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Welcome to the

Southern Tier

Our New Home

Vestal United Methodist Church - 328 Main St. Vestal, NY 13850

On February 28, the First United Methodist Church of Endicott, where we have been meeting for nearly 10 years, closed their doors. We had to quickly find a new home.

Churches have good spaces, and we easily found a welcoming home at the Vestal United Methodist Church, which is not far from our old church. One of our members is a member of this church, and two other STOS members are in a photography club that also meets at this church. The space is excellent, parking is convenient, and it is accessible to all.

We moved in our library cabinet and books, which are in a room just next door to the meeting room. This will allow us to visit our library much more easily than in the past.


Our next meeting, March 19, will be at the new church. Drive around to the back and enter through the main entrance. Take the elevator to 2F also known as 'The Belfry.'

Also new. we are starting an optional 'social time' from 1:30 to 2:00. Please come!

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Vestal United Methodist Church Street view from Google Maps

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Front of meeting room

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The main entrance is in the back adjacent to the parking lot.

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Back of meeting room, including kitchen


 Calendar 2023

 Meetings are in person except for January and February,  which will be via Zoom, to avoid possible bad weather. When in person, they are  at OUR NEW LOCATION: the Vestal United Methodist Church, 328 Main St, Vestal, NY.

Use the main entrance, which is in the back. Take the elevator to 2F 'The Belfry.'

The meetings  are 2-4 pm with an optional 'social time' 1:30- -2:00.

March 19     Spring Online Auction, new location

April 16         Show Planning Meeting, Luis Matienzo will explain AOS and Ribbon judging at show.

April 22-23     STOS Orchid Show 

May 21         General Meeting, Repotting Workshop

June-July-August   Summer Recess

Sept 17        Fall Auction, nominations for officers 

Oct 15        Speaker, TBA, Vote for Officers

Nov 19        Speaker TBA

Dec 17         Holiday Party, Dish to Pass



Original discovery site of Phragmipedium besseae near Moyobamba, Peru

Photo:  Luis J. Matienzo (STOS)


 For our Members 


Brassia pumila

Photo:  Luis J. Matienzo (STOS)

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Along Route 5N, San Martin Department, Peru

Photo: Luis J. Matienzo (STOS)

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Executive Board


Carol Bayles

Vice President

Gail Gunsalus


Jane Trey


Linda Mittel

AOS Representative

Bernice Magee


Jean Mint

Colin Dimon

Loi Tran

 Committee Chairs

Newsletter Editor

Carol Bayles

Web Master

Carol Bayles

Social Media

Loi Tran, Renee DePrato


Laurel Shaefer

Show Chair

Carol Bayles

Program Coordinator

Jean Mint

Auction Committee

Pete O'Connell

Jane Trey



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Habitat of Phragmipedium kovachi, undisclosed location,

San Martin Department, Peru

Photo:  Pablo Bermudez, Peruvian Orchid Club


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

Photo:  Luis J. Matienzo (STOS)

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"Orchids at the Museum"

Annual  Orchid Show 2023 

The Southern Tier Orchid Society, STOS, will be holding their AOS-judged orchid show:

Roberson Museum and Science Center, 30 Front Street, Binghamton, NY

Sat - Sun April 22-23, 2023. 

The show is open to the public

12-5 Saturday

Tours - 1pm and 3pm

12-4 Sunday

Tour 1pm, potting demo 1:30pm

Raffle at 3:00 pm on Sunday (need not be present to win)

FREE Admission


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

Fair Orchids (Kim Fetterson)

Fragrex Orchids, Ithaca

J & L Orchids (Ines and Lucas Carreno)

Wade’s Orchids (Wade Hollenbach)


 Vendors will have many orchids for sale on both days. There will also be activities for children, informal tours both days, a repotting demonstration on Sunday and a raffle of blooming orchids and other items. Society members will be available to answer all your orchid questions. New memberships will be half-price at the meeting.

Details subject to change

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

Information for exhibitors:

Judging will be held starting at 10 am on Saturday.

Setup is from 2-8 pm on Friday April 21.

Register your Plants

Read List of Classifications

Download Bulk Registration Spreadsheet

(Only for those with 10 or more plants)

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Cym. Desert Rain 'Spring Shower' HCC/AOS (77) 2022 Jeanne Kaeding, Rochester

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 Ctna. Sacramento Splash AM/AOS (81) 2022

Paul Ren-Huang Chong, Singapore

LINKS and Culture Info
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