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 September 2015
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Our next webinar:
Thursday, September 17, 2015
8:30 PM - 9:30 PM EDT

Growing Phalaenopsis:
the basics of growing the beautiful moth orchid


Phal. amabilis. photo:© G.Allikas

Join Tom Harper, AOS Judge and owner of Stones River Orchids of Tennessee, as he discusses helpful hints about successful growing of this beautiful orchid..

Title:
Growing Phalaenopsis:
the basics of growing the beautiful moth orchid
Date:
Thursday, September 17, 2015
Time:
8:30 PM - 9:30 PM EDT

FREE FOR EVERYONE

System Requirements
PC-based attendees: Required - Windows® 8, 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
Mac®-based attendees: Required - Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer
Mobile attendees: Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet
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What are webinars? Webinars are an internet conference where you can hear the speaker and view his presentation, ask questions, and hear interactions from other members of the audience. You can join either on your computer or by phone. You can join from anywhere, via your Mac, PC or even your mobile device. Audio is included, so attendees can phone in or use VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol). You will need a microphone for your computer to use VoIP. If you cannot make the actual presentation, there will be a link on the website where you can view the webinar at your convenience.

New AOS Awards Page Captures
the Brilliant Imagery of Orchids


Van. Azure 'Blue Eyes' AM/AOS, Exhib: Antonio Romani

For more than 90 years the AOS has documented the best-of-the-best of the world’s most popular flower through its premier judging system. Each awarded orchid is meticulously described, measured and photographed. The AOS is pleased to announce that these awards and the stunning photographs that accompany them—previously accessible by AOS members only—are now open to the public at large thanks to a newly designed awards page on the Society’s website.

“AOS awards are a recognized measure of quality the world over and coveted by hobbyists and commercial growers alike,” explained Frank Smith, president of the AOS. “As the orchid’s popularity has grown, demand for accurate information about the flower has increased. And nowhere is their more precise information than in the AOS’ vast award repository. People will love the award photographs, not only for their beauty but from what they can learn from them. This is a great way to advance their knowledge and appreciation of orchids.” Six things you will absolutely love about the new awards page...

  1. It’s free! Gaining access to orchid awards previously required a subscription to the AOS’ Orchids Plus award registry platform.
  2. You don’t have to be an AOS member. These breathtakingly beautiful photographs haven't been available to non-paying visitors until now.
  3. The page shows the 30 most recent orchid awards, including its name, parentage, description, award, score and photograph. This information can help make you a better orchid grower.
  4. Clicking on any photo in the page opens up a larger photo with a gallery feature, allowing you to click through all of the large photos for the latest awards.
  5. The page also includes a social sharing function to allow you to share the page with your friends via your favorite social media or bookmarking site, as well as by email.
  6. You can start exploring now – click here!

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, 2015.

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I recently purchased an Encyclia lancifolia<sup>1</sup> after I fell in love with its fragrance. The plant I bought does not have spikes and has pretty much been the same since I bought it. From what I have gathered, it requires conditions similar to cattleyas. I have it in a west-facing window with venetian blinds and in temperatures ranging between 59 F and 70 F. I water about once a week. The average humidity in the room is around 50 percent, although it ranges from 40 to 62 percent.The psuedobulbs are firm and not shriveled.   — Jeff Kozma

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