The Story of the Bell
In June 2008, Lyn Wegner attended her first international bromeliad conference. At the end of the conference, Bob Hudson was handing out a few of these bells which resembled a pineapple, or Ananas, and Lyn was one of the lucky recipients. Bob said ‘this is for your society’ and she said that they don’t have a society in South Africa! Bob then said ‘Well start one!’ In July 2009, the East London Bromeliad Society was established.
To this day, we begin our meetings at 2pm with the ringing of the bell, to call a meeting to order when members become over enthusiastic and it is also used in our quiz which is held at every June meeting.
Members were wondering what we could use as our logo when one of our founders, Val Eybers, suggested we use our pineapple bell! And voila! We had the perfect logo!
We meet on the last Sunday of every month at 2:00 pm for 2:30 pm, January to November, at various venues around East London. Visitors are always welcome and can attend three meetings before they will need to join the society in order to continue attending.
Dr Peter Pfister
PRO, Secretary & Proof Reader
Editor & Publisher
Librarian & Events Co-ordinator
We have almost 150 members belonging to the society made up of local members and country members from all parts of South Africa and even some international members. We meet on the last Sunday afternoon of the month at various venues around East London.
At each meeting there is a topic of interest presented by one of the members. It is a wonderful opportunity to get ideas, learn something new, share bromeliad experiences and fellowship with like-minded people. Many of our members have hosted meetings and shared their gardens and bromeliad collections with the members.
Bromeliad Cultivar Register
The official site containing information regarding the society, international conferences and the Bromeliad Cultivar Registry www.registry.bsi.org which is maintained by Geoff Lawn, the BSI Cultivar Registrar.