The Central Ontario Orchid Society

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The Central Ontario Orchid Society is a non-profit group of orchid enthusiasts centered in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. The Society has over 100 members, stretching from Stratford to Orangeville and from Arthur to Brantford. The club holds meetings ten months of the year in Kitchener, presents an annual show in Cambridge(Hespeler), publishes a monthly newsletter and organizes trips to a number of orchid events each year. Membership is available to individuals of any age or expertise who show a sincere interest in orchids.

Membership in COOS will give you the opportunity to socialize with other orchid enthusiasts while you learn more of the beauty, culture and history of orchids. There are special courses for beginners as well as other programs for the more experienced orchid grower. We invite you to attend our meeting as a guest and see for yourself the excitement that orchids generate and while there, inquire about membership.

Meetings

At our meetings, we have a regular programme of guest speakers, slide shows, and demonstrations. There is also sales of orchids and orchid supplies, a raffle table, a show table of member's plants, and refreshments. The Society maintains a borrowing library of orchid related literature for use by the members. The meetings provide an opportunity to tap the wealth of experience represented by our more experienced members. Our club members are very friendly, and always open to questions regarding orchid culture. You may also pick up various orchid potting supplies, fertilizers, books and plants at very reasonable prices. We also have a few social events each year, including the annual potluck Christmas party.

Newsletter

Our newsletter comes out a week before each meeting, and notifies members of upcoming meetings, orchid shows and other club events. We also have informative articles on orchid culture, conservation, club events, and other issues of interest to members. You can view some previous newsletters.

Orchid Shows

Our society and other orchid societies in the area each put on an annual show at which we put together a display using member's blooming orchids. Here is the opportunity to participate in the major social events in the world of orchids, meeting other orchid enthusiasts, growers, vendors and judges. These orchid shows are ribbon judged to find the best flowers in the show in each class. They are also judged by judges of the American Orchid Society to find the best flowers in North America. You could enjoy the thrill of winning an award for your favorite orchid.

Our annual orchid show and sale is held the last weekend of September. This is a great chance to see hundreds of orchids in full bloom in the show area, pick up some new plants in the large sales area, see how orchids are used in artistic displays, buy a raffle ticket, attend some educational seminars on orchid culture, and learn more about the club.

Orchid Judging

Orchids presented in displays at an orchid show are usually both ribbon judged and AOS judged. Orchids are ribbon judged against other orchids in that show in classes defined by a judging class schedule. (Usually based on the The Mid-America Orchid Congress schedule.) Plants with outstanding flowers will be AOS judged against standards for that kind of flower and any previous judgings.

There are times when one would like a flower judged outside of a show. You can take your plant to the Toronto Judging Centre. The Toronto Judging Centre monthly judgings are open to all orchid growers. You need not be a member of AOS or SOOS. You can bring your plants to the Civic Garden Centre before one o'clock on the designated Saturday of each month. Plants are judged for AOS awards in accordance with the Handbook on Judging and Exhibition. If your plant is awarded there is a charge by the AOS (about $50.00 US). Non payment forfeits the right to future judging. The Centre welcomes interested persons to come and observe the judging. There are opportunities to assist in plant research and administrative chores.

How To Join

Dues are held to a minimum and normally cover the expenses associated with programs that are put on at each meeting. Membership fees cover the period from January through December. The fee is $15 for an individual or $20 for a family.

To join the society or renew your membership please fill in the form - Membership Application/Renewal and either bring it to a meeting or mail it with your fee to the address supplied.

For more information, contact anyone listed on the COOS Executive below.

Conservation

We have over 60 native orchid species, the lady slippers being the most showy. Please enjoy them where they are. Do not pick the flowers and, above all, do not try to transplant them. The native orchids are very sensitive to their habitat and depend on a variety of fungus for their growth. They do not survive transplanting for very long. Look, admire, but don't touch or trample.

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COOS Orchid Show for 2013

You have seen plenty of Phalaenopsis orchids for sale in the grocery stores but did you know that there are thousands of other kinds of orchids? They come in size from something a mosquito would love to the size of a small tree. At the orchid show you will see many of these beautiful orchids arranged in colorful displays. Come to the show. Bring a camera. Learn more about care of orchids. Perhaps buy one for yourself or a friend.

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The COOS Orchid Show and Sale

Cambridge Hespeler Arena,

640 Ellis Road, Cambridge, ON N3C 1A1

Saturday, Sept 27, 2014 from 11:00am to 5:00pm

Sunday, Sept 28, 2014 from 9:00am to 5:00pm

AOS Awards Received at the 2013 Show

Dracula cordobae CCM-AOS 84 points, Mario and Conni Ferrusi
Phragmipedium Hanne Popow CCM-AOS 83 points, Heinz Ernstberger image
Pinalia obesa CBR-AOS Cloud’s Orchids
Malaxis merapiensis, CBR-AOS, Cloud’s Orchids
Malaxis merapiensis CHM-AOS 81 points, Cloud’s Orchids.
Cattleya maxima HCC-AOS 76 points, Joe O’Regan. image

Here is a slideshow of the major prize winners for 2013. Photos and descriptions by Chuck Lefaive.



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Meeting Program for 2014

Meetings are held in the basement hall of St. Joseph's Church at the corner of Courtland and Madison in Kitchener on the fourth Monday (unless pre-empted, see the program dates below). Meetings begin promptly at 7:00pm; arrive from 6:30pm for social time and sales. Parking is at the rear of the school; the entrances are off Madison or Cedar. Guests are welcome.

Meeting dates are listed below with the programme, usually a guest speaker or slide show.

January 27 Event change: Unfortunately due to weather warnings and advisories, Eric Lee of Crystal Star Orchids will not be able to attend our meeting tonight. The program for this evening will be "Catasetinae: A closer look", which was scheduled for March. I hope to see you all at the meeting as it will be a busy meeting. Members are encouraged to bring plants for sale. Elections and the draw for an orchid if you have renewed your membership. Renew your membership.
February 24 Jean Ikeson, AOS judge and owner of Windsor Greenhouse will tell the Story of the White Cattleyas. (plants for sale)
March 24 A powerpoint presentation: Hardy Orchids by Bill & Carla Bishoff and Lorne Heshka.
April 28 Are you an orchid newbie? Have your orchids not been repotted in ages? Come to the repotting workshop.
May 26 O.D. Powerpoint program: Masdevallias and Draculas by Sandra Svoboda and Silent Auction
June 23 Last meeting before summer break. O.D. Powerpoint program: Phalaenopsis Species. (subject to change)
September 8 First meeting of the new season. Getting ready for our show.
October 27 tbd
November Our usual November meeting is the first of December this year.
December 1 Our Christmas party and pot luck dinner. Bring plants for the silent auction.

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The COOS Newsletter

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The COOS Executive

President: Dennis Lang, 26 Parkhill Cr., Kitchener N2C 2C4
Phone: 519-749-1019 Email:
Vice President: Eldon Snyder
Phone: 519-576-4839 Email:
Treasurer: Sharon Morton
Phone: 519-576-5384 Email:
Secretary: Mary Ann Lang
Past President, Interim: Gerhard Kompter, 123 Mauser Ave., Kitchener N2H 3T2
Phone: 519-745-3815
COOS Display Coordinator: Ed Ratcliffe, 1137 Kenning Place, Elmira, N3B 2Z1
Phone: 519-669-2542 Email:
Ed is the person to contact about having a COOS display at your show.
Show Chair: Patty Milton
Phone: 519-853-5593 Email:
Contact the show chair regarding questions about our show in September
Show Chair: Jamie Brazeau
Phone: 519-749-1159 Email:
Editor: Cathy Ralston, 41 Woodside Rd., Guelph, N1G 2H1
Phone: 519-763-4260 Email:
Emporium: Ed Ratcliffe, 1137 Kenning Place, Elmira, N3B 2Z1
Phone: 519-669-2542 Email:
Library: Kathy Snyder,
Phone: 519-576-4839 Email:
Membership: Bernie Butts, 136 Millwood Cres., Kitchener, N2P 1P6
Phone: 519-208-4836, Email:
Program: Bernie Butts, 136 Millwood Cres., Kitchener, N2P 1P6
Phone: 519-208-4836, Email:
AOS/MAOC/COC/OD Rep: Chuck Lefaive, 136 Millwood Crescent, Kitchener ON N2P 1P6
Phone: 519-208-4836 Email:
Webmaster: Jerry Bolce, 2001 - 6 Willow Street, Waterloo N2J 4S3
Phone: 519-885-1888 Email:

Please address Society mail to: COOS, Box 40074, 75 King St. S., Waterloo, Ontario, N2J 4V1

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Links

The Society is a member of
The Canadian Orchid Congress and on Facebook;
The Mid-America Orchid Congress;
The American Orchid Society and on Facebook.

For Orchid culture information and extensive links to other related web sites see The Orchid House.

The Canadian Orchid Congress maintains a list of Canadian Orchid Vendors
and also the Canadian Orchid Shows
Internet Orchid Species Photo Encyclopedia

The Central Ontario Orchid Society Constitution and Bylaws approved January 2008.

Orchid Register Search

Find the parents of your hybrid or to see if your cross has been named by searching at the Royal Horticultural Society Orchid Register.

The Orchid Board

Visit The Orchid Board "The Source For All Your Orchid Needs" - forums, club listings, events calendar, articles, blogs, etc.

Orchid Pests

Orchid Culture Sheets

Canadian Orchid Societies

British Columbia
Central Vancouver Island Orchid Society
Fraser Valley Orchid Society
North Okanagan Orchid Society
Okanagan Orchid Society
Richmond Orchid Club
South Okanagan Orchid Society, Contact: Joan Hrncirik
Vancouver Orchid Society
Victoria Orchid Society

Alberta
Foothills Orchid Society
Orchid Society of Alberta

Saskatchewan
Regina Orchid Society
Saskatchewan Orchid Society

Manitoba
The Manitoba Orchid Society

Ontario
Central Ontario Orchid Society
Durham Region Orchid Society, Contact: Anne Antanaitis
Essex County Orchid Society
Kingston Orchid Society
London Orchid Society
Niagara Region Orchid Society
Orchid Society of the Royal Botanical Gardens
Ottawa Orchid Society
Southern Ontario Orchid Society
Toronto Artistic Orchid Association
Windsor Orchid Society / La Société des Orchidophiles de Windsor

Québec
Eastern Canada Orchid Society
La Société des Orchidophiles de Montréal
Société des Orchidophiles de Québec
Les Orchidophiles du Saguenay Lac St-Jean

Nova Scotia
Orchid Society of Nova Scotia

New Brunswick
There is no orchid society.

Prince Edward Island
none

AOS Judging Centers
Pacific Northwest Judging Centre
Toronto Judging Centre
Montreal Judging Center

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COOS History

The Central Ontario Orchid Society was founded on May 26, 1985 when nine orchid growers met at a home in Kitchener to organize a local orchid society. Of the nine, only one could claim to be an experienced orchid grower, yet all were anxious to learn all about orchids. A name for the society was chosen. An executive was elected. Plans were made to draw up a constitution, publish a newsletter and find a meeting site, all to be done by September. The first Society meeting took place at the Kitchener Public Library and was attended by 17 amateur orchid growers.

We first exhibited that year at the Niagara show and had our own first show on April 25, 26 1986 at the Stone Road Mall in Guelph. At the end of that first year our membership had reached 54. In the following year we became an AOS affiliated society and achieved a membership of 98.