President's Letter

November 2021


Here we are staring bleak November in the face! There are still some warm, golden fall days ahead- the foliage flaming before falling, all the delights of this transitional season. All my remaining plants came in for the winter yesterday, since we are getting some rain, but also very chilly temperatures- they got a good watering before beginning their 'cool dry rest'. I hope to have good flowering on the callista and nobile type dendrobiums, cymbidiums, neofinetia and sarcochilus.

We are putting the finishing touches on our plan to have our next meeting, on November 14, in person. We will make an announcement early in November with details.

And we all know what comes after Thanksgiving? Our annual Holiday Party! It will be held on December 12, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Ballroom, from 2 to 6, with a sit down dinner served at 3pm. Details will be coming to your inbox, since RSVP indicating a meal choice and a payment of $15. per person will be required. We will be asking participants to contribute a batch of their favorite cookie for a traditional Pittsburgh Cookie Table. There will be a complimentary orchid plant for all. Look for an RSVP email from our hostess, Carolyn Bolton. This promises to be a fun and relaxed gathering, I'm looking forward to it.

We continue to look for a secretary. Anyone interested in this position, or in joining the board in June, 2022, please let us know. Our nominating committee will be seeking 'A Few Good Members' come this spring. Getting involved in one of these positions is not an overwhelming responsibility, but participation is what keeps us going and growing. You will be paid handsomely in gratitude.

Happy Thanksgiving and Be Well and Think Orchids!

Mike Lysy and Sheila Nathanson

OSWP CoPresidents