January I through December 31, which is the fiscal year of the Society.

a. Dues shall not be pro-rated.

b. Membership requires the payment of dues (except as indicated in Article III above) by the end of January each year.


Section 1. Officers

a. The Officers are President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer, who are elected annually.

b. The Executive Board consists of the Officers and one Director who is elected annually.

Section 2. Elections

a. The President shall appoint a Chairman and two members from the membership at the October membership meeting as the Nominating Committee. Members of the Executive Board are not eligible to serve on the Nominating Committee.

b. The Committee shall select candidates for each office and the Chairman will present the slate at the November membership meeting. The President will also solicit nominations from the floor at the November membership Meeting.

c. The Nominating Committee will be dismissed with thanks.

d. The final slate of candidates will be elected by ballot or voice vote at the November membership meeting and the newly elected officers and director will begin service on January 1 next, serving until the end of that fiscal year.

Section 3. Duties

a. The President shall preside over all Executive Board and membership meetings, appoint members to all standing and special committees, serve as a representative to the Florida Council of Bromeliad Societies, Inc., appoint an Auditor at the November membership meeting, and perform other duties as described in Robert's Rules of Order Revised.

b. The Vice-President will chair the Program/Education Committee and assume the duties of the President or any other officer during their absence.

c. The Secretary shall keep the minutes of the Executive Board and regular and special meetings of the Society. He/she is the custodian of the Society's records and correspondence, with the exception of the financial records. The Secretary shall act as the Parliamentarian.

d. The Treasurer shall receive all moneys, issue all moneys in payment of the Society's obligations, notify delinquent members of that status in February, keep an appropriate ledger and accounts of all moneys received and disbursed. He/she shall report on the financial condition of the Society at regular membership meetings. An annual report shall be prepared at the end of the fiscal year for presentation at the January membership meeting.

e. The Director shall serve as a representative to the Florida Council of Bromeliad Societies, Inc., and perform other duties as assigned by the Executive Board.

f. The Executive Board shall appoint a member to fill any vacancy on the Board.


Section 1. A Quorum of the Executive Board is three.

Section 2. A Quorum membership meetings is ten.


Section 1. The Executive Board meetings are subject to call by the President.

Section 2. Membership meetings shall be on the second Sunday of the month

a. The time and place for the meeting shall be selected by the President.

b. Cancellation or deviation from Section 2a., above, is permissible with notice to the members at the previous membership meeting.


Robert's Rules of Order Revised by General Henry M. Robert shall govern the proceedings of the Society.


The By-Laws of the Society may be amended by two-thirds of the votes cast at any regular or special membership meeting, a quorum being present, provided notice of the proposed Amendment(s) was given at the previous regular membership meeting.


Section 1. The Society may merge with another horticultural society upon a two-thirds vote of the membership. The vote may be a mailed ballot or voice vote at a regular membership meeting provided notice was given at the previous regular membership meeting.

Section 2. The Society may be dissolved by a two-thirds vote of the membership.

a. A ballot will be mailed to each member with a stamped return envelope thirty days prior to the next regular membership meeting of the Society, at which time the ballots will be counted.

b. Upon a vote to dissolve the Society, the physical assets will be sold after which the financial assets will be donated to the Florida Council of Bromeliad Societies, Inc.


Revision: R. L. Roberts March 5, 1999