We sometimes think of the American
Orchid Society solely in terms
of judging and awarding orchids. Maybe because we usually
see the local AOS judges when they
come to judge our show or
give talks which feature pictures of awarded orchids. Awards,
awards, awards. Is that all the
AOS does is awards? In a word: no.
The American Orchid Society has a very long history of being
so much more than just judging
orchids. Indeed, it was in a
recent issue of Orchids that I noticed how many non-judging
oriented committees there are in
the AOS. And by happy circumstance how
many of these ‘other’ committees are either headed by
or staffed by local Bay Area growers. We are more influential
than I’d thought.
Therefore in July
we will talk with some of our local ‘movers and shakers’
of the AOS *. Many of them
we know already (all members of DVOS! - C0-Eds.):
is a member of the Conservation committee and a member of the
Species Identification Task Force.
Cindy Hill is a
member of the Publication committee of which I am an
unofficial member, too.
Carol Klonowski is
a member of the Education committee and will also be
the Research committee which Carol Zoltowski heads.
Unfortunately Carol Z had to bow out at the last minute due to
work, but Carol K will gamely
present a few tidbits about the scientific side of the AOS.
I can hear you
asking questions already about just what all these committees
are, what they do and why
should you care. So come to the July meeting and find out.
This will be a panel discussion
and open Q&A session.