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Attendees at the 2014 Annual Cattleya Symposium in Fort Pierce, Florida.

Sunday is the first day of summer. The season has traditionally been a time for orchid growers to take a break from shopping the shows and catch up on orchid chores while enjoying the fruits (or flowers!) of our labors. A trend for educational events has developed in recent years and there are many fine lecture events that include social time and yes, more orchids for sale. Before you settle down at the pool with a glass of iced tea, check out these excellent educational opportunities.

The Great Lakes Judging Center, Annual Educational Seminar
June 20-21, 2015
Phalaenopsis & Vanda Alliance
Morris J. Lawrence Building
Washtenaw Community College
4800 E. Huron River Dr.
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
for details and registration see:


Central Iowa Orchid Society
27th Annual Speakers Day July 26, 2015
Recreation Center at Camp Dodge
Johnston, Iowa 50131
for details and registration see:


Houston Orchid Society, Summer Workshop
August 7-8, 2015
Jerabek Athletic Center, University of St. Thomas
Houston, TX 77006
for details and registration see:


5th Annual Cattleya Symposium
August 7-9, 2015
Indian River Research and Education Center      
2199 South Rock Road
Fort Pierce, FL 34945
for details and registration see:


The Twentieth Phalaenopsis Symposium
August 21-22, 2015
Sheraton Orlando North Hotel
600 N. Destiny Drive
Maitland, FL 32751
for details and registration see:


Upcoming webinar:
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
8:30 PM - 9:30 PM EDT

Trending Phalaenopsis Novelty Hybridizing

Phal. Pylo's Giga Eagle 'Crystelle' AM/AOS,
a hybrid by Big Leaf Orchids. photo:© G.Allikas

Novelty phalaenopsis are rewarding for their compact size, frequent flowering, brilliant color, and fragrance. Peter Lin, of Big Leaf Orchids, will showcase the best novelty phalaenopsis hybrids today, and review the breeding attributes that create more colorful novelty phalaenopsis for tomorrow. Please join Peter, who has been growing orchids for over 25 years. Peter makes frequent trip to Taiwan to see the latest phalaenopsis development, and to learn from Taiwanese hybridizers.

Trending Phalaenopsis Novelty Hybridizing
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
8:30 PM - 9:30 PM EDT





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Mac®-based attendees: Required - Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer
Mobile attendees: Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet
Click here to learn how webinars work.

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.

Award Honorees

At the AOS Spring Members Meeting held in Portland at the end of April, a number of individuals were recognized for the contributions to the orchid hobby. From left to right, Bob Hamilton was presented the President's Award by AOS president, Frank Smith. Hadley Cash, Roy Tokunaga, Theresa Hill and John Leathers all received the AOS Hybridizer's Award for their inspired breeding programs.

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
  • 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 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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