Society Information

Committee and office holders

President – Gloria Cushway

Immediate Past President – Janelle Hatherly

Vice Presidents – Dora Law, Lesley Bromley

Secretary – Clover Bradley

Treasurer – Nick Gill

Show Marshal – Garrie Bromley

Assistant Show Marshal – Allan Cushway

Newsletter Editor – Lesley Bromley

Librarian – Dora Law

Other Members – Seong Tay, Susie Butler, Warletti Jap

Patron – The Mayor of Willoughby Cr Gail Giles-Gidney

Mailing Address – PO Box 212, Forestville 2087 NSW

Email – northshoreorchidsociety@gmail.com or fill in the details on the “Contact us” page.

Society Constitution

NSOS Constitution

Membership

The North Shore Orchid Society welcomes new members and the annual subscription is $16.00 per person. New members also need to purchase a name badge for $7.00.

The best way to join is to print out this NSOS Membership Application 2018, fill it in and bring it to a monthly meeting. Alternatively you can post or email your application.

Members receive our monthly bulletin by email and get regular information about upcoming events.

Meetings

At each meeting, members “bench” their orchids in flower in appropriate classes or grades for judging and for the appreciation of all assembled.

Points are awarded for first, second and third in each class. In addition, prizes are awarded for the “Judges Choice” (Novice and Open sections), and a “Popular Vote” is decided by all present.

Before each meeting (usually at 7:30pm) a culture class is held and all members, especially novices, are invited to attend.

After the main business meeting we have a presentation by a guest speaker.

At each meeting we also hold a raffle for quality prizes and we serve a light supper with tea and coffee at no charge.

The guest speaker program is an important part of our activities, encompassing a multitude of subjects connected with orchids. Interesting and authoritative speakers talk on subjects that include the latest in propagation methods, managing a collection, controlling pests or their own personal approach to orchid cultivation. Often slides of many unique and beautiful orchids are shown, along with information on them.

When:

  • First Wednesday of each month
  • Plant registration and display set up commences 7:00 pm
  • Culture Class around 7:30 pm
  • Main meeting commences at 8:00 pm

Where:  Dougherty Centre, 7 Victor Street Chatswood NSW

Click the link to open in Google Maps, map will open in a new tab/page – Dougherty Centre.

Competitions

There are three grades of competition at each monthly meeting, depending on the members experience and previous success. That is:.

  • Novice – members with limited orchid growing experience
  • Intermediate – those with some orchid growing experience
  • Open – for members who are experienced growers

Points are awarded by plant genera and are:

  • used to decide placings for each meeting
  • aggregated for annual awards at the Christmas party
  • used to decide elevation of the grower into higher grades.

Library

An extensive library is available to members on a month by month basis. This is a great reference source and is free of charge.

Sales

Some growing materials (pots, hangers, fertilizer etc) may be sold at the meetings and we have a sales table so members can purchase plants at reasonable prices.

At least once a year there is a “Plant Auction” allowing members to sell their excess orchids. Usually a great variety of orchids are sold at excellent prices. Lately there has been great demand for species orchids and astute buyers snap these up at well below ‘market’ value.