We have a long nonprofit corporation history going back to the Coral Springs Women's Club in 1973, changed in 1976 to Planned Preservation, changed in 1982 to Broward Native Plant Society, and finally changed in 1999 to The Broward Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society. Perhaps we have been AKA "The Coontie Chapter" ever since we became a chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society, having a nickname like all the other chapters. The FNPS History says the first seven chapters existed in 1981. We don't know whether Broward was represented at that conference or not.
The document below shows the original 1973 date of incorporation. This document notes the "Involuntarily Dissolved" status due to failure to file annual incorporation documents in 1989. State documents show incorporation under the current name since 1999. The Broward Chapter became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit eligible for federal tax exempt status under the Group Exemption Letter (GEL) of the parent Florida Native Plant Society on December 12, 2011.
Thanks to the work of Pete Taylor, Chapter Historian (####-####), and others who contributed additional photos and information.
If you have old documents or photographs of general public interest from the history of the Broward Chapter, please contact us so that we can make a digital copy and display them for others to enjoy.