So Much Going On, Come Join the Fun!

As the super fun annual Houston Orchid Society August Workshop is approaching, I’m remembering my first volunteer effort. It was at the workshop in 19(mumble). Anyway, the early ’90s. In those days, the main set of workers had been around for a long time. Several were married couples. They were so welcoming and helpful, and I credit that experience for inspiring me to stay with the Houston Orchid Society. I appreciate all the volunteers over the years and anticipate many more friendships to develop as we go forward.

The workshop weekend kicks off with our regular meeting on Thursday, August 3. See details about the presentation by Alan Koch, which will be a topic different from the workshop. On Friday at 6pm, we’ll have an informal gathering at the home of a long-time HOS member, and details will be emailed to each registrant. At about 7 or 7:30pm, you are invited to join groups going to nearby restaurants for dinner.

Saturday, August 5, is the main event. The speakers’ topics are described elsewhere on this site. Sign-in opens at 8:30am. Coffee and snacks will be served. The setup includes a silent auction of many plants, including several Cattleyas donated by HOS members. This type of plant is an excellent candidate to practice growing outdoors!

During the lunch break, as everyone enjoys box lunches, the Houston Judging Center will conduct a judging session to demonstrate the process. The afternoon concludes with a question and answer session that ends at 4pm.

Thinking ahead, the next HOS meeting will take place on September 7 at 7:30pm. During that meeting, members present will elect a Nominating Committee by ballot. The Nominating Committee will recommend the 2024 slate of officers during the October meeting, and the election takes place at the November meeting.

There will be Officer positions as well as Committee posts to fill for 2024. In particular, we are seeking someone to replace Winnie Yap as the Treasurer. She has served for several years and is ready to pass the baton. If you know anyone with this skill set, please alert me or someone on the Nominating Committee. Of course, Winnie will be available with friendly advice.

I encourage everyone to consider becoming involved with HOS during the coming year. It’s fulfilling and helps to save the planet, one orchid at a time!