The CENTRAL IOWA ORCHID SOCIETY

           Presents the


32nd ANNUAL SPEAKERS DAY
Saturday, July 25, 2020

Johnston Lions Club Community Center
6401 Merle Hay Road
Johnston, Iowa


(For map to location, click "here").



OUR SPEAKERS

Alan Koch
Gold Country Orchids, CA)

Alan Koch owns and operates Gold Country Orchids where he specializes in miniature and compact Cattleya's. Alan started growing orchids in 1969 with 3 Cymbidiums given to him by an aunt. While in college he became interested in other orchids and discovered many would grow outdoors in Southern California. He has moved five times as his orchid obsession has led to the need for more growing space. With the last move, he purchased 10 acres of land in Lincoln, California for his 250,000 orchids. He is recognized as an expert in the Brazilian Cattleya alliance and a trend setter in miniature compact and Cattleya breeding. Alan has been published in the Orchid Digest, the American Orchid Society magazine, as well as many International Publications. He has also been published in several proceedings of the World Orchid Conference. He is an internationally known speaker. He is a past member of the AOS Judging Committee, and the Research Committee, as well as an Accredited Judge and is Training Coordinator for the California Sierra Nevada Judging Center. Alan also served two terms on the Orchid Digest Executive Committee and 3 terms on the Board of Directors, as well as two terms as a Trustee for the AOS.

Alan's topics will be "A New Look at Intergeneric Phalaenopsis" and "Cattleyas and the Golden Age of Orchid Fashion"

David Sorokowsky
Paph Paradise, CA

After receiving his degree in Biochemistry from the University of Toronto, Dave opted to step outside his chosen field and operated a tropical fish import business for eight years. Upon returning to school Dave received a degree in Enology and Viticulture from Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario. While attending Brock Dave began acquiring orchids one 2” pot at a time and before he graduated, Dave had over 100 orchids. Winemaking and a passion for orchids prompted Dave to seek a warmer climate in California about one year later. Dave has been growing paphiopedilums for about 15 years and seriously hybridizing for the past 10 years. He is an accredited AOS judge and his paphiopedilums have received close to 100 awards to date from the AOS and CSA. Many of those awarded plants playing important roles in his breeding program.

Dave's topics will be “Novelty Paphs” and "Multifloral Paphs".



AOS Judging will be held at 11:00 A.M.
Everyone is invited to bring or send plants for judging!
Plants must be in place by 10:00 A.M.


TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

Saturday, July 25, 2020

8:00 a.m.  Continental Breakfast, Plant Sales
8:00-10:00 Plants registered for AOS Judging
9:00-11:30 Morning presentations, one by each speaker
11:00 AOS Judging
11:30 Buffet Lunch / Plant sales
1:00 p.m. First afternoon presentation
1:45 Afternoon Dessert Bar
2:30 Second afternoon presentation
3:15 Drawing for Door Prizes / Plant Sales
 
Both speakers will have plants for sale throughout the day.
 
All times are approximate and subject to change at this time.
 


REGISTRATION FEE

Registration fee of $30.00 per person covers all costs. ($35.00 at the door)
For a printable registration form, click "here".
Early reservations would be helpful in planning the event.
For more information, reservations, ect. Please call:
Carson Whitlow at (515) 993-4841


MOTELS

Comfort SuitesI-80/35 Exit 12511167 Hickman Rd.515-276-1126
Adventureland InnI-80 Exit 142Next to Adventureland515-265-7321
Motel 6I-80 Exit 1423225 Adventureland Dr.  800-466-8356
Heartland InnI-80 Exit 142A500 NE56th Street800-334-3277
Red Roof Inns & SuitesI-80/35 Exit 136   4950 NE 14th Street515-266-6800
Motel 6I-80/35 Exit 1364140 NE 14th Street800-466-8356
Econo Lodge & SuitesI-80/35 Exit 1314755 Merle Hay Road515-278-8858
Quality Inn & SuitesI-80/35 Exit 1314995 Merle Hay Road515-278-2381
Days InnI-80/35 Exit 1314845 Merle Hay Road800-325-2525
Best Inns Of AmericaI-80/35 Exit 1315050 Merle Hay Road515-270-1111
Ramada InnI-80/35 Exit 1315055 Merle Hay Road800-643-1197
Hilton Garden InnI-80/35 Exit 1298600 Northpark Dr.515-270-8890
Stoney Creek InnI-80/35 Exit 1295291 Stoney Creek Ct.515-334-9000
Econo LodgeI-80/35 Exit 12611000 Douglas Ave.800-55-Econo
The Sleep InnI-80/35 Exit 12511211 Hickman Road877-233-0333
Courtyard By MarriottI-80/35 Exit 1241520 NW114th Sreet800-321-3211
Heartland InnI-80/35 Exit 12411414 Forest Ave.800-334-3277
Fairfield Inn By Marriott   I-35 Exit 92215 NE Delaware Ave.800-228-2800
Heartland InnI-35 Exit 92210 SE Delaware Ave.800-334-3277
Holiday Inn ExpressI-35 Exit 902602 SE Creekview Dr.515-965-2400
 
Note: Lodging at I-80/35 Exit 131 is the closest to the facility.
 

Page Updated: 2020