20th Anniversary 

Click here to edit subtitle


Eurobodalla Orchid Club - President Tony Groube's Report - 2016 

"Our AGM on 11 November 2015 returned the previous year’s Committee and Office Bearers unopposed. The Annual Orchids-only Auction saw $900 of Members’ orchids change hands.

The December 2015 General Meeting was held in conjunction with the Christmas Party at Kyla Park Hall, Tuross Head. Barb Williams took charge of catering, Don and Margaret Hayes organised the Christmas Hamper and orchid prizes, and Liz Cleaver made up the Orchid Hampers. President’s Encouragement Awards were made to Jo Harding and Ivan Balentovic, and I was humbled by being presented with a Meritorious Service Award from the Orchid Society of NSW.

Liz Cleaver made up the Orchid Hampers

President Tony received  a Meritorious Service Award

Three Members entertained the Club’s February 2016 General Meeting – Jean Swindley with a presentation on ‘baby’orchids; Colin Pearson with a power-point presentation on his Phalaenopsis and their cultivation; and Maria Kacarovski presented a slide show on the development of her new greenhouse and the survival of her plants during its construction. On 21st February the President’s Sausage Sizzle attracted thirty-one participants – Colin Pearson at the BBQ and Barb Williams providing kitchen support, whilst Liz and Tony played hosts. 

Maria Kacarovski presented a slide show on the development of her new greenhouse
 and the survival of her plants during its construction.

 February 2016 also saw the commencement of the OSNSW Orchid Appreciation Course, co-ordinated by OSNSW South and West Regional Judging Panel Registrar, Peter Stubbs. Of the participants, half are EOC Members.

In March, Tom Kelly was not well enough to undertake a major repotting and/or dividing demo for genus Sarcochilus at the General Meeting, however the intrepid Sylvia Hawkins and Liz Cleaver took to one unruly specimen of Liz’s and then performed a much less dramatic ‘tidy-up’ of a Specimen provided by Colin Pearson. The Annual March Workshop was conducted by the Sapphire Coast Club at Merimbula and veterans Ray Clement and David Banks, joined by David Gynn (Sequoia Orchids) led the sessions.

The April General Auction netted $427, but was without Colin Pearson as Co-Auctioneer and Treasurer. The earlier General Meeting unanimously accepted David Hay’s nomination to the vacant roles of Treasurer and Public Officer following Colin’s forced resignation from these positions on 29 March 2016.

Colin Pearson was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer on 17 March 2016 and died on 17 April 2016. He joined the Eurobodalla Orchid Club in 2003 and was Treasurer from November 2006 to 29 March 2016. He was awarded the Orchid Society of NSW Meritorious Service Award in 2010, and was granted EOC Life Membership in 2013 in recognition of his significant and generous contribution to the Club’s operation.

Colin  Pearson

The May General Meeting was to have featured Alan Merriman but his slow recovery from hip replacement surgery meant that we resorted to screening one of his Orchid Culture DVDs. The May program included a New Growers Workshop at Liz and Tony’s on 26th with various genera, pests and diseases being discussed, and the odd sausage or two stir-fried on the BBQ.

Our June Meeting saw Show Marshal Jean Swindley presenting her requirements for the forthcoming Shows. Liz and Tony ran through preparation and display of Showbench hopefuls, and Peter Vanest provided an impromptu demonstration of some of his presentation techniques for Masdevallias.

The Club promoted its Winter Show in the frost at Moruya Markets on 2nd July and the proceeds from Raffle and Posy sales of just over $200 were donated to the Moruya District Hospital Auxiliary. The Winter Show was held on 8&9 July at the CWA Hall Moruya – the weather on the first day was atrocious and resulted in poor attendance. Fortunately, things were brighter for the second day and attendance was about average to see the 180+ plants on display – Grand Champion Orchid was Liz Cleaver’s Bulbo. Elizabeth Anne ‘Buckleberry.’ 

Grand Champion Orchid was Liz Cleaver’s Bulbo. Elizabeth Anne ‘Buckleberry.’ 

The July 13th General Meeting gave everyone a chance to display and discuss remedies for apparently diseased and poorly growing plants. Sound advice was provided and growing tips were shared freely in a workshop-like environment. We learned later that long-time Member Ian Girdler had died on the same day.

Tony, Colin & Ian

Ian Girdler

Our August 10th General Meeting featured Ron Boyd and an informative Power-point presentation on his Paphiopedilum growing tips - from selection of flasks, to show bench. The three-day Spring Show at Narooma, August 26-28, was a huge success with good weather, more than 250 benched orchids, and keen interest from the public. David Gynn (Sequoia Orchids) took a sales table at the Show and also won Grand and Reserve Championships with Cym. Vibrant Bliss ‘Sunpure’ x Southern King ‘Mem. John Mata’ and Cym. Khan Fury ‘Kurnell.’

Brian Phelan was Guest Speaker at the September Meeting and gave a thorough presentation on the joys and pitfalls of growing Odontoglossums in the Shoalhaven region. Helen Marshall’s Zga Adelaide Meadows ‘Braeburn’ x Zba Beenak Jester was First to Flower in the Growing Competition, and David and Diane Hay won the overall point score in that event.

On October 8th the New Growers’ Workshop on Dendrobiums was conducted by Graham Jackson at his Moruya property. The October General Meeting provided opportunities for Liz Cleaver, Gordon Marion and Jean Swindley to show-off their skills at Cymbidium Division, Cattleya Division and Slabbing. 

New Growers’ Workshop on Dendrobiums was conducted by Graham Jackson

A further highlight was the Mogo Orchid and Fern Nursery Tri-Club Fun Day on 30th Oct with Helen Marshall taking the Novice trophy and Peter and Laurina Vanest the Open. A big thank you to Eddy and Karen Ruiz for hosting the event, and for sponsorship during what has been a health-challenged year for Eddy.

The Annual Sarc Challenge with Sapphire Coast Club was held in David and Barbara Jones’ extensive garden at Kalaru on 5th November. EOC Members displayed 124 Sarcs, but were overwhelmed by the 150+ plants benched by Sapphire Members. EOC’s Gordon Marion won Best Sarc. Good weather, good company and a great display of Sarcs - set off by the two resident red-bellied black snakes in the adjoining rockery.

In review – we lost two esteemed Members in Colin Pearson and Ian Girdler. On the positive side we maintained a strong membership base and financial position. We replaced an obsolete computer and farewelled our timber trestles and tables and replaced them with the lightweight moulded plastic variety. More comprehensive detail of the year in review is on the Club’s Website, in Newsletters and on the Facebook Page, for which I thank Diane Hay. Thanks to Vice-President and Show Marshal Jean Swindley, and to new Treasurer David Hay. Thanks to our Auditors Don Hayes and Peter Stubbs for undertaking that role. We have had a great Committee and an equally strong, contributing and cohesive membership. Thank you all for your contribution, participation and conviviality over the last twelve months – I look forward to this Club continuing its role within the orchid and general communities."

Tony Groube