SCOS Members Updates
Proposed Bylaws & Board Highlights
Sonoma County Orchid Society
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Vandas: Species, Hybrids and Current Revisions
by Dennis Olivas
Tuesday, February 13th - Doors Open at 6:30pm
Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building, 1351 Maple Ave, Santa Rosa
Skill Session at 6:45 with Judy Carney - Guidelines you can follow to grow orchids successfully outdoors.
Dennis Olivas was born on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. As a lad, he helped his mom grow her orchids and got hooked. He joined the Future Farmers of America, and his project was raising and selling these beautiful and exotic plants. In 1980 he moved to the mainland and swore off the orchid family; not for long as he was introduced to the Rod McLellan’s 'Acres of Orchids’. From there his whole life became one downward spiral. First he fills his home with upwards of 6,000 plants. Later he leased a greenhouse space for his ever burgeoning orchid collection. Glutton for punishment, his collection grew overflowing the 3,000 sq. ft. greenhouse in Half Moon Bay.
Vandas are those gorgeous, intensely colorful orchids, often fragrant, some of which have long aerial roots dangling multiple feet into the air. Have you ever wondered…if we were micro-sized, could we swing on their roots like Tarzan?
Vandas require consistent conditions in their day-to-day and abundant moisture. Though more successfully grown in the greenhouse for these reasons, Dennis Olivas will inspire us all to find reasons and ways in which to grow them. Dennis will include live demonstrations, questions & answers, and a PowerPoint presentation.
With the help of his close friends from the Bay Area, Napa and Fresno, they moved his obsession to a greenhouse in Daly City in November of 2013. A whole new ball game of learning how to raise orchids, still without heat but in an area that gets more sun and higher temperatures and good water year round.
He has been President of the Peninsula Orchid Society, San Francisco Orchid Society, Diablo View Orchid Society and the Santa Cruz Orchid Society. He is an accredited judge of the American Orchid Society. Dennis belongs to over 14 orchid societies and tries to assist them when ever possible.
There is no speaker's dinner before this general meeting.
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Dear Orchid Friends,
We missed so many of you at our January general meeting. It is my hope that it was the weather and not illness that kept you away. The speaker, our own Marni Turkel, presented a wonderful program. We are so fortunate to have among our members several who can take on the task of presenting a program that is both informative and enjoyable.
We were saddened to learn that Fern Wilson’s husband passed away after a long illness. She also lost her home to a house fire, and she is settled in a new place while her house is being repaired.
We had a wonderful board meeting this month. We have a great team of members willing to give of their time to keep the society on track and to make it better. We need all members to join in. At our February 13th general meeting we will vote on the revised Bylaws. Several people under the leadership of Earl Rathbun spent countless hours on this, and now it's your turn. All you have to do is show up and vote after reading the new document!! We are required to have a quorum in order to accept the revision, so please attend and vote. The vote will take place at the beginning of the meeting in case you can’t stay the entire time. This is your chance to have a say in the way your society operates.
Another way for you to join in is to help with our spring show. There are still several chair positions open (see page 4), but if that’s not for you, then give some serious thought as to where you can assist. Remember that volunteering gets you in for free and an invitation to our pasta party on Saturday at the close of the show. This works for any of your friends and family who volunteer. Volunteers need not be members, so get others involved as well!
Now to address that which brings us together – orchids and our love of them. Even though it is the season for rain and cool dark days, orchids, like people, still need attention. Our newsletter provides you with guidelines as to how to care for your orchids. Hopefully your heart gives you the guidelines on how to care for people. Neither should be neglected!
Stay warm, safe and HAPPY!!!
AOS FEBRUARY WebinarS
SAVE THE DATE: The AOS 2018 Spring Members Meeting is being held in conjunction with the Santa Barbara International Orchid Show and the Cymbidium Society of America Congress. This is sure to be an event not to be missed and the AOS hopes to see you there!
The registration site is now up at www.aosmembersmeeting.com where you can register for events, and link to the Centric Hyatt for hotel registration.Special hotel rates are being made available and quantities are limited, so book now before it’s too late.
AOS INSTAGRAM: The AOS wants to send a big Thank You to those who are sending pics to their Instagram feed. They enjoy seeing a variety of everything orchid that’s enjoyed around the globe. They want to encourage members to continue sending pics of how they grow, what’s blooming now or anything they love about orchids. Please continue to send your photos and short videos to email@example.com. Be sure to send a short caption explaining your photo. Also, if you are bilingual and can include your caption in English plus your other language(s)—it will help with universal outreach.
Greenhouse Chat with Ron McHatton
Tuessday, February 6th, 2018 @ 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM PST
Everyone Welcome! –Webinar Details Page – Registration Page
Join Ron McHatton who will discuss a variety of topics on orchid culture based on questions submitted by attendees. Please send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 2nd.
By Krystal Goulart
Doctor, I See Spots: Cattleya guttata
Wednesday, February 21st, 2018 @ 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM PST
Members Only–Webinar Details Page – Registration Page
Join Andrew Coghill-Behrends as he presents a discussion on Cattleya guttata and its hybrids.
Spring Show Update cont'd
Chairs are needed for these positions:
Spring Show Update
Our Spring Show a "Rainbow of Orchids" is just around the corner on March 31st & April 1st. It is our biggest event of the year! We need help from everyone to make our Show a success! We have most of the leadership volunteer positions filled, but we can use a few more eager people. Check out the list below. The Show is a lot of fun! Everyone is welcome to join us in the planning and coordinating of our big event! Our next Show meeting is on Thursday, February 15th at 6:30pm at Jeanne Van Blarcom's home. Her address is 897 Matsuda Lane, Sebastopol. Let Jeanne or a board member know if you can help!
Admissions - Ann Conger
Awards and Trophies - Josie Lee
Boutique - Billie MacCarthy and Letitia Caruso
Docent Tours/Skill Sessions - Judy Carney
Facility Coordinator - Karen Wofford
Judges and Clerking - Becky Jackson
Membership - Lynne Murrell and Jeanne Van Blarcom
Pasta Party - Jeanne Van Blarcom
PayPal - Karen Wofford
Permits - Linda Eggleston
Plant Doctor - Susan Anderson
Plant Sales - Earl and Kathy Rathbun
Publicity and Advertising - Karen Wofford and Krystal Goulart
Security - Michael Golic and Krystal Goulart
Set up and take down - Ben Snow (including internal signage)
Silent Auction - Krystal Goulart
Vendor Hospitality - Susan Fletcher and Fern Wilson
Vendor Liaison - Lynne Murrell
Volunteer Center - Ann Possinger
Volunteer Coordinator - Cindy Bertino
Cont'd on next column
Do you have a pot of gold?
We need 2 "pots of gold" to put at the ends of the rainbow in the show display, so if you have one or two that we can borrow, please contact Jeanne at president@SonomaOrchids.com.
Winner of the attendance drawing at our January meeting is Becky Jackson.
Winner of our 3 month drawing for people who bring plants for show & tell is Earl Rathbun.
We have 110 paid members.
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Don't forget to "Like" the SCOS Facebook Page! Help promote our page by posting pictures of your orchids and "liking" fellow member posts! Also, check our page for event info!
SCOS 2018 show update
Help new members learn your name (or us folks who just have a hard time remembering!) Don’t forget to wear your name badge or stop by the membership table to make a paper name tag!
If you would like to order a permanent name badge, email Lynne Murrell email@example.com
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!
WE NEED 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. Below is a list of a few upcoming volunteer opportunities:
AOS /Orchid Digest Representative: Requires an active AOS membership and is responsible for obtaining content for the AOS/Digest Corner to be published in the monthly newsletter. Attendance at monthly board meetings is preferred but optional. 2-4 hours monthly. Contact Krystal for more details.
2018 Spring Show: This is the Society's major fund-raiser of the year and we look to our valued members to assist in this endeavor. No orchid knowledge is required for a majority of the open positions and it is a great opportunity to get to know your fellow orchid lovers! Next meeting is 2/15 at 6:30 pm at Jeanne's house - all are welcome.
We have several openings for Committee Chairs. If you want more information about the show and the various volunteer opportunities available, please contact Jeanne for more information
Have a special talent or expertise in an area you don't see listed but want to help? Contact Jeanne and let her know your area of interest - we will gladly accept all offers of assistance!
Thanks to the following members who brought snacks to the 1/9 meeting: Fern Wilson, Martha Brankline, Billie MacCarthy, and Cathy Thompson.
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
Notice of Meeting to Vote on Proposed SCOS Bylaws
February 13, 2018
It is essential that all members attend the regular Sonoma County Orchid Society meeting on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 as we need a quorum to vote on the proposed new Society Bylaws. Currently the Society is governed by two documents: a Constitution and a separate Bylaws. These were adopted in 1995 and have now been revised into a single document, the Bylaws. The single document is all that is required and is customary for small nonprofit societies such as ours. If you have a question about the contents of the document and wish to discuss it, please contact the Bylaws Committee chair, Earl Rathbun, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 707-528-1671.
The text of the proposed Bylaws is too long to include in the newsletter. Here is a link to the PDF so you can read it before the meeting. It is also available on our website: www.sonomaorchids.com
Highlights of the 1/16/18 Board Meeting
Our thoughts and prayers are with Fern Wilson whose home was severely damaged in a fire (not the October fires) and then her husband passed away.
Richard Grundy & Jamei Haswell lost their home in the October wildfires. Jamei is not well. The board voted to give them a complimentary membership for 2018.
Treasurer Report: $29,474.10 cash. PayPal is working well for online billing and payments.
Karen reported the Holiday dinner for 2017 had income of $1,408 and expenses of $1,828. As per the board vote, the cost of tickets was subsidized by the society in the amount of $420.22 to keep the cost of attending reasonable. 44 members and guests attended.
Speaker line up for 2018:
March - ?
April – Carol Klonowski
May – Peter T Lin – Mini Cattleyas
June – Mounting Party
July – Bingo & Ice Cream Social
Aug – Ken Jacobsen – Cymbidiums (tentative)
Sept – BBQ & Auction
Oct – Wenqing Perner – (tentative)
Nov - Bob Hamiltion ?
Dec – Holiday Party
Ways & Means Director (Ann Conger) will do ‘well checks’ on members who have not been at meetings for a while.
It was agreed to discontinue the “Birth Month” drawing.
There are too many orchid shows in February and March to list here. Please see the AOS event calendar at www.aos.org for the complete listing.
San Francisco Orchid Society "Pacific Orchid Exposition"
February 22 - 25, 2018, http://www.orchidsanfrancisco.org/
San Francisco Hall of Flowers, 1199 9th Avenue, San Francisco, CA
The Orchid Conservation Alliance invites you to join us for A Night at the Conservatory on February 24, 2018, 6:00-9:30 pm in the Conservatory of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. Tickets $100/person. Contact Mary Gerritsen (Mary@OrchidConservationAlliance.org)
The 2018 AOS Spring Members Meeting is being held on March 7 - 11 in Santa Barbara, CA in conjunction with the Santa Barbara International Orchid Show and the Cymbidium Society of America. Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Las Positas Road, Santa Barbara, CA and Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, 2559 Puesta del Sol, Santa Barbara
California Orchids Spring Sale, Bolinas, March 17th, 9 am - 4 pm
You are invited to a fun filled day in Bolinas! California Orchids is having their spring sale. There will be an amazing selection of orchids, tillandsias, ferns, and supplies available. While you visit, make sure that you check out the orchid logs. Owner, Mary Nesbit, has attached a wide range of orchids to large logs so that they grow as they do in nature. They are simply beautiful! Additionally, Lynne Murrell, Susan Anderson, Tom Pickford and Sergio Garcia (Olompali Orchids) also grow orchids in Mary's greenhouses. You are invited to visit their growing areas! California Orchids, 515 Aspen Road, Bolinas. (415)868-0203
San Diego County Orchid Society Spring Show "Orchid Mardi Gras", March 23 - 25, 2018, Scottish Rite Center, 1895 Camino del Rio South,
San Diego, CA
Sonoma County Orchid Society "Rainbow of Orchids"
March 31 - April 1, 2018, Santa Rosa Veteran's Memorial Building, 1351 Maple Ave., Santa Rosa, CA
Open Greenhouse April 21-22. Member Cynthia Battershell will host an Open Greenhouse at her home in Sonoma. Details to follow.
February 22-25, San Francisco Orchid Society "Pacific Orchid Exposition"
March 7-11, AOS Spring Members Meeting at Santa Barbara Int'l Orchid Show
March 17, California Orchids Open House, Bolinas
March 23-25, San Diego County Orchid Society Spring Show
March 31-April 1, Sonoma County Orchid Society "Rainbow of Orchids" show & sale
April 21-22, Cynthia Battershall open greenhouse in Sonoma
If you are planning to vacation, or need a caretaker, I am available to care for your home, garden and/or greenhouse. I also provide piano concerts in the home or for organizations. Contact Nixy Rickles, 415.336.9446 or email@example.com. Thank you!
Click link for all photos from January show & tell - https://photos.app.goo.gl/tZAStpf5HiLVnLH63
Den. Tosca 'Shiraz Ice' Neostylis Lou Sneary 'Bluebird' Cattleya Fascelis
Cynthia Battershall Dale Martin Tom Pickford
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
Watering and fertilizing will be at a minimum, as will potting. Be on the lookout for senescing sheaths on your winter-into-spring bloomers. Careful removal of the dying sheaths will still allow buds to develop without the danger of condensation-induced rot. Low light will lead to weak spikes, so, and as noted above, staking is critical. If you have a chance to get out to nurseries, there may still be a chance to acquire good plants in sheath for spring bloom. Getting them now not only ensures that you'll have them, but allows them to acclimate to your conditions and bloom at their best.
Cattleyatrianae 'Mary Fennel' HCC/AOS is a good example of this winter-blooming species.
We are well into the flowering season now. Outdoor growers should be cautious of freezing temperatures. Damage starts to occur below 30 F. Be diligent about tying the inflorescences for best arrangement of the flowers. Also watch closely for slugs and snails. If weather is quite wet, protect the plants from the rain and this will help to reduce the risk of botrytis spotting.
The most glorious of all orchids, Lycaste, will be moving toward their flowering season. Make sure the palm-like leaves do not interfere with the emerging inflorescences. Tying them loosely together often is helpful. Some growers cut the leaves off at the pseudobulb, but this removes part of the attractiveness of this elegant orchid. Resist picking up the plant to inspect those beautiful buds and then setting it down in all different directions as the flower buds will be forced to re-orient themselves to the light source each time and will not open as nicely as they should. Keep plants a little drier during the shorter days.
Odontoglossums and their intergeneric hybrids offer a great splash of color now. Though once thought of as being difficult to grow and requiring cool temperatures due to the emphasis on odontoglossum breeding, the new intergeneric hybrids made using Oncidium and Brassia, for example, are just the opposite. These plants are quite content in more intermediate conditions. New growths generally emerge in the spring, later forming beautiful plump pseudobulbs. Look for the flower spikes to emerge from the inner sheath of the pseudobulb. If your plant's pseudobulbs are shriveled, then the plants have been kept too dry or too wet. Inspect the roots to determine which condition prevailed. If the lead pseudobulb is large, plump and green (and back bulbs are shriveled) but no flower spike is evident, the plants may have been kept too dry.
The standard Paphiopedilum insigne-derived hybrids, which are called "bull dogs" and "toads," are at their peak. Unlike most other orchids, they can even be potted while in bud. There really is no wrong time to pot a paphiopedilum, and no other orchid responds so favorably to fresh mix and a cleanup. Keep an eye on watering until roots begin to grow.
Now is the peak of spike development, with the first plants in full flower. Staking and plant preparation is a must for those all-important spring shows. Correct staking now will give a better display and also make it much easier to transport to your society meetings and shows. Care with watering is vital to avoid mechanical damage to the flowers, as well as rot-related problems. Keep spent blooms cleaned up to avoid botrytis inoculation. Do not repot this month. Now you'll be seeing lots of phalaenopsis at orchid shows and sales.
In the fall Phalaenopsis should start initiating flower spikes. Infloresences should be well developed by mid-January.
For the most part, the flowering season will have ended for this group, providing the grower a chance to do some repotting. The plants will then have a chance to become well established before the hotter months of summer arrive. Most growers use bark mixes, but some exceptional results have been seen lately using rock-wool blends. You may want to try this mix, but do not change your whole collection over to this new media until you are sure it is right for you. First, experiment with a few plants to see how they respond.
The AOS thanks Ned Nash and James Rose for this essay.
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