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TTOS Spring 2008 Orchid Show


will be held at the auditorium of the San-Fernando Technical Institute on Saturday and Sunday April 26th and 27th 2008. This show will feature small, medium and large exhibits, single entry exhibits, a Photography Competition and a Schools' Art Competition as well as exhibits staged by sister societies, environmental organizations and the Ministry of Agriculture, all displayed within the auditorium. There will also be a program of lectures and workshops on the two show days for the education of both members and patrons. There will be a separate plant sale area.

We are appealing to members to bring single entries and plants for display to make this show a grand success. There will be ribbon judging and a prize will be awarded to the Best Novice Display.

Members interested in vending at the show can contact Stacy Williams- 652-1895, Joan Hampton- 665-5919 or Alvin Benjamin- 652-2729. The deadline for booking vending space is Sunday April 10, 2008. On sale will be orchids, plants and horticultural supplies.

Tickets for the show can be obtained from the Show Treasurer Mr. Gervais de Matas 672-2803 or any member of the Management committee. We would like members to assist with the sale of tickets.

We are appealing to all members to volunteer assistance for the show set-up which starts at 4.00 pm. on Friday April 25th 2008. Assistance is also required on the show days Saturday April 26th and Sunday April 27th 2008 for the Show Entrance and Sale of tickets and for the Information Booth. Kindly let us know early how and when you can assist so that we can put roster arrangements in place. You may contact Kerry Latchman- 652-5286 or Dana Pierre- 653-6442.

This Show will feature the results of a Photography Competition and we are now inviting Members to submit entries.

The rules of the photography competition are:-

a) This competition is open to members only.
b) Pictures must be of Orchids only.
c) Flowers must be grown locally.
d) Size of picture 8-1/2 x 11 inches.
e) Pictures can be of an individual flower or spray of flowers as appropriate.
f) This competition will be judged by professional photographers.
g) Closing date for entries will be Friday 11th April 2008.
h) Prizes - 1st $500.00, 2nd $400.00, and 3rd $300.00.
i) Results will be announced at the opening of the show on Saturday April 26th 2008.
j) Entries are to be submitted either to the President, Secretary or any member of the Management Committee.

We look forward to the participation of all members as exhibitors and volunteers to assist in the varied activities of the show.

New Members
We wish to welcome two persons to membership in the Society:-
Ms. Cheryl Bradford of Eagle Crest, Fairways, Maraval


George Black 1915-2008

We deeply regret to inform you of the death of Mr. George Black on Friday February 22nd 2008 in the United Kingdom.

George Black was born in Trinidad in 1915 and migrated to the UK with his wife Josephine in 1971. While resident here George was a President of the Trinidad and Tobago Orchid Society and as a prolific hybridizer, he was made an honorary member of the Trinidad Orchid Society in 1971.

In the UK George continued his hybridization particularly in the Oncidinae and Zygopetalinae. He created at least 15 new hybrid Genera. He was a member of the Royal Horticultural Society Orchid Committee (Judge) for 25 years. Georgeblackara Tribute commemorates his tremendous contribution to orchidology during his seventy-six years of active interest in this group of plants.
He will be sadly missed by those who had the privilege to have experienced his generosity with plants and his vast knowledge of orchids.
Courtesy - Sandy Gibson.

Our sympathy goes out also to the relatives of Ian Mc Donald upon his recent death. Ian was a long standing member of the society and was a prolific grower of orchids maintaining a large collection of orchids at his home.

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