Southern Tier




About Us

     The Southern Tier Orchid Society (STOS) was founded in the 1960s and began to blossom in 1986, when an enthusiastic group of orchid growers arrived to the gorgeous Finger Lakes Region of New York and stimulated the society’s growth.  Presently the club membership includes about 80 people who come from a radius of 70 miles to the monthly meetings in Endicott, NY.  These meetings include either an invited speaker, workshops, or twice a year (April and September) a plant auction, to bring orchids to members and funds to the club.  Most years an American Orchid Society (AOS) judged orchid show is held in the spring.  The club also displays in the CYNOS show in the fall and may do other shows if invited to participate in them.

    Meetings Resuming

We will have our first, virtual, Zoom meeting on October 25, 2020.   Note that this is a week later than our normal meeting date of the third Sunday of the month.  If all goes well we plan to have Zoom meetings in November and December on the third Sunday of each month. You should have already received an email about this meeting and how to use Zoom. If you have never used it, now is the time to learn something new! If you have not received an email, please email us at


     Best wishes to you all,

     On behalf of the board,

​     Carol Bayles, President, STOS


C. (Lc.) Long John 'Skyrocket' Cattleya

Photo Credit:  Peter M. O'Connell (STOS)

Dave Clemens

One of our past STOS presidents passed away earlier this month. David Clemens and his wife Carol were instrumental in the growth of our club and orchid shows and also served as hosts to some orchid judges in the past years.  Dave was a Lifetime Member of STOS. David and Carol had been close friends to Paula and me and we sadly reflect upon his passing. He will be missed by many.

Luis Matienzo  

For a full obituary visit!/Obituary


STOS Calendar

2020 Events


January 19       Wade Hollenbach - "Orchids to Grow Your Collection On"

February 16     Gregory Griffis - "The Wonders of Orchid Roots"

March 15          Luis Matienzo - "Orchid Show Awards: Ribbons and

                         American Orchid Society (AOS) Judging"

April 19            Spring STOS Orchid Auction (CANCELLED)

​April 25-26       Orchid Show - Roberson Museum (CANCELLED)

May 17             Repotting Clinic (CANCELLED)

June                 Summer Break

July                  Summer Break

August             STOS Member Picnic - (CANCELLED)

September 20  Fall Orchid Auction (CANCELLED)

October 25       Zoom Meeting 

November 15    Zoom Meeting ​

December 20   Zoom Meeting 

Original discovery site of Phragmipedium besseae near Moyobamba, Peru

Photo Credit:  Luis J. Matienzo (STOS)


Bassia pumila

PhotoCredit:  Luis J. Matienzo (STOS)

a place on Route 5N, San Martin Department Peru

Photo Credit:  Luis J. Matienzo











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Credit:  Pablo Bermudez, Peruvian Orchid Club

habitat of phrag. kovachi

undisclosed location, San Martin Department Peru

Photo Credit:  Luis J. Matienzo (STOS)

a collection of miniatures on a log in situ near Moyobamba, Peru




     The Southern Tier Orchid Society, STOS, will be holding an AOS-judged orchid show at the Roberson Museum and Science Center, 30 Front Street, Binghamton, NY on April 25-26, 2020.  The show is open to the public from 12-5 each day.  


     The show will feature displays of beautiful and exotic orchids from STOS, the Central New York Orchid Society (CNYOS) and our vendors:


Main Street Orchids (Michael and Sharon Kauffman)

Wade’s Orchids (Wade Hollenback)

Fair Orchids (Kim Feddersen)


     Vendors will have many orchids for sale on both days.  There will also be educational exhibits, activities for children, and a raffle for orchids in bloom.

     We encourage you to visit the museum while you are there.  The orchid show is free, however the museum has admission fees.


     Below are photos of AOS awarded orchid flowers from past STOS shows. Take some time to enjoy this beauty from around the world!




Carol Bayles

*  President to


Renee DePrato

Newsletter Editor to


Carol Bayles

Program Coordinator to


Ben Cabot

*  Past President to



*  Vice President to


Carol Bayles

Show Chair to


Luis Matienzo

*  Executive Board Member to 12/20

Joe Sniezek

Webmaster to


Jane Trey

*  Treasurer to


Bernice Magee

AOS Representative to



*  Executive Board Member to 12/21

Richard Thomas

Facebook Coordinator to


Ben Cabot

*  Secretary to


Paula Palmer

Librarian to



*  Executive Board Member to 12/22




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