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The Orchid Digest is a
non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

Founded in 1937, The Orchid Digest Corporation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the education of the public about orchids. To that end, it publishes a quarterly magazine with a mix of topics authored by international experts. The yearend issue is normally devoted to a single, in depth, consideration of an orchid subject. The Orchid Digest also publishes books and currently organizes two seminars series each year. In January, it holds the Paphiopedilum Guild focused on slipper orchids and in early June, there is the annual Speakers’ Day that covers different topics. Speakers’ Day typically features the Ernest Hetherington Distinguished Lecture given by a specially invited renowned speaker. From time to time the Orchid Digest Medal is given to individuals in recognition of meritorious service to orchids. Orchid Societies are invited to become Affiliated Members of the Orchid Digest. The Orchid Digest also provides PowerPoint programs on orchid topics for a nominal fee. Special Publications and overruns of special issues are also sold.



President / Fred Missbach

1st Vice President / Steve Gollis

2nd Vice President / Harold Koopowitz

Past President / Lois Dauelsberg

Secretary / Nancy Benay

Treasurer / Karen Muir


Directors 2014 - 2017

Peter Lin / Carol Beule / Michelle Dobard / Beverly Tall / Richard Hess

Directors 2015 - 2018

Fred Clarke / Kathy Creger / Carol Siegel / Peter Tobias / Graham Wood

Directors 2016 - 2019

Michael Sinn / Steve Beckendorf /
Mary Gerritsen / Steve Hampson /
Ron Kaufmann





Membership Secretary / Michael Pugh

Affiliated Societies/ Karen Muir

Slide Programs / Alf Friend

Trophies & Medals / Simone Friend

Advertising / Stephen Hampson

Publication Committee

Honorary Chair / Ernest Hetherington

Editor-in-Chief / Sandra Svoboda

Editor Emeritus / Harold Koopowitz

Graphics Editor / Steve Gollis

Contributing Editor / Cindy Hill

Contributing Editor / Lisa Thoerle

Assistant Editor / Cindy Coty

Assistant Editor / Simone Friend

Assistant Editor / Nancy Benay

Assistant Editor / Phyllis Prestia

Assistant Editor / Ingrid Ostrander

Assistant Editor & Advertising / Steve Hampson

Photographer / James Comstock

Composition / Joanna Vose

Orchid Digest Ambassador / Brenda Ward

Librarian / John Yates

Webmaster / Joanna Vose

Office Assistant / Alf Friend

Director of the Huntington Botanical Gardens / James P. Folsom