SCOS 2015 Christmas Party

Photos by Ann Possinger

Tuesday, December 8th , 2015.

This was the first year that our annual Holiday Dinner was held at the Foxtail Golf Club in Rohnert Park. By all accounts it was a wonderful party enjoyed by everyone!

Our much deserving Marie Waskow award winner was Ann Possinger for her countless years of service and dedication to our society.  Ann has worn many hats over the years and this award to her was long overdue!

The Golden Hammer award was given to Jerome (Smitty) Smith for his years of outstanding SCOS show displays.

Our favorite musician Nicolette Rickles provided live music…food was delicious…company was wonderful…who could ask for more?

Save the date for next year! Second Tuesday in December 2016!


AOS News – December 2015

AOS Reno Show & Sale

November 11 -15 was a grand time in Reno for the four of us who represented the Sonoma County Orchid Society at the 2015 Fall American Orchid Society meeting and sale! Susan Anderson, Angelique Fry, Lynne Murrell and me (Karen Wofford) attended the entire event, then stayed an extra day because it SNOWED! It was blue skies all around for the event until the last day when the clouds came in, the sun got dark, and white whirly flakes buried us under their quiet blanket.

This is the second show this year that was essentially in our own backyard. The spring show was in Portland, OR. The Spring Meeting in 2016 will be held far to the east of us. Classes we attended were wonderful and included topics on ‘Paphiopedilums’ by Theresa Hill and Dave Sorokowsky, ‘conservation’ by Peter Tobias, ‘viruses’ by Janet Lamborn of Agdia, ‘growing orchids his own way’ by Dennis Olivas, Fukiran by Terry Kowalczuk, ‘pendulous cymbidiums’ by George Hatfield, ‘Phalaenopsis’ by Carlos Fighetti, ‘Laelia purpurata’ by Sergio Garcia, breeding trends by Dr. John Chant and orchids in Columbia by Gary Meyer.
Between classes we dodged cigarette smoke and slot machines and sampled the casino restaurants. Occasionally a glass of wine slipped in. Halfway through the show I decided to take the big jump and start my memoir. It will be titled, Confessions of an Orchid Addict.

Just checking to see if you are still reading.

Angelique and I took Amtrak from Martinez to Reno. I’ve never done this before. It was a supremely enjoyable experience. I arrived at my destination completely relaxed both directions. The only difficult part was smuggling our “agricultural items” aka orchids, on board and hiding them from the conductor who did not have a sense of humor about how many orchids we brought onto the train. Surprisingly, the orchids survived the trip home pretty well. All four boxes of them!

See you next month!