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The Maryland Orchid Society meets the third Thursday of the month beginning at 7 p.m. See the Meetings page for a full timetable.
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Our Own Valerie Lowe,
Thursday, June 18, 7 p.m.

Awards for MOS, National Capitol Orchid Society October 2009      To the left, you see a typical Valerie-led show installation. This month, Valerie Lowe’s talk, “How Orchids are Judged,” explores what judges are looking for when they evaluate orchids.
     Valerie has been growing orchids since 1989 on the windowsill and under lights. She has served as president (two terms), vice president, secretary, program chairman, newsletter editor, EOC registrar, ODC representative and away shows chairperson (since 1990) for the Maryland Orchid Society. She has also served as a director of the ODC.
     Each fall, Valerie looks forward to putting in the MOS exhibits in the local shows (National Capital, Susquehanna, and the EOC when it still existed). She believes she received most of her exposure to and education of the large variety of orchids from visiting members’ greenhouses and from borrowing their plants for these exhibits. She has attended many international conferences and traveled Costa Rica to see orchids in various environmental conditions.
     Valerie Lowe has been an MOS member since 1990, holding numerous offices and committee positions, including back-to-back terms as President from 1996 to 1999. Valerie is perhaps best known as the MOS Away Show Chair, a job that, incredibly, she has served for most of her tenure with MOS. In October 2011, the MOS Board elected Valerie to life membership. Valerie is also an accredited AOS judge and for many years has served as Judging Chair at MOS’s annual show. AOS judges serve a critical role in both ribbon and AOS judging.

Complete Awards for the 2014
Maryland Orchid Society Show and Sale!

Click here to download a copy of the complete show results (44 pages!).

Maryland Orchid Society Membership Flyer The MOS brings together people interested in orchids to promote and encourage orchid culture, preservation, education propagation, hybridization, and all other orchid-related activities of interest to its members. Benefits of membership include a subscription to the Newsletter (email and web), voting rights, borrowing privileges from the MOS Library, monthly guest speakers, local judging, valuable door prizes, and much, much, more!

Click here to download a copy of the Maryland Orchid Society Membership Flyer, a beautiful full color poster to place wherever there are people needing the benefits of our fellowship!

If you are interested in orchid culture and would like to meet others with similar interests, we cordially invite you to join the ranks of Marylanders already enjoying the benefits of membership in the Maryland Orchid Society.

To join, mail an application form.

We invite articles, notices, etc. for inclusion in our monthly newsletter, deadline for inclusion is first Sunday of the month.

The official MOS official address is P.O. Box 50097, Baltimore, Maryland 21211

The Missions Statement of The Maryland Orchid Society

Mission Statement of the Maryland Orchid Society

Maryland Orchid Society - Board of Trustees
2014 - 2015

President   Sarah L. Spence
Vice President   Joan M. Roderick
Treasurer   Aaron Webb
Secretary   Suzanne Gaertner
Jennifer Hildebrandt
Michael Moran
Committee Chairs
AOS/ODC Rep.   Valerie Lowe
Auction   Aaron Webb, Joan Roderick
Away Shows   Valerie Lowe
Education/Activities   David Smith, Eric Wiles
Hospitality   Margaret Smith
House   Gregg Custis, Ernest Drohan
Library   Norma Lynch
Membership   Marilyn Lauffer
Newsletter   Laura Sobelman
Program   Deborah Dade
Refreshments   Barbara Buck
Show   Bill Scharf, Joan Roderick
Show Table   Tom McBride
Sunshine   Janice Mazur
Website   Clark Riley

The vitality of our society is a direct result of the efforts of all our members.
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