Advance Notification for First SSOS Members Meeting | February 2020

Welcome back to all our members and prospective members of Southern Suburbs Orchid Society (SSOS). Our first presentation for 2020 is coming soon.

When:  Wednesday 5th February, 2020 – 8.00 p.m. start
Where: N.G.Wishart Senior Citizens Hall, 964 Nepean Hwy, Moorabbin. (Melways Ref. Map 77: D6)

Tea, coffee and light refreshments are included. Feel free to ‘bring a plate’.

  • This session is suitable for all orchid lovers and growers, from beginners through to experienced growers.

Early session: Bring along your questions and/or problem plants. This session will start at 7:30 p.m.

Visitors and interested guests are always welcome, so remember to bring a friend – bring many!

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Southern Suburbs Orchid Society | Find Out More About Us

Membership to the Southern Suburbs Orchid Society (SSOS) provides great value. During the year, there are 10 Members Meetings which include knowledgeable guest speakers, opportunities to show off your flowering orchids, win raffle prizes and purchase plants to add to your growing collections.

  • The night starts at 7.30 p.m. with ‘The Early Session’ for members.
  • The main meeting begins at 8.00 p.m.
  • Features include an invited guest speaker, talking on advanced Orchid culture.
  • A flowering competition is held at each meeting. with members bringing in their flowering plants to exhibit.
  • Presentation of bench winners is the last part of the meeting.
  • At the conclusion of the meeting members and visitors enjoy light refreshments.

Learn more About Us from our Vision, Mission Values and Objectives pages.

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2019 was a very good year for Southern Suburbs Orchid Society

Southern Suburbs Orchid Society offers congratulations to all of the 2019 Trophy winners:

  • Perpetual Trophy for Open Division – Herbert Aberl
  • Intermediate Division – Elena & Terry Stiles
  • Novice Division – Linda Bunning
  • Winner of 2019 Lobb Trophy – Craig Trainor

Other highlights of Awards, Trophies and Accolades awarded during 2019 can be viewed here.

In 2019 we learned of Club member Craig Trainor’s success with his Cattleya Jillian Lea ‘Coral Red’ which won the category of Laeliinae Hybrid Orchid in the Victorian Orchids of the Year Award in 2018. This award was sponsored by the Mid-Murray Orchid Club

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John Pascoe Fawkner Award, Gold level to Robert Harrison

Our July 2019 meeting was a special occasion for our club as our longest serving member and life member Robert Harrison was very deservedly awarded a John Pascoe Fawkner Award, Gold level for his ongoing and outstanding service to Southern Suburbs Orchid Society over 25 years.

  • On the night, we were delighted to welcome Don & Jennifer Rickerby, President and Honorary Secretary respectively of the Royal Horticultural Society of Victoria. Don graciously awarded gold level of the John Pascoe Fawkner Award to Robert.

At a time when the world appears to be getting increasingly self serving and divisive, it’s great to know we have people like Robert in our club. He has missed only one committee meeting in 25 years, is there setting up before and packing away after every meeting and has run the flowering competition for almost all that time. We strongly value Robert as a friend, contributor, advisor and role model of human kindness and generosity.

  • Thanks to Alan Randle for bringing this award to our attention and for seeing through the application. Well deserved Bob!

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Mon 2 December – SSOS Christmas Dinner – bring a plate

Ho, ho, ho, Christmas is approaching and SSOS will celebrate its December meeting with a wonderful festive feast. Members and their guests are invited to the End of Year Annual Dinner on Wednesday, 4th December, 2019 commencing at 6:30 p.m. for a 7.00 p.m start.

The night begins with pre-dinner drinks and nibbles, followed by dinner provided by SSOS and its members.

The Club will provide hot roast lamb, chicken, potatoes and vegetables. Members are encouraged to supplement the feast by providing salads and sweets for all to share.

  • Please remember to provide your own crockery, cutlery, drinks and drinking glasses.

Bring a friend, bring many

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Popular Vote vs Judges Vote – November 2019

At most SSOS meetings, members have an opportunity to ‘bench’ their flowering orchids for judging. There are three sections in which members can enter the competition which include:

Novice | Intermediate | Open

  • SSOS allows its members to vote for their favourite plant on show at each monthly meeting as well.

On most occasions, what the “people” like is vastly different to what the Judges like, but occasionally everyone agrees!

  • November 2019 results are:

The Judges voted for the Capanemia superflua on mount; but the members voted for Cymbidium Cricket ‘Judith Anne’ which had received an HCC/OSCOV award. Both were worthy of choice. Such is the diversity of the quality orchids SSOS members grow.

Orchids grow all year round so it is not difficult to find something flowering during every month of the year. At Southern Suburbs Orchid Society (SSOS), members grow a wide variety of orchids and seldom have difficulties finding something to bench each month.

  • For further examples, from this meeting see our Flowering Now – November 2019 page.

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What’s Flowering in November

Orchids grow all year round so it is not difficult to find something flowering during every month of the year. At Southern Suburbs Orchid Society (SSOS), members grow a wide variety of orchids and seldom have difficulties finding something to bench each month. Here are some examples of what we exhibited in our monthly competition for judging in 2019.

Our November benching highlights include:

The November meeting is the last in the flowering competition, and there is still a large variety of blooms, however, this is the month for Sarcochilus flowering plants – small but dynamic.

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Want to Know More About Orchids?

Our November meeting will be the last guest speaker presentation for 2019. (The December meeting is our annual Christmas dinner for members and guests).

  • Guest Speaker: Michael Coker

When:  Wednesday 6th November, 2019 – 8.00 p.m. start
Where: N.G.Wishart Senior Citizens Hall, 964 Nepean Hwy, Moorabbin. (Melways Ref. Map 77: D6)

Tea, coffee and light refreshments are included. Feel free to ‘bring a plate’.

  • This session is suitable for all orchid lovers and growers, from beginners through to experienced growers.

Early session: This is run by our erstwhile Show Marshal Bob Harrison. Bring along your questions and/or problem plants. This session will start at 7:30 p.m.

  • For regular members – Don’t forget to bring along your seedlings for the monthly recall

Visitors and interested guests are always welcome, so remember to bring a friend – bring many!

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What’s Flowering in October

Orchids grow all year round so it is not difficult to find something flowering during every month of the year. At Southern Suburbs Orchid Society (SSOS), members grow a wide variety of orchids and seldom have difficulties finding something to bench each month. Here are some examples of what we exhibited in our monthly competition for judging in 2019.

Our October benching highlights include:

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Winner? | What Judges Think and What Members Think

At most SSOS meetings, members have an opportunity to ‘bench’ their flowering orchids for judging. There are three sections in which members can enter the competition which include:

Novice | Intermediate | Open

  • SSOS allows its members to vote for their favourite plant on show at each monthly meeting as well.

On most occasions, what the “people” like is vastly different to what the Judges like, but occasionally everyone agrees!

October 2019 Results:

Judges voted for the Miltoniopsis Emotion ‘White Face’ and the members favoured the very showy Coelogyne cristata ‘Bentleigh’. However, both everyone agrred that both exhibits were very ‘showy’.

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