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Welcome to the Long Beach Amateur Orchid Society!





Special Announcements

Nomination & Election of Board Members in November

Annual Membership Fees are due in January


Our membership fee is $15 and due in January each year.

Think about paying your dues early to avoid the lines in January and February.

Fill out the membership renewal form. If paying in person, check the roster for your data. Make sure we have all your correct information on file. If you do not want some of your information listed in a future Membership Directory, please place ‘N’ in the appropriate boxes on the form. If your information has not changed, you can check the renewal box, fill in the date, your name and write 'same' across the balance of the form.

See our membership secretaries at a meeting to join or renew your membership.

We email the newsletter to those who prefer this method. Please fill out the membership renewal form that contains this email choice.

If paying by check, make it out to: Long Beach Amateur Orchid Society

If mailing, mail to:
Alana Kaczmarek
11436 Harrisburg Rd
Los Alamitos, CA 90720

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Oncidium 1st Place:
Onc. hybrid unknown #1
Grown by Chris Hogan

Oncidium 2nd Place:
Onc. hybrid unknown #2
Grown by Carmen Lujan



The Long Beach Amateur Orchid Society (LBAOS) is a non-profit organization formed to promote appreciation of orchids and to provide a source of information, education and support for both novices and experts.

LBAOS members range from dedicated hybridizers and growers with hundreds of orchids to beginners who just want to keep a few plants alive. Knowledge and mistakes are shared with a great sense of humor. It's always nice to know that "the expert" kills a few plants, too!

Our monthly membership meeting is free, and visitors are always welcome! Monthly meetings include expert guest speakers, a plant opportunity table, and a friendly judging of members' orchids for continued growth and knowledge. Orchid culture demonstrations are given by experts and timed to the seasons. Please see our "Meeting Info" for more details.

An exciting plant auction takes place annually. Orchids from our members' gardens, as well as orchids donated from our vendors, are auctioned to the highest bidder. Over the years, some very sought after plants have made their way to the auction tables! We just completed a very successful 2015 auction. Our next auction is scheduled for 03/13/17.

The plant opportunity table each month and the yearly auction are great ways to obtain orchid plants at very reasonable prices.

November President's Message

The year is coming to an end and the holidays will soon be here as will 2017. Still, there is much ahead for LBAOS. But first a big shout out to Butch for the LBAOS display he created, which received a trophy! It was the most imaginative society display – really! Many thanks to Butch and those members who helped with the display.

November is election month for officers and Board members. Unfortunately, Tina and Brian are moving from Lakewood. So, we lose Tina and her tireless work as Vice President, and Brian who is always there to help the club. We wish them a beautiful new life up north and greatly appreciate all they have done for our society. I thank several people who have come forward to help serve our club. Tina did so much it will take some time to cover all the jobs she did. Please come forward to see how you can help our society. The more people the more ideas and the less work there is per person.

Regarding our club, it is fine. Regarding my office as President, I am also fine. I will not leave office until I am sure we have a full group of officers and members to carry on. This will take more time than I thought, but I accept my responsibility to insure Long Beach Amateur Orchid Society remains a strong, vibrant and independent club for many years to come.

There are events still to come in 2016! We will have a booth to sell orchids and provide information at the Holly Faire at St. Gregory's on Saturday, Nov. 12. Our Bus excursion to the Huntington Library and the Thornton Gardens is set for Saturday, Dec 3. Finally, don’t miss our annual Awards and Potluck on Monday, Dec. 12. There is more planned for 2017 that you do not want to miss!

Happy Holidays!
Gary Putnam

Photos from Meetings

Dendrobium Cultural Award:
Den. loddeigesii
Grown by Gen Gundersen

Vandaceous Cultural Award:
Ascf. Cherry Blossom 'Pink Panther'
Grown by Nancy Wask

Misc. Cultural Award:
Lycaste Alan Salzman
Grown by Butch Arciaga

Paphiopedilum Cultural Award:
Paph. (philippinense x Prince Edward of York)
Grown by Gary Putnam

Cattleya Alliance Cultural Award:
Lc. Trick or Treat
Grown by Espie Quinn

Cymbidium Cultural Award
Cym. Sweet Devon
Grown by Butch Arciaga

Photos by Tina Wilvers