San Francisco Orchid Society
SFOS is a California non-profit 501(c)(3) Corporation
Paul Bourbin as the Orchid Doctor at POE 2020 (left), and some Disa pictures he provided (above and continued on page 2.)
This meeting will not include a potluck dinner.
Paul Bourbin is doing a Skills Session talk on "Caring for Disas" and will have some Disas for the in-person opportunity table. We will have plants from Ron Norris & Jason Douglass for the in-person opportunity table, as well as gift certificates (from Tiny Jungle & Sunset Valley Orchids,) for all attendees (online and in-person).
We will have Show & Tell as usual, and there will also be “White Elephant” optional plant/gift exchange for those who come onsite in-person and bring something to exchange.
IN-PERSON MEETINGS RETURN
7pm Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021
at San Francisco County Fair Building (Hall of Flowers).
6.30pm for AOS judging.
AND virtual meeting via Zoom.
Zoom password is:
More details on page 3
Welcome new members!
Venk Reddy & Sally Ottoson
AOS judging: Pac Central JC meets 1st Tuesday night (6:30pm at SFOS meeting) & on the 3rd Sat morning each month (9am at Filoli Gardens in Woodside); for more info contact James Heilig (firstname.lastname@example.org)
CA Sierra Nevada JC (CSNJC) judging was not held Wed. 11/3 and instead held 11/14 in Modesto. December judging is expected to resume on Dec. 1,
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and subsequently on the 1st Wednesday each month in conjunction with Sacramento OS meetings at Oddfellows Hall, 1831 Howe Ave; plant entry begins at 6 pm. For more info contact Lynne Murrell (email@example.com)
Skills Session: Caring for Disas
IN PERSON and via Zoom
For over 70 years the SFOS mission has been to foster the culture and conservation of orchids and to promote education of its members and the public about orchids. Our goals include: an exchange of information from exhibitions, publications, and the Internet, maintenance of a reference library, and participation in worldwide activities.
In-person meetings return! Welcome back to the Hall of Flowers!
We are delighted to welcome vaccinated members back to in-person meetings at the Hall of Flowers in Golden Gate Park. To protect one another, please be prudent: wear your mask, and stay away if you're feeling ill.
Please bring your plants for the in-person Show and Tell!
Please do keep an eye on your email for updates. We hope very much to see everyone in person, but if local circumstances change we may need to return to exclusively virtual meetings.
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Tips for the Virtual Meeting on Zoom
We will still be holding Zoom versions of our meetings to maintain access for unvaccinated members, and for those who have preferred the virtual format.
PLEASE RSVP for the Zoom meeting via our website (www.orchidsanfrancisco.org)and rather than just calling in, everyone is encouraged to either use the weblink or download the Zoom app ahead of the meeting to be able to better see and share the video content.
For the virtual show and tell send pics ahead of time to share - send up to3 show and tell pics by email to Lynne Murrell (firstname.lastname@example.org) by no later than the day before the meeting, though sooner is of course better to give her more time to prepare!
The link to join the meeting is: https://zoom.us/j/2093634933
The following devices all will work: Desktop computer, PC or Mac, Tablets, Cell Phones. If the device has a camera and a microphone you can use it.
Sometimes your PC may not have a microphone and in that case you can still use the computer and monitor and call in on the phone with the phone number - but make sure to turn off the computer speakers to avoid static feedback.
For virtual attendees: a chance to win $20 gift certificates to redeem for orchids from Tiny Jungle/LetsTalkPlants (free shipping via their Etsy site), & Sunset Valley Orchids !
For in-person attendees, live blooming-sized orchids. Dec. 7th's opportunity orchids to include Disas from Paul Bourbin and more from Ron Norris and Jason Douglass!
From the President
The holiday season is here - are you ready?
Our next member meeting is on December 7th - given there will not be a potluck dinner this time, we will start at 7pm both online by Zoom, as well as onsite in Golden Gate Park with quite a line up of orchid activities and treats: a skills session by Paul Bourbin on Caring for Disas, Show & Tell, opportunity table from Paul, Ron & Jason, a White Elephant plant/gift exchange, gift certificates from Tiny Jungle & Sunset Valley Orchids, and AOS Pacific Central judging.
On Dec 12th from 10am - noon, Steven Brown (Chair of the CCSF Horticulture and Floristry Department) will teach you how to create a wreath background and decorate it with ribbon, cones and ornaments in a theme of your choosing. $50.00 will cover instruction and materials, and all funds collected will benefit the Jean Lee CCSF/SFOS Scholarship fund. Attendance is limited to 20 people - so be sure to RSVP via our website ASAP!
Get $100 discount if you sign up by November 26th to join us on the SFOS Floriade trip May 29 - June 7, 2022 to the Netherlands and Belgium? Contact Sandy Lipkowitz directly at: email@example.com or (415) 931-1945, and mention SFOS.
Are you on the show committee or otherwise helping us out yet with POE? Orchid Masquerade - POE 2022 will be our 69th Annual show, taking place February 25-27 including a Preview Night on Thursday February 24th.
Contact Cori, or at least volunteer on the signup page at: https://signup.com/go/NbNfcgC
Disas from Paul Bourbin
Monthly Show & Tell Table
Members pictures of their blooming plants & growspaces
Wreath making class on Saturday, Dec 11th from 10am - noon
Make your own holiday wreath with fresh evergreens at The Floristry lab at City College of San Francisco (50 Frida Kahlo Way, San Francisco, CA 94112, USA)
Steven Brown (Chair of the CCSF Horticulture and Floristry Department) will instruct and guide you through this workshop. Learn to create a wreath background and decorate it with ribbon, cones and ornaments in a theme of your choosing.
$50.00 will cover instruction and materials.
Maximum 20 people.
RESERVE YOUR SPOT on the SFOS website: www.orchidsanfrancisco.org
Must be able to provide proof of vaccination and masks will be required. All funds collected will benefit the Jean Lee CCSF/SFOS Scholarship fund, in memory and honor of the recent loss of such a special person to the San Francisco Orchid Society and greater community.
Library Art Sale (50% off) through December 18th
SF Botanical Garden Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture has an exhibition of botanical prints for sale, including orchid prints from the collection of Jack Kramer. The exhibit has framed and unframed original 19th century botanical orchid prints, original botanical watercolors, drawings, photographs, and prints. Celebrate the holidays by treating yourself or a loved one to beautiful botanical art!
The library is now open Fridays and Saturdays from 10am to 4pm.
For more information see the website -https://www.sfbg.org/library
Lysudamuloa Red Jewel, Tom Pickford
If you would like to participate you may send a max. of 3 pictures/videos ahead of time to firstname.lastname@example.org
Cymbidium erythrostyllum , Lynne Murrell
Masdevallia princeps, Tom Pickford
Cattleya A Miracle Every Day, Tyler Albrecht
Odontoglossum wyattianum, Judy Carney
Gastrochilus calceolaris 2, Kay Klumb
Phragmipedium Sedenii, Jeff Harris
Dendrochilum species, Susan Anderson
Phrgmipedium Hanne Popow, Steve Lipson
Cyrtorchis chailluana, Judy Carney
Paphiopedilum charlesworthii, Steve Lipson
Paphiopedilum QF Wainani, Dale Martin
Paphiopedilum violascens, Tyler Albrecht
Cattleya Minerva, Jennifer Poulakos
Laelia alaorii, Stuart Menaker
Rhyncattleanthe Blue Ocean, Tanya Lam
Lc. Helen Christie 'Puesta del Sol', Jennfier Poulakos 1121
Zygopetalum maxillare, Roberta Fox
Monnierara millenium Magic 'Witchcraft' FCC-AOS, Lynne Murrell
Dendrobium smilliae, Susan Anderson
In Case You Have Not Heard: Due to COVID concerns,the AOS 2021 Centennial Celebration has been rescheduled for April 6th - 9th, 2022. All events and activities which were to take place October 27th - 30th, 2021 will now happen in April, at The Biltmore in Coral Gables FL.
Reservations are now open for your accommodations at our host hotel, the Biltmore Hotel In Coral Gables! Make your reservations now and join us to celebrate this momentous occasion.
Reservations can be made by calling 305-445-1926 or toll free 1 800-727-1926. Be sure to refer to Group Booking ID# 7882 “American Orchid Society”. You can also visit this page and click on "Book Now", then Enter group code #7882.
The Holidays are almost upon us!
Why not give the gift of an American Orchid Society Membership? Your friends, relatives and colleagues can be a part of our great orchid community and enjoy the great benefits that come with a membership:
* The Award-winning Orchids magazine and its searchable archives
* Access to our awards database, OrchidPro
* Access to all Webinars, from 2014 to current
* Savings in Orchid Marketplace, AOS Publications, and more!
All you need is their name, their email address, and their mailing address in order to get them signed up online! Otherwise, give us a call at (305) 740-2010 and we can assist you over the phone. We are available from 9AM to 5:30PM EST.
THREE MONTHLY AOS ORCHID JUDGINGS are Now Available:
Please bring a mask, and respect Social Distancing.
Pacific Central Judging Center – The 1st Tuesday of each month, during the regular SFOS monthly meeting at the Hall of Flowers, Golden Gate Park; Next judging is Tuesday December 7, 7pm. AND the 3rd Saturday of each month at Filoli Historic House & Garden, 86 Canada Road, Woodside CA. NEXT Judging is Sat. December 18, 9:00am. Questions? Contact James Heilig email@example.com Come for the judging, and also tour the beautiful Filoli Gardens.
California Sierra Nevada Judging Center’s (CSNJC) returns to judging indoors in conjunction with the Sacramento Orchid Society’s monthly meeting, the 1st Wednesday of each month: WEDNESDAY December 1. Plant entry begins at 6:00PM at Oddfellows Hall, 1831 Howe Avenue, Sacramento. Questions? Contact Lynne Murrell: firstname.lastname@example.org
Save the Date!
Orchid Culture Day II
January 29, 2022
Featuring four great speakers on the Vandaceous Family of Orchids:
Bob Fuchs, Jason Fischer, Brenda Oviatt, and Kim Feddersen
Go to the AOS Website to register now! Note: There is a $30 fee for registration.
Get ready to enjoy the Spring 2022 Shows, as many Bay Area Orchid Societies return to their annual Shows and Sales events!
Until we meet again, hopefully SOON, stay healthy, enjoy the Holidays, and Happy Growing.
The Webinar gurus are taking a month off: NO Webinars in December this year.
Attendees: Jeff Harris, Cori Majewski, Alie Fishman, Faye Rabino, Dave Hermeyer, Hana Hardy, Heidi Arno, Geoff Harris, Lynne Murrell, Yujin Kim
Zoom Board meeting called to order: (7:06 pm)
President's update: Jeff
per the Bylaws we need a Nomination Committee/Chair before February for the next Board elections to take place in May 2022. Anyone interested in being an officer, chairperson or Board member is encouraged to let us know so the Nomination Committee/Chair can follow up.
Treasurer’s report: Faye
October 2021 finance report
Lynne moved to approve the finance report. Geoff seconds.
Discussion of Kim Arden’s accounting of the Jack Ryder legal settlement details in this October 2021 finance report, including approval of the $50K repayment to Hartford Insurance.
VP’s update: Cori
Dec 7 - Paul Bourbin - Caring for Disa’s - short talk / skills session and Show & Tell as usual at other meetings - start at 7pm without a potluck/dinner, getting plants (from Paul Bourbin, Ron Norris & Jason Douglass) & gift certificates (Tiny Jungle & Sunset Valley Orchids) for “opportunity table;” also offering a “White Elephant” style optional plant/gift exchange for onsite attendees.
Jan 4 - Nicholas Rust - Introduction into the Wild World of Jewel Orchids; Opportunity table TBD
Feb 1 - Jis Sebastian - SFOS 2020 conservation grant recipient talk: Reproductive ecology of Paphiopedilum druryi in Western Ghats, India; Opportunity table TBD
Mar 1 - Lourens Grobler; Talk title and Opportunity table TBD
SFOS visit to Tiny Jungle in Daly City - Saturday Nov 7 from 10am - 1pm; $10 admission as donations to SFOS generated $160; ~60 plants were available (donated by TJ) for free raffle to attendees
Tiny Jungle Gift code plans / update for 2022 (Faye)
Board discussed concerns from both sides and recommended we diversify for 2022 and rotate the gift codes suppliers to improve the level of interest in participation and code redemption rates.
Membership update: Heidi
Welcomed 2 new members this past month: Sally Ottoson and Venk Reddy; Nov 2nd meeting attendance (~30 people attended the in-person meeting and another ~45 on Zoom); new name badges are being made now that we are once again meeting onsite at SF CFB in person - and have so many members since April 2020 without name tags; Heidi also noted use of the “Marco” brand name tags that are less expensive and thinner / easier to use in the printer compared to the prior brands used (Avery / Office Depot).
Newsletter editor update - (Yujin) All content due by the 15th of each month. Discussed plans to not include every show and tell plant picture given the large numbers (>70) - and the Board supported Yujin’s plans to use editorial judgement while attempting to include some from all participating members sharing pictures. You can contact Yujin for SFOS related business including newsletter content at email@example.com
2021 donation(s) in honor of Jean Lee will be made to City College (CCSF)($1500), Helen Crocker Russell Horticultural Library ($500), as well as SF Conservatory of Flowers ($1000).
We received another $2000 for the CCSF Jean Lee Horticulture Program Scholarship from Sherry Bridygham from the following donors:
$500 from Pleurothallid Alliance Group
$575 from Sherry Bridygham
$500 from Carol Zoltowski
$250 from Ron Parsons
$100 from John Leathers & Bob Hamilton
$25 from Kay Klumb
$25 from Mary Gerritsen
$25 from Terry and Margaret Boomer
Note that we welcome others to add to this and other SFOS funds as well - designated for education, conservation, or unrestricted use; just contact Jeff or Faye to coordinate those additional contributions.
POE 2022 SHOW COMMITTEE next meeting - Monday November 15th at 7pm by Zoom
Filoli 2022 orchid display by SFOS - Mark your calendar - we will want help from members able to provide flowering plants for this display - Jan 29th setup / Feb 7th takedown.
Zoom tech update from Nov 2nd meeting - had help from Bill Weaver, Mishi Nova, and John Rushworth - noted the challenges of the meeting room (basically a large concrete echo chamber) and though the show & tell video and sound quality were much improved from the past meetings - there was feedback for ongoing improvement options to consider to try to make the person speaking easier to hear on Zoom.
SFOS gets Distinguished Affiliated Societies Service Award (DASSA) recognition from AOS (Lynne): https://www.facebook.com/groups/AffiliatedSocietiesOfTheAOS
Oakville Ranch Vineyards - renewed commitment of support for 2022 (Stuart)
Next Board Meeting: Monday December 13th at 7pm by Zoom
Meeting adjourned at 8:10 pm.
SFOS Board Meeting Minutes
November 8, 2021
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You can help...
The San Francisco Orchid Society joins other orchid societies and businesses participating in the 1% FOC campaign by committing to budget 1% or more of our net revenue towards orchid conservation projects. For more information:
Join the OCA for an Orchids in the Wild Trip to the island of Sicily (Italy)
April 9 – April 20, 2022
Did you miss out on the Switzerland trip? Here is another chance for you to experience terrestrial Orchids in the Wild!
Itinerary and more detailed information can be found here:
There is no final price for the tour as yet. We are anticipating that it will be no more than $6000, and as soon as we have that information we will update the pdf file.
However, if people want to reserve a place on the tour, they will need to contact Mary Gerritsen (see link above) and send their $1000 deposit to the OCA (see link above).
We hope you can join us! Due to limitations in accommodations and transportation, the maximum number of tour participants is 12.
Our Contact Information
Orchid Conservation Alliance
564 Arden Dr
Encinitas, CA 92024
$25: Standard Membership (includes opportunity table access and email newsletters to one person)
$40: Household membership (2 or more people)
$75: Supporting Membership (includes 2 POE weekend passes*, opportunity table access plus email newsletters)
$150: SFOS Patron Membership (includes 4 POE weekend passes*, opportunity table access, email newsletters, one copy of A Bay Area Guide to Orchids and their Culture)
$500: SFOS Benefactor Membership (includes a mention in one of the newsletters, as well as all items in the Patron level - donation value of $350
$1,000: SFOS Orchid Circle (includes everything in the Benefactor level as well as a donation towards SFOS conservation and education funds with a donation value of $850
*We can provide a donation acknowledgement letter in lieu of POE tickets. As a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization, SFOS Memberships and Donations can be claimed as tax deductible.
Please consult your tax professional.
Alternative way to mount Orchids
A Bay Area Guide to Orchids and their Culture
This richly illustrated book is tailored specially to the needs of the San Francisco Bay Area Orchid grower, offering detailed orchid culture information along with recommendations of orchids to grow indoors, in cool to warm-intermediate greenhouses or outdoors, with microclimate-specific suggestions for those choosing to grow outdoors.
Note that SFOS paid for the cost of printing and SFOS gets 100% of the profits.
SFOS member, Mary E. Gerritsen
Available directly from the San Francisco Orchid Society
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Images: Copyright 2021 Orchid Conservation Alliance
Join us as a member via the website www.orchidsanfrancisco.org
If you are not sure about your dues status, just ask!
Automated 2022 SFOS Membership Dues renewal bills for those who paid online via the website will not likely go out until after January 1st.
If you want help with this process we can assist you -
email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you cannot use the online process, you can still mail a check along with your contact information to:
PO Box 27145
SF, CA 94127-0145
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Native Orchid Conference
NOC Symposium Registration now open!
We're pleased to report that registration for the 2022 Port Angeles, WA Symposium is now open. The planning process has resumed and most of the details remain unchanged. Last month Rick Burian visited the Olympic Peninsula (yes, it's still there) where he checked out the venue, tried the food we have planned and, oh yes, he saw lots of orchids.
You will recall that we are limited to 100 registrants. We have 54 "holdovers" so only 46 places remain. Don't miss the opportunity to visit one of our most spectacular national parks, reconnect with old friends (as well as make some new ones), and enjoy the special orchids of the Pacific Northwest.
Additional information and registration instructions can be found on our website:
Do you subscribe? If not, you might want to consider doing so. Orchid Digest is published quarterly with over 200 pages of amazing photos and excellent articles.
1 year subscription (4 issues) $39.00
2 year subscription ( 8 issues) $75.00
Current SFOS Contacts
President: Jeff Harris
Vice President: Cori Majewski
Secretary: Alie Fishman
Treasurer (CFO): Faye Rabino
Past President: Dave Hermeyer
Newsletter Editor: Yujin Kim
AOS Representative: Lynne Murrell
Orchid Digest Representative:
Librarian/Historian: seeking new rep.
Show Chair: Cori Majewski
Webmaster: John Rushworth
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