Houston Orchid Societies meetings are held at the First Thursday of every month at 7:30 PM at the First Christian Church/School, 1601 Sunset Boulevard, Houston TX  77005.

January 4

February 1

March 1

April 5

May 3

June 7

July 5

August 2

September 6

October 4

November 1

December 6

Rick Hepler

Ron Midgett

Francisco Miranda

George Hatfield

Bill Thoms

Jay Balchan

Lisa Li

Nile Dusdieker

Jason Singhurst

Winn Minmaw

Robert Marsh

Holiday Party - No Speaker

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President's Message by Don Ghiz


Greetings, everyone. It’s now early November and this may be my last message to you for the year. It will appear in the December Happening. I have so much to be grateful for in this most enjoyable year for me – and I hope you too. In last month’s message, I thanked the staff of officers, trustees, and chairs for their contributions, so I’ll briefly say thanks to them all again, but not belabor my gratitude.


By way of update, the Renée and Marvin Gerber Brassavola award was approved by the AOS Board at their semi-annual meeting in Apopka, FL a couple of weeks ago. We now have a good start on the required $10,000 that activates this

award. So I thank everyone again for the generosity. Renée Gerber sent me the following words for the HOS. I’d like to include them here:


The memorial service for Marvin, although a sad occasion, was made a bit brighter by the beautiful sentiments and condolences expressed by the Houston Orchid Society.

Marvin loved his orchids and the HOS. Thank you all.


On a more upbeat note, I remind you that our December Meeting is a social with an auc-tion to help support the Houston Judging Center. My friend Greg Scott will serve as auctioneer. I ask that you remember the cause when bidding and please be generous. Any amount above fair value of the plant is tax deductible. The judges work hard for no personal benefit and pay their own way when



I will be hosting the New-comers at my home and green-house on November 18th at 2:00 PM. The more the merrier, so please feel free to drop in and say hello. Everyone is welcome. I ask only that the non-newcomers refrain from any free plant offerings. Ha.

Well, as I write this sort of farewell message, I note the weather this coming week will challenge your greenhouse heating system. Please prepare accordingly and keep your plants healthy and alive.


Thank you so much for all your support. I know it will continue and I wish the newly elected Officers and Chairs the best possible success.


Don Ghiz,

The Lame Duck President. No wise quacks, please.


Don’t miss this years Holiday Party on Thursday, December 6th, 2018 @ 7:30 PM at the First Christian Church & School, 1601 Sunset Blvd, Houston, TX 77005.

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