Bingo & Ice Cream Social
Board Candidates - Vote
Mounting Workshop Photos
SCOS Members Updates
Sonoma County Orchid Society
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Annual Bingo (for Orchids) & Ice Cream Social
Tuesday, July 10th - Doors Open at 6:30pm
Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building, 1351 Maple Ave, Santa Rosa
It's that time of year again! Please join us for our Annual Bingo for Orchids & Ice Cream Social! What better way to spend a summer's evening! Socialize and meet new "orchid friends"; create your own ice cream sundae; and bingo with orchids for prizes.
Due to this special event, there will not be a guest speaker or skill session or show and tell this month.
Here's how it works:
The society will provide ice cream. We encourage all attendees to bring an ice cream topping to share.
Bingo cards can be purchased with cash / check or by donating plants.
All donated plants (which are used as prizes) must be named, in good condition and disease and pest free.
$5 = 1 Bingo Card
One Named, Blooming Orchid = 2 Bingo Cards
One Named, Non-Blooming Orchid = 1 Bingo Card
Friends and family are welcome so grab the kids, grandkids and neighbors then come on down! Loads of fun PLUS a great opportunity to add some unique plants to your orchid collection.
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Greetings SCOS Members & Friends ,
It’s been an eventful month! Susan Anderson and Lynne Murrell arranged a wonderful bus trip on 6/2. A special thanks to Dennis Olivas of D&D Orchids for supplying the amazing variety of plants awarded on the trip home.
The June general meeting was our 3rd annual orchid mounting party which was organized by our VP Krystal Goulart. Thanks Krystal for a great job. Lynne Murrell obtained a fabulous collection of plants and mounts. A big thanks to those experienced members who served as table leaders, and to the many members who stepped up to do the various tasks required to make it all work. Special thanks to members Marni Turkel and Tom Pickford for the great job they did demonstrating different techniques plus providing an informative handout detailing the process. It was delightful to see them work together – which included holding the microphone for each other leaving hands free to show the process. This event epitomizes what our society should be – all working together for a common goal and having fun!
And time marches on!! I’ve had the privilege of serving as your president for the past year. I cannot say enough about the wonderful support I have enjoyed. I feel we had a great year, which included a successful BBQ & Auction and Spring Show. Neither of these things could have happened without the hard work and support of so many. Thank you all for making my task easier.
Now we will have a new leader and I know you will give her your support. After all, it is your Society- so we each need to do our part to make it work!! I will continue as an active and supportive board member for the next year.
Please join me in thanking those who have served the Society well this past year or years. They are: Krystal Goulart, VP; Lynne Murrell, Membership; Cindy Bertino, Secretary. Other board members will either remain or change positions. A HUGE thank you for your most valuable service to our Society.
It is my hope that SCOS will continue to grow and flourish with the assistance of all our members – all sharing our successes and failures in the one thing that brings us together – the wonderful world of orchids!
I wish you all joy & good health & of course – happy growing!
The election of the Board of Directors for your Society's 2018-2019 fiscal year will be held at the July 10th meeting. The current slate of candidates is listed below. It is very important that you attend the General Meeting on Tuesday July 10th and vote. Our revised Bylaws state that if there is only one candidate, voting will be by show of hands at the meeting. Nominees receiving the majority of votes cast shall be declared elected.
Voting Procedure: Sign in at the Membership Table. If your membership includes a partner who is listed on the current roster, you may each cast ONE ballot. Voting will take place before the start of bingo.
CANDIDATES FOR THE 2018-2019 SCOS
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President Alison Bies
Vice President June Maiden
Secretary Ann Conger
Treasurer Karen Wofford & Ann Possinger
Membrship Billie MacCarthy
Ways & Means vacant
Dir. of Communications Susan Anderson (incumbent)
Dir. of Meetings Ann Shippey & Haili Marshall
AOS Rep (unofficial position) Lynne Murrell
SCOS MOUNTING WORKSHOP
Tom Pickford & Marni Turkel demonstrate
Want to WIN a free raffle ticket? Bring a refreshment to share!
Let the folks at the opportunity table know when you bring a refreshment to receive a raffle ticket for a special drawing. Winner gets first choice from the opportunity table as a Thank You for helping out!
Refreshments are based on the first letter of your last name so check the calendar below for the monthly meeting that corresponds with your last name.
Please consider bringing a snack even when "it is not your turn". The more goodies, the better! PLUS you still receive a free raffle ticket and who doesn't want that!
Help new members learn your name (or us folks who just have a hard time remembering!) Please wear your name badge or stop by the membership table to make a paper name tag.
It's That Time - RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP!
The $25 Membership Dues are Renewed Each July
We accept cash, check or credit card at the general meeting. Just stop by the membership table and Billie MacCarthy will be glad to assist.
Forgot cash or your checkbook? No worries... simply renew online using a credit card or PayPal. Visit the ONLINE MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL page on our website. It's quick, easy and secure!
MEMBERSHIP - 137 paid members!
Welcome to our newest members: Lisa Fischer and Janet Wile.
WE NEED yOUR HELP!
Like many non-profit organizations, we rely solely on volunteers to accomplish the day-to-day business of running the Society in addition to organizing and staffing special events. The SCOS needs your help! It would be greatly appreciated if you can spare just a few hours monthly or help out from time to time during special events.
The position of Ways and Means on the Board of Directors needs to be filled for the fiscal year starting 7/1/18: If you are interested, contact email@example.com.
2018 Refreshment Calendar
Have an announcement? Personal story regarding your trials and tribulations growing orchids? Send it to us before the 23rd of the month and we will add it to the newsletter as space allows. Newsletter@SonomaOrchids.com
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SCOS Member's page
AOS WEBINARS AOS JUNE WebinarS
THE JULY ISSUE OF ORCHIDS MAGAZINE features great articles and beautiful pictures on:
• Genus of the Month - Macroclinium - Those little fan-shaped delights
• For the Novice – Handling Hot, Humid Summers and Tropical Storms
• Collector's Item - Podangis dactyloceras
• The Cypripediums of the United States and Canada, Part 3 - arietinum, californicum, fasciculatum, yatabeanum and × alaskanum
• Sustainably Harvested Tree Fern
• The New Refugium Botanicum - Stenia dodsoniana
• Sarcochilus falcatus and its hybrids
REMEMBER TO SAVE THE DATE: Be sure to join us at The American Orchid Society 2018 Fall Members Meeting which is being held in conjunction with the International Slipper Orchid Symposium on October 31 - November 3, 2018, in Apopka, Florida. If you love Paphs, this is a meeting you won’t want to miss. Please put it in your calendar and let your friends know that all AOS members are welcome to join us. We’ll let you know as soon as details are available. We hope to see you there.
And don’t forget about the California Sierra Nevada Speakers Day July 28th… find more info in this newsletter, and please contact me if you still need tickets ($10 in advance; $30 at the door).
Make your orchids HAPPY this summer!
16TH ORCHID DIGEST SPEAKERS DAY – ‘ORCHIDS IN THE WILD’
Saturday, June 9th - San Marino, CA
Ghost Orchid Demystified
with Dr. Lawrence Zettler, Thursday, July 12th @ 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM PST Members Only
Please join Dr. Lawrence Zettler, from Hitchcock College Illinois, as he discusses his fascinating presentation from the World Orchid Conference in Ecuador, November 2017, The Ghost Orchid Demystified: Biology, Ecology and conservation of Dendrophylax lindenii in Florida and Cuba.
Register using this link: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8900783411585513217
The Pleurothallidinae and their Pollinators
with Adam Karremans, Wednesday, August 8th, @ 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM PST Members Only
Come to learn about the amazing Pleurothallid orchids and the pollinators that make them possible with Adam Karremans from the University of Costa Rica.
Register using this link: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6381588967057338881
By Lynne Murrell
AOS JULY WEBINARS
Greenhouse Chat with Ron McHatton
Thursday, July 12th @ 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM PST
Everyone Welcome! – Registration Page
Join Ron McHatton for a Q&A session on orchid culture. Everyone is invited. If you have a question, please submit your questions by June 1st to firstname.lastname@example.org
Highlights of the 6/19/18 Board Meeting
Attending: Jeanne Van Blarcom ,President; Krystal Goulart, Vice President; Karen Wofford, Co-Treasurer; Lynne Murrell, Membership; Billie MacCarthy, Meetings; Ann Conger, Ways and Means; Susan Anderson, Director of Communications; June Maiden, Ann Shippey, Haili Marshall
Absent: Immediate Past President, Angelique Fry; Secretary, Cindy Bertino
Treasurer's Report: $28,669.88 combined checking & savings. Rent on storage unit going up $5/month. The bus trip resulted in a $55 loss. Cost of plants leftover from mounting party will be transferred to Bingo/Ice Cream Social.
Membership: We have 137 paid members. An updated roster was sent out.
Speaker line up for 2018:
Aug – Ken Jacobsen will talk on cymbidiums
Sept – BBQ & Auction - Saturday, September 8th
Oct – Bob Hamilton - topic TBD
Nov - Dale Martin will talk about native orchids of Australia
Dec – Holiday Party
We have candidates for all board positions now except for Ways and Means.
Bus trip wrap up: The trip went well, and it was well received. 40 people attended. It was difficult to get enough signups to support the trip. The vendors were pleased with the sales. Dennis Olivas provided $100 worth of very nice plants for the raffle.
Mounting party wrap up: Tom Pickford and Marni Turkel gave very good demonstrations of their different techniques. Susan suggested that the board consider scheduling this event every other year. There was no decision. The change of the floor plan, to tables out like spokes from the speakers, seemed to work out. People were closer to observe the demos. Lynne suggested that Show and Tell of mounted plants be included in the future.
Meetings Coordinator: Billie talked about training for Ann Shippey and Haili Marshall on setting up of the computer, projector and microphone for meetings.
Awards: There was discussion about the Marie Waskow award and whether it can be presented to a person more than once, which is thought to be the case. Lynne mentioned that there is a special AOS award that the society can give to two people per year. This would be at the president’s discretion. No member voting. Lynne will send the information to Jeanne.
SCOS computers: One of the two society computers isn’t usable. The other may work for membership, but we need a new reliable one with PowerPoint for use by our speakers.
Bingo and ice cream social: The society will add plants from the mounting party to those brought in by members. We will aim for a total of 40 plants. Jeanne will purchase the ice cream. Susan has the sheet to record the number of plants brought in and the number of bingo cards purchased. Ann P. and Ann C. will cashier. Susan will be the caller.
Please see the AOS event calendar at www.aos.org for the complete listing of events.
Santa Barbara Orchid Estate Summer Open House, July 13-15
1250 Orchid Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93111
SFOS Orchids in the Park Show & Sale July 21-22
San Francisco County Fair Building (Hall of Flowers),
9th Avenue & Lincoln Way, San Francisco, CA, 10-5 pm. Join us for Orchids in the Park, our summer show and sale. View orchids on display from local growers and purchase plants and supplies from vendors from all over the world.
California Sierra Nevada Judging Center (CSNJC) Speaker's Day,
July 28th, Sacramento. See flyer below.
SCOS BBQ & Auction, September 8th - We are looking for a location to hold the BBQ & Auction, so if you have a large yard that can accommodate about 8 tables for silent auction, 2 tables for live auction, and 10 tables for eating, please contact Ann Possinger at newsletter@SonomaOrchids.com.
July 13-15 - Santa Barbara Orchid Estate Summer Open House
July 21-22 - SFOS Orchids in the Park Show & Sale
July 28 - CA Sierra Nevada Judging Center Speaker's Day
Sept 8 - BBQ & Auction, details to follow but put it on your calendar
Cattleyas this month require careful attention to their watering and fertilizing needs owing to characteristically high temperatures. Evaporative cooling is a must in areas of the country where it is effective. Where it is not (the more humid regions), care needs to be paid to proper venting to keep temperatures within reason. Bottom vents in conjunction with top vents provide enough rising airflow to help keep plants cool. Increased air flow lessens humidity and dries plants out more quickly, necessitating more frequent damping down and watering, in areas where high humidity is not a problem. Higher light and heat indicate more fertilizer. The growths your plants are making now are the source of this autumn, winter and spring's blooms, so applying adequate fertilizer this month is the best way to ensure future blooms. Higher temperatures and humidity may also lead to fungal or bacterial rot problems, so it is important to closely observe your plants for any early indication of problems. Pests are also at a high point this month for the same reason.
Cooling and air circulation are especially critical in these two months to prevent stress and avoid disease problems. Watering needs to be closely monitored to ensure that plants do not dry out. Warmer-growing hybrids will be at the peak of their blooming, with attention needing to be paid to staking of spikes. Look for water lodging in growths, which can rot emerging spikes and lead to the loss of the entire growth.
Most, if not all, potting should be complete by now. This month and next are when these plants achieve their maximum growth. This growth will be that from which they set their spikes for the coming season. The more leaves the plants grow, the better potential for spiking will be realized. Growers in cooler areas such as the Pacific coast have the advantage this month, should they choose, of cooling for early season spikes. Lots of heat and light call for liberal applications of water and fertilizer.
Click link to see all show & tell photos from our April meeting:
Chysis bractescens - Helen Orgill Cymbidium Green Zenith 4N x Traceyanim 4N - Martha Brankline
monthly checklist JULY & august
Summer can be the most rewarding season for cymbidiums. Growths should be coming strong now. The leaves of the new growths are best when they are broad and fairly stiff. The color should be a light green to nearly yellow. Early flowering varieties should be showing flower spikes, so move the plants into a cooler area with lower light. For mid-season varieties, lower the dosage of nitrogen to assist in spike initiation.
For cooler-growing plants, such as masdevallias, other pleurothallids and the like, the next few months will be a challenge. During the hottest times, keep your plants more shaded and be sure to keep the humidity level much higher. Do not let plants dry out. Delay any potting until the weather cools.
Many of the intergeneric crosses between odontoglossums and oncidiums, such as Odontocidium, Wilsonara and Colmanara, will be blooming now. Take special care to train the spikes for best floral display. Keep plants under fairly shady conditions. Watch for snails and slugs.
Plants will be growing quickly now and really enjoying the hot humid days so similar to their native habitat. Watch for pests though, as many of these also enjoy the same conditions as the plants. Check flower spikes so that they can extend unimpeded for the best flower presentation later.
The AOS thanks Ned Nash and James Rose for this essay.
monthly checklist JULY & AUGUST
The Society purchased Orchiata and there are just 5 bags left. Cost is $25 per bag which includes tax. Orders can be placed with Susan Anderson at email@example.com. Bags will be delivered to the next general meeting, or arrangements can be made to pick them up in Petaluma.
They are 40 liter (1.4 cubic foot) bags. The available sizes are:
1 bag - "POWER - Medium" (#5) 1/2"
3 bags - "POWER+ - Medium Plus" (#5A) 3/4"
1 bag - "SUPER - Large" 1"
GARDEN ART SUNCATCHERS:
Dazzling, colorful glass and porcelain flowers make a great addition to any garden, if not for yourself, as a one-of-a-kind gift, (made from re-purposed plates). To see pictures of individual pieces, contact Billie MacCarthy at any SCOS meeting, Email or call 707.303.6867