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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.

The next MOS board meeting will be Thursday, April 17 at Marilyn Lauffer's home (thank you Marilyn for your flexibility). Any member of the MOS is welcome to attend the quarterly board meetings. Light supper will begin at 6:30 p.m. Please let Marilyn know if you will be coming for dinner and what you may be bringing. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m.

Last month's and previous newsletters is available in PDF (acrobat) format (about 1 megabyte) online. CLICK HERE! You should receive a link to the current newsletter in your email if you are a paid up member.

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The Maryland Orchid Society
Mourns the Passing of Ann Lundy

With great sadness, we have been informed by Lee Lundy of the passing of his wife and our friend, Ann. She died on Sunday, September 28 after a long struggle with cancer. Ann was a tireless and faithful participating member of the Maryland Orchid Society, an accomplished grower of orchids and native plants, ace organizer, and a good friend. She will be greatly missed.

Notification of arrangements will be made when they are available.

Mark Your Maps!
The Maryland Orchid Society Has a New Meeting Home!

     Starting with the next meeting, the Maryland Orchid Society will meet at Woodbrook Baptist Church, 25 Stevenson Lane, Baltimore, Maryland 21212.
     After over twenty years meeting at Roland Park Christian Church, changes at the Church necessitated finding a new location. Woodbrook Baptist Church is located on Stevenson Lane just off North Charles Street. You can only turn one way whether you're coming from the north or the south on Charles Street. New amenities include:

  • Ample lighted parking in the back.
  • Air-Conditioned.
  • More bathrooms.
  • Lighter chairs.

More to follow as we approach our first meeting of the 2014 - 2015 Orchid Year.

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 7 p.m. Tom McBride presents The Maryland Orchid Society Show Table 2013-2014

Tom McBride of The Little Greenhouse     Tom McBride, our Show Table Chair, is an AOS judge and one of our local orchid gurus, growing and selling award-winning orchids and hardy tropical plants commercially at The Little Greenhouse for more than 35 years. As one of our long-standing members, he has been a pillar of our society and shared his enthusiasm and knowledge of orchids since joining MOS in 1979.
     In September, Tom delivers his traditional and much anticipated summary of last year’s show table results and participation winners from 2013-2014. Tom keeps track of ribbon winners for each class, as well as every member who places a plant on the show table each month, loans plants for MOS or away show exhibits, and/or puts in an exhibit at our annual show.
     Ribbons count toward monetary awards, while loans and exhibits count toward points for free plants. For every three plant loans or exhibits, members will have the opportunity to pick out a seedling orchid plant of their choice from the many different species and hybrids Tom provides at the September meeting. Tom will distribute monetary awards for the first, second and third place winners of each class.
     This meeting always whets our appetites for growing more, bigger or better plants and starts our new orchid season with an enthusiastic scramble for new plants to add to our collections. Tom will also talk about what the Show Table judges look for each month and how to improve your chances of winning a ribbon.

Calling All Beginner and Novice Orchidphiles -- Repotting Workshop September 27

     The Maryland Orchid Society is having a members-only repotting event on Saturday, September 27, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.-ish at David and Margaret Smith’s house. This fun event is hands-on and is designed to help beginners and novice members learn to repot their own plants.
     Admission to the event is $5.00 (payable at the door) and will include light refreshments and potting media for the first repotted plant. There will be a $3.00 charge for each repotted plant or division after that. Members are encouraged to bring their own pots for potting. Should a member not have a plant available for repotting and still desire to participate, we will have some overgrown plants in need of repotting. You can get the experience of dividing and repotting, and take home the potted division for your collection.
     Space for this event is limited, so be sure to sign up by September 20th by contacting David Smith or Sarah Spence.

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 5651, Baltimore, Maryland 21210

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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