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The Maryland Orchid Society meets the third Thursday of the month beginning at 7 p.m. See the Meetings page for a full timetable.

Inclement Weather Policy:

     If a snow emergency is declared or in effect in either Baltimore City or Baltimore County as of noon or later on the day of our meeting, the scheduled meeting will be cancelled. Snow emergencies lifted before noon will not cancel a meeting. Refer to the Maryland Coordinated Highway Action Response Team (CHART) website for the latest snow emergency information.
     We will distribute an email message to members confirming a cancellation as soon as it is known. Information may also be posted on the MOS website.

Last month's and previous newsletters is available in PDF (acrobat) format (about 1 megabyte) online. CLICK HERE! You should receive a link to the current newsletter in your email if you are a paid up member.

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The Maryland Orchid Society Mourns the Death of Dr. Mark Robbins.

     With profound sadness, we must report the sudden and unexpected death of long-time member Dr. Mark Robbins. Mark was a stellar and clever grower, generous with both his knowledge and his plants. Most importantly, he was a good and dear friend. We are missing him and will miss him for a long, long time. A brief review of his awesome life and contributions is included in this month's newsletter.

Maryland Orchid Society — Meeting Thursday, September 17 by Zoom

     The Maryland Orchid Society will meet by Zoom on Thursday, September 17, from 7 p.m. until done. A secure, encrypted link has been sent by e-mail to members. WATCH YOUR E-MAIL! The connection is password-protected and is safe. Given that this is our first attempt, and on a pretty big scale for starters, there will likely be humorous glitches. Be patient, be kind. There is already one change from the Newsletter. The Education Corner may be postponed or cancelled.

     We even have a virtual showtable!! Fay has put together a show table of submitted photos, which can be downloaded as a PowerPoint Presentation or as a PDF here.

     Appropriately, the speaker will be Clark Riley, talking about Using Internet Resources to Enhance Your Orchid Growing Experience. It should be a light and lively participation talk! See the newsletter for details.

Clark Riley speakes MOS Zoom Meeting September 17, 2020
☞ Click here for tonight’s handout, which you can viewed on screen or printed. ☜

Note: KEEP THIS E-MAIL UP ON YOUR COMPUTER WHEN YOU LOG IN. Clark's internet access has been a little flakey, with a repair scheduled for Friday. IF the connection should be lost, he will immediately shift to a hotspot, but you may need to log in again after a couple of minutes. Ah, the joys of being a geek!

     Following best medical practices in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Woodbrook Church is closed for the safe future. The attached newsletter has lots of information for an orchid world that continues to bloom.
     We look forward to gathering again in person on the other side of the Coronavirus Pandemic.
     In the mean time, use the opportunity to preen and enjoy your plants. Keep healthy. Avail yourself of best practices at the Centers for Disease Control and prevention site at

Maryland Orchid Society Membership Flyer The MOS brings together people interested in orchids to promote and encourage orchid culture, preservation, education propagation, hybridization, and all other orchid-related activities of interest to its members. Benefits of membership include a subscription to the Newsletter (email and web), voting rights, borrowing privileges from the MOS Library, monthly guest speakers, local judging, valuable door prizes, and much, much, more!

Click here to download a copy of the Maryland Orchid Society Membership Flyer, a beautiful full color poster to place wherever there are people needing the benefits of our fellowship!

If you are interested in orchid culture and would like to meet others with similar interests, we cordially invite you to join the ranks of Marylanders already enjoying the benefits of membership in the Maryland Orchid Society.

To join, mail an application form.

We invite articles, notices, etc. for inclusion in our monthly newsletter, deadline for inclusion is first Sunday of the month.

The official MOS official address is P.O. Box 50097, Baltimore, Maryland 21211

The Missions Statement of The Maryland Orchid Society

Mission Statement of the Maryland Orchid Society

Maryland Orchid Society ByLaws available HERE ☜!

President   John Heinbokel
Vice President   Laura Sobelman
Treasurer   John Dunning
Secretary   Ellie Martin
Past President   Sarah Spence
Diane Elam
Brenda Logan
Committee Chairs
AOS/ODC Rep.   Valerie Lowe
Auction   Aaron Webb
Away Shows   Valerie Lowe
Education/Activities   David Smith, Eric Wiles
Hospitality   Margaret Smith
House   Marc Kiriou
Library   Wanda Kuhn
Membership   Sarah Spence
Newsletter   Barbara Buck
Program   Fay Citerone
Refreshments   Barbara Buck
Show   Marc Kiriou
Show Table   Tom McBride
Social Media   Joel Graham
Sunshine   Pat Schiavi
Website   Clark Riley
Member Maryland Nursery, Landscape, and Greenhouse Association (MNLGA)

MNLGA Maryland Nursery Landscape and Greenhouse Association

If you have MOS expenses, a blank reimbursement form is available ⇨here⇦.

If you have MOS expenses, a fillable PDF reimbursement form is available ⇨here⇦.

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