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 October 2014
Telipogons
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Repotting Bifoliates
Mini Dendrobiums



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This year the American Orchid Society Fall Members' Meeting will be held at the Sheraton Orlando North in Orlando, Florida in conjunction with the 16th International Slipper Orchid Symposium. The dates are October 29 through November 2, 2014. The event promises to be an orchid extravaganza featuring world class lectures. Lecture topics offer something for everyone, from Phals to Paphs. Registrants will also be able to be able to attend meetings of several orchid specialty groups. The orchid show will include AOS judging and vendors from around the world.

The Fall Members Meeting are a great time for meeting old friends and making new ones. The event is an excellent way to expand your network of orchid friends. As you will see in the agenda, the schedule is packed with fun events like the preview party, AOS auction and banquet. If you have never been to an AOS Members' Meeting, take the plunge. You won't regret it!

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Introducing the Total Solution for Awards Research

Now available in a new stand-alone version, Orchids Plus® is the official awards and research program of the American Orchid Society. For several years AQ Plus® subscribers have enjoyed the convenience of Orchids Plus® Online. This new version replaces AQ Plus® and installs on your computer giving you access to the award database with or without the internet. Updates are done with the click of a button over your broadband connection.
Now you can research AOS awards back to 1932 from anywhere.

Need to quickly find out whether a grex has received any awards? Launch Orchids Plus® Online on your smartphone. Researching awards at venues without internet access? Use the new stand-alone version on your laptop. The familiar user interface of both makes it easy to quickly get the information you are looking for. A single subscription lets you research award descriptions, measurements and photos anywhere in the world, anytime, on any device.

Easy installation of the stand-alone version will have you up and running in no time. A digital user manual covers the basics plus tips to enhance the user experience. Our online help desk provides answers to many frequently asked questions. Competitively priced annual subscription plan costs less than $5 per month.

Orchids Plus® is a must for the dedicated orchid grower! Visit our information page for screenshots and a video, or buy now here...


We are preparing text and images for our fifth annual magazine supplement. What started as a way to publish an article that was too big for a regular issue of ORCHIDS (Phil Spence’s detailed look at the Latouria section of Dendrobium) has become an eagerly anticipated bonus issue of the year. A separate publication gives us the opportunity to present a monograph to our members each year without compromising the general interest of the monthly issues. We continually strive to improve the quality of the supplement giving AOS members a valuable addition to their orchid libraries.

For the 2014 supplement we are fortunate to be able to give members a comprehensive overview of Stanhopea written by the acknowledged expert on the genus, Rudolf Jenny. Once again we appeal to our members for a small (or large) donation to underwrite the expense of the project. Your donation serves as a vote of confidence that you want us to continue producing an annual supplement. Please select "Annual Magazine Supplement" as donation type. Thank you.


Call for Nominations: Board of Trustees of the American Orchid Society

We are seeking nominations for members of the Board of Trustees of the American Orchid Society. Members may nominate any member in good standing, including themselves. All nominations will be evaluated by the Nominating Committee and a slate will be mailed, in accordance with the by-laws, prior to the election at the Members’ Meeting in the spring of 2015. The following competencies have been determined by the Board and Trustees and will be used in the evaluation:

All nominees shall be:
  • A member in good standing,
  • Exhibit integrity and ethical behavior,
  • Process strong interpersonal and communications skills
  • Have board experience with a non-profit organization
Expertise in the following is desirable and will weigh heavily in the evaluation:
  • Finance, business, and/or investment strategies
  • Non-profit governance
  • Development/fund raising
  • Legal background
  • Strategic planning and implementation
  • Marketing
Responsibilities:
  • Attend monthly conference-call type meetings.
  • Attend two face-to-face meetings annually (trustees must pay own travel expenses.).
  • Trustees receive no compensation for their services.
  • Financially support the organization in a manner commensurate with one’s ability, while seeking additional financial support elsewhere.
  • Advocate on behalf of the organization and be ambassadors to the orchid community.
Nominations should be submitted in writing by e-mail to nominating_committee@aos.org or to the — American Orchid Society at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd., Coral Gables, FL 33156 and must include biographical information as well as a statement of the nominee’s qualifications. Nominations must be receieved no later than October 31, 2014.

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Cattleya intermedia - ficus tree. Cattleya intermedia


A ficus tree is covered with flowering cattleyas. Photographed in situ, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.

© Eduardo Luis Masiero


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