An organization of orchid societies dedicated to the preservation of orchids

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a fond farewell to lois holmes

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A Great Friend of the MAOC

The Mid-American Orchid Congress lost a great friend when Lois Holmes passed away in early May, 2019.  Lois was a staunch supporter of the MAOC, and was active in her local orchid societies as well-- first the Orchid Society of Greater Kansas City and then for many years, the Orchid Society of Minnesota.  She was dedicated to the American Orchid Society too, and was a long -time member of its Library/Archives Committee.  The AOS recognized her valuable service by awarding her a sliver medal in 2017.  She was ecstatic when finally the new Archive Room was declared ready, in March of 2019, at the new AOS home at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables. 

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Lois and her late husband, Henry, were involved with the MAOC from its earliest years.  Dorothy and Hermann Pigors recall sitting at the same banquet table with Lois and Henry at the 2nd MAOC in Chicago, in 1960!  Over the years Lois served MAOC in many ways, as a committee member and officer.  She was President of the MAOC in 1988-89.  She also edited our newsletter,  The Mid-American.   Through the years she served on and/or chaired the Orchidist of the Year, Publications, Ways and Means, Historical and Constitution and Bylaws Committees.  In 1989, MAOC honored Lois and Henry as our Orchidists of the Year. 

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Working until the End

She was a tireless worker who devoted many hours to maintaining the history of both the MAOC and the AOS, and she loved looking into the past and coming up with interesting stories about these organizations and the many individuals involved.  She rarely missed an MAOC meeting and she always was the high bidder on any homemade goodies that Lowell Jacks donated to the MAOC auction.  

She had worked tirelessly on the 75th Anniversary book for the AOS and was serving in that capacity again for the Centennial Celebration researching materials for the booklet when she passed away at her desk--still doing the work she loved.  

Lois was never particularly interested in orchids themselves, but she loved the people who came with them.  She made friends throughout the orchid world, and her dry wit and wicked sense of humor truly made her unforgettable.  Rest in Peace, dear Lois.  We will miss you! 

WELCOME TO The mid-america orchid congress

Who We Are

We are an organization dedicated to the preservation of orchids in their natural habitats, the propagation of orchids by seed and cuttings, the development of new and better plants through breeding, and providing information to growers who subscribe to our principles. 

Our History

Since 1949, the MAOC has sponsored six North American Judging Centers, and supported regional orchid shows of our member Societies.

Our Purpose

The purpose of the Congress is to effect relationships among the Orchid Societies in Mid-North America and Canada by meetings advancing the knowledge and appreciation of orchids.  

DID YOU KNOW?

SPRING MEETING TROPHIES

  • THE MID-AMERICA TROPHY--MOST OUTSTANDING EXHIBIT BY AN MAOC AFFILIATED SOCIETY
  • HENRY C. HOLMES AWARD--BEST ONCIDIUM ALLIANCE PLANT IN SHOW
  • DELBERT LOWELL JACKS AWARD--BEST SPECIMEN PLANT
  • THE FL STEVENSON AWARD--BEST PLEUROTHALLID ALLIANCE PLANT
  • FOX VALLEY AWARD--BEST CYPRIPEDIUM ALLIANCE PLANT (HIGHEST AOS AWARD  OR BEST IN SHOW)

Fall Meeting 2019 Wisconsin Orchid Society

Join us for the Fall Meeting in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, September 13-15 hosted by the Wisconsin Orchid Society with their Fall Orchid Show at the Domes, Milwaukee Wisconsin. 

SEE FALL 2019 PAGE FOR DETAILS AND REGISTRATION

Ordering Show Tags

Order from Hermann Pigors, pigors@foxvalley.net, or call 847-836-0456.  Send check for $35.00 post paid, made out to Mid American Orchid Congress for 1000 tags 4 x 250 tags.  to

 Michele Little 

2503 Halifax Ct.  

Middletown, OH 45044

my3snakes@yahoo. com


FALL MEETING TROPHIES

  • THE MID-AMERICA TROPHY--MOST OUTSTANDING EXHIBIT BY AFFILIATED SOCIETY 
  • THE CLIFFORD AND VIVIAN WALTERS AWARD--BEST ONCIDIUM ALLIANCE PLANT IN SHOW
  • RAYMOND MCCULLOUGH  AWARD--BEST EPIDENDRUM OR ENCYCLIA IN SHOW
  • CHRISTINE M. CHOWNING AWARD, BEST ANGRECOID SPECIES
  •  DELBERT LOWELL JACKS AWARD--BEST SPECIMEN PLANT 

FUNDING ORCHID CONSERVATION

THE MAOC FUNDS VARIOUS ORCHID CONSERVATION EFFORTS AROUND THE COUNTRY, ESPECIALLY THE MIDWEST AREAS.  THE WHEELER ORCHID COLLECTION AND SPECIES BANK AT BALL STATE UNIVERSITY IS JUST ONE OF THE RECIPIENTS.  THE NORTH AMERICAN ORCHID CONSERVATION CENTER HELPS HARVEST SEED FOR THE ORCHID SEED BANK IN THREATENED AREAS.  IF YOU HAVE A PROJECT THAT YOU THINK WE COULD FUND, CONTACT CHAIR: BILL MORRISON

FUNDING SPEAKERS

THE MAOC FUNDS WORLD CLASS SPEAKERS AT ITS MEETINGS, AND ALL WHO ATTEND ARE INVITED TO HEAR ALL ABOUT ORCHIDS.  TOM MIRENDA, FRED CLARKE,  DENNIS WHIGHAM OF THE NAOCC, LEON GLICENSTEIN, ORCHID BREEDER AND SPEAKER, ARE BUT A FEW OF PREVIOUS SPEAKERS.