All posts by Robyn Chosy

Show & Tell – August 2016

Photos by Ann Possinger

AOS News – May 2016

Wow! The American Orchid Society (AOS) has a brand new website! I took a look at it today and it’s pretty cool. The website address is and the first thing you’ll notice are the pretty new pastel colors. I like a good look, but I’m mostly a ‘content’ girl. Not content; I mean I’m pretty rowdy most of the time, but rather content – you know, the meat in the sandwich, the stuffing the turkey, the frosting in the oreo. Got it?

Growing orchids is a journey. Some of us have been at it for much of our lifetime, while others of us are still wiping the drool off our chin while staring entranced at our first orchid. Regardless, we all have questions from time-to-time. While the addiction adventure is incredibly rewarding, it wouldn’t be an adventure without challenges.

As a member of the American Orchid Society (AOS), you don’t have to face those challenges alone. Being part of the AOS community means having thousands of peers and mentors around the world to guide and support you on your path to orchid growing bliss.

While there are still many great freebees for non members, membership in AOS is a wonderful thing and gets you some of the exclusive goodies only available to members. Fantastic articles in ORCHIDS magazine, live and on-demand webinars, live question and answer chats… where you can have your specific questions addressed, physical shows, conferences and events…and most important, your AOS membership card which proves you are on the road to that exalted platform where the expert orchid growers live, close to the sun, looking down at the rest of us and beckoning…..beckoning……

Please consider joining the American Orchid Society. With your membership you receive Orchids Magazine. If you don’t know what the magazine looks like, see our Librarian, Helen Orgill, to borrow issues. See me with any questions.

The following is a link to AOS articles for beginning growers:
and a link to public webinars (available to non-AOS members:

–  Karen Wofford (AOS Rep)

AOS News – February 2016

Volunteer Spot is Ready for Sign Ups!

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our Spring Show Sign-up on VolunteerSpot:

2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.

3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.

This is such a simple way to sign up and see what jobs are available!

Details: When you type into your web browser, you will see a welcome page for the Sonoma County Orchid Society Show. You will be asked for your email address.

Once you put in your email address, click NEXT and you’ll be able to see all the great jobs available for sign up. Do yourself a favor though, and click the open square that says “Hide Full Spots”. Otherwise you will see EVERY job that is listed, even though they are already filled.

Have fun scrolling down the page to see what the jobs are and if one piques your interest, click the orange “Sign Up!” button. Once you click the button, you will be prompted to add your name and phone number. This information is only for me and the committee chair you are working for. That’s it. No one from VolunteerSpot will use this information in any way. That is their guarantee. If they do, I’ll personally represent you in the lawsuit.

That’s it! You’re finished! You can remove your name later if you need to and you can swap with other people. Within a few minutes, the program will send you an automated email welcoming you and listing any jobs you have signed up for. (Ed. Note: You can get to VolunteerSpot to access your signup or make changes at anytime by using this link )

Any changes that are made to your job between now and April will automatically be sent to you by email. A few days before the event, you will get another email reminder that confirms what job and hours you have signed up for.

Not all volunteer positions are listed yet. Bookmark the web address and check back if you don’t see the job you are looking for. An email blast will go out to everyone once all jobs are listed.

Looking forward to the Show and seeing you all there!

PS. Anyone not comfortable using their email address online, please call me, Karen Wofford, 707-975-4299 and I can sign you up manually.

DON’T FORGET TO CHECK OUT THE NEWEST AOS AWARDS AT the California Sierra-Nevada Judging Center at and the Pacific Central Judging Center at

–  Karen Wofford (AOS Rep)