The Orchid Society of Southern California is the oldest orchid society in Southern California, founded in 1940. It is affiliated with the American Orchid Society, as well as Orchid Digest magazine, and the California Garden Clubs.

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Members of OSSC come from all over the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area. Current members reside in the following cities:

Burbank, CA Camarillo, CA Castaic, CA Glendale, CA
La Canada, CA La Crescenta, CA Los Angeles, CA Mission Hills, CA
Misson Hills, CA Montebello, CA Montrose, CA North Hills, CA
North Hollywood, CA Pahoa, HI Santa Monica, CA Seal Beach, CA
Shadow Hills, CA Sherman Oaks, CA Studio City, CA Sunland, CA
Temple City, CA Whittier, CA

our mission

According to the Society's bylaws, "The purpose of the Society shall be to foster and encourage the education of its members with respect to the culture, growing, hybridization, preservation, and perpetuation of native and hybrid orchids of every variety."  And we just happen to have a lot of fun doing it! The complete by-laws of the society were last revised in November 2017, and can be found here in Adobe PDF format.

The Orchid Society of Southern California is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(5) of the Internal Revenue Code.

2019 officers & chairmanships

President TBD
1st Vice President Carol Beule
2nd Vice President Donna Ballard
Recording Secretary Linda Connell
Treasurer Wendy Fisher
Membership Secretary Kathy Dupree
Publicity Chair Ted Augustyn
Librarian David Dassey
Newsletter Editor David Dassey
Newsletter Publisher David Dassey
Hospitality Chair Lezlie Moore-Purcell
Ribbon Judging Alberto Ossa
Webmaster Ted Augustyn
Social Media Chairperson Erin Maxick  
AOS Contact David Dassey

board of directors 

Past President: Mrs. Erin Maxick

2017 - 2019 2018 - 2020 2019 - 2021    
Linda Connell Kristine Chaparro Junaid Farook    
Linda Bailey Christine Duden Richard Rothschild
Maria Yee Norma Skinner Erin Maxick

golden circle honorary board

  • Ted Augustyn
  • Camille Bartczak
  • Dan Dickey
  • Steve Gollis
  • Lumi Guy
  • Alfred Hockenmaier
  • Alberto Ossa


past ossc presidents

Southern California Chapter of The Orchid Society of California

Mr. W. E. Severence 1940 Dr. Gustav Mehlquist [Left in fall] 1944
Mr. Howard I. Stites 1941 Mr. Robert B. Dugger 1945
Mr. Glenn Hiatt 1942 & 1943 Mr. J. Henry Orme 1946

Orchid Society of Southern California

Mr. Frank B. Cobb 1947    
Mr. Robert B. Dugger 1948 Mr. Robert F. Metzler 1975 & 1976
Mr. D. N. Maccone 1949 Mr. F. C. Herman 1977
Mr. Howard I. Stites 1950 Mrs. Robert F. Metzler 1978
Mr. J. A. Muller 1951 Mr. John Christie 1979
Mr. Morris Holmquist 1952 Mr. Jim Rassmann 1980
Mr. Howard A. Anderson 1953 Dr. Carl Eyerick 1981
Mr. J. A. Muller 1954 Dr. Arnold N. Oldre 1982
Mr. Ernest E. Hetherington 1955 Mr. Ron J. Hall 1983
Mr. Joseph Hampton 1956 Mr. Fordyce "Red" Marsh 1984
Mr. George D. Field 1957 Mr. Robert Spangenberg 1985 & 1986
Mr. J. Howard Carrington 1958 Mr. Bill Paylen 1987 & 1988
Mr. Frank J. Manahan 1959 Mrs. Elizabeth Pellett 1989
Mr. John W. Hanes 1960 Mrs. Fordyce S. (Trudi) Marsh 1990 & 1991
Dr. William S. McEwan 1961 Mr. Steve Gollis 1992, 1993 & 1994
Mr. Philip lsley 1962 Mr. Robert Lauri 1995 & 1996
Mr. Wilbur G. Wood 1963 Mr. Alfred Hockenmaier 1997 & 1998
Mr. Leo Holguin 1964 & 1965 Mr. Leonard Dean 1999 & 2000
Mr. Gene Boyd 1966 & 1967 Mr. Dan Dickey 2001 & 2002
Mr. John W. Hanes 1968 Mr. Ted Augustyn 2003 & 2004
Mr. Ralph W. Spencer 1969 Mr. Michael Scarbrock 2005 & 2006
Mr. Carl F. Keyes 1970 Mrs. Krystine Chaparro 2007 & 2008
Mr. Donald E. Herman 1971 Mrs. Lucille Banks 2009 & 2010
Mrs. Marie R. Morgan 1972 Mr. Ted Augustyn 2011 & 2012
Mr. Mike Mayo 1973 Ms. Linda Bailey 2013
Mr. Merle Nelson 1974 Mrs. Krystine Chaparro 2014 - 2016
    Mrs. Erin Maxick 2017-2018

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