ORCHID SOCIETY OF
Statement of our Purpose and Community Service Record
Prepared January 7, 2017
The Orchid Society of Arizona,
Inc. is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to community service
and the study of orchids. OSA provides free assistance to any group
requesting a program presentation.
Since April, 1995, OSA has introduced
4050 Arizona school children to orchids, as well as presented
programs for 25 senior centers, various garden clubs, the Desert
Botanical Garden in Phoenix, various Maricopa County Libraries, the Arizona
State Veteran Home in Phoenix, the VA Medical Center in Phoenix, and the
Northern Arizona Veteran's Administration Health Care System in Prescott.
And for the past 17 years, our school
program team has traveled to Landers, CA, and presented repotting classes
for visitors to the Morongo Basin Orchid Festival held at Gubler Orchids
All community service programs begin
with a display of various blooming orchids loaned by the members who grew
the plants, for the programs. For adult audiences, part of our program is a
doorprize drawing of an orchid plant. For school children, OSA purchases
orchid seedlings so that the children may have hands-on experience potting
orchids. We also instruct the students how to make a mini-greenhouse out of
a plastic gallon milk jug. OSA donates all of the plants, potting supplies,
and culture books used in the programs. (To date OSA has donated over
4050 plants to students in Kindergarten through 9th grade. This
represents a sizeable investment, but we believe our money has been well
spent because we who present the programs, have witnessed the joy the plants
bring to the children.) Activities Directors and teachers will validate the
therapeutic and educational value of introducing audiences to orchids.
Also, it is OSA's sincere hope that by exposing children at an early age to
orchids, that we have the opportunity to implant an idea among one or more
students to go on to become botanists!
The goal of our programs is to dispel
the notions that orchids are difficult to grow and that they are expensive.
Any person can successfully grow orchids in a home environment. No other
plant family is as diverse as the orchid family or as colorful, and no other
houseplants offer flowers that can remain in bloom for months.
OSA's mission is
to help the non-greenhouse grower select plants that will do well in his/her
growing environment. We stress the need for reading how-to-grow books,
talking with veteran orchid growers, exercising common sense, and for being
creative in devising a suitable growing environment for orchids.
OSA is a
non-competitive group. This affords us the opportunity to have fun and
be creative. OSA has an ambitious goal: to impart the joy of growing orchids
to anyone and everyone who will listen. Absolutely anyone can experience
the satisfaction that results from growing and blooming orchids. The person
who wins a free orchid, receives a gift orchid plant, or who spends a small
sum of money for an orchid, receives as much pleasure as does the grower who
is able to spend a great deal of money to purchase plants.
In 1996, OSA donated a collection of
orchid reference works to the Phoenix Public Library. This donation makes
it possible for more members of the community to access an otherwise
OSA has awarded two scholarships to
Arizona students majoring in Botany at Northern Arizona University, three
scholarships to NAU students majoring in Forestry, and two scholarships to
PhD candidates at the University of Arizona. Also, OSA donated funds to
Hopi Native American student interns to produce an educational handbook of
flora and fauna that are of cultural significance on the Hopi Indian
Reservation. OSA intends to continue to provide financial assistance for
Additionally, OSA has donated funds for
scientific expeditions made by world-renowned orchid taxonomists.
OSA was established in 1962. For
further information, telephone Julie Rathbun at (602) 843-0223 or email:
OSA's web site at www.orchidsocietyaz.org
Meetings are held the 1st Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at the
Arizona State Veteran Home, 4141 S. Herrera Way, Phoenix.
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