Susan Wedegaertner
Susan Wedegaertner worked 33 years for E & J Gallo Winery in the Creative Services (art) department before retiring in December 2010. Early in her Gallo career she was a clerk in the advertising department and quickly moved to become secretary of the Merchandising Department – the department responsible for all of the in store advertising. During her time at Gallo Winery, she was executive secretary for the Vice-President of Creative Services. Gallo had merged the two art departments to create Creative Services (the department creates labels for the bottles, in-store advertising and support materials for the sales force). Her last position was to work with outside printers so all the advertising at store level were on time and correct. She proof read all projects to make sure the projects carried all of the federal and state legal requirements and when required, obtaining legal approval from the state agency.

Her first orchid was a phalenopsis but her current favorites are tolumnias/rodrumnias. She has received several awards on her rodrumnias in the recent years. While she has a variety of orchids in her greenhouse, she finds she has more room for the smaller type of orchids.

Susan was secretary in the Pacific Central Judging Center before becoming their chair for five years. When the California Sierra Nevada Judging Center was approved she became their first judging chair and is now the vice chair. Susan is the secretary and vice chair of the Judging Committee. She is very active with the local orchid society, helping out where needed.

She is an avid football fan and has season tickets to the San Francisco 49ers. During the baseball season she can be found watching the San Francisco Giants on television or going to the ballpark with friends. Susan enjoys spending time with family and friends