HOS Welcomes 33 New Members! President’s Message—July 2022

Everyone is excited about the upcoming Annual HOS Workshop—a day of orchid fascination on August 6. As the workshop was canceled in the previous two years, it has been shortened this year to Saturday only. The abbreviated schedule means there is no late registration fee, so if you want to register at the August 3 meeting, you will be accommodated. The $60 fee allows you to attend Saturday’s full day of sharing orchid knowledge.

There will be a gathering for attendees on Friday, August 5, thanks to the kindness of some long-time members. Please see Stephen Gallagher’s description of the program for the August 4 meeting and Randy Johnson’s details about the workshop programs.

Monthly meetings and special events such as the August Workshop and Spring Orchid Show take place only through the involvement of a great team of members, officers. and volunteers. I am pleased to report that the HOS VP of Membership Steve Fox has registered more than 30 new and returning members so far this year. Added to about 115 current members, our membership list is approaching 150! Great news.

Thinking ahead, the HOS September meeting takes place on September 1. It is easy to miss a meeting on the first of the month, so I’m reminding you now.

At the September meeting, attending members will elect a Nominating Committee by ballot. The Nominating Committee then recommends the 2023 slate of officers at the October meeting, and the election takes place at the November meeting.

Officer positions as well as committee posts must be elected and appointed for 2023. I encourage everyone to consider becoming involved in Houston Orchid Society in 2023!