May 1998

May Award's Banquet
by Harry, Editor
Our annual awards banquet, a catered meal event, no cost to any one who comes. If you don't have a ride ask someone or call Fred Weber our hard working President and he will see if he can hook you up with someone who is coming. Lots of folks don't like to come to the park at night but there is a certain amount of safety in numbers, so this would be an excellent event to visit.

Regular meetings lately have been over 200 members attending, really great, the Speakers are astounded! They are used to speaking to groups of 20 to 40 persons.

This catered meal includes beverages and all the trimmings, and you don't have to bring a thing, don't miss this one.

Seating will begin at 6 P.M.!! If you can come slightly early and help set up tables and stuff do it, but there is not a lot of that to do either.

There will be a contest, actually several, for table arrangements as is the custom at these events. Here are the categories so you can make some plans.

Awards will be presented to:

1. The Best of the Night!
2. The Teeny Tiniest!
3. The Sweetest!
4. The Manliest!
5. The Womanliest!
6. Who Thoughta That?
Awards for these categories will be blooming plants, so don't think your are wasting your time here, there is definitely booty to be gained!!!

Come early, pick out a good table, and enjoy an evening with good orchid friends.

plants for the awards at this dinner have been donated by Pat & Harry Tolen of Chula Orchids, John Walters of Rex Foster Orchids and Hisa and Terry of Koike Orchids. Judging will be done by Alma Marosz, Peggy Swanson, Esther Silva, Naty Ritua, Pamela Peters, and Sue Volek....which will come as a big surprise to them as they read this!!! In case the judges get into a fight Alma will have the ultimate decision to get the winners. Last year at this event we had real plates, real silverware and real glasses and cups what a treat, and we didn't have to clean up anything, the ultimate enjoyment!!

Hope to see you there.

Off the Web -

Here is a good write up for persons who wish to get into the raising of orchids from seed. I got this from an orchid site in Canada and the site creator was kind enough to let me use it. This personal site is made possible by the support of The University of Waterloo and The Central Ontario Orchid Society.

The site you can visit -

The Orchid House created by Jerry Bolce, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. You will find a ton for other orchid related things there that a quite interesting too. A well done site with lots of information and links to other sites. Comments or data would be welcome.

From Seed to Community Pot (hit this link to go to the article).

by Peter Croezen

Our Own Society Web Site -
by Harry, Editor
Our site is being kept and expanded by Duncan Werth. You might visit the site listed above and I think you will be pleasantly surprised. Duncan in a few weeks has put together a great site that will only get better. He now lists the newsletter each month, and includes all the pictures, but on the site you will find them in full color. Many pictures of our mini show and our big show in march are now available to people all over the world. I particularly liked the way he linked the pictures into the text.

Visit the site and don't forget the little mail box at the bottom where you can send Duncan an email with comments, suggestion or whatever.

May Species Group Meeting - Bus Trip To Zuma Canyon Orchids

The species group will meet on a different Saturday, May 9th, at Siv and Chris Garrod's house, 2996 Arcola Ave., San Diego, phone 483-8787. Note this is the second Saturday instead of the first Saturday because the bus trip is going to Zuma Canyon Orchids on the first Saturday.

Bus Trip To Zuma -

I don't know if there are any spots left for the bus trip but contact Fred Weber 982-9128 or Ben Machado 660-9870 if you have the inclination to go with us. It sounds like a fun trip.

Take A Break!

Frank goes into a bar for a quiet drink by himself. After awhile he hears a voice say, "Nice tie!" He looks around but can't see anyone at all nearby. He shrugs his shoulders and has another sip. Then the same voice pipes up, "Like your haircut." Frank once again looks around him, under the table, under the stool, etc. but can't see anyone, so he shrugs and takes another sip.

Suddenly, the same voice says, "Your shoes are very shiny." Frank panics, leaps to his feet, and goes to the bartender telling him about the strange voices.

The barman says, "Oh, relax, that's the peanuts. They're complimentary."

SDCOS Board of Directors Meeting
April 14, 1998

Present: Fred Weber, Leno Galvan, Edith Galvan, Christopher Herndon, Ben Machado, Esther Sivila, Bud Close, Ann Tuskes, Jim Wright and Siv Garrod.

Meeting called to order by Fred Weber at 7:08 P.M.


1. Last meetings minutes were read and approved.
2. Treasurer report was read, accepted and filed for audit.
3. First Vice President - No speaker next month due to the awards banquet.
4. Second Vice President - No Novice class due to the awards banquet.
5. Show Chairman - The final cost and income of the show is being
prepared. Esther Sivila will include self-addressed envelopes with next years
ticket to make it easier to return unsold tickets.


1. The bus trip to Zuma Canyon is May 2nd is going to happen. About 40 people signed up. Cost, including lunch and a free seedling is $35.00 per person. The species group meeting will be on the 9th instead of the 2nd this month.


1. Bud Close suggested that we sell all posters, T-shirts and sweat shirt for 50% off. They are now stored in the garage. Ben Machado made the motion and Chris Herndon seconded the motion and no one opposed.

2. Jim Wright made a suggestion that we do something about the long and slow lines to get in to our meeting room after the Novice class. Time that could be better spent socializing or looking at plants. Fred Weber suggested that we draw 2 names for the name tags and stop the collection of labels from the newsletter. Ann Tuskes made the motion and Esther Sivila seconded the motion.

The meeting was adjourned 8:05 P.M.

Submitted by Siv Garrod

Chris Herndon, 2nd V.P.
by Harry, Editor

As is my habit, I read stuff, skim thru it, and I’m one of those folks who rarely looks to see who wrote the article unless I am particularly interested in something in it. After I explained about Chris and George Kenner having articles in the same issue of “Orchids” the American Orchid Society Magazine, formerly AOS Bulletin, I got another eye opener when talking to Chris, a
pretty quite guy.

“Well, actually it’s not my third article!” Chris says. “No?” says I,” I’m sure I remembered three so far.”

“Really it’s the sixth article I have had published in the “Orchids” magazine, and one was published in California Garden Magazine.

“Holy Cow!” “Where have I been? Sixth? That’s fantastic!! Chris is our very modest and quite 2nd VP and had his first article, Eulophiella: Jewels of Madagascar published in AOS magazine in 1996, his second Cymbidiella: A Study in Contrasts was also published in 1996. The third one came in 1997, Eurychones of Africa and was selected for the cover article. Next was Colorful Angraecoids in 1997 and then for 1998 he led off with Preserving Madagascar’s Orchid Heritage, and the latest one you can look for will be in the June issue of this year, Grammangis: Madagascan Orchids of Distinction.

What an accomplishment for a young man of nineteen! Yup! I said nineteen. And JUST nineteen last February! And Chris hasn’t been just all of his time writing articles for the American Orchid Society. Chris is a Senior at UCSD! How do you get to be a Senior at nineteen? You take a lot of advanced classes in High School and carry 20 units a year in college, much easier said than done folks!

And in his spare time,,,,,, as if he would have a lot, Chris does research work for an Anesthesiologist. He has already applied to Medical Schools and will be entering one somewhere probably next year.

What a great guy to watch in the future, congratulations to his folks for raising a fine young man.

Borrowed from The Orchid Collection, the newsletter of the Genesee Region Orchid Society, Rochester, NY, courtesy of Phil Matt it’s Editor. This article was originally published in The Score Sheet, the newsletter of the Great Lakes Judging Center.-

The Basics Of Orchid Judging
by an AOS Judge, Karen Mudge, Great Lakes Judging Region

A basic difference between AOS award judging and ribbon judging are the criteria used in each of the two types (of judging) Ribbon judging is based on the best plant in each class in which it is registered at that particular show. AOS judging compares a plant against the same or comparable plant (across, i.e.) that possibly has a published standard across the globe. Sounds simple? Not quite.

Let’s take a look at ribbon judging first. Do you have to be an AOS judge to participate in ribbon judging? The answer is no. Common sense and a good eye for comparison are the major criteria in any judging, including orchid ribbon judging. Remember, the classification lists group like or similar plants together helping you make a better decision. That is, species cattleyas, white cattleyas no markings, white cattleyas with colored lip, etc. are all grouped. So you (and) I are comparing like flowers for the first, second, and third place ribbons. The ribbon judging team also has the option to move a plant from one class to another if they feel it is misplaced. A team will usually move a plant “down” in class, but not “up” to a previous class. Usually this is because the previous class has already been judged. This decision to move any plant is made before the team takes the floor.

Now, to begin to look for a ribbon winner, a team looks for clean flowers without damage, well spaced, good color, good flower count, nicely shaped, pleasingly presented, and so on. If the ribbon team decides one plants with a very large and nicely shaped flower is as good as a plant with three smaller flowers of approximately the same qualities, they can award two first place ribbons. If there are only two or three plants registered in a class and any or all of the plants are lacking (such as fading, spotted, droopy, browning, unpleasant shape), then there are not enough good qualities to warrant a first place ribbon, or possibly even a second place ribbon. The judging team has the option of bypassing a ribbon, or even a class, for that matter. Remember, awarding a ribbon, whether it be a first place blue or other tells the grower, “you are doing a fine job, keep up the good work”.

As for AOS judging, the purpose of the AOS judging has been to encourage people in all phases of orchidology, whether it be competition, pleasure, commercial, conservation, etc. This is somewhat like ribbon judging but on a much higher plane. For example, the first time a hybrid plant is shown for an AOS award many things are examined. First, parentage is checked along with any set criteria already established, awards already given, photographs, measurements etc. . These types of questions need to be answered: Has the plant picked up some or all of the better traits of either parent? Has it at least reached a mean (average) in size, of the two parents? Is the color attractive? Does it hold its inflorescence well, taller, straighter? Has the flower count improved or at least averaged? With these comparisons an AOS judge must at least have an aesthetic facility. If one does not recognize beauty, one does not possess the most fundamental quality necessary to be a qualified judge.

A judge should have knowledge already in hand, especially continuing experience in gaining more knowledge through books, first hand judging at shows, lecture, etc. This is the reasoning behind the time allotted to student and probationary judges. Obviously, a judge will never see everything, but a good judge gives this a “good run for the money” during his or her tenure. A judge must possess a degree of subjective quality. This is a difficult task and the way to deal with it is to utilize the consensus of opinion of a group - hence a judging “team”.

Ideally, everyone should be free of bias and prejudice. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. So a good judge is expected to control any bias or prejudice. One of the most important human traits any judge should possess is not only to be ethical but also to have a objective validity to their attitudes and emotions. After all, personalities, attitudes, emotions, experience and knowledge are qualities that make an interesting team whether it is for orchid judging or any other kind of judging team. This is certainly a much more difficult responsibility and task than ribbon judging but can bring just as much satisfaction - don’t you agree?

Karen Mudge, Accredited Judge, Great Lakes Judging Region

Solved -

The editor of the Poultry Journal received a letter from a woman reader. It read: “How long should a hen remain on the eggs?” The Editor replied, “Three weeks for chickens and four weeks for ducks.” Three weeks passed, and the editor again received a letter from the same reader. “Thank you very much for your kind advice,,, The hen remained on the eggs for three weeks, and there were no chickens hatched,,, and as I do not care for ducks, I took her off the nest and sold the eggs!”

(Got any idea where this came from ????? Harry, Editor)