Jul 092012

Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Fire Fighters Memorial Building
8000 NW 21 St., Miami, FL 33122
Click here for a map.
8:00 PM Meeting begins

Kathy Whalen from St. Germain Orchids in Homestead, Florida will present our July program.

Kathy’s program is titled “Caring for Cattleyas” and will include a demonstration on how to properly repot Cattleyas.

With over forty year’s expertise and a bold presence in the agricultural life of Homestead, Florida, the family of St. Germain Orchids continues the legacy of superior quality orchids and warm genuine service. Founded by two siblings with tremendous entrepreneurial spirit, St. Germain orchids began as a roadside stall enticing passersby with vibrant, fresh blooms. Years of enduring effort and an unwavering passion for orchids expanded the family run business into what has become the region’s premier vendor of nearly 200 types of Cattleya orchids. While an extensive variety of orchids can be found at St. Germain’s, exotic Cattleya varieties is there specialty.

Bring your friends – we know everyone will enjoy this wonderful program!


Jul 052012

Outstanding Service, Judging Committee:

Dorothy Bennett, Carol De Biase, Ron Hunt, Erna Maxwell, Javier Morejon, Julie Rosenberg, Gladys Roudel, Ruben Sauleda, Sally Taylor, Joan Viggiani, Maria Wood

The following individuals were recognized for their Outstanding Service to the Society during the past year. They are:

Dorothy Bennett—Treasurer
Dan Christensen—Show Chair
Christa Collins—Hospitality Chair
Carol De Biase—Program Chair
Ralph Hernandez—Raffle Chair
Ron Hunt—Newsletter Editor
Judy Mezey—Membership Chair
Bonnie Riley—Judging Chair
Julie Rosenberg—Secretary
Angelica Ruggeri—Refreshments Chair
Ellen Hanson—Office Manager

Jul 042012

On June 20th, 2012 the South Florida Orchid Society held its annual combination awards ceremony and induction of officers for the coming year.

Congratulations to all our award winners and officers!


Ascda. Mary’s Lemon Drop ‘King’ SM/SFOS
Exhibited by John King on September 21st, 2011

Ascda. Yarnisa Gold ‘Pure Gold’ BM/SFOS
Exhibited by John King on September 21st, 2011

V. Marianne Bertini ‘Brett’ BM/SFOS
Exhibited by Judy Mezey on September 21st, 2011

C. Newberry Luisa’ Love ‘Hot Stuff’ SM/SFOS
Exhibited by Julie Rosenberg & Ron Hunt on February 15th, 2012

Annual Trophies

Jones & Scully Award (Cattleya Alliance)
C. Newberry Luisa’s Love ‘Hot Stuff’ SM/SFOS
Julie Rosenberg & Ron Hunt

Del Ora Award (Vandaceous Alliance)
Ascda. Mary’s Lemon Drop ‘King’ SM/SFOS
John King

John D. Simmons Award (Other Genera)
Ctmds. Jumbo Rubytex ‘Crownfox Midnight’ AM/AOS
R.F. Orchids

Most Culture Ribbons: David Foster

Most Ribbon Points: David Foster

Most Medal Points: (SFOS Sweepstakes Award): John King


Jul 022012

What a meeting we had on June 20, 2012. Did you win a trophy, a raffle table plant, or did you get to buy a plant or two from H & R Nurseries?

If you didn’t get in on any of the above – then you either missed the meeting or you slept through it.

Let’s start at the beginning – yes, you might have had to brave the weather – but then the rain up my way stopped before I had to leave for the meeting. The traffic is always a night-mare! All in all we had a great turnout and saw some old friends (who have been missing for awhile).

We had some business to do – in the way of Installing the Officers and Directors for the year. Thank you Sandy Schultz, for doing that for us. Although, I for one can’t believe that you all wanted me to do this for another year. I guess you all have more faith than I do.

Then Bonnie Riley got to hand out the Medals won in 2011 – 2012, then the Annual Trophies (how did you like seeing the plaques and pictures on them?), then the take home Tro-phies, and then the Certificates for Out-standing Service and the Judging Committee. Bonnie has done an amazing job with the Judging and will be missed – but she is not off the hook – Erna Maxwell is taking over and will need her help. Thank you Bonnie!

Then I got to give the Committee Members and Board Members a Certificate of Appreciation and a little something from me. This SFOS Board of Directors is a special group of people and to say they are hard working – is an understatement! Thank you all, so very, very much for making my job easier.

By the time that was done – I think Roy Tokunaga was ready to get on a plane and head back to Hawaii. Roy had plants to sell and also provided the great raffle table. Not to mention his great program. Roy – to just say “Thank You” doesn’t seem to be enough. Just so you all know Roy gave back the Speakers Fee and the Raffle Table proceeds.

Did you get to the plant sales table Roy had? I did and found 2 things I just had to have. The Raffle Table had some great plants on it too – I got some – did you?

Don’t forget our next meeting is on July 18, 2012. We will be back to having judging – so get those plants ready! We don’t want to let Erna down. It’s the only way you can get in on the Trophies for next year.

We will be doing things a little different – in that when you bring refreshments you will get a ticket for a pick from the Raffle Table (refreshment tickets will be in a separate container – and it will be first pick). Everything else remains the same and the plants for judging need to be entered at 7:30 so judging can begin promptly at 7:45. Remember your refreshments, invite a guest (friend or foe) to come with you.

See you at the meeting.

Oh yes, were you expecting a puppy update – I still have three of them – getting bigger by the day.

If you are not going to be at the next meeting because you are on vacation – have a safe trip. And to Carol – who is having knee surgery – we wish you the best and a speedy recovery.