BBQ & Auction
Member Updates - Membership Renewal Time
Board of Directors
Board Meeting Highlights
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I hope everybody is having a wonderful summer. I want to extend my thanks to Tom Pickford for presenting a wonderful skill session at our last meeting. Tom does so much for the society and for our sister society, the Napa Valley Orchid Society. I’d like to also encourage people to go to the Napa show on October 5th and 6th. Speaking of shows, we have our own show coming up! It’s that time a year to step forward for chair positions as well as volunteer for the many positions needing to be filled. The annual show is our major fundraiser along with the BBQ & Auction. Our other activities don’t generate much money and sometimes cost us money, like the bus trip this year. Susan Anderson and Lynne Murrell put in a lot of hard work, dealt with problems which we can’t even imagine, and we still lost money. Next year we will not be having the bus trip, but hope to do it again the following year. So I ask that people step forward at this time and volunteer. We may have to raise our membership dues, but we were trying to avoid that at this time. Even if you don’t attend the show you might think about working for the show prior to the event.
Now on to something more enjoyable, fun & delicious! The Auction & BBQ coming up on September 21st. Dave and Becky Jackson will once again host the event at their beautiful home. We also are to be entertained by our favorite auctioneer, Alan Koch. If you have never attended this event, this is your chance to participate in one of the most entertaining and enjoyable events of the year (not to mention only $7). So pony up a couple bucks and bring your mom, your cousin, your aunt, your friend from work, the next-door neighbors. Time to introduce everyone to orchids and our group. Come have a glass of wine, some great barbecue, bid on orchids and enjoy meeting someone new. Sign up to bring something and come and enjoy yourself. See you there!
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!
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
REWARD for the first NEW AOS MEMBER to sign up at the September 10 SCOS meeting!
I recently spent a morning in a judging and training session with George Hatfield, of Hatfield Orchids (specializing in Cymbidiums), and past president of the AOS. He donated a beautiful Cymbidium Snow Ball ‘Hatfield’s’ 4N (near blooming size plant), for the first NEW AOS member to sign up at the next SCOS meeting. I’ll bring the membership forms; you just need to be the first to complete it and return it to me with your check ($40 for digital-only membership; $65 if you also want to receive a print issue of Orchids magazine each month). I’ll mail it to AOS for you, and you’ll go home with a lovely new Cymbidium which will look like this when it grows a bit more.
The Fall 2019 AOS Members Meeting will be October 16-20 at RF Orchids in Homestead, FL. The Trustees of the AOS and its Standing Committees meet twice each year in the spring and fall. This fall’s meeting, which is hosted by the East Everglades Orchid Society, is being held October 16th – 20th, 2019 in Homestead, Florida. The web page is up, and registration is now open so you can sign up for the meeting and make your hotel reservation while space is available. Activities include the annual auction with Auctioneer Extraordinaire Alan Koch (these will be some fabulous plants!), a visit to the Everglades and an Alligator Farm (they need farming?!), and an airboat ride. And of course an Orchid show with gorgeous displays and many vendors who never visit us here on the West Coast. Here’s the link: http://www.aos.org/news-and-events/members-meetings.aspx
The AOS Spring 2020 meeting will be in Sacramento, hosted by the California Sierra Nevada Judging Center, April 16-20, 2020. Be sure to save the dates! You’ll hear lots more about this as the date nears.
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.
CONSIDER JOINING THE AOS BOARD (DON’T BE SHY!): The AOS Board of Trustees is seeking nominations for members of the Board of Trustees of the American Orchid Society, for all six officers (for 2020-2022) and four trustees (for 2020-2023). Members may nominate any member in good standing, including themselves, and shall provide a rationale as to why they should be considered. All nominations will be evaluated by the Nominating Committee and a slate will be mailed, in accordance with the by-laws, prior to the election at the Members Meeting in the spring of 2020. You can look at the competencies Board Members are evaluated on at the link below. If someone in your society, or you, can provide guidance to the future of the AOS and is interested in serving on the Board, please send your nominations to Alan Koch at email@example.com. Nominations will be accepted up to close of business September 25, 2019. Here’s the link: http://www.aos.org/featured-content/call-for-nominations.aspx
Lynne Murrell, AOS Representative
By Lynne Murrell
Greenhouse Chat with Ron McHatton
Thursday, September 5th @ 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 firstname.lastname@example.org by Sun. September 3rd. Remember to include pictures.
Everyone Welcome - Register Now
Orchid Gardens of Latin America
Wednesday, September 18th 5:30–6:30 pm PST
Members Only - Registration Page
Tom Mirenda takes us on a tour of Latin America's fabulous orchid gardens.
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.
EDEMA: What Are Those Strange Blisters? Text by Sue Bottom / Pictures by Terry Bottom
Originally published in ORCHIDS 2015
When I first noticed those corky blisters on the leaves of my orchids, I thought it was some kind of aberrant scale. I tried scratching them off and even tried excising them with an X-Acto knife, though of course it wasn’t scale at all. The culprit was edema, also known as oedema; swelling caused by excess fluids.
In orchids, this swelling is caused by improper watering, when the roots absorb more water than can be transpired by the leaves. Typically, this happens during the cooler months in late winter and early spring, especially during extended periods of cool, cloudy weather. If you water on a gray day when the plant is not actively growing or you water late in the day on a day when the nighttime temperatures turn cool, edema blisters may form. The excess water absorbed by the plant causes a swelling of plant cells that produces a blister on the leaf.
Proper watering is the key to preventing edema blisters from forming. During the warm growing season when plants are in active growth and the nighttime temperatures are warm, you can water your plants with wild abandon. You can water in the morning, the afternoon or at night. In fact, when the humidity is very low, many orchid growers find it difficult to properly hydrate their orchids because they dry out so quickly.
Some selectively water in the evenings after the sun has set so their plants will stay wet overnight and soak up water. Fertilizer shouldn’t be applied in the evening hours. Darkness, plus water, plus nutrients is a formula for fungal and bacterial growth. Most orchids grow in a nutrient-poor environment so even though the plants may be wet at night from heavy dews and rain, there is insufficient food to fuel roots and the like in nature. If you decide a nighttime watering regime is right for you, water at dusk and then apply your fertilizer in the early morning.
My go-to guy, Courtney Hackney, recommends nighttime watering during periods of low humidity and warm nighttime temperatures and notes some of the additional benefits from this approach. Your plants will be well hydrated so you will not have to worry about fertilizer toxicity. The roots will be ready to take up fertilizer as their surface condition has changed from hard and stiff to soft and pliable. If you live in an area with hard water, salts that accumulate in the medium, pots and roots will become soluble overnight, allowing them to be flushed out the next morning while fertilizing. Once the humidity rises or nighttime temperatures drop below the 65–70 F (18–21 C) range, you should resume the more conventional morning watering regime.
Watering during the cooler months is quite different than during the main growing season. Many orchids go through a winter resting period and some an outright dormancy, so the orchid’s need for water and fertilizer is at a minimum. Your frequency of watering will be perhaps a quarter or a half of your summertime watering frequency. Water early in the morning, finishing before noon or so. Do not water on gray or rainy days, even if it is your “scheduled” watering day.
Orchid growers spend a lot of time worrying about different pests and diseases that might be afflicting their plants. I have come to believe that there are more physiological and cultural issues that cause problems with your orchids than those caused by pests and diseases. If you have access to the AOS Guide on Orchid Pests and Diseases, read or reread Tom Sheehan’s discussion on physiological disorders caused by improper watering, light, nutrition, potting faults and other conditions (Sheehan 2002). His comments are as true today as the day they were written.
by Sue Bottom
Please see the AOS event calendar at www.aos.org for the complete listing of events.
Sept 21 - SCOS BBQ & Auction - see flyer on page 1. Be sure to come - good food, good fun & good plants!
Sept 26 - Planning meeting for 2020 spring show at 7 pm at Ann Shippey's home. Call her at (707) 545-5923 to RSVP and get address. If you are interested in finding out how you can help with the show, please come. We need you!
Oct 5-6 - Napa Valley Orchid Society 26th Annual Show and Sale "Explosion of Orchids" is being held at the Las Flores Community Center, 4300 Linda Vista Avenue, Napa, CA
Oct 18-20 - The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens International Orchid Show is being held at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, 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 email@example.com. The following is scheduled:
October 13th - the Rathbuns in Santa Rosa
Sept 21 - SCOS BBQ & Auction
Oct 5-6 - Napa Valley Orchid Show & Sale
Oct 18-20 - Huntington Library Int'l Orchid Show
show & tell photos
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.
We could really use new board members. Start out by simply joining our fun group! We meet the third Thursday of each month. It’s fun volunteering! Or contact a board member if you are interested! 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 Haili Marshall
Dir. of Communications Susan Anderson
Dir. of Meetings Ann Shippey
AOS Rep (unofficial position ) Lynne Murrell
Highlights of 7/16/19 SCOS Board Meeting
Attendance: Alison Bies-President, Ann Conger-Secretary, Karen Wofford-Treasurer,
Billie MacCarthy-Membership, Susan Anderson-Communications,
Karen obtained a grant from Tech Soup that will provide Quickbooks online version to SCOS for free for 10 years!!!
Karen purchased a refurbished Lenovo laptop with Windows 10 and Microsoft Office installed.
The profit from the BINGO meeting was $33.96.
Budget meeting: Alison Bies, Karen Wofford, June Maiden, Earl Rathbun and Haili Marshall attended the budget meeting. Karen presented the proposed budget for 2019-2020. The board made some adjustments to some dollar amounts, working toward balancing the budget. Increasing the dues to $30 was discussed and there was no decision.
BBQ and Auction: The society will pay $590 for auction plants and travel expenses for Alan Koch, the auctioneer. The price per person will remain at $7 to cover the cost of meat.
Bus trip: Susan reported planning was difficult this year. Thunderstar Bus company
wasn't as cooperative as in the past. The reason for lower attendance wasn't determined. Having to change the date twice may have contributed. After discussion, Alison moved that the next bus trip be held in 2021 rather than next year. It passed unanimously.
Holiday Party: After discussion of options, Billie and Karen agreed to do further investigation into alternative venues. The goal is to lower the price of the event.
Spring Show: Alison mentioned the need to start planning. At the August board meeting we will schedule the first meeting.
Topics for the August board meeting:
1) A new fund raiser, 2) Changes to the Opportuniy Table, 3) Membership dues.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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