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Sandra Tillisch Svoboda
"Awards: Certificates of Cultural Merit"
Monday, October 13, 2014

(Doors Open 6:30PM)

Meeting Hall, First Christian Church
221 South Sixth Street, Burbank, California

about our speaker

Photo of Sandra Tillisch SvobodaGrowing up in Minnesota, Sandra Tillisch Svoboda's only exposure to orchids was that prom corsage. After graduating with a degree in nursing, she moved to California and ended up in Santa Barbara. She began her orchid life as a pot washer for her husband Al and became fascinated with the history of her husband's complex paph collection which included many of the oldies like Paph. F.C. Puddle. Al's knowledge, love, and enthusiasm for orchids were contagious and when they built a second greenhouse, she decided it would be hers and that was the moment that orchids became an important part of her life.

Sandra is the immediate Past President of the American Orchid Society and chair of the AOS Education Committee.  She coordinates the Question and Answer column in ORCHIDS magazine. Sandra is an accredited judge in both the American Orchid Society and the Cymbidium Society of America judging systems and is treasurer of the AOS Pacific South Judging Center. She is the present Editor in Chief of the Orchid Digest. She was president of the Cymbidium Society of American and co-chair of the annual Cymbidium Society Congress. Locally, she has served on the boards and been president of the Orchid Society of Santa Barbara and the local branch of the Cymbidium Society. Sandra served on the board of the Santa Barbara International Orchid Show and, for several years, was the show manager of this prestigious show, one of the largest in the nation.  Besides the plants themselves and the never-ending opportunity to learn about them, Sandra loves being involved in the orchid world because it offers an opportunity to meet and work with so many amazing and fascinating people.


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news in brief

  • A NOTE FROM THE OSSC SOUTHLAND DISPLAY COMMITTEE: [Submitted by OSSC 1st VP Carol Beule on July 30, 2014]. The OSSC Southland Display Committee has begun to meet and formulate ideas for the Show.  While things are in their infancy, when we know what help we might need this August/September, you will be sent an email asking for your time.  Until then, remember that we will need many people to help with the set up and take down at the Huntington, so please start grooming and cleaning your plants for their eventual display.  The small buds that are just beginning to develop now might be ready for the October show. There will be a quick lesson in how to prepare at the September meeting.  All healthy (no bugs) and blooming plants are welcome for the exhibit.
  • NEW MEMBER BENEFIT: [Submitted by OSSC Webmaster Ted Augustyn on March 2, 2014]. Starting this month, every new member and their sponsor will each receive a certificate good for one 1-gallon Cymbidium orchid, courtesy of Orchids by Art in North Hills, CA, which is owned and operated by OSSC member Art Mendoza. The society expresses sincere thanks to Art for this generous offer. This offer supercedes the prior offer from Rudvalis Orchids.
  • WE'VE GOT A NEW LOOK!: [Submitted by OSSC Webmaster Ted Augustyn on April 18, 2012] As of March 30, anyone visiting the OSSC Facebook page saw a new look, brought about by a new format standard introduced by Facebook. The new look features a beautiful, page-wide photo of a Cattleya taken by OSSC Member Charles B. Boco. Check it out at http://www.facebook.com/orchidssc . In a related development, OSSC now has over 200 "likes" on Facebook. If you haven't already done so, you can add to that number by clicking the "Like " button found to the right of this story. Thanks!

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