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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How to Make an AGM Enjoyable

Our October meeting will be held on Wednesday, 2nd October, 2019

Although it is our Annual General Meeting (AGM), we know how to make it exciting and ensure our members and potential new members have a great night. After the AGM (we keep it quick and simple), we know how to enliven the meeting.

  • We hold an in-house auction for our members, to purchase some interesting, versatile and different orchids, which can both challenge and enhance existing collections.
  • Strictly cash only.

When:  Wednesday 2nd October, 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’.

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 Sarc. Elise ‘Babylon’ x Fitzhart ‘Sunset’ and Cymbid. erythraeum

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

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When Will We Agree?

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!

September Winners are:

Judges vote and Best in Open was awarded to Dendrochilum tenellum, however, members fell for the pretty in pink Miltoniopsis ‘Pink Cadillac’.

August Winners are:

Judges vote: Miltoniopsis Hamburg x Herman Sweet ‘Bonfire’ while the members majority voted for Dendrobium linguiforme var linguiforme.

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Last Chance!

The Southern Suburbs Orchid Society Annual Spring Show is finishing TODAY and you can’t afford to miss this special event.

Saturday 21st September – Sunday 22nd September, 2019

Venue: N.G. Wishart Senior Citizens Hall, 964 Nepean Highway (cnr. Exley Drive) Moorabbin (Mel: 77/D6) – Ample free car parking close by.

  • Public transport: short walk from Moorabbin Railway Station (Frankston line)
  • Public Bus services to/from Moorabbin Train Station: 811/812 (Dandenong-Brighton), 823 (North Brighton-Southland via Moorabbin), 824 (Moorabbin-Keysborough via Clayton), and the 825 (Moorabbin-Southland via Black Rock & Mentone).

Entry admission: ONLY $4.00

 

  • Australian and Exotic Orchids on display
  • Flowering orchids for sale
  • Orchid growing accessories for sale
  • Free guided tours and demonstrations
  • Learn growing tips and hints
  • Refreshments available all day Morning Tea | Lunch | Afternoon Tea
  • Wheelchair access available.

See you there

Download our 2019 SSOS Spring Show Flyer (PDF 557 KB)

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