Please join us for our next meeting on Sunday September 9th at the UNCC Greenhouse. Our guest speaker will be our own Harry Gallis and he will be speaking on his trip to the Taiwan International Orchid Show. Note that this meeting has been moved back a week to avoid the Labor Day Holiday.
As always, lunch will be at noon and the meeting will commence at 1PM. Please bring your blooming plants for the show table. Since there will be no official guest orchid sale, feel free to bring plants or supplies to sell on the sales table. As always, atleast 10% of sales are to be donated to the society at the end of the meeting.
A Note about Dr. Gallis and his talk:
I have been growing orchids since about 1980 and currently have about 1200 plants in a 20 x 40 ft greenhouse. The largest groups are Cattleyas, Dendrobiums and Phalaenopsis, but I have a little bit of everything except for cool growers.
We moved to Charlotte in 1994 when I took a position as Vice President for Regional Education at Carolinas Medical Center. Shortly thereafter, I joined NCPOS after having been a member of Triangle Orchid Society since 1981. I entered the AOS judging program in 1991 and am an accredited judge and former Chair of the Carolinas Judging Center in Greensboro. Nationally I have been the training coordinator for AOS judges, an AOS Trustee, and currently chair the AOS Judging Committee.
My profession was medicine and I did most of my training at Duke and specialized in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases (that has not helped me much with the pests in my greenhouse!). Currently, I am most involved in consulting for organizations on continuing education for physicians. I retired from CMC in December of 2008 and currently work part as a consultant for the NC Medical Society.
Other hobbies (fortunately not as expensive as orchids) include gardening of all sorts, cooking (our son Alex is a chef), and golf. Susie and I have two children (I recently named a Dendrobium hybrid that I name ‘Alex Gallis’ – Linda W got an award on one in June in Greensboro) and two granddaughters (see Potinara Lisa Taylor Gallis ‘Taylor’ and Dendrobium Linc’s Jewel ‘Savannah Hope’).
Taiwan International Orchid Show, March 2012: Each year the Taiwan Orchid Growers Association (TOGA) holds a spectacular ‘trade show’ outside Tainan City on the Southern end of Taiwan. For many years, in addition to their own TOGA judges, the organizers of the show have invited the American Orchid Society to send a team of judges to perform AOS judging at their show. This year I was fortunate to be asked (as Chair of the AOS Judging Committee) to make the trip along with a team of 6-8 other judges. Our duties are to judge the plants entered for AOS judging as well as all of the orchid exhibits. Any one of these exhibits may exceed the entire number of plants that we ordinarily see in a NCPOS show! This year we gave over 100 awards which included several Gold and Silver Certificates. I have pulled together a set of slides that showcase the show and some of the awards as well as a travelogue of Taiwan.