Newsletter April 2022 – Volume 75, Issue 4

April Update With The Society

Our March meeting was our Annual Auction. It was a fun event that started off with a Preview Party hosted by Kelley and Peter Maunsell and auctioneered by Mike Pearson and Joe Grienauer. The auction grossed over $3900 in sales and raised over $2500 for the society. We are grateful to all the donors and volunteers that made it so successful.

March also saw the first of what we hope will be a few potting clinics throughout the year. We held the first clinic at Volunteer Park. We had twenty-four attendees and we welcomed nine new or returning members to the society. We want to extend a heartfelt welcome to the new members and thanks to the volunteers that brought the event to life.

The speaker for April is Kelly McCracken of High Desert Orchids. Kelly will be speaking to us about artificial lighting. Many of us have discovered that as our hobby grows sometimes, we run out of window spaces, or we don’t have a good window to begin with. Artificial lighting can provide our plants with the light they need to thrive. Many growers have discovered the opportunities that the recent drop in price and increase in availability of LED lights has provided. But there is little information about how much artificial light orchids need and what kinds of lights are best.

Highlights from this month’s newsletter

  • 2022 NWOS Annual Auction and Preview Party, read the article in the newsletter and the post here (post is member content).
  • 2022 March Potting Clinic, read the article in the newsletter.
  • 2022 Membership Renewals are due, you can renew from the website, click and go.
  • 2022 Gary Baker Service Award Nominations, fill out the form and return it to Ben Johnson.

The registration for the April Meeting: Zoom Registration. Remember this is both an in-person and a hybrid Zoom meeting, please feel welcome to join us in-person.

The Display Table, Sales Table, Raffle and Library are all part of the meeting this month.

The UW no longer has Covid restrictions for gatherings. We will still provide masks and hand sanitizers for attendees for their personal use as they see fit.