President’s Message: April 7 Meeting Will Cover a Lot of Ground!

Hello again, everyone!

I am pleased that things are proceeding to some kind of normal, and Houston Orchid Society will have our regular meeting on Thursday, April 7, at First Christian Church, 1601 Sunset Blvd., 77005. As a concession to members who are unable to attend, there will be a Zoom component of every meeting for the foreseeable future. Please let me know if you notice an improved quality of the Zoom broadcasts, as we made a small investment to enhance our camera and mic setup.

Our VP of Speakers, Stephen Gallagher, has planned another great program from Tom Miranda, described in his article elsewhere on the website. If you made pre-orders, be prepared to pick them up and pay at the meeting.

One more time, for the April meeting, I have decided that refreshments will be minimal and individual servings. We are still encouraging everyone to wear masks.

There will again be plenty of offerings at the raffle table and the silent auction. One of my favorite parts of every meeting is getting to view the plants and listen to growers talk about the excellent specimens they bring to the show-and-tell table. If you have a blossom, bring it!

Another feature of the fellowship we share is the gathering for the Newcomers and Intermediate groups on selected Sundays during the year. In March, 15 people attended a presentation by Jay Balchan and Rick Hepler, co-chairs with Don Ghiz, for those two groups, which have been combined to form the Culture Club.

In April and maybe May, the plans are to go on a field trip some Sunday to view native Texas orchids with Joe Liggio. There will be an email invitation to all members when details are confirmed. Areas will be scouted ahead of time to be sure we have wild orchids to observe.

Spring has finally sprung, and I think I can safely put all my orchids back outside now. I was concerned that I would wear them out by dragging them back and forth with these last two little cold fronts. It seems all is well now, and we just have to keep our plants groomed and hope they will bring big blooms to present at the HOS Annual Orchid Show and Sale, open to the public May 7 and 8 at Memorial City Mall.

Normally, the annual show is held in early April, so the blooming schedule will be a bit different with the later date. Be prepared to come to the mall for our Thursday, May 5, meeting, and bring your plants to display in the HOS exhibit. Setup will continue on Friday morning, and there are many opportunities to help with the judging that takes place Friday night. There will be more information on how to participate during our April meeting. We always have great fun getting it all done!

—Sarah Bentley, President