Coastal Valley Orchid Society

Document Sample
Coastal Valley Orchid Society Powered By Docstoc
					Coastal Valley Orchid Society
Lompoc, California

March 17, 2009
The Lompoc Library Grossman Gallery Meeting begins at 7 p.m.
Epipactis gigantea Society Adopted Orchid Photo courtesy of Phil Rietz

An AOS Affiliate Society Since 2002

2009 – 2010 Officers President: Phil Rietz Vice President: Gene Baum Secretary: Open at this time Treasurers: Van & Pam Bivans Past President: Eileen Whitty Board of Directors (2008 – 2010) Lena Meurling Jeannie Beattie
Photo courtesy of Ron McHatton

March Meeting:

Ron McHatton
‘Pollination - the intimate lives of orchids’

Mike Horochivsky Penny Whitaker (2009 – 2011) Rich Boden Lori Quinn Heather Quinn David Quinn

AOS Representative: Van Bivans Membership: Phil Rietz Publicity: Gene Baum Hospitality: Judy Lee


Show Displays: Jeannie Librarian: Heather Quinn Newsletter: Phil Rietz Web Master: Phil Rietz Beattie & Eileen Whitty

Historian: Mike Horochivsky

Our guest speaker for our March meeting will be Ron McHatton, a PhD Chemist by training, is currently the AOS Director of Education and Regional Operations. Prior to accepting this position he was Apopka production manager for Kerry’s Bromeliad Nursery, possibly the largest wholesale orchid nursery in the United States and one of the largest Bromeliad wholesalers as well. Ron has been growing orchids for more than 43 years and has an eclectic collection of plants representing a wide cross-section of the orchid family. Ron’s passion for orchids has spanned virtually every growing regime from windowsills to under lights to greenhouses running from a 200 square foot hobby house to several acres of commercial growing space. Over the years his private collection has numbered in excess of 2,500 plants. In addition to his professional position, Ron is an accredited American Orchid Society judge and has been volunteering for the AOS for over 25 years. During that time, Ron chaired several national committees, twice held a seat on the organization’s Board of Trustees and briefly served as vice president. In addition to Ron’s volunteer support of the AOS, he has also been a long-time supporter of the Orchid Digest. In this role, he has served on its Board of Directors and Executive Committee for many years and as its President for three consecutive terms. Members are invited to have dinner with Ron and will be at Suvan’s beginning at 5 pm. If you are interested in attending please contact Gene Baum. This month’s plant table will be provided by Gene Baum.

Notes of Interest from the February Meeting
By Gene Baum Eileen called the meeting to order and introduced two guests. She then asked Gene to review the minutes from the January meeting. Van summarized our finances and Jeannie spoke about the SBIOS and FCOS Shows. The SBIOS theme is "Orchid Escape." We will set up at Earl Warren Showgrounds on Wednesday, March 18, at 9 or 10 am and hope to finish around 1:00 pm. If you have a plant to exhibit but can't help set-up on Wednesday, please bring it to the meeting Tuesday night in a pot that will not tip and with your name clearly attached. If you wish it judged, please complete a form at the meeting or register it online at www.SBORCHIDSHOW.ORG by Wednesday 3-18. Pre-sale tickets are available from Gene for $8. Admission will be $12 at the show. There is no Thursday benefit and no exhibitor’s party on Friday this year. The show runs Friday through Sunday, March 20 - 22. The FCOS Show is Saturday and Sunday, April 4 - 5. Theme is "Orchid Stampede." Set-up time will be announced at our March meeting. There is a benefit for the Alzheimer's Association on Friday, April 3 at 6:30. Next, Eileen called for additions to the proposed slate of officers but no one volunteered to be secretary. The slate as proposed was then adopted and elected by acclamation. The 2009 – 2010 officers will be Phil Rietz, President; Gene Baum, Vice President; Secretary, Open; and Treasurers, Van & Pam Bivans. The 2009 – 2011 Board of Directors will be Heather Quinn, Rich Boden, David Quinn, & Lori Quinn. Eileen then announced the winners of Society Awards for 2008. Two certificates of Appreciation were awarded. The first went to Mike and Machi for their continued work at videographer, historian, show seamstress and plant groomers. The second will be presented to Rich Boden for ticket sales and show set-up assistance. The new Orchid Digest Diamond Award will be presented to Phil when his work schedule allows him to return. The following tribute has been submitted to the Orchid Digest: "If Orchid societies could recruit new members like sports teams seek players, Phil Rietz would be right at the top as the most sought after orchid team captain. Since the founding of the young Coastal Valley Orchid Society in Lompoc, California, Phil has been a leader, officer, display coordinator, artist, software engineer and of course, an expert grower! Add to that the talent of a gourmet chef who hosts the annual society holiday party and barbecues throughout the year and what more could any society ask! But there is more, he edits and publishes a top class newsletter, and is webmaster not only for the CVOS website ( but also for the Cymbidium Society of America ( His greenhouse is always brimming with blooming plants and his home is a mini orchid show complete with artistic props all year long. Fortunately Phil and his wife Jeanie often host board meetings and show planning meetings amid his orchids. Perhaps his talent was best showcased at the Santa Barbara International Show several years ago when he recreated Santa Barbara’s Old Mission in a hand painted backdrop for the CVOS display." We then greeted our guest speakers Christian and Eric Holenda who took us with their slides from western Costa Rica through the Panama Canal and back up the east coast of Costa Rica. Their presentation included high and low elevation orchids, local culture and an array of natural history. Thanks go SLO Gardens for providing the great plant table!

AOS Judging Central Coast Judging Center In Santa Barbara
This month’s judging event will be held March 18th at the Louise Lowry Davis Center, 1232 De La Vina Street, in Santa Barbara in conjunction with the Orchid Society of Santa Barbara’s monthly meeting. Plant check-in begins at 6:30 pm with the judging beginning at 7 pm. If you have a plant that you would like to have judged by accredited AOS judges then take it on down to Santa Barbara and support our new judging center. This event is held the third Wednesday of each month.

CVOS Mission Statement
“The purposes of the Coastal Valley Orchid Society are to promote and stimulate interest in orchids; to encourage the culture and conservation of all orchids; and to provide for the exchange and dissemination of information relating to the culture of orchids among members of the Society."

If you are a new member or a member who would like a Society nametag, please contact Van or Pam Bivans. The price has changed from our vendor and the CVOS nametags are available in pin or magnetic clip for $9.00. If you order at the meeting, they are normally available at the next meeting. Payments are also made to Van or Pam upon receipt of the pin.

Upcoming Events
March 6 - 8, 2009 Pacific Orchid Exposition, San Francisco Fort Mason Center's Festival Pavilion, San Francisco, CA. Contact: For Information; (415) 665-2468 March 7 – 8, 2009 South Bay Show, Torrance Torrance Cultural Arts Center, 3330 Civic Center Dr., Torrance, CA. Contact: Marla Corey, 1958 W. Summerland, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA; (310) 833-1918; March 13 – 15, 2009 San Diego County Orchid Society Show Scottish Rite Temple, 1895 Camino Del Rio South, San Diego, CA. Contact: Betty Kelepecz, 1220 Rosecrans St. #960, San Diego, CA. 92075-2021; (619) 507-2698; March 13 – 15, 2009 San Joaquin Orchid Society Show Sherwood Mall, 5950 Pacific Ave., Stockton, CA. Contact: Anita Cota, 327 W. Park St., Stockton, CA 95203; (209) 9414540; March 20 - 22, 2009 The 64th Santa Barbara International Orchid Show One of the world's most prestigious orchid shows takes place here each spring, at Earl Warren Showground’s. More than 70 commercial and amateur growers from the United States and around the world display thousands of their most perfect orchids. This year’s theme is ‘Orchid Escape’. For more information go to: April 4 – 5, 2009 14th Annual Central Coast Orchid Show and Sale Saturday, April 4th - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 5th - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. General Admission - $5.00. Hosted by the Five Cities Orchid Society and held annually at South County Regional Center, 800 W. Branch Street, Arroyo Grande, California. This year’s theme is ‘Orchid Stampede’. Friday, April 3rd - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. A Benefit for the Alzheimer's Association, California Central Coast Chapter, Inc., Featuring Central Coast wines and hors d'oeuvres, first pick of vendors’ select stock, Live Music, Perpetual Trophies Presentation, and Silent Auction. Preview Tickets - $40. Call (805) 481-3991 or (805) 929-5749.

Local Society Meeting Information
Santa Maria Orchid Society, Inc. Monthly Meeting. Held each month on the first Wednesday, beginning at 7 pm, Veterans’ Memorial Center, 313 W. Tunnell Street. Meetings are held every other month (Feb, Apr, June, Aug, Oct, Dec). Contact Chuck Scheithauer at 937-6201 for more information. Orchid Society of Santa Barbara Monthly Meeting. Held each month on the third Wednesday at the Louise Lowry Davis Recreation Center, 1232 De La Vina (at De La Vina and Victoria) and beginning at 7:30 pm. Five Cities Orchid Society Monthly Meeting. Held each month on the second Thursday of each month, 7:30 p.m., at the Arroyo Grande Woman's Community Center, 211 Vernon St., Arroyo Grande. Santa Barbara Cymbidium Society Monthly Meeting. Held each month on the second Wednesday at the Louise Lowry Davis Recreation Center, 1232 De La Vina (at De La Vina and Victoria) and beginning at 7:30 pm.

May the luck of the Irish be with you always!

Phil Rietz

Newsletter Editor