NEXT EVENT

When: January 15, 2023 - 1:30 pm

Where: Regular meeting place: NTI, 709 S. Old Missouri Rd., Springdale, AR)

Program: New Year in the Orchid Society

UPCOMING EVENTS....


**January 15, 2023**, We’ll meet at our usual time (1:30 pm) and place (the Student Center at NWTI in Springdale). Please bring your blooming plants for judging! As usual, finger food snacks cookies, brownies, etc. are fine, but we won’t have any of our usual hospitality supplies. There are vending machines with beverages at NWTI, or you can bring any beverage you want for yourself (within limits, of course!).

It is time for 2023 dues! ! Please see our Treasurer Lois Geren to pay, or mail to Orchid Society of the Ozarks, PO Box 2142, Lowell, AR72745-2142.

Cost is $10 for individualand $15 for joint memberships.


Thanks to all who brought food and attended our Christmas party on December 11! Fun was had by all, the totals for 2022.

Monthly
Judgings were announced and prizes awarded, and we elected our 2023 officers:
President:Tim Kral Vice-president: vacant Treasurer:Lois Geren Secretary:Suzanne Miller Board members: Laura Wilkins Tina Powell.

**February 19, 2023**, 1:00pm planning and preparation for our annual show the first weekend of March

**March 3 - 4, 2023**12th Annual “Orchids in the Garden” Show and Sale at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks.


All of our memebers are encouraged to like the OSO Facebook page and to post your orchid pictures and comments there. It’s not the same as a normal meeting, but we can still share our love of orchids and show off our blooming plants. We will miss those members who aren’t able to use those facilities, but … it’s really about all we have right now!

New OSO Facebook Group
We’ve added an OSO Group on Facebook along with the OSO page we already had. If you liked the page, we encourage you to join the group – it will be easier for you to post pictures of your plant, questions, etc. there. Search Groups for “Orchid Society of the Ozarks”, or use this link:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/2640406932837737

2023 - 2024
President – Tim Kral
Vice-president – Vacant
Treasurer – Lois Geren
Secretary – Suzanne Miller
Board members: Laura Wilkins and Tina Powel

For people interested in becoming members of the OSO, please feel free to contact Trudy Pickett, our Membership Committee Chair. You can reach her at: email butchandtrudy@cox.net

See you all at the meeting! Come early and if you have the chance, bring a guest! See you there!

SOCIETY INTRODUCTION:


The Orchid Society of the Ozarks is an active group of orchid enthusiasts in Northwest Arkansas. We meet monthly, usually the third Sunday afternoon, to share information and blooming orchids with each other. Most months we have around 30 orchids which members enter into an informal judging. A “Plant of the Month” winner is chosen. Winners accrue points and prizes are awarded at the end of the year.

Our society is an affiliate member of the Mid-America Orchid Congress, the Southwest Regional Orchid Growers Association and the American Orchid Society. We are also a sponsor of the North American Conservation Center (NAOCC), and are a sponsor of one of the orchid-gami orchids, the Large Whorled Pogonia, Isotria verticillata. We were happy to sponsor this orchid as it is a native orchid found in Arkansas.

We have speakers for most meetings with a selection of those coming from a group of nationally known orchid experts. Speaking topics range from orchid culture and best practices to current breeding trends. Most speakers bring plants to sell and many offer discounts for members that pre-order. Some speakers in the last couple of years are: Glen Decker of Piping Rocks Orchids; Alan Koch of Gold Country Orchids; Nathan Bell of College of the Ozarks; Blanche Wagner of Missouri Botanical Garden, Fred Clark of Sunset Valley Orchids.

We have a monthly plant raffle at meetings where members can acquire plants. One of our main fundraisers is our auction in September with lively bidding on orchids donated from members and vendors. Our second fundraiser is our show and sale Orchids in the Garden held the first weekend in March at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks.

Photos in this slide show were provided by Steve Marak

The Orchid Society of the Ozarks is an Arkansas not for profit corporation.