BBQ & Auction
Bingo/Ice Cream Social Photos
Member Updates - Membership Renewal Time
Board of Directors
Board Meeting Highlights
Sonoma County Orchid Society
in this issue
Tuesday, August 13th - Doors open at 6:30 pm, meeting begins at 7:00 pm.
Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building, 1351 Maple Ave, Santa Rosa
Alan Koch will speak on Cattleya sincorana which has been line bred for over 40 years at Gold Country Orchids.
Oda (Shelley 'Spring Dress" x Prince Vultan)
Alan Koch owns and operates Gold Country Orchids where he specializes in miniature and compact Cattleyas. He started growing orchids in 1969 with 3 Cymbidiums given to him by an aunt. While in college he became interested in other orchids and discovered many would grow outdoors in Southern California. He has moved five times as his orchid obsession has led to the need for more growing space. With the last move, he purchased 10 acres of land in Lincoln, CA for his 250,000 orchids. He is recognized as an expert in the Brazilian Cattleya alliance and a trend setter in miniature Cattleya breeding. Alan has been published in the Orchid Digest, the American Orchid Society magazine, as well as many international publications. He has also been published in several proceedings of the World Orchid Conference. He is an internationally known speaker. He is a past member of the AOS Judging Committee, the Research Committee, is an Accredited Judge, and is Training Coordinator for the California Sierra Nevada Judging Center. Alan also served two terms on the Orchid Digest Executive Committee and three terms on the Board of Directors, as well as two terms as a Trustee for the AOS.
Alan is offering free shipping &10% discount on pre-orders which he'll bring to the meeting - follow this link for details http://sonomaorchids.com/?page_id=4138
Alan will once again be auctioneer for our annual BBQ & Auction on 9/21 so put it on your calendar. There is no regular monthly meeting in September.
Cattleya Sincorana Big Ben
Speaker's Dinner: Join us for dinner with Alan at Kirin Restaurant, 2700 Yulupa Avenue, Santa Rosa on Tuesday the 13th at 5 pm. Please RSVP by 5pm on 8/12.
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A big thank you to everyone who made our Bingo and Ice Cream Social a tasty success. If you attended, you already know we had fun. Susan Anderson called bingo, while the rest of us hammered away at the ice cream (ok, next year let’s remember to take it off the dry ice a little bit earlier!) but once you got it out of the carton, added the hot fudge sauce, the fruit, sprinkles, nuts....and everything else on top....it was really good! We had many guests, and it was nice to meet so many friends and relatives who joined us for this special night. I was happy to be seated at a table with several visitors who enjoyed the evening, and I was touched by how many of our members won more orchids than they wanted to take home, so joyously passed them on to others who weren’t so lucky. This generosity, outreach and sharing is a hallmark of our group which I am so proud to be part of.
Behind the scenes, Karen Wofford has been continuing to tweak our budget, and has done amazing forensic work getting a handle on operations before she took over.
We are looking for ways to revitalize our Holiday Party...if you’ve got any creative and thrifty ideas to contribute, please talk to Billie McCarthy.
It’s also time to start working on filling positions for the spring Show. I know you’re thinking of getting some sand between your toes and avoiding the kiddies squirt guns, but the earlier we start planning the show and the publicity, the more enjoyable and successful the show will be for all participants.
We have seen some warm weather this month, and your orchids may need some extra attention. It’s also vacation time...so research ways to keep your orchids cared for while you’re gone.
Bingo/ice cream social 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
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
The American Orchid Society currently has over 300 affiliated societies worldwide and our community continues to grow. I find it interesting that orchid societies around the world are eager to join AOS. Here are our newest members and fellow orchid enthusiasts:
Sociedad Dominicana de Orquideologia of Dominicana Republica
Catoctin Orchid Society of Thurmont, Maryland
Sociedad de Orquidistas Latinoamericana of Homestead, Florida
Coral Springs Orchid Society of Coral Springs, Florida
NCKU Orchid Research and Development Center of Tainan, Taiwan
Societa Felsinea de Orchidofilia of Bologna, Italy
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 Fall 2019 AOS Members Meeting October 16-20 at RF Orchids, 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 16–20, 2019 in Homestead, Florida. Plans are still underway, but the schedule is firming up. The web page is up, and registration is now open so get signed up for the meeting and make your hotel reservation while space is available. Here’s the link: http://www.aos.org/news-and-events/members-meetings.aspx
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, August 8th @ 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. August 6th. Remember to include pictures.
Everyone Welcome - Register Now
What makes a great Vanda?
Thursday, August 27th 5:30–6:30 pm PST
Members Only - Registration Page
Please join premier Vanda grower, AOS Judge, and Vice President Robert Fuchs as he talks about the beautiful Vanda Alliance and gives us judging tips as to what makes a good Vanda.
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.
Sept 21 - SCOS BBQ & Auciton - see flyer on page 3- 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 email@example.com. The following is scheduled:
October 13th - the Rathbuns in Santa Rosa
Sept 21 - SCOS BBQ & Auction
TOM'S MONTHLY CHECKLIST
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 and 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 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 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. 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 PHOTOSYNTHETIC 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.
This stunning Maxipedium xerophyticum 'Moonlight and Star', CCM/AOS received 87 points in August 2014 with 47 flowers and 78 buds on 45 inflorescences. Individual flowers are just under an inch (2.4 cm) and the spectacular plant is composed of 250 growths filling a 28-inch (72-cm) container. Grown by Venk Reddy and photographed by Ramon de los Santos.
—Thomas Mirenda, AOS Conservation Committee Chair (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
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.
TOM'S MONTHLY CHECKLIST
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 Haili Marshall
Dir. of Communications Susan Anderson
Dir. of Meetings Ann Shippey
AOS Rep (unofficial position ) Lynne Murrell
Highlights of 6/18/19 SCOS Board Meeting
Attendance: Alison Bies-President, June Maiden-Vice President, Ann Conger-Secretary, Karen Wofford-Treasurer, Susan Anderson-Communications, Ann Shippey and Haili Marshall-Meetings,
President: Alison addressed the issue of filling the Ways and Means position on the board. Ann C. suggested that we consider a position of Outreach to help address the society's goal of education.
Vice President: June reported changes in open greenhouse schedule. Dale is now busy in August. Linda Eggleston's date is indefinitely on hold because of Daryl's passing. The Rathbun's will host an open green house on October 2nd.
The BBQ and auction will be held 9/21 at the Jackson's. Alan Koch will be auctioneer. Speakers are needed for the October and November meetings.
Treasurer: Karen reported a checking account balance of $5002.51, and a savings account balance of $22,519.97. Karen is doing a careful review of the books in preparation for end of the fiscal year and the budget committee for FY 2019-2020.
Communications Director: Susan has been in touch with Robyn and the website is up to date. Alison has been doing research on web hosts.
Meeting Coordinators: Haili will continue to support Ann Shippey as backup for meeting setup. There was dicussion about responsibility for housing the society laptop and projector and bringing them to the meetings. June will transfer the projector to Ann S.
Repotting party: The day at Jeanne's was very successful, but unfortuntely, the attendance was low. The low attendance might have been related to the late change of date due to weather. We plan to do better communication to newer members next year.
Mounting party: It was decided that the society will have a mounting party meeting every other year. An alternative to this meeting will be considered.
Bus trip: Susan reported the need for more signups for the trip.
Computer: Alison will let Karen know which computer is available to purchase.
Budget meeting: Alison and Karen will setup the meeting date and time. Those attending will be Alison, Karen, June and Haili. Karen will invite Ann P. or Earl.
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