December 2014

Silent Auction and Potluck

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December 11 will be our traditional Silent Auction and Potluck Meeting.  It will be a little snug in our smaller temporary meeting hall but we'll find a way to make it work. 
Bring a main dish, vegetable dish, salad, or dessert to share. Bring your own plate and utensils, and a drink if you wish.  (Non-alcoholic).
The Silent Auction is our club's big fund raiser.  Bring in any orchids you wish to donate to the club so other members can bid on them and provide them with a new home.   Fill out a bid sheet for each plant before the meeting (or at the meeting, we’ll have extras) describing the plant's outstanding characteristics and its cultural requirements.  (Also, any photos you might have of the flowers really help plants sell.)  We also welcome any other items we can auction off that would be of interest to our bidders.   Secondly, bring lots of money to bid on the auction plants.

Remember, 6:30 PM start time.  Come at 6:00 to help set up. Thanks  Eric

The Prez Says

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pres messageDear Five Cities members: Our society is an active chapter that depends upon a team of volunteers who plan the general direction, activities and special events. If you were at the last meeting, you know that the present term will end soon for the current vice president, secretary and one director at large. These are important positions that need volunteers to be active members of the leadership team Even if you think you are not fully qualified; there is plenty of support to assist new officers. If you have questions please feel free to talk with me or any other officer. Let’s continue to be the outstanding orchid society on the central coast. Linda

November Speaker Notes

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mtg summaryFCOS was pleased to have their members Christina and Eric Holenda speak to them about their 2002 trip to Madagascar, the fourth largest island on Earth. This island is found off the east coast of Africa. In the orchid world, Madagascar is known mainly for its many species of the genus Angraecum although there are other orchid genera that grow there including Bulbophyllum, Jumellea, Gastrochis, Cymbiella, and many others. Madagascar is also known for a large number of species of lemurs, lizards, birds, and other plants and trees. Their slides showed that each of these groups, especially the birds had a wide variety of colors and sizes. Thanks to Christina and Eric we were able to visit this distant island without leaving our chair and especially to Christina who was in control of the slides changes which allowed us to see 280 slides within about 45 minutes.