President's Letter

January 2021


Happy Holidays and especially a Happy New Year! We survived 2020 ! This historically difficult year is finally behind us and we are seeing light at the end of the Covid-19 tunnel ! People are getting vaccinated against a coronavirus for the first time ever. We are extremely fortunate to be living at this time of scientific innovation, even though some of us would prefer a night out with friends. Soon enough- don't get rid of your masks and 6 foot sticks quite yet, but this is a start towards normalcy.

Since this is the 'season of giving' , if you are so inclined, Jonathan Jones, who most of us know as the face of Marlows Orchids, is trying to raise enough money through GoFundMe to purchase the Marlows Orchids property and inventory. He has been a vendor at our spring show for several years, taking over that role from Jim Marlow, who has retired from traveling to shows. He has worked hard to market the business with a strong online presence, and is offering incentives for contributions. More information may be found at their website,


Our next meeting will be on Sunday,January 17 via Zoom. As usual, the official meeting time is 2pm until 4pm, but Brooke opens the Zoom room a little earlier to help anyone who may have technical difficulties, and to socialize. Our main speaker will be Jamie Lin, with a program on 'Miniature Vandaceous Species and Related



The mini class will feature Demetria Marsh, the topic is 'Growing Paphiopedilum'. The mini class begins at 1:30 pm. Demetria is a wonderful orchid grower, and is especially skilled with paphs.


We will also have Show and Tell, thank you to our wonderful growers and photographers who have been sharing pictures of their blooming plants. Keep them coming!


We look forward to seeing you in the new year- if you haven't tried a Zoom meeting yet, let it be one of your New Year's resolutions. One that is easy to keep!


Stay safe,be well and think orchids !


Mike Lysy and Sheila Nathanson

OSWP CoPresidents​​

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