NEXT EVENT

When: April 18, 2021 - 1:30 pm (Virtual)

Where: NTI, 709 S. Old Missouri Rd., Springdale, AR

Program: Meeting Virtual due to Covid-19 Precautions

UPCOMING EVENTS....

**April 18, 2021**
Program: Virtual Meeting for Members

***All in-person OSO activities are still on hold due to the pandemic, so we’ll have our April meeting virtually this coming Sunday, April 17th at our usual 1:30 pm time. We’ll send the Zoom link out to members with the business meeting minutes and Treasurer’s report.

However, we do have one sort-of in-person activity because OSO is participating in the annual Botanical Garden of the Ozarks plant sale, April 23rd and 24th. This event will follow Covid protocols specified by BGO, which as of now include all vendors being outdoors, farther apart than in previous years, and requiring face coverings. We’re adding another precaution by having only fully-vaccinated OSO members manning our sales booth. We’ve got some very nice-looking plants in spike and in bud for the sale!

The hours of the sale will be 5-8 pm for BGO members only on Friday night, the 23rd, and 9 am – 4 pm Saturday, the 24th, open to the public. ***

**April 23rd and 24th, 2021** Botanical Garden of the Ozarks plant sale. Again, the hours of the sale will be 5-8 pm for BGO members only on Friday night, the 23rd, and 9 am – 4 pm Saturday, the 24th, open to the public.

The COVID-19 pandemic is ongoing, and currently there are no planned in-person OSO activities.

If you are a dues-paying member you will recieve an email with an invitation to the virtual meetings each month. If you do not, please let Steve know!

We hope lots of you will attend our next virtual meeting, because we want to discuss upcoming programs.

 

 

 

 

2021 Meetings: With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it’s hard to make any plans for in-person meetings. The responsible thing for OSO to do is to not try to hold any face-to-face events until it’s safe. We know of other societies who have already decided to cancel all meetings for the remainder of 2020. Many are investigating virtual meetings through use of teleconferencing facilities like Zoom. Cathy and Steve attended a virtual meeting of one of our sister societies to which they also belong, OSGKC, a couple of weeks ago, and it went very well, especially considering that so many attendees were learning how to use Zoom at that meeting!

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

2020 - 2021
President - Trudy Pickett
Vice President - Laura Wilkins
Secretary - Susie Miller
Treasurer - Lois Geren
Board Members - Paul Bowen, Bradley Martin

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.