This page contains items previously found on the "OSSC News in Brief" section
on the home page, along with the date it was first published. Topics and
speakers from past meetings can be found
IN MEMORIUM: [Submitted by Mary Ann
Yanes on February 1, 2012]
Jim E. Yanes passed away on January 11, 2012. He was
always a nature lover. Flowers and plants were his
Jim became involved with orchid societies from 2003
to 2009, first with the San Fernando Valley Orchid
Society then with the Orchid Society of Southern
California in Burbank. Jim had a hot house and grew all
types of orchids. He was able to grow cymbidiums
outdoors. He also loved to photograph his orchids.
He was also an avid golfer and belonged to several
golf organizations. He is truly missed by all his
friends and love ones.
Jim’s wife Mary Ann has generously donated Jim’s
orchid collection to our society. The society truly
appreciates this donation, and conveys its sympathy to
Mary Ann for her loss.
- NEW YEAR, NEW ORGANIZATION:
[Submitted by OSSC President Ted Augustyn]
2011 ushered in a new OSSC Executive Staff and
Board Members. I congratulate and applaud those members
that stepped into new responsibilities to help our
society grow. Check out the OSSC Organization page for a complete listing of
our society's officers and board members.
- IN MEMORIAM: [Submitted by OSSC
Webmaster Ted Augustyn on November 30, 2010]
Virginia Dickey, past OSSC member and
mother of Past President and Golden Circle Member
Dan Dickey, passed away on
Sunday, November 21, 2010. The following is her obituary
as found in the Los Angeles Times:
February 27, 1929 - November 21, 2010
Virginia M. (Giese) Dickey died on Sunday, November 21
of complications from surgery for lung cancer. She was
81 and lived a full and active life. Virginia was born
and raised in Los Angeles. She received her
undergraduate degree from the University of Southern
California where she was a Homecoming Princess and a
member of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority. Virginia
graduated from the University of Southern California Law
Center in 1952 where she had a distinguished record. She
was on the Southern California Law Review and was the
only woman in her law school class to graduate.
Following graduation, Virginia worked as a research
attorney for the Los Angeles Superior Court. In 1955 she
married John W. Dickey, a fellow USC Law Center
graduate. Virginia subsequently left law practice to
raise her family. She found time to hone her skills in
cooking, knitting, sewing and cake decoration. A
lifelong resident of Southern California, she enjoyed
travel to distant and exotic places. Virginia, her
husband and her son Daniel shared a love of orchids.
They raised many prize winning orchids and belonged to
various southern California orchid societies. Virginia
also loved long-haired dachshunds, beautifully designed
clothes and all things Asian. She is survived by her
daughters Dorothy and Denise, son Daniel, and
granddaughter Deanna. Her daughters followed her (and
their father's) footsteps and became lawyers while her
son has carried on the family tradition of growing
orchids. A memorial service will be held on Saturday,
December 4 at 1 p.m. at Saint Patrick's Episcopal
Church, 1 Church Rd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91362. In lieu
of flowers, donations can be made to the Santa Monica
College Foundation (1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA
90405) or to the charity of your choice.
- IN MEMORIAM: [Submitted by OSSC
Webmaster Ted Augustyn on November 30, 2010, acting on
information from OSSC Member Norito Hasagawa] OSSC Past President and AOS Gold Medal recipient
Leo Holguin passed away on November 19. Highly
regarded as a hybridizer for Armacost and
Royston (subsequently named Stewarts
Orchids, where he worked with OSSC Past
President Ernest Hetherington), and
trained by the legendary orchidist B.O. Bracey, Leo was
one of the first AOS judges in Southern
California. He served as President of the OSSC in 1964
and 1965. In the words of AOS Past President Milton Carpenter, Leo was
'Gentle Giant’ of the Orchid World! Certainly we all
wish to pay homage to the memory of this exceptional man
and I know Ned (Nash) will pen just the right words for
'Orchids'. It was my great honor to present Leo with
the AOS Gold Medal a few years back and I shall always
remember that wonderful evening in California, (we tried
so hard to keep it a secret and Leo was moved to
- NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED: [Submitted by OSSC Past President Krystine Chaparro on
November 6, 2010] This year's Nominating Committee,
headed by Francine Lockhart, has
announced the slate of candidates for 2011:
1st Vice President: Rose Fistrovic
& Alfred Hockenmaier
2nd Vice President: Michael Salerno
Recording Secretary: Luis Pineda
Membership Chair: Linda Bailey
Hospitality Chair: Debbie Tarandek
Publicity Chair: Francine Lockett
Marissa Mitchell: 2011-2013
Harry Sinanian: 2011-2013
Art Mendoza: 2011-2013
Voting on this slate of candidates will occur at our
Annual Holiday Party on December 13, 2010.
IN MEMORIAM: [Submitted by OSSC
Member Norito Hasegawa on March 22, 2010] Lloyd
DeGarmo passed away on Feb. 22, 2010. He was
86. He served as an Orchid Digest Judge (no longer a
judging system), a Cymbidium Society of America Judge,
and an American Orchid Society Judge becoming an
Emeritus Judge in the latter two judging systems which
only very few judges ever attain in their lifetime!
Lloyd was a retired librarian at the Compton Community
College before retiring to Hawaii. An avid reader, he
amassed a large orchid library which was eventually
donated to the AOS. He was instrumental in editing the
voluminous Proceedings of the World Orchid Conference
held in Long Beach in 1966 sponsored by the Orchid
Society of Southern California, introduced Cymbidium
Peter Pan 'Greensleeves' when converted to a tetraploid
became a very famous breeder of miniatures and
novelties. Probably his most lasting fame will be the
registration of the trigeneric Oncidium alliance hybrid
genus Degarmoara in 1967 combining Brassia,
Odontoglossom and Miltonia. OSSC can be proud to claim
him as one of our own.
OSSC MEMBER WINS BIG IN SANTA BARBARA:
[Submitted by OSSC Webmaster Ted Augustyn on April
6, 2009]. OSSC member Art Mendoza came back from
the 2009 Santa Barbara International Orchid Show with a
trio of plaques, listed below. Way to grow, Art!
Best Miniature Cymbidium: Ruby Turner 'Black
Diamond' (Black Forest x Ruby Eyes)
Best Pendulous Cymbidium: Miniatures Delight 'Stonehurst'
(Touchstone x Clarissa)
Cymbidium Beauty Trophy, Boopedoop 'Calga'
(Miretta x Tongariro)
- NEW FEATURE ON WEBSITE: [Submitted by OSSC Webmaster
Ted Augustyn on May 15, 2009] I've added a new page to this
website called "Orchids
We Grow" that features all those wonderful photos
found in the
OSSC flickr group, showcasing the most
"interesting" photos up front. Be sure to check out
these beautiful photos taken by Southern California
orchid enthusiasts. My thanks goes to OSSC Publicity Chair
Carlos Cruz for the code that accesses the flickr API
that makes the page possible.
- OSSC FLICKR PHOTO CONTEST WINNER!
[Submitted by OSSC Publicity Chair Carlos Cruz on
July 3, 2009] Congratulations to Alfred
Hockenmaier! He is the winner of the OSSC
Spring 2009 Flickr Photo Contest. Second place went to
Charles Boco, and third place went to
Jane Auerbach. Thanks to all the people who
participated in the contest. To see some of the other
outstanding contest entries, please
visit this page.
NEW FLICKR PHOTO CONTEST ANNOUNCED:
[Submitted by OSSC Publicity Chair Carlos Cruz on
March 24, 2009] Members of the Orchid
Society of Southern California are formally invited
to participate in a flickr orchid
photo contest. The primary goal of this contest is
to promote our society by displaying our orchid photos
on the most popular photo sharing website. The
secondary goal is to share our orchid photos with each
Rules and Regulations
- Only photos uploaded during the contest can be entered.
- You can enter as many photos as you like.
- To enter this contest you must be a member of the OSSC.
- You can only enter photos that you have taken.
- Orchid photos do not have to be of your own orchid.
- Photos should be relevant to orchids and/or the orchid society.
The top three winners will be able to select from among
several quality orchids:
The 1st place winner will have first choice, the 2nd
place winner will have second choice and the 3rd place
winner will have third choice.
- A specimen size Cattleya intermedia alba (donated
- Cymbidium Lucky Shamrock 'Green Glenn' (large plant
in a 2 gallon pot) (donated by
- Cymbidium Formby Geyserland x Kirby Lesh 'Spots'
(large plant in a 2 gallon pot) (donated by
The contest will start on April 20, 2009.
The contest will end on June 20, 2009.
How to Enter
Create a free flickr account and upload your orchid
related photos once the contest has started. When
you upload the photo, tag it
with "OSSCSpring09". Tags can also be added at any
time after the photo has been uploaded. To
increase the amount of views your photos receive be sure
to include as many other relevant tags that you can
think of. You can add up to 75 tags per photo. Feel
free to contact me if you have any questions about using
For additional information please visit
- OSSC FLICKR PHOTO CONTEST WINNER ANNOUNCED:
[Submitted by OSSC Publicity Chair Carlos Cruz on February 12, 2009]
Charles Boco! He is the winner of the
first OSSC Flickr Photo Contest. Here is one of his beautiful photos:
mariae. Please visit
his Flickr page to see more of his wonderful photos. Thanks to all the
people who participated in the contest. To see some of the outstanding
visit this page. If you would like to participate in the next contest
please sign up to flickr (it's free!) and join the OSSC group…http://flickr.com/groups/ossc/
If you have any orchid related questions please post them in the group
forums and I’m sure one of our resident orchid experts will be happy to help
answer your question.
- IN MEMORIUM: [Submitted by OSSC member Margot
Thomas on January 13, 2009] OSSC member Sam Thomas
passed away December 22, 2008. He was a sweet and kind man with a loving
heart filled with curiosity and knowledge. Sam was a man with both wit and
humor and a fascinating conversationalist. His insights and his overview of
this world were remarkable. He will be missed.
- IN MEMORIUM: [Submitted by OSSC member Art Pollyea
on January 5, 2009] It is with great sadness that we must report to you
the death of long-time member, stalwart supporter of the OSSC, and Golden
Circle recipient, Diola Snell. Diola died at home of
natural causes on Saturday in a hospital bed placed in front of the
fireplace in her living room. At her request there will be no funeral or
Diola, along with her husband Paul, authored several monographs on orchid
culture. Her hothouse was the "gem" of her property, and it was quite an
honor to be invited to view her collection.
Although failing health kept Diola from attending OSSC meetings the last 3
or 4 years, she was still available to make phone calls on behalf of our
various activities. Whenever asked she always contributed plants from her
hothouse for orchid shows and exhibits. In her "younger years" (her 60's and
70's) Diola wouldn't miss an OSCC meeting, except when she was on a
freighter destined for exotic ports of call. She always took stacks of
reading material and, of course, the requisite amount of vodka for her
We are sure that those who knew her would agree that orchid world has lost
one of its greatest supporters.
- OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW: [Submitted by
OSSC Webmaster Ted Augustyn on December 27, 2008] Our December 2008
meeting was the occasion for the election of the new OSSC executives and
board members. The following people were newly elected:
The following people will continue in their current positions:
- President: Lucille Banks
- 1st VP: Estee Magid
- Deputy 1st VP: Marissa Mitchell
- 2nd VP: Rose Fistrovic
- Publicity Chair: Carlos Cruz
- Hospitality Chair: Luis Pineda
The following people have been elected to the OSSC Board of Directors:
- Treasurer: Norma Skinner
- Membership Secretary: Larry Freeman
- Librarian: David Dassey
- Newsletter Editor: Ralph Keating
- Newsletter Publisher: Linda Bailey
- Ribbon Judging: Alberto Ossa
- Webmaster: Ted Augustyn
- Administrative Assistant: Susan Roberts
Contact: David Dassey
- SOSC Contact: Carol Beule
Many thanks to outgoing officers (Krystine Chaparro,
Marie Maize, Kay Van Eps)
and outgoing board members (Susan Roberts,
Harry Sinanian, Maria Yee) for the tremendous job they have
done for the last two years. And congratulations to all
of OSSC’s newly elected executives and board members. We
look forward to great work from all of you!
- Linus Bittner
- Pedro Elizondo
- Astrid Ferency
- Marie Maize (2 year term)
- TEMPERATURE COMPARISON CHART AVAILABLE:
[Submitted by OSSC
Publicity Chair Carlos Cruz on December 24, 2008] Understanding
an orchid’s temperature requirements is important to its successful
cultivation. With that in mind, I just finished developing a
temperature comparison chart webpage that will create a chart that
compares the average temperatures of an orchid grower’s location to that of
an orchid’s native habitat. You are invited to check it out!
- IN MEMORIAM: [Submitted by OSSC Member and AOS
Judge Norito Hasegawa on June 22, 2008] Clark Day Jr.,
one of the original charter members of OSSC, passed away early June 2008
after relocating to Texas approximately two years ago with his wife Grace.
(The last remaining charter member to our knowledge is Glen Hiatt).
Clark was one of the most gracious commercial people of his time, sharing
much of his knowledge with hobbyists, especially cultural aspects. Any plant
with the cultivar name 'Cerritos' or 'Picardie' originated from his
immaculate greenhouse located in Cerritos, CA. He is well known for his
cymbidiums (a champion in the use Early Bird 'Pacific'), Cattleyas (received
a rare FCC/AOS for Sophronitis coccinea) and his paphs such as
Ali Taba, a re-make of St. Ouens Bay and Cerritos. He received an FCC/AOS
for an albinistic P. micrenthum 'Picardie'.
Mr. Day was 90 years old. We extend our sympathies to his wife Grace and
OSSC DONATES TO OCA [Submitted on 4/19/08 by OSSC President Krystine Chaparro] With the world population growing and needing more of the land, we need
to set aside parcels of land to continue to grow and flourish in the same
way it always has before us and after us for all time, and this is what the
Orchid Conservation Alliance (OCA)
is setting out to do.
Dr. Peter Tobias, a Director of the OCA, came to our
Monday night meeting to speak and point out the habitats that have been set
aside so far and the good things the OCA has been funding. And this is
why I am glad we, the Orchid Society of Southern California,
presented Dr. Tobias with a donation of $1000 to the OCA, the largest
donation from an orchid society to date. Additionally, OSSC Past President
Alfred Hockenmaier presented Peter donations from several
OSSC members. Might I say Peter Tobias was impressed?
I’m proud we are conservation-wise. Our donation is a small price
to pay for us to help the world save the birds, wildlife and why we attend
our Monday meetings, the orchids.
[December 2007] Elsie Hetherington passed away on December 11, 2007.
She was the wife of OSSC Past President Ernest Hetherington. Both are
members of the Golden Circle Honorary Board of the Orchid Society of
Elsie was a designer at The Annual Pasadena Showcase House for more than
20 years. She featured her orchids and cymbidiums in her displays.
Our condolences go out to Ernest Hetherington and family.
[November 2007] Two new OSSC officers have been elected by the Board to
replace outgoing officers. First, Ralph Keating is taking over
as Newsletter Editor from long-time editor Rita Desilets. In
her tenure as Editor, Rita managed to considerably enhance both the look and
content of our monthly newsletter with numerous innovations. We thank
her for her superior years of service in this position, and commend Ralph
for stepping into this position. Next, Norma Skinner has been
elected to be our next Treasurer, replacing Susan Roberts.
Norma's experience in bookkeeping makes her a natural for this position!
OSSC wishes to thank Susan for her service as Treasurer this year.
[August 2007] OSSC Past President (1966-67) and
Golden Circle Honorary Board Member Gene Boyd died August 1, 2007. He
was 93. Gene was an avid orchid grower for over 40 years and a respected
orchid judge. He was awarded the honorary status of Judge Emeritus by the
American Orchid Society in 1999. In 2000 he donated his orchid collection
(1,657 plants) to the Huntington Botanical Gardens in San Marino. Blooming
plants from his collection are regularly on display in the Huntington
Our condolences go out to his family and friends.
[June 2007] Jean Luey Campbell passed away on June 14th, 2007. She
was a member of the OSSC for many years and served on the Board as
Membership Chair from 1994-1998. Our condolences go out to her husband Ian Campbell a along with family and friends.
[June 2007] OSSC is pleased to announce that we have new Hospitality
Chairperson: Ralph Keating, and assisting him is Norma Skinner.
Ralph and Norma will replace Kathleen Dupree, who has done a
great job of our refreshment table each month. Her efforts are greatly
[February 2007] The OSSC welcomes Susan Roberts as our new
Treasurer, having been elected by the OSSC board at the April board
meeting. Susan replaces Astrid Ferency, who has done a
great job of managing our finances for the last three years. Her
efforts are greatly appreciated!
- [January 2007] As the New Year rolls in,
changes are afoot in the executive ranks of OSSC. Congratulations to the
new OSSC executive staff and board members on their election at our
December meeting. The membership has entrusted the following people to
lead our society for the next two years:
• President: Krystine Chaparro
• 1st VP: Marie Maize
• 2nd VP: Kay Van Eps
• Recording Secretary: Estee Magid
And the following people have been elected for three year terms on
the OSSC board:
• Mary Hoffman
• Bobbi Palmatary
• Norma Skinner
• Harry Sinanian
• Maria Yee
All other executive staff positions will remain filled as before. We
congratulate those elected on their decision to become a more active
part of the society, and look forward to working with them to realize
our shared goals. And we recognize the service provided in the most
recent term by the outgoing executive staff and board members. Thank you
[May 2006]Sincere congratulations go to
our newest Golden Circle Honorary Board inductees,
Dan Dickey and Alfred Hockenmaier.&. It's been over 6 years
since OSSC has added anyone to this very exclusive cadre of
distinguished OSSC members. Both Dan and Alfred are long-time members
of OSSC, and both have served as president and in other offices of the
society. They have made, and continue to make, a tremendous
contribution to furthering OSSC, and are always happy to share their
considerable knowledge of orchids with other members. When the OSSC
board approached the question of who was deserving of this special
recognition, Dan and Alfred were the immediate and only choices
considered, such have been significance of their contributions. OSSC is
honored to have had the benefit of their dedicated service, and looks
forward to their continued participation.
[January 2005][Note from the OSSC
Webmaster] It is with regret that I must shut down our orchid
discussion board, as it has been swamped with WAY off topic postings
coming from automated posting bots, some intruding from as far as
China. I'll be looking into revamping the board with bot-proof
technology in the future.
[Note from the October 2005 OSSC Board Meeting] It's been over five years since OSSC needed to institute an increase
in member dues. Since then, our annual costs have increased over $7.25
per member, largely due to a 67% increase in hall rental and liability
insurance and a 28% increase in postage rates. Accordingly, the OSSC
board unanimously voted an increase in annual membership dues from $20
per year per household to $25 to partially cover this shortfall. The
"half-year" dues, for those members joining from July through October,
will go from $10 to $12.50.
- [May 2004] [Note from the OSSC Webmaster] It is with great
excitement that I announce that OSSC members and supporters now have the
option of receiving the OSSC newsletter via the Internet. I’m excited
because this capability brings great benefits for all involved:
• Electronic newsletter recipients will get access
to the newsletter significantly earlier than those receiving it by
• Electronic newsletter recipients will get to
experience the newsletter in COLOR, while the mailed version will
continue to be black and white. And orchids ARE colorful!
• By distributing the newsletter via the Internet,
OSSC saves the cost of printing and mailing the newsletter. Currently,
almost 2/3 of OSSC newsletter recipients have email addresses.
Converting these to electronic delivery will save over $1200 per year,
which is money we can use for things like more international (= higher
• And the environment wins because we save a few
And how does electronic newsletter delivery work? At the time the
newsletter becomes available, an email will be sent to members and
vendors that have signed up for electronic delivery. That email will
contain a link to a PDF file on the members-only part of our website.
Clicking on that link will allow the recipient to view and optionally
print the newsletter. We plan to restrict availability of the most
current newsletter to our members and vendors only for a period of 30
days, after which it will be available to anyone with an Internet
browser. Those signed up for electronic newsletter delivery will no
longer receive a newsletter by surface mail. If you're an OSSC
member and would like to start receiving the newsletter electronically,
please email me at
- [February 2004] It is with tremendous sadness that we report the
passing of OSSC Treasurer Ronald Alvert Smith, who died the
evening of February 29, 2004 at a local hospice of a brain aneurism,
after being hospitalized on February 3 for a stroke. While he raised a
broad selection of orchids, he is perhaps best known for his cultivation
of Cattleyas. Ron brought a quiet sense of enthusiasm for orchids to our
society, along with a wonderfully dry but infectious British sense of
humor. And he was always happy to share divisions from his collection
with other OSSC members.
WeWe will all miss Ron’s kindness, his self-deprecating wit, and his
selfless contributions to our society. Perhaps most of all, we’ll miss
his puckish attitude and ever-watchful eye on OSSC expenses.
Ron is survived by his widow, Sheila. He requested that his body be
cremated, and Sheila will be returning his ashes to his native Great
Britain at an unspecified time in the future. No services are scheduled.
[January 2004] OSSC congratulates the newly elected members
of the society's Board of Directors: Krystine Chapparo,
Kathleen Dupree, and Norm Franzle. In addition, Art
was elected to serve the remaining two years of Sandra Sinanian's
board term, as she has been elected our new Recording Secretary.
We look forward to this injection of "new blood" into the society's
board. OSSC would also like to acknowledge the contributions made
in the past years by outgoing board members Alfred Hockenmaier,
Joe Herbert, and Herb Rohwer, and Recording Secretary Derek Kemp. The energy and devotion you showed toward the
society is very much appreciated!
[January 2004] One of the exciting new initiatives to come out of the
OSSC January board meeting was the institution of a “Mentor Program”,
whereby an inexperienced member can be paired up with a more experienced
orchid grower who is also geographically close. We’ve
already created a
computer-generated map of the greater Los Angeles area showing the
location of all OSSC members so that it will be easy to identify the
closest member should a "newbie" need some orchid advice.
[July 2003] The results of OSSC's Annual Auction have been tabulated,
and we have set a new record for the society for both gross and net
receipts. Profound thanks to
everyone involved in this event, the success of which helps insure
the financial viability of our society and allows us to continue to
increase the quality of our programs and other efforts. A complete
recap of this year's auction results can be found
[May 2003] The contents of the
OSSC Library are now searchable and browsable!
Just go to the new
page and check out the new search features that will enable you to
easily find just the right items to help in your orchid endeavors.
[April 2003] The Society recently added 14 new items to our
Library, including books written by May's speaker, Bob Gordon.
here to see a list
of the new titles in the library.
[March 2003] OSSC is sad to report that Jerry Rehfield, owner
of Starbek Farms, noted orchid hybridizer, and long-time member
of our society, passed away on February 17, 2003. Over the last 30
years, he was a regular and treasured lecturer at OSSC meetings.
He is survived by his wife, Louella, son Mark, daughter Diana, and three
grandchildren. Jerry was born in Glendale in 1926, ice skated with
professional shows, including Frosty Frolics, and taught figure skating,
notably at many of the movie studios during the heyday of orchestrated
ice spectaculars. When he turned his attention to orchids, his
early hybridizing efforts produced champion results in the Cattleya
alliance, many of which were sold through Stewart's Orchids. Jerry
eventually turned his focus to Odontoglossum hybrids, where he also made
many valuable contributions. In 2000, in recognition of his
efforts with Odontoglossum intergeneric hybridizing, the new genus
(Ada x Odm x Onc) was registered by his friend and fellow hybridizer
Helmut Rohrl. A memorial service will be held on Saturday,
April 5, 2003, starting at 1:00 PM at the First United Methodist Church,
305 East Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, California.
[May 2002] Also new to this site is the addition of the new American
Orchid Society culture sheets. Click here
to download and view them.
[April 2002] The OSSC Library has grown by 10 new volumes, including
authoritative reference books as well as cultural guides. Click
here to see the
complete list of new titles.
[March 2002] OSSC is sad to report that on Monday, March 18th, one of
its longest term members, Fordyce ‘Red’ Marsh passed away. Members who
wish to do so are urged to make a donation to
The Orchid Digest.
See the President's Message for Dan Dickey's comments on Red's passing.
[March 2002] Congratulations go to OSSC President Dan Dickey
for winning 2 trophies at the 57th Annual
Santa Barbara International Orchid Show. The Dickey Collection
was named winner of Best Collection of 5 or More Cattleyas and Best
Other Oncidium. Click
here to see a picture of his display. Way to grow, Dan!
[October 2001] OSSC's display of hundreds of beautiful orchids at the
East West Orchid Show
was a huge success! Thanks to all the
volunteers who worked on it. See the
for full details.