Sunday, August 17, 2014

AOS Corner, August 2014

Things are sizzling this month!
 I encourage all of you to plan to attend the AOS Fall Members’ Meeting October 29th through November 2nd in conjunction with the 16th International Slipper Symposium, along with special Meetings and Events for the International Phalaenopsis Alliance, the Pleurothallid Alliance, and the Slipper Orchid Alliance. Check out the extraordinary list of speakers and topics!
  •  Manolo Arias- “Solving the Mysteries of Phragmipedium kovachii Culture”
  • Chen-Chung Chen- “Multifloral Paphiopedilums in Taiwan”
  • John Doherty- “A Beautiful Mess: Growing and Flowering 2,263 inches of Petals”
  • Robert Fuchs- “Vandaceous Intergeneric Hybrids: Where We Stand Today”
  • Peter Lin- “Novelty Phalanopsis Hybridizing”
  • Rick Lockwood- “What Do Orchids Eat?”
  • Gary Meyer, PhD- “Dracula Culture and Taxonomy”
  • David Off- “Cattleya Collecting in the 21st Century”

Not only is it a great function for learning, it is also an excellent time to visit with old friends and to meet new Orchid Friends! So, come join us in Florida. Check out both our website (under the Fall Meeting tab on the home page) and for full details.

The webinars are a great way to learn about Orchids from the comfort of your home. On August 21st at 8:30pm EDT, Lois Cinert will host “Phragmipedium Species and Hybrids.
**This one is for Members only, so if you aren’t a member yet, now’s the time to join and with the new digital membership of only $40, it’s a steal!
If you cannot join us on this date, keep in mind that all of the webinars are recorded and can be found on the website for listening whenever it’s convenient for you.

I always learn something new in every issue of Orchids Magazine. This month’s issue has an interesting letter written to our resident expert Thomas Mirenda, on how to keep up humidity in your growing area. Meena Divakaran has a couple of great ideas, she places carpet padding on her benches and also hangs burlap with a soaker hose, which sound like great ideas to me.

I personally don’t own any Miltoniopsis, but David Rosenfeld’s article and the beautiful photos, also found in this month’s magazine, have convinced me that I should give them a try. He covers everything from the history to the culture, so check it out!

In keeping with the “Hot” theme this month…Did you know that we have a monthly checklist on the website (Just look under the All About Orchids heading tab)? It provides great information for the major genera, with info on how to deal with the dog days of summer.

And finally…Have you ever thought about hosting an AOS Members’ Meeting? There are two a year (Spring and Fall) and we are always looking for new and exciting cities to visit!
We already have sponsors for both of the 2015 meetings, but it takes some planning, so if you are interested, now is the time to get the ball rolling.

Growing our membership, one Orchid lover at a time,
Laura Newton

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Virginia Beach Auction

Dear fellow Orchid collectable enthusiasts,

Sometimes an item we have collected yesterday is less precious today, or perhaps we just need to weed our collections.

Please put those items to good use! The AOS Members Meeting, held October 17-22, 2010 at Virginia Beach, VA. includes an Auction to benefit the American Orchid Society operating fund. Clean out the excess, less to dust and help the AOS.

Any items…art, jewelry, dishes ,etc. are needed.

Please just contact Mary Beth Clarke and I’ll arrange to get them from you. Thank you for caring!

Thursday, September 9, 2010


The Pension Relief Act of 2006 made two important changes affecting tax-exempt organizations, effective the beginning of 2007. First, it mandates that virtually all tax-exempt organizations, other than churches and church-related organizations must file an annual return or submit an electronic notice with the IRS. This is a significant change to prior law where many small not-for-profits, including most local orchid societies, were exempt from filing requirements. Second, the law also requires that any tax-exempt organization that fails to file for three consecutive years automatically loses its federal tax-exempt status.

Even after an extensive outreach effort on the part of the IRS many small not-for-profits are on the verge of losing their tax exemption for failure to comply with reporting requirements. Don’t let your organization be one of them. The deadline to comply is October 15, 2010. You can find important information on one-time filing relief for small tax exempt organizations that failed to file for three consecutive years at,,id=225702,00.html
If you are unsure whether an organization to which you belong is at risk, the IRS maintains a list of those non-compliant organizations, arranged by State, at,,id=225889,00.html

There isn’t much time left.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Innovative Societies Report

In Fall 2009, the Orchid Society of Western Pennsylvania and the American Orchid Society, through its Affiliated Societies, decided to
ask you to share some of the most innovative, fun-filled and challenging things that local affiliates were doing across the nation. Read this report to learn how you can supercharge your local orchid society to add value and fun activities for your members.

Click here...

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Sunday, January 10, 2010

Innovative Society?

Are you an "Innovative Society"? If you have some new methods or ideas which are helping to make your orchid society successful, please share them with us. The American Orchid Society Affiliated Society Committee is gathering these ideas to be distributed at the Affiliated Society Committee Breakfast on April 30 -- during the Oklahoma Orchid Society Spring AOS Members Meeting. You are all invited to attend and hear about these innovative societies or you can receive the information from this blog, our Facebook page, by email or telephone.
Orchid Societies are facing a multitude of challenges including the economy, changing demographics and changing communication methods. Our greatest asset is volunteers who have come up with solutions to these and are willing to share their ideas. Send us your best ideas and come to the breakfast.
You can find information on the meeting at the AOS web site under "Events" and "Members Meetings".

Monday, November 30, 2009

Happy Holdiays!

Happy Holidays from the American Orchid Society!

We really appreciate the support we have been receiving both from orchid societies and individuals! Thank you so much. We appreciate our orchid friends all year, but especially in these tough times - if you would like to make a donation, either as a gift or in honor of someone, you can mail it to American Orchid Society % Susan Wayman 16700 AOS Lane, Delray Beach, FL 33446 or call 561-404-2031. You will receive a thank you letter for your tax records and your donation will be listed in the magazine.

AND, please consider an AOS gift membership for your orchid lover (or yourself) they will love getting the wonderful Orchids magazine each month. To give a membership contact Terri Rivera, Dir. of Membership, Terri can put a postcard in the new member packet.

Happy Holidays everyone!

And check out the American Orchid Society Facebook page!