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 July 2015
Vanda falcata (Neofinetia)
Dillon-Peterson Essay winner
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Educational Opportunities

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

Summer 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 (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.

Houston Orchid Society, Summer Workshop
August 7-8, 2015
Jerabek Athletic Center, University of St. Thomas
Houston, TX 77006
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5th Annual Cattleya Symposium
August 7-9, 2015
Indian River Research and Education Center      
2199 South Rock Road
Fort Pierce, FL 34945
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The Twentieth Phalaenopsis Symposium
August 21-22, 2015
Sheraton Orlando North Hotel
600 N. Destiny Drive
Maitland, FL 32751
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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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Masdevallia racemosa Masdevallia racemosa.

Endemic species from Colombia in subparamo and paramo ecosystems as a terrestrial or lithophyte, from 2800 to 3900 m, Cauca, Colombia

Photo © David Haelterman

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Encyclia lancifolia

I recently purchased an Encyclia lancifolia<sup>1</sup> after I fell in love with its fragrance. The plant I bought does not have spikes and has pretty much been the same since I bought it. From what I have gathered, it requires conditions similar to cattleyas. I have it in a west-facing window with venetian blinds and in temperatures ranging between 59 F and 70 F. I water about once a week. The average humidity in the room is around 50 percent, although it ranges from 40 to 62 percent.The psuedobulbs are firm and not shriveled.   — Jeff Kozma

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