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...

PDF, 512kb

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!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

AOS is on Facebook!

AOS is on Facebook! If you are an avid user of Facebook or a newbie, just getting started, be sure to join the American Orchid Society's Facebook Membership Page. It was set up to create a forum for discussion, questions and news all about the national headquarters and affiliate organizations of AOS. People from New Hampshire to Florida are already members, sharing their orchid-related news.

Just log-on to your Facebook account (or create one at it's free and easy!), then in the Search box, type in "American Orchid Society..." Click on the icon with two, blue people on it, indicating a Membership page. Once you're in, become a Member and join the conversation.