President's Letter

July 2022


We were thrilled to have had our June OSWP meeting in person at our long time home, the Phipps Garden Center. For those who were able to attend, it felt like a homecoming. A good number of new members attended, and introduced themselves to the group. I hope that very soon they will be known by name by the entire membership. It doesn't take long to be 'One of the Gang' in the OSWP. One good way to get to know us would be to plan to attend the annual picnic on July 30. The Oldenburgs very graciously offered to host this year. Please RSVP to or 412-953-1536 ASAP, to facilitate their planning. Chuck has a greenhouse with many plants, and may be persuaded to give tours.

At our June meeting, we voted in a new slate of officers and advisory board. Mike Lysy and I are thrilled to pass our batons to very capable leadership. Congratulations to the nominating committee on a job well done, Norma Raiff, Demetria Marsh, and Jim Yamber.

New members especially should consider contacting Demetria about joining the Pfun at Phipps. There is much to be learned when given the opportunity to work on the Phipps Orchid Collection, under the guidance of experienced growers. You will approach your own collection with a new sense of self confidence once you've re-potted dozens of Phipps plants.

Mike and I thank you for the opportunity to serve, and hope to see you all soon.

Mike Lysy and Sheila Nathanson

OSWP ex-CoPresidents