Election of New Officers
Donate to SCOS
Virtual Show & Tell
Sonoma County Orchid Society
in this issue
We're going to have a virtual meeting on August 11th using Zoom.
See page 12 for information about how to use Zoom.
Our speaker this month is Chaunie Langland who will be talking about Barkerias.
Barkerias have beautiful small fairy-garden type flowers which occur naturally in Mexico and Central America. This talk will include the points that judges should consider when evaluating Barkerias as well as cultural tips. The talk will last about 20 to 25 minutes. Originally written for judges, it is the hope of the presenter that the audience will learn both about Barkerias and a bit about what judges look for when evaluating flowers.
Chaunie has been an orchid hobby grower for more than 20 years, is a long time active Peninsula Orchid Society board member, an inactive San Francisco Orchid Society member, and is an associate judge with the Pacific Central Judging Center of the AOS, as well as an AOS awards photographer for the PCJC. She also maintains the websites of POS, PCJC and Fremont Garden Club as well as serving as admin for the Google Groups and Facebook pages for these three groups. (People will let you do anything, no matter how scant your qualifications when you begin when you work for free!) She grows Phalaenopsis, Paphiopedilums and Sarcochilus, but she mainly grows a wide variety of orchids from Latin America in a modest greenhouse and outdoors in her backyard. No orchids are grown or displayed in her home due to the presence of two determined orchid tossing and leaf nibbling cats.
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How is everyone doing? If you’re like me, you’ve worked with your orchids, cleaned up your yard, reorganized your closet and even baked something delicious. But have you noted on your calendar to join us via Zoom for our general meetings on the 2nd Tuesday of each month? Last month, June “orchidstrated” a silent auction during our meeting. Three more items from our silent auction will be auctioned off at our 8/11 meeting – see page 3 for pictures & descriptions. Instructions on how to bid will be given during the meeting. I hope you will take the time not only to attend the meeting via Zoom, but help support our society by bidding. Sadly, the lockdown will continue thru the month of August and possibly beyond. On the brighter side, this means that speakers from across the country who we never had access to before can present at our meetings. So expect to see some new faces and topics. What topics are you interested in? Please drop us a note at vicepresident@SonomaOrchids.com.
In spite of the pandemic, the SCOS continues to rise to the challenge. Our monthly meeting expenses are less and we’re saving money. Yay! The bad news is we are not bringing in any funds. Do you have any ideas how we can raise some funds for the society while having fun remotely? I also want to encourage our members to remember the vendors who support the SCOS via plant sales and participation in our show. Small businesses, particularly orchid growers, need our support. Never ordered a plant on line before? Now’s the time to try it.
It has been a pleasure to serve as President of the SCOS for the past two years. However, the real work has been done by our truly amazing Board of Directors, Newsletter Editor, and those working behind the scenes. Many thanks to VP June Maiden for booking a lineup of interesting and unique speakers. A big thanks to Treasurer Karen Woffard, who tackled the position, transitioned us to online Quickbooks, and is now stepping up as a candidate for President. (She has my vote!). Ann Conger, Secretary extraordinaire, has made jumbled discussions into organized concepts and has graciously agreed to continue for another year. Billie McCarthy brings some humor to the Board and makes sure everyone pays their dues (they were due in July so pay up!), and thankfully she has agreed to keep doing Membership for another year. Haili Marshall is still in denial. She should be traveling. Instead she is Director of Ways and Means until restrictions are lifted, and we value her insight and knowledge. Thank you Haili! Then there is two-time Marie Wasko Award winner, Susan Anderson, Director of Communications...regardless of that job description, over the years I have discovered she is a ”caryatid”. She is always there, a true pillar of the society with a wealth of SCOS historical knowledge. Luckily she’s not made of stone, but is a busy woman with a warm heart, willing to continue her dedication to SCOS. As for Ann Shippey, Director of Meetings, she’s gotten off easy these past few months! Regardless, my thanks to her for schlepping meeting supplies to meetings. As always, a special thanks to our Newsletter Editor, Ann Possinger. As I have noted at meetings, Ann P. is the wizard behind the big chair in the Wizard of Oz. She had to remind me at least twice every month to write this ‘Prez Mess’, or less accurately, the President’s Message . So a toast, to everyone, cheers and thank you for your support of me and SCOS!
These items were donated by local businesses to our silent auction at our SCOS Spring Show and Sale which had to be canceled. We're going to have a virtual auction during our August 11th meeting. Please use the Chat function in Zoom to submit your best bid. Highest bid wins, and June will be in touch with you about picking up & paying for your item. To submit your bid, click on the Chat icon at bottom of your screen.
Official San Francisco Bulls Minor League Hockey Jersey
Donated by Jim Noon of Hockey X Superstore, Oakland,.
Official on-ice jersey made in Canada for the ECHL minor league team, the San Francisco Bulls.
Retail value: $200, current value ?
Minimum bid: $20
Four Seasons Platter donated by Sincerely Yours of Montgomery Village
White GANZ Platter with platter holder. Four switchable toppers include Cheese Topper, Fall or Pumpkin Topper, Christmas or Holiday theme Topper, and Grape Cluster Topper perfect for wine country goodies.
Retail Value: $90
Minimum bid: $30
Two Matching Unisex Fanny Packs donated by California Luggage Company, Santa Rosa
California Wine and Bike Republic. Sonoma County.
California Bear eating an ice cream cone, riding a bicycle logo on pack.
Estimated value: $40
Minimum bid: $10
Even though we had to cancel our annual show and we didn’t have our April and May monthly meetings, we are still “in business”, and we need you to renew your membership to keep us going. Until we can have monthly meetings at the Vet's Bldg, we will have presenters via Zoom. Our fiscal year ends June 30th so dues payment is due July 1st. This is how you can renew.
Online at our website www.SonomaOrchids.com. Select the black Member Resources button under our name at the top, then select Membership Renewal. Pay with Debit/Credit Card via PayPal (you do not need a PayPal account to use this method). Submit Online Membership Renewal Form
Download either format of the Membership Application below, complete and return with a check for $25.00 payable to Sonoma County Orchid Society (SCOS), P.O.Box 11195, Santa Rosa, CA 95406
Membership Application (Word)
Membership Application (PDF)
It’s Election Time! Your Vote Counts!
Our 2020-2021 Election will take place this month. Since our regular August meeting will take place via Zoom, all SCOS members are asked to vote via an email which will be sent to everyone. Please vote for the entire slate of candidates or vote against the entire group. The votes will be privately tallied by two members separate from the Board. Please remember that both you and your spouse or significant other can vote. Votes must be received by midnight Tuesday, Aug 11th. Please vote by hitting reply to the email you will receive and saying “yes” or “no” to the slate of candidates.
Note- there will be no vote at the meeting; only voting via replying to email.
Candidates for the 2020-2021 SCOS Board of Directors
President Karen Wofford
Vice President Alison Bies
Secretary Ann Conger
Treasurer Glenn Finch
Membership Billie MacCarthy
Ways & Means Haili Marshall
Dir of Communications Susan Anderson
Director of Meetings Ann Shippey
AOS Rep (Unofficial position) Lynne Murrell
Newsletter Editor Ann Possinger
Past President Alison Bies
Have I got a deal for you! by Karen Wofford, Treasurer
Our primary fundraiser is our spring show. As you know, we canceled our spring show this year two weeks prior to the event due to the current pandemic situation. Fortunately, we were able to push forward most of our large expenditures already spent on the 2020 show to the show in 2021. The downside though is no income was generated to offset it in 2020.
The Sonoma County Orchid Society has a unique opportunity in 2020 to regain these lost funds by accepting donations from our membership while simultaneously benefiting those members on their own taxes! The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020, the first stimulus package created to help the economy, included a piece to generate income for nonprofits to help offset these kinds of losses.
Here’s my deal for you. For those who can and choose to, the CARES Act allows up to $300 per person ($600 per couple) to be donated to a nonprofit and written off your taxes whether you itemize or not for the year 2020. The $300 is a maximum per person for 2020, not a maximum per charity. Not only is it a write off, but it’s an above the line write off. This means you reduce your income by $300 in addition to the standard deduction, or 100% of the donation if you itemize. Under prior rules, individuals who did not itemize their deductions on their income tax returns could not take a charitable deduction for cash contributions to qualified charities, and the deduction was tied to their tax bracket.
Please consider making the Sonoma County Orchid Society your donation of choice for 2020. If 10 members donate $300 each, our finances will be back on track. If you can't afford $300, any amount of donation will be appreciated. Thank you!!
Please send checks to:
PO Box 11195
Santa Rosa, CA 95406
Write ‘donation’ in the memo line. Receipts for your donation are available if requested.
You can donate from our website www.SonomaOrchids.com using your Debit/Credit Card via PayPal (you do not need a PayPal account to use this method). Look for the DONATE button.
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Virtual SHOW & TELL
Cochleanthus discolor Lil
Dendrobium Sulawesi x lawesii
Link to see more photos submitted by members
Cattleya Lake Tahoe - June Maiden
Cirr. tingabarinum ‘Christopher’ AM/AOS x sibling - Alison Bies
It’s official: the AOS Spring Members Meeting which was to be held in Sacramento, and then was postponed to the Fall 2020, has now been cancelled due to COVID concerns. So there will be no AOS Members Meetings in 2020.
However, AOS has planned a huge celebration of it’s 100 year anniversary in Spring 2021. Fingers crossed…we 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.
Orchids A to Z
Are you looking for a definitive source for concise information on orchid genera? Check the below website section to see full descriptions and culture requirements provided by experts handpicked for their orchid knowledge. Photos of popular species in each genus are shown. Culture requirements are presented in an easy to understand "recipe-style" format. Also included is a playable sound file of the proper pronunciation of each genus so you can sound like an expert. A sound card and speakers are required to hear the spoken name.https://www.aos.org/orchids/orchids-a-to-z.aspx
What else can we do while we wait this out? Support orchid vendors with mail order purchases and gift card purchases, if offered. We want to see them come through all of this successfully, to keep us happy in our passion for orchids. The Orchid Source Directory is a good place to start. http://www.aos.org/orchids/orchid-source-directory.aspx
Increase our knowledge. Visit the AOS website for a Monthly Checklist on Orchid Care.
Until we meet again, hopefully SOON, Happy Growing. Stay Healthy!
Let’s Grow Together!
By Lynne Murrell
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.
Registration is required. http://www.aos.org/orchids/webinars.aspx
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.
culture connection august
CULTIVATE: to grow in a prepared medium
Visit the AOS website for a Monthly Checklist on Orchid Care https://www.aos.org/orchids/seasonal-orchid-care/july-august-checklist.aspx
August: The Month of Midlife, By Thomas Mirenda
OK, calm down everyone. Resist it all you like, but we all get older. Those of us of a “certain age” are frequently accused of having a crisis in our lives because others perceive some slightly reckless or unusual behavior. Isn’t it hyperbolic to say we are in crisis simply because we seem restless in our jobs, dye our hair, buy a sporty car or, I don’t know, sell everything we own and relocate to Argentina so we can dance the tango with beautiful strangers. . . OK, that one does seem a bit much. Even so, why not shake things up a little in our lives? It is not so much about regaining our youth (you could not pay me to be 20 again) as it is about keeping life fresh and fun. When I was 20 everything was exciting and new and life was all about adventure and the future. We may be more settled now in our jobs, houses and partners, but life is still all about the future! Why shouldn’t it be just as exciting as it was when we were kids?
The growing of orchids may seem a passive pursuit to many, some might even say cultivating orchids is a pastime for a more subdued set, but I beg to differ. Readers of Orchids know that the activity is endlessly fascinating, and the subject staggeringly vast and mind-boggling. While the thrill I get from walking into the greenhouse and seeing a long awaited new orchid flower finally unfurled may not be equally adrenaline inducing as hang gliding, I also do not run the risk of breaking any bones when I do it! Some of the greatest peak experiences of my life have involved searching for and finding orchids in the wild. These experiences have almost always involved exotic travel, moderate to intense physical activity, immersing myself in nature as well as hanging out with friends, old and new. If that’s a life in crisis, I’ll take it!
WISE ABOUT WATER - Rainwater is a gift from above, and excessive amounts of runoff actually can hurt our environment. Collecting rainwater and using it for your orchids is pretty easy and will be a boon to the health of your collection. A simple rain barrel with a submersible pump and a hose are the basic tools needed. Why waste this fine quality water? August is actually a tough time for orchid watering and you have to use your best judgment around this time. So many of your new growths that initiated in the spring are now approaching maturity. The observant grower will notice that they need less water and fertilizer now than they did months ago and should do better with a little less than they did when in active growth. Actually, the summer heat tends to halt plant metabolism in many of the intermediate growing orchids. Only the very warmest-growing orchids are unaffected by the intensities of summer weather.
CAM PHOTOSYNTHESIS ORCHIDS - In fact, many warm-growing (and even some cooler growing) orchids engage in a water-retentive type of plant respiration referred to as crassulacean acid metabolism, or CAM photosynthesis. This is an adaptation that evolved in plants from desert habitats where temperatures are very high and water is scarce. These types of plants do not open their stomata during the day, or all the water in their tissues would immediately vaporize. Instead, CAM plants open at night, which allows needed respiration to occur without the risk of rapid desiccation. In your orchid collection, this means that many of your more succulent orchids might not be able to take up water from their roots until the sun goes down.
FUNGAL ISSUES - Astute growers will tell themselves, “Well, I’m told never to water late in the day for risk of crown rot and fungal pathogens that can occur when plant surfaces are wet at night. But if they don’t take in water until evening, when should I water?” This has more to do with a phrase you see in this magazine frequently: “a well-drained but moisture retentive mixture.” This is the key to success for so many orchids. You have won half the watering battle by supplying the right mix for your climate for each individual in your collection. You may have the medium issue adequately addressed, but rot issues do tend to appear in the summer heat, especially if you mist your plants excessively to keep them cool. Be on the lookout for signs of bad fungi, broken down mixes that do not dry out (a sure sign of root rot), leaves that are not turgid and new growths that detach or disintegrate. If you have these types of problems, it might be time for an emergency repotting or treatment with a fungicide.
THE HEAT IS ON - By this time in the summer, deleterious effects of heat will become more pronounced, and you may have to rescue a few orchids. Do your best to cool plants by using combinations of mist, shade and air movement. If portions of your plants have succumbed to heat stress or appear to be rotting, it is always best to remove and discard those necrotic tissues, as the resulting diseases can easily spread to healthier portions of the plant. Treat any cuts you make with an antifungal or antibacterial substance such as cinnamon. Next month, some relief is in sight for your heat-stressed orchids.
(As pertinent now, as it was then - Reprinted with permission ORCHIDS VOL. 84, NO.8, August 2015)
Published since 1932, ORCHIDS (formerly known as the AOS Bulletin) is among the many benefits of an AOS membership. Exploding with glorious full-page color photographs, each monthly issue is packed with topics of current interest for both beginners and advanced orchid growers.
Worth the Read - ORCHIDS August Preview
⦁Collector's Item -Bulbophyllum maxillareby Charles Wilson
⦁Orchids Illustrated - Willem Hendrik de Vriese by Peggy Alrich and Wesley Higgins
⦁Rhyncholaelia digbyanaby Stephen van Kempen-Lewis
⦁Who Were These Guys? Part 11 - Hugh Low by David Rosenfeld
⦁In Pursuit of Teagueia by Kelsey Huisman
⦁Lindleyana- Studies inOberonia 7by Daniel L. Geiger, Benjamin J. Crain, Melissa K. McCormick, and Dennis F. Whigham
AOS members have access to over 2,050 articles published
between the years 2003 - 2009 and 2011 - 2018 through the digital archives.
culture connection august
Our July meeting will be held virtually this month on July 14th at 7 pm as usual. We will meet via Zoom, a computer application, which will allow our speaker to make a presentation. Zoom is easy to use once you get it working. If you get stuck setting it up, call me (Karen Wofford, 707-975-4299), but don’t wait until the start of the meeting. I will be busy after 6:30pm. The link below will tell you about Zoom and how to download it as well as more advanced manuals - https://www.marinjcc.org/zoomclassreg.
It will help if you prepare prior to the meeting by making sure the Zoom application is on your computer. Here is how to do that:
If you are using a laptop or desktop computer, open your browser and go to https://zoom.us/download and click download under “Zoom Client for Meetings.”
If you are using a cell phone or tablet, you will need to download the application from your app store. The app we want is called “Zoom Cloud Meetings.” It is a sky blue square with a white video camera inside.
You do not have to create an account and it will cost you nothing. Make sure your device has a camera and speakers. A microphone is optional, but necessary if you want to ask a question of the speaker. A group email will be sent to all members containing the link to the meeting the day of the meeting. The email will look like this:
Sonoma County Orchid Society is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Sonoma County Orchid Society June Meeting
Time: Jun 9, 2020 7:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
The only part of this message that matters is the link in blue above. Simply click on this link in the email.
Depending on your system, you’ll see any or all of the following prompts in no particular order.
1. You may see a picture of yourself and the question “join with video” or “join without video”. Select “Join with Video” unless you don't want to be seen by others.
2. Do you want to allow this page to open“zoom.us.app”? Click “Allow”
Choose ONE of the audio conference options
Phone Call Computer Audio
Test Speaker and Microphone
Automatically join audio by computer when joining a meeting
3. A box that looks like the following. If so, select “Computer Audio”.
4. A box that says this. If so, select “Click Here”.
Your meeting should start in a few seconds...
If Zoom does not run in a moment,
Download & run Zoom. Then click here to start the meeting.
If all goes well, you’ll see yourself and other people, and you will be able to hear them talking.
1. If you can see everyone, but you can’t hear them, make sure your volume is turned up.
2. If you can see everyone, but they can’t hear you, locate a small microphone icon somewhere on your screen and make sure it isn’t muted. On a tablet or phone you will have to tap the screen to be able to see the microphone.
3. If you can hear and see everyone, but you can’t see yourself, find a little video camera next to the microphone icon and make sure it is turned on.
4. If you somehow are prompted for a meeting ID, use this:
Meeting ID: 326 597 3017
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.
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!
Welcome to new member Kathleen Smith
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!
Thanks to Helen Finigan, Ann Conger,
Jeanne VanBlarcom, Kathy Rathbun, Billie MacCarthy and Chen-Hao Hsu for snacks at the April meeting.
2020 Refreshment Calendar
T - Z
A - B
C - De
Di - Fo
Fr - H
J - Le
Li - M
N - R
SCOS Member's page
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 new shipment of Orchiata which retails for $40 per 40 liter bag but he will sell to SCOS members for $33 including tax. They are available for pickup in a socially distant manner in Petaluma. Limited quantities available (first come, first serve). To reserve bags, please contact Date Martin at email@example.com or call 707-762-0526. All 4 sizes available:
Classic #9 (fine)
Power 5 (medium)
Power 5A (medium+)
Super (extra large)
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
Please see the AOS event calendar at www.aos.org for the complete listing of events.
DUE TO CORONAVIRUS CONCERNS, MOST SPRING SHOWS HAVE BEEN CANCELED OR POSTPONED. BEFORE PLANNING TO VISIT ANY SHOW, PLEASE EMAIL OR PHONE THE PERSON OF CONTACT TO FIND OUT THE CURRENT STATUS OF THE EVENT. ALL AOS MONTHLY AND OUTREACH JUDGINGS HAVE BEEN CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
Postponed till the Fall - California Orchids Sale 9-4 pm
515 Aspen Rd. Bolinas, CA
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.