Potting Party Photos
Member Updates - Membership Renewal Time
Board of Directors
Board Meeting Highlights
Sonoma County Orchid Society
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Annual Bingo (for Orchids) & Ice Cream Social
Tuesday, July 9th - Doors open at 6:30pm, meeting begins at 7:00 pm.
Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building, 1351 Maple Ave, Santa Rosa
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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 play 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 such as hot fudge, strawberry sauce, any kind of nuts, fruits, berries, cherries, marshmallows, butterscotch, or caramels, whipped cream. The creative ideas are endless.
Bingo cards can be purchased with cash or check or by donating plants.
All donated plants (which are used as prizes) should 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 or Other Plant = 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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We have a bunch of exciting things on the agenda, but I’d like to step back a moment to recognize one of our outstanding members. Until recently, Jeanne Van Blarcom has been to a lot of meetings...board meetings, general meetings, show meetings, budget meetings, event meetings. Last year Jeanne was our past president on the Board. This year there is an empty spot where this dynamic wonder woman has stepped down. For those of you who don’t know, if you type in her last name to an iPad, it changes to Van Ballroom...and I’m convinced it’s because my iPad knows something about this strong and active woman’s past as a dance instructor. She might not hear you too clearly but she’s amazingly strong...just watch her carry boxes around during show set up. We have truly been blessed by this woman’s service to the Society. Jeanne is only one of our amazing members. This year the potting party hosted by Jeanne was rescheduled due to rain, and unfortunately not too many people attended on the make up date of 6/1. But I want to thank everyone who helped and participated. Jeanne’s lovely home and yard are a testament to her loving care. Special thanks to everyone who participated and enjoyed this event. It is only through the work of our members that we all get to enjoy the special events and general meetings.
We hope that everyone had a chance to participate in our yearly bus trip to the Sacramento area including a stop at our Society’s strong advocate, Alan Koch of Gold Country Orchids, and several more incredible greenhouses. Special thanks to Susan Anderson and Lynne Murrell for organizing the bus trip and getting the growers to host us. Let me tell you...if you saw everything that is needed to put together this trip, you would run away screaming. So kudos for Susan and Lynne for. being strong and staying the course. This month we have our Bingo and Ice Cream Social, so even if you’re not too serious about growing orchids, bring grandma to play bingo and eat ice cream. See you there!
Be sure to mark your calendar for our second big fundraiser which is the BBQ & Auction to be held on Saturday, September 21, at the Jackson’s home. It’s a great opportunity to socialize with fellow members, eat goodies at the potluck, and bid on special orchids from Gold Country Orchids. Alan Koch will be auctioneer and he’s always fun. You’ll also get to see Becky Jackson’s greenhouse which has beautiful begonias in addition to her orchids.
RE-POTTING PARTY PHOTOS
I’m looking for someone to take photos of show & tell and at events. I’ve been doing it for years and enjoy it but my hands are shaking too much so photos are no longer sharp. If you can do this some or all of the time, please contact me, Ann Possinger, at newsletter@SonomaOrchids.com
Thanks to Jeanne VanBlarcom for hosting the annual re-potting party on 6/1 at her lovely place.
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.
TIME TO RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP AS OF JULY 1ST
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!
We have the following open position. Contact any board member if you are interested.
Director of Ways and Means -
- Oversees the running of the Opportunity Table and any sales at meetings.
- Oversees all money-making activities of the Society & may appoint committees to run such activities (i.e., BBQ & Auction, participation in orchid shows & festivals).
- Presents to the Board ideas for participation in money-making events.
- Makes efforts to procure donations/sponsorship for the benefit of the Society.
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
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.
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!
2019 Refreshment Calendar
T - Z
A - B
C - De
Di - Fo
Fr - H
J - Le
Li - M
N - R
SCOS Member's page
AOS MEMBERS: HAVE YOU TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF THE AOS ORCHID SOURCE DIRECTORY?
Find vendors of orchid plants, seedlings, supplies, greenhouses, fertilizers, watering equipment, potting mixes, lighting setups and other orchid-related products at your fingertips at http://www.aos.org/orchids/orchid-source-directory.aspx . The 2019 printed version will be mailed to all members in September and includes not only vendors but information on all our affiliated societies and judging centers. (This is another great reason to be a member of The American Orchid Society.)
The AOS Guide to Orchids and Their Culture, written by Mary Gerritsen, and with stunning photos by Ron Parsons, is just off the press, and will be available at our June meeting. Retail cost is $24.95 plus tax and shipping, but the SCOS is selling it for $22 including tax - such a deal!
FUTURE EVENTS: Mark Your Calendar!
• The Fall 2019 AOS Members Meeting will be October 16-20 at RF Orchids in Homestead, FL.
• Spring 2020 will be in Sacramento, dates to be announced.
• Spring 2021 will celebrate AOS’ Centennial, with a huge celebration at the new Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, FL. Mark your calendars for April 8 & 9, 2021.
Work is progressing on a centennial book, a historical record of AOS’ first 100 years. And a new seedling cross will be introduced to commemorate the centennial.
Your support of the American Orchid Society is important and appreciated. Don’t forget to renew annually, to keep enjoying your Orchids magazines, and other benefits of AOS membership.
Let’s Grow Together!
By Lynne Murrell
Greenhouse Chat with Ron McHatton
Thursday, July 18th @ 5:30-6:30 pm PST
Join Dr. Ron McHatton, AOS Chief Science Officer, as he answers your questions about all things orchid. He will discuss a variety of topics on orchid culture based on questions submitted by attendees. Please send your questions & pictures to Sandra Svoboda at email@example.com by Sun. July 14th. Remember to include pictures.
Everyone Welcome - Register Now
The Story of White Cattleyas
Thursday, July 11th 5:30–6:30 pm PST
Members Only - Registration Page
Join Jean Ikeson, AOS Judge, as she takes us on a journey through time to see trends in breeding and awarding of white cattleyas.
WHAT ARE WEBINARS? Webinars are an internet conference where you can hear the speaker and view his presentation, ask questions, and hear interactions from other members of the audience. You can join either on your computer or by phone. You can join from anywhere, via your Mac, PC or even your mobile device. Audio is included, so attendees can phone in or use VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol). You will need a microphone for your computer to use VoIP.
It’s easy to find the scheduled webinars and to register on the AOS website www.aos.org. You’ll find the link under the All About Orchids tab.
WANT TO LEARN, BUT CAN’T MAKE THE DATE? The live webinars will be recorded and posted on the AOS website, where you will find a link allowing you to view the webinars at your convenience.
Please see the AOS event calendar at www.aos.org for the complete listing of events.
July 20-21 - Orchids in the Park - see flyer on next page
10:00 - 5:00, Hall of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, 19th Ave at Lincoln,
San Francisco, www.Sforchidsinthepark.org
July 27 - California Sierra Nevada Speaker's Day
9:00 - 5:00 - see flyer on page 12 for details. Lynne Murrell will have discount tickets at our monthly meetings.
Sept 21 - SCOS BBQ & Auciton - details to follow - put it on your calendar - good food, good fun & good plants!
Open greenhouses are a great way for members to see how other members grow their orchids and to get to know fellow members. If you are willing to have an open greenhouse at your home, please contact June Maiden at firstname.lastname@example.org. The following is scheduled:
October 13th - the Rathbuns in Santa Rosa
July 20-21 - Orchids in the Park, San Francisco
July 27 - CA Sierra Nevada Speaker's Day, Sacramento
Sept 21 - SCOS BBQ & Auction
The San Francisco Orchid Society is excited to announce that once again we have a stellar lineup of local and international vendors for this year's Orchids in the Park, July 20 & 21 in Golden Gate Park, and we are not finished yet! This will be the first year that Afri Orchids of South Africa will be joining us as well as many other international vendors that normally do not participate in our Summer Show. It will be the perfect opportunity to source those hard to find specialty orchids, take advantage of informative demos, and enjoy a beautiful day in the park.
We also welcome all volunteers. Signing up is easy, just go to this link: https://signup.com/go/eiCCkJd. As a thank you, volunteers will receive free admission to the show, free lunch, and a Show Bucks coupon which can be used as a $5 credit towards any purchase at the show.
monthly checklist july & august
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.
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.
Beallara Diana Dunn 'Newberry' is a good example of the colorful patterns that Oncidium intergeneric hybrids offer.
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.
The Philippine species, Euanthe sanderiana, rewards growers
with massive heads of flowers at the end of sumer.
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 election of the Board of Directors for your Society's 2019-2020 fiscal year was held at the
May 14th meeting. The new board is the same as the old. There is still an opening for Ways & Means.
We could really use some new board members, so if you would consider one of these positions, you could come to a Board meeting and see what it's all about. Current board members will be glad to train you.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President Alison Bies
Vice President June Maiden
Secretary Ann Conger
Treasurer Karen Wofford
Membership Billie MacCarthy
Ways & Means vacant
Dir. of Communications Susan Anderson
Dir. of Meetings Ann Shippey & Haili Marshall
AOS Rep (unofficial position ) Lynne Murrell
Highlights of 5/21/19 SCOS Board Meeting
In Attendance: Alison Bies-President, June Maiden-Vice President, Ann Conger-Secretary,Karen Wofford-Treasurer, Billie MacCarthy-Membership, Susan Anderson-Communications, Jeanne Van Blarcom-Past President.
President: Alison felt the mounting party went well. Several suggested that the event be held every two or three years. Alternative meeting formats were discussed. One suggestion was to have two or three demonstrations that the members would rotate through. We may ask the members for ideas.
Vice President: June reported that the meetings are scheduled through September. June has commitments for some open green houses: August - Dale Martin,
October - Earl Rathbun. Judy Carney will schedule later.
Treasurer: Karen reported a combined balance of $27,960. The budget planning meeting needs to be held soon in June.
Membership: Billie reported 109 members. Updated email and phone information is needed from each member as they renew.
Communications Director: Susan reported that updates have been made on the website. Alison will contact Robyn about the PHP backup.
Mounting party: Tom Pickford did a great job with his demonstration. June retrieved last year's supplies from Krystal. We agreed that having mounted plants at "Show and Tell" was beneficial. We discussed selling the remaining plants and cork at the June meeting. We will use some plants for Bingo prizes and opportunity table prizes.
Repotting party: The date has been rescheduled for June first at Jeanne's home.
Bus trip: Susan and Lynne feel they have everything covered.
Bingo and Ice Cream Social: Jeanne will purchase the ice cream. Susan will bring the game and cards. She will call bingo.
Computer: Alison has been doing comparisons of prices and features. Up to $600 for the purchase of a laptop computer with the needed software installed was authorized.
We discussed having the society purchase some of Mary Gerritsen's books, "AOS Guide to Culture", for resale. A discount is available if purchased by 6/17. The board approved purchasing 24 for sale to members at regular price.
board meeting highlights
New AOS book titled The American Orchid Society Guide to Culture by Mary Gerritsen. We have a limited supply of books for $22 including sales tax. The retail price is $24.95 plus shipping and handling so it's a good deal. Books will be available at the monthly meeetings.
Dale Martin has a few bags of all 3 sizes of Orchiata for sale for $30/bag including tax. To reserve bags, please contact Date Martin at email@example.com or call 707-762-0526.
Sizes are Classic (fine) #9
Power (medium) #5
Power+ (medium) #5a
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