Speaker of the month
President Michael Byrnes
Michael was our guest speaker for the evening and he told of his involvement with a charity group named Rosie’s Friends on the street. It is a group which opens a van on Ipswich streets on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights to homeless people giving them meals, companionship, comfort and friendship.
He has spent many years in a voluntary capacity of which one project was assisting to set up and work Rosie’s Friends on the street in Toowoomba. He mentioned there are groups now operating in other suburbs of Brisbane and country Queensland.
He gave anonymously instances of his experiences over the years dealing with people from all walks of life who had fallen on hard times and it is not hard to understand there must be many people less fortunate than ourselves.
Michael said over the years he has become friends with people he has assisted in the past.
Support is given to the group by organisations and businesses without which the service would not be able to function.
The bus trip is planned to be held in October following on from the one held last year which was a great day out for those who participated.
The following upcoming events were announced. Save the dates in your diary today!
The annual Christmas party will be held on the next meeting date December 11th 6.30pm for 7.00pm.
Bus trip – October 2018 ( to be confirmed)
Next John Oxley orchid show – July 2018
John Oxley District Orchid Society Inc (JODOS) holds its Annual Winter Show in July each year in the Auditorium at the Botanic Gardens Mount Coot-tha.
Setting up is on the Friday afternoon with judging on Friday night. The show is open on Saturday from 8.30am to 4.00pm and on Sunday from 9.00am to 3.0pm. The show concludes with presentation of prizes at about 2.30 on Sunday. Admission cost is $4.00 with children free. Dates for the show in 2018 are to be advised.
On both days there are potting demonstrations twice daily, morning and afternoon. Cultural advice from some of Brisbane’s best growers is available all week-end. There will be lots of orchid plants for sale at very reasonable prices. This is a great opportunity to purchase plants to increase an existing collection or maybe purchase your first plants to start on this rewarding and interesting hobby.
Winning plant of the month
Ascda. Banghuntian ‘ Gold ‘ x Asctm. miniatum ‘ Kbr ‘.
Grower. S Addison
Judges had no difficulty selecting the best plant on the benches as this one was the standout. The inflorescence stood above the plant and the flowers were all in perfect form conically displayed around the stem. All the well rounded vibrant flowers were clear, clean and fresh and very eye catching.
Judges 2nd Choice
C. intermedia var. Aquinii
Grower R. Mollee.
This is an exceptional example of the intermedia orchid family . The plant supported four flowers of equal size and form which displayed beautiful colouration.
Judges Third Choice
Slc.Katherine Clarkson x Rlc Sun Spots ‘ Svo Best ‘
Grower G & E Markcrow
The coloured segments overlaid with the deep red purple spots made this the most striking plant in the hall. Members made a lots of favourable comments about the attractiveness of this plant.