Affiliated Society FAQ
Q. What is an Affiliated Orchid Society?
A. Orchid societies around the world who have associated themselves with the American Orchid Society are the AOS Affiliated Societies.
Q. What is the requirement to be an affiliated society?
A. Complete this application and send it to the Affiliated Society committee at email@example.com. Other requirements are that the society must keep an AOS membership and the AOS Representative (who is appointed by the society) must also be an AOS member. The application for affiliation is presented at the next AOS Member's Meeting to the AOS Board.
Q. Who serves on the Affiliated Society Committee?
A. AOS has a paid staff but many, if not most, of the mission is fulfilled by volunteers and committees. In the front of the Orchids magazine you'll see the listing of all AOS committees and their members. The Affiliated Society Committee and its members have been a part of the AOS since 1946.
Q. So what does the Affiliated Society Committee do?
A. We have several duties assigned to us by the AOS Board of Trustees. We are the interface between affiliated orchid societies, AOS Reps and the AOS. We assist societies by sending them information for their board, their membership and their newsletters. We receive information, concerns and suggestions, and forward it to the appropriate staff person or committee. If your society does not have contact with the AOS please let us know and we will set up the necessary communications.
Q. What do the AOS Reps do?
A. AOS Reps are typically appointed by their society president or board. The AOS Rep communicates with the Affiliated Society Committee. If the rep receives communications they pass them on to the board, newsletter editor or the membership. They also send information to the Affiliated Society Committee. We suggest they say something about the AOS to the entire membership at each meeting, and make sure there are AOS applications available to their members.We have a job description for AOS Reps here.
Q. What are the benefits of being an affiliated society?
A. A monthly copy of Orchids Magazine to keep or give to your society members
B. Affiliation with your local orchid judging center
C. "Orchid Show in a Box" free software to produce your orchid show upon request
D. Organizational aids for your society
E. AOS Certificates of appreciation for the society to recognize their outstanding members
F. Insurance for your AOS judged shows(contact us for details and cost)
G. Direct-mail assistance
H. Distinguished Affiliated Society Service Award
I. Newsletter Editors assistance
Q. What is the Newsletter Editors assistance?
A. The Committee collects and then distributes information to newsletter editors. This information includes the "AOS Corner" and other articles which newsletter editors can put into their newsletters. Contact the Committee firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the distribution list. There are also articles and newsletters at the AOS Forum.
Q. Who is the contact person for the AOS Reps?
A. Write to email@example.com to reach the current committee chair.
Q. What is the DASSA?
A. The acronym stands for the Distinguished Affiliated Society Service Award and it is a prestigious award given to affiliated societies in recognition of sustained, outstanding contributions in areas of service and support in the field of orchidology. There is more information on this award under Benefits to Affiliated Societies. At the bottom of the page is a nomination form for the award.
Q. What about the "Member's Meetings"?
What other questions do you have about AOS Affiliated Societies?
A. The Affiliated Society coordinates the twice-yearly AOS Member's Meetings. If you would like to attend, and we strongly suggest you do, you can find the information on this web site under "Events". If your society would like to host a meeting please send us an email and we'll be happy to work with you: firstname.lastname@example.org
Send them to email@example.com and we'll add them to this FAQ or post them on the Affiliated Societies Blog.