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 Covina, CA Encino, CA Gardena, CA
Glendale, CA Granada Hills, CA Juniper Hills, CA La Canada, CA
La Crescenta, CA Laguna Beach, CA Los Angeles, CA Mission Hills, CA
Monrovia, CA Monterey Park, CA Montrose, CA North Hills, CA
North Hollywood, CA Ontario, CA Pahoa, HI Pasadena, CA
Rancho Cucamonga, CA San Marino, CA Santa Monica, CA Santa Rosa Valley, CA
Shadow Hills, CA Stevenson Ranch, CA Studio City, CA Sylmar, CA
Temple City, CA Tujunga, CA Valencia, CA Venice, CA
West Hills, CA Westlake Village, 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.

2023 officers & chairmanships

President James Roberts
1st Vice President Carol Beule
2nd Vice President Kevin Chen
Recording Secretary Ryan Constantinos
Treasurer Wendy Fisher
Membership Secretary Anzhela Timiryan
Publicity Chair Ted Augustyn
Librarian David Dassey
Newsletter Editor David Dassey
Newsletter Publisher David Dassey
Hospitality Chair TBD
Webmaster Ted Augustyn
Social Media Chairperson Wendy Fisher
AOS Contact David Dassey

board of directors 

Past President: Ryan Langton

2022 - 2024 2023 - 2025 2024 - 2026
Erin Maxick Ty Nguyen Sheils Lindsey    
Kristine Chaparro David Dassey Kevin Chen
    Ulysses Aban

golden circle honorary board

  • Ted Augustyn
  • Steve Gollis
  • Lumi Guy
  • Alfred Hockenmaier
  • Alberto Ossa
  • Carol Beule

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 Mrs. Robert F. Metzler 1978
Mr. Robert B. Dugger 1948 Mr. John Christie 1979
Mr. D. N. Maccone 1949 Mr. Jim Rassmann 1980
Mr. Howard I. Stites 1950 Dr. Carl Eyerick 1981
Mr. J. A. Muller 1951 Dr. Arnold N. Oldre 1982
Mr. Morris Holmquist 1952 Mr. Ron J. Hall 1983
Mr. Howard A. Anderson 1953 Mr. Fordyce "Red" Marsh 1984
Mr. J. A. Muller 1954 Mr. Robert Spangenberg 1985 & 1986
Mr. Ernest E. Hetherington 1955 Mr. Bill Paylen 1987 & 1988
Mr. Joseph Hampton 1956 Mrs. Elizabeth Pellett 1989
Mr. George D. Field 1957 Mrs. Fordyce S. (Trudi) Marsh 1990 & 1991
Mr. J. Howard Carrington 1958 Mr. Steve Gollis 1992, 1993 & 1994
Mr. Frank J. Manahan 1959 Mr. Robert Lauri 1995 & 1996
Mr. John W. Hanes 1960 Mr. Alfred Hockenmaier 1997 & 1998
Dr. William S. McEwan 1961 Mr. Leonard Dean 1999 & 2000
Mr. Philip lsley 1962 Mr. Dan Dickey 2001 & 2002
Mr. Wilbur G. Wood 1963 Mr. Ted Augustyn 2003 & 2004
Mr. Leo Holguin 1964 & 1965 Mr. Michael Scarbrock 2005 & 2006
Mr. Gene Boyd 1966 & 1967 Mrs. Krystine Chaparro 2007 & 2008
Mr. John W. Hanes 1968 Mrs. Lucille Banks 2009 & 2010
Mr. Ralph W. Spencer 1969 Mr. Ted Augustyn 2011 & 2012
Mr. Carl F. Keyes 1970 Ms. Linda Bailey 2013
Mr. Donald E. Herman 1971 Mrs. Krystine Chaparro 2014 - 2016
Mrs. Marie R. Morgan 1972 Mrs. Erin Maxick 2017 & 2018
Mr. Mike Mayo 1973 Rotating Presidency 2019
Mr. Merle Nelson 1974 Mrs. Erin Maxick 2020
Mr. Robert F. Metzler 1975 & 1976 Mr. Ryan Langton 2021
Mr. F. C. Herman 1977 Mr. James Roberts 2022 - 2024

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