president's message

Photo of OSSC President Erin Maxick

March 2018

Greetings all,

Life is truly a precious and tenuous gift and I regret to begin this note in honoring the life of an OSSC member who has passed. Member Kathy Christiansen left us all too early, passing away suddenly and unexpectedly in her home January 28, 2018. Her absence leaves a hole in many hearts. She was a member of the “Thornton Trio”, the little group of OSSC members including Donna Ballard and Linda Connell who volunteered each week at the Thornton Estate, under the guidance of Doug Overstreet. We will greatly miss Kathy’s enthusiasm, generous offering of avocados, lemons and plant cuttings, bright smile, sassy ways and wholehearted participation in our society. I know we’re all wishing her peace and will carry her with fond remembrance in our hearts.

I know that Kathy would wish us all to continue the celebration of orchids and as such we have much to look forward to as we move into spring.

This month we welcome Neofinetia falcata expert Kiyoshige Negi all the way from Japan. On his website Kiyoshige writes, “My goal is to share these treasures of Japanese tradition and spread the circle of friendship with people in the world.” Fantastic!

Make sure to check the calendar as March is a wonderful time for orchid related field trips! I’m sure we will all be adding a few new beauties to our collections this month.

In closing, perhaps remember to give thanks this day for all that we have, share, and are so very lucky to experience.

See you all soon,

erin’s fun fact:

If you have smaller Neofinetias and are going on holiday, do as some do in Japan and get a lovely travel basket and carry them with you!

Photo of Travel Basket
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