12 January 2021 General Meeting of the Jacksonville Orchid Society (JOS)

The First 2021 General Meeting of the Jacksonville Orchid Society (JOS) will be Tuesday, January 12. Doors will open at 6:00pm and the meeting will begin promptly at 7:00pm.

Prior to the start of the meeting, please buy your raffle tickets. Carmela’s Orchids will provide the orchids for the raffle table and we anticipate a good selection. Don’t miss this chance to pick up different types of orchids to add to your collection at a good price.

Members – Don’t forget to bring your blooming orchids for the Show Table. Remember also that all orchids brought for the Show Table, Sale, or Silent Auction should be free of virus, bugs, scale, or any other pests. Please also clean any orchid for sale, auction, or show as if for show presentation.

At 7PM, we will have a brief business meeting and then take a brief break for you to finish your purchases, enter the raffle, and allow for late comers to do the same. We will then reconvene for the evening’s presentation by our own Marv Ragan on Encyclias. Marv is a long time JOS member, American Orchid Society (AOS) Judge Emeritus, and acknowledged authority on the Encyclia orchid (see http://www.orchidspecies.com/indexe-ep.htm and search for Encyclia), https://infogalactic.com/info/Encyclia, or https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Encyclia).

In getting started, Marv’s wife, Jan, bought an orchid for him as a gift for Valentine’s Day 1965. In 1967 Marv deployed to the Philippines with the US Navy and was introduced to orchids in their habitat. It became an obsession that still lives today. By 1969 he opened the business ‘MAJ’ Orchids which became well known over the next 30 or more years. In May of 1965 they joined the Jacksonville Orchid Society. Marv entered the American Orchid Society judging system in 1969 and is presently a Judge Emeritus. He has been the Vice Chair of the Florida North Central judging center serving for 11 years and was its Chair for five additional years. Speaking tours have taken Marv to many countries and three continents as well as three World Orchid Conferences.

NEW MEETING LOCATION! Remember that our new location going forward will be at the Mandarin Garden Club in Jacksonville, FL:

Mandarin Garden Club
2892 Loretto Road
Jacksonville, FL 32223

Social Distancing. Covid considerations will be with us for the foreseeable future. Please bring a mask to wear if you can’t maintain social distancing. What does that mean? Wear a mask if you can’t be 6 feet away from others at the meeting.

The Jacksonville Orchid Society meets on the second Tuesday of each month (except in May and December) at the Mandarin Garden Club at 2892 Loretto Road, Jacksonville, FL 32223. The doors open at 6:00 pm. Guests and visitors are always welcome! If you decide to join after coming to a few meetings, membership is $35.00 for a family and $25.00 for individuals.

Doors open at 6 for set up.
6-7 set up, vendor plant sales, silent auction, raffle ticket sales, snack
7-7:30 business meeting/announcements
7:30-8:30 speaker
8:30 vendor plant sales, show table, raffle/silent auction
9:30 adjourn

Our General Meeting is a good time to ask questions from our expert growers and get tips for what to do when there is a problem. We cover a wide variety of topics including species and hybrids that are good to grow in this area, identification of pests and diseases, watering and fertilizing, and where to grow your orchids.

Members, and especially Novice Growers, are encouraged to bring blooming plants for friendly judging at the Show Table. Show Table Instructions and a link to the interactive Show Table Forms are available at: