President's Letter

February 2020


Happy February!

A big thank you to Jim Yamber for his presentation on his trip to Ecuador in the late 1970’s.  It was an informative and entertaining visit to Ecuador.  We saw the people, the countryside and cities, the roads (some very scary) and the wonderful orchids.  Thank you, Jim.


Also thanks to Scott Jones for his generous donation of the orchid collection of his late husband, David Curtis, to the OSWP.  Most of the plants sold at the meeting with a few auctioned off as well.  We are grateful for Scott’s generosity and hope to see him at our show and meetings.   (Thanks to Sheila Nathanson for helping with this.)


WE HAVE A GREAT OPPORTUNITY IN EARLY MARCH:  The Home & Garden Show in the Convention Center, downtown, is offering us the chance to show orchids and distribute information about orchids and our upcoming show.  WE NEED YOUR HELP!  Please contact me asap to help sit at the table and answer questions about orchids, the OSWP and our March show.  Our table will be there 10AM – 10PM Friday 3/6, 10AM – 10PM Saturday 3/7, and 10AM – 6PM Sunday 3/8.  Please let me know asap if you can take a 2-hour or 4-hour shift there.  Public transportation is nearby.  They have a shuttle to Heinz Field parking or the parking rate in the Convention Center garage is $12 per day.  It would give you a chance to see the whole Home & Garden Show as well.  No admission fee.  We will have a pass at the door for you.


The Akron Orchid Society, one of the many societies Dave and Mary Jo Miller support, is having its Orchid Show the weekend before ours, 3/6 – 3/8/20.  Carolyn Bolton, Carol Panza, Val Robey and Kathy Collins have volunteered to lead a team to set up and break down an exhibit at Akron from our society.  Please let them know if you would be willing to help.  The more the merrier.


Speaking of shows :) . . . our own show is coming up mid-March, 3/13 – 3/15/20, at the Crown Plaza Hotel by South Hills Village.  Please be sure to volunteer to help make our show a success all around!  See the online sign-up sheet on the OSWP website or contact the show committee chair directly.


Hope to see you at Phipps’ Botany Hall for our February 16th meeting.


Demetria Marsh,

OSWP President


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