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Members: We Need Your Help!

Sign up to Volunteer at the Show

It is hard to believe that we are at this time again - the Show is right around the corner! Specifically-  March 16 through March 19.  Please clear your schedules to be free at that time to get involved.  There are jobs for everyone- and you could do a different job every day if you choose. You could help with set up on Thursday after 4pm, help create the Society Exhibit (or your own exhibit) on Friday, clerk with the judges on Saturday morning then jump to the repotting area in the afternoon. Sunday you could greet visitors, or urge interested visitors to join the society. Then help with breakdown.  The point is: we need many hands to create a beautiful show. Your help will be much appreciated by all.

If you have not had time to sign up, now would be a good time to look at your schedule and find some time to help out with the show. March 16&17 - set up, March 18&19 - all show activities.  I guarantee a fun time will be had by all if you volunteer to be part of the team!

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This endeavor truly takes a village, and I look forward to working with fellow villagers to make our 2023 a great success.


Volunteer Schedule

Thursday,3/16-  4pm - ?  Major Set Up

Friday, 3/17- 8am to ?  Exhibit Building, Vendor Unloading, Detail Set Up, Registration

Saturday, 3/18- 8am-8pm.   Judging, Clerking, All Show Activities

Sunday 3/19- 9am-4pm. All Show Activities, Breakdown at 4pm


Show Chairs: Sheila Nathanson, Janet Greenberg, Norma Raiff

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An army moves on its stomach and our orchid show army is the same. We love our food. We never go without good food for our show. I am looking for food for the following days.

Friday breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Saturday breakfast and lunch and snacks

Sunday breakfast and lunch

We cannot cook anything there. We need food to be used without refrigeration other than a cooler. Crock pots are great for hot food. We cannot clean anything after use so if possible bring food in throwaway containers.

Think about what you can bring and email me. I am in the oswp membership booklet. Thanks.


from your calm caring food ogre, Mike lysy.

OSWP Society Sales Table 2023 Show

Once again we will be selling items at the Society Sales Table. In order to make this run smoothly, there will be a few guidelines for those who are hoping to sell their items. As we had a year off and this is a newer venue, please bear with us to make our table the revenue producing area that it has been. There may be last minute changes, please stay tuned... Make sure items are properly priced and marked with your name or initials. I would suggest 2 stickers as they tend to fall off. If you have the time, a list of your sale items would be great for us to have. Also, if your initials are fairly common, please let us know your name so we can get the proceeds to the proper person. See Member Sales Guideline and Inventory Sheet.

  • Obviously, plants are to be disease and bug-free. Anything we find to be suspect will be isolated and returned. The better your plants look, the more likely they are to sell. If they are not currently blooming, a photo of the plant is always a help. Any specific information that would be helpful can be added to a tag on the plant. People might like to know where you purchased it and any helpful cultural information.

  • We are encouraging the sale of orchid items. These are things like: artwork, books, clothing, decorative items, fancy pots and whatever else you can find that has something to do with orchids. No non-orchid plants or other items, please. Again, price them with 2 stickers and don’t forget your name.

  • We are taking a 20% commission for OSWP. Please price your items accordingly.

  • Items can be dropped off any time on Friday, Saturday or even Sunday. Obviously, the longer your plant is available on the sales table, the more opportunity it has to be sold. You MUST plan to retrieve your items by 4pm on Sunday. If you want to know if you have items to take home, call me at 412-400-3459. I will be at the show site and can find that info for you. It is your responsibility to get your items home.

  • We can use bags and boxes. Both plastic and paper bags are great. Small boxes help our buyers get the plants home safely.

  • There will be NO ‘holds’ of sale plants before they are purchased. You may pay for the plants, have them packaged and leave them with us. This includes plants that are seen before the table is officially open. If you want something desperately, find me and pay for the plant. I will deal with the paperwork later.

  • A record of sales will be submitted to Janet Greenberg, Treasurer, within a few days of the end of the show. Your check will come from the OSWP treasury.

  • Some help will be needed on both Saturday and Sunday. Please contact me if you are interested in working with our sale items. It will be in your interest to work at this table if you have plants for sale. No one can describe your plants better than you. We particularly need help on Saturday morning, 9 am to noon. The vendor area will be open and many of our members are involved with judging so we need anyone who is not judging to help with sales.

With your help we can make this a profitable endeavor for members and the society alike.


Leslie Kaplan -
Holly Schrum -

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