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Dillon-Peterson Essay Contest Deadline is November 30!
REMINDER: the deadline is fast approaching for the annual Gordon W. Dillon - Richard C. Peterson Memorial Essay Contest. Don't wait any longer! The contest is open to all persons except employees of the American Orchid Society and their immediate families. You do not need to be an AOS member.
The winner receives a cash prize and a certificate suitable for framing. The contest was established in 1985 by the AOS Northeast Judging Center to honor the memory of two former editors of the
AOS Bulletin (now Orchids). Gordon Dillon served as editor from 1943 through 1968 and again from 1970 through 1973. Richard Peterson's name first appeared on the masthead of the
AOS Bulletin in April 1971 as associate editor. In 1973, he was named editor and, upon Dillon's retirement in 1977, he became the executive director, retaining his position of editor through 1984.
The theme for 2013 is: Finding Space for One More Orchid. Orchid growers are incurable collectors and always seem to find that one orchid that they simply must have. Tell us how you make space to for an ever expanding orchid collection. Membership in the American Orchid Society is not necessary to enter the contest. The deadline is November 30, 2013. The winning entry, if any, is published in the June issue of the following year.
- The essay must be an original, unpublished article.
- The contest is open to all persons except employees of the American Orchid Society and their immediate families.
- Submissions must be no more than 5,000.
- Manuscripts must be submitted in English and may be submitted electronically as MS Word or compatible word processor file.
- Submissions will be judged without knowledge of the identity of the author. The decision of the judges is final. If no entries meet the expected criteria of excellence, the award will be withheld.
- •Artwork is not necessary for entering this competition.
- Nonwinning entries will be returned to the contestant if requested. Such entries are eligible for resubmission in subsequent contests. These nonwinning entries will also be considered for publication by the editor of
Orchids and may be used in Orchids or other AOS publications with the written permission of the author. Published entries will not be eligible for consideration in subsequent contests.
For a list of previous winners, see www.aos.org
Submit entries to the Dillon/Peterson Memorial Essay Prize attn: Ron McHatton, The American Orchid Society at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL 33156,or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kids enjoy hunting for orchids!
Kids’ Corner Activities
by Sandy Stubbings, AOS Education Committee
This activity is for older children with the primary purpose of getting them to pay attention to the show. Each child is given a pencil and a folder. Stapled to the inside of the folder are pictures on one side and a chart the child fills in on the other side. The photos are pictures of orchid flowers that have been entered in the show. Number the pictures. The challenge is to see how many of the flowers the child can find and identify in the show. In the chart, the child should write the number of the flower, the name on the label and the name/number of the exhibit for each flower found. Ten or more of these empty charts can be stapled to the folder. When the child returns the filled out folder and the pencil, pin a mini-ribbon on the child’s shirt. Keep the folder and rip off the child’s form. (You can give that to the child to keep.) The folder is now ready for the next child.
Fall Members Meeting 2013
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden will be in full bloom when it hosts the American Orchid Society’s Fall 2013 Members Meeting, Show and Sale from November 14-17. This big get-together for orchid “geeks”— who never miss an opportunity to share their passion—will feature educational lectures by outstanding international speakers, beautiful feast-for-the-eyes orchid exhibits and always interesting orchid judging.
The speakers at this event bring a wide range of subject expertise on various orchid topics. Dr. Kiat Tan of Singapore, Fred Clarke of Sunset Valley Orchids in California, and Munekazu Ejiri of Suwada Orchids in Japan will share a wealth of knowledge about genera-specific and region-centered orchid species and hybrids.
The Fall Members Meeting will also provide lots of time for meeting old friends and making new ones who also love orchids. As you will see in the agenda, the schedule is packed with fun events such as the preview party, AOS auction and banquet.
Walking the sprawling grounds at Fairchild not only will bring you smiles, enjoyment and pleasure, but it provides a wonderful opportunity for you to visit our new AOS home and meet our staff.
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Last year we published our third annual magazine supplement, Cycnoches, Species and Hybrids, written by George Carr. Once again it was a huge success and we received many letters of praise. The 40-page, separately bound magazine became a "13th issue" for volume number 81 and mailed with the October issue of Orchids. We are especially pleased to report that most of the cost of producing the supplement was underwritten by small donations from the membership of the AOS. This spirit of cooperation enforced the power behind the concept of micropayments.
For 2013, we have an excellent topic that is sure to be of interest to orchid growers. We are working to continue improving the overall quality of this
annual publication to make it a valued addition to your library. This year the supplement will mail with the December issue of Orchids and once again we appeal to the membership to make a small donation to help underwrite the cost of production.
If each member of the AOS donates merely $2.00...two bucks...we will have
enough to publish this special 32-page supplement and cover the increased cost
of mailing with the regularly scheduled magazine. Two dollars is not even the
cost of a cup of coffee.
Make an Impact Today!
Select "Annual ORCHIDS Supplement" from the drop-down box under Donation Type
or call the AOS at
Donations over $50 will be acknowledged in the magazine.
Photo of the Week
Paphiopedilum Haur Jih Lucky
Paph. (adductum X gigantifolium). Paph gigantifolium often passes its randomly twisted petals to its hybrids. In this hybrid, however, the twisting has become a gently curving helix altering the feel from gnarly to graceful. Dark color is from the anitum form of adductum. Canon 100mm macro on 5D Mk2 body.
Photo and text © Rick Noel
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