HISTORY


GREATER LANSING ORCHID SOCIETY
LANSING, MICHIGAN

A small group of orchid growers came together in a bank’s meeting room during the spring of 1977 and formed the Greater Lansing Orchid Society. (The orchid enthusiasts met at Capitol Federal Savings Bank, 2119 Hamilton Road, Okemos – now Independent Bank).  From this humble beginning, GLOS has grown to a membership roster of 140 today. The person responsible for calling that initial group together and shepherding the Society through its formative years was Jack G. Brechtelsbauer, 6/6/1924 – 12/17/2007.

In addition to an annual show during the last weekend of February, the Society holds meetings on the third Saturday of the months of January, March, May, September, and November. At these meetings, there is usually a presentation, illustrated with slides, on some aspects of orchid growing. Society members bring blooming orchids to the meetings as well as other orchids and orchid-related items to auction or raffle.

Other Society activities include a picnic in the summer, field trips to commercial orchid establishments, exhibits of members’ plants in other shows around the region, an orchid-book-buying service, and open houses at members’ homes to show others their orchid-growing environments.

The Society mounted its first show with ribbon judging only at a local mall, the Meridian Mall in Okemos, in 1981. Thus emboldened, they held their first AOS-judged show in 1984, again at a local mall, Frandor Shopping Center in Lansing. Each year from 1984 to the present, the Greater Lansing Orchid Society has held AOS-sanctioned orchid shows during the last weekend of February; after eleven years in two area malls, the Society moved the Show to the Michigan State University Conservatory in 1996. This facility features a large greenhouse conservatory with good humidity and natural light. The 2008 Show marked the 25th consecutive AOS-judged orchid show and was dedicated to the memory of the Society’s founder, Jack Brechtelsbauer.

In 1994 GLOS hosted the Fifth Mid-America Orchid Seminar in Lansing. This was one of the Seminar series’ most successful, in terms of attendance, program quality, and financial performance. Shortly thereafter, the members volunteered to host the 1999 Spring Mid-America Orchid Congress, which took place during the fourth weekend of May 1999.


Doris H. Asher
Society Archivist
Updated December 31, 2007


Time-Line

GREATER LANSING ORCHID SOCIETY
PRESIDENTS AND OTHER OFFICERS AND THE YEARS THEY SERVED

Jack Brechtelsbauer founding of GLOS in May, 1977
Met at Capitol Federal Savings Bank, 2119 Hamilton Rd, Okemos (now Independent Bank)
1977 VP George Dodge; Sec Margo Stoughton; Tre Ann Reimer
Directors Peter Fleuren, Miep Fleuren

1978 VP George Dodge; Sec Margo Stoughton; Tre Ann Reimer
Directors Alice Evert, Peter Fleuren, Miep Fleuren

Richard Snider 1979 VP Sandra Ladendorf; Sec Carol Jakimow; Tre Carolyn Au
Directors Doris Asher, Alice Evert

1/20/79 met at the MSU Museum 3d floor – thanks to the efforts of Richard Snider

1980 VP Sandra Ladendorf; Sec Marilyn Lee; Tre Carolyn Au
Directors Doris Asher, Addie Converse, Jack Brechtelsbauer

Sandra Ladendorf finished rest of Snider’s 1980 term (8/13/80-12/31/80)

Robert Griesbach 1981 VP Tim Reed; Sec Marilyn Lee; Tre Doris Asher
Directors Addie Converese, Ella Mae Smith

2/7-2/8/81 – first GLOS Show, Meridian Mall; ribbon judging only

Doris Asher 1982 VP Jack Nelsen; Sec Marilyn Lee; Tre Renate de Zacks
Directors Valerie Nelsen, Ella Mae Smith

9/18/82 began meeting in room 167 of the MSU Cyclotron Building due to the efforts of Richard Au,
after more than 3 years at the Museum

1983 VP Jack Nelsen; Sec Ann McConnelee; Tre Renate de Zacks
Directors Valerie Nelsen, Ella Mae Smith

1984 VP Jack Nelsen; Sec Ann McConnelee; Tre Renate de Zacks
Directors Valerie Nelsen, Ella Mae Smith

2/24-25/84 – 2d GLOS Show, Frandor; AOS judged

Marilyn Lee 1985 VP Marvin Cooley; Sec Ann McConnelee; Tre Linda Baird
Directors Jim Espie, Valerie Nelsen

3/2-3/3/85 – 2d AOS-judged GLOS Show, Frandor

1986 VP Marvin Cooley; Sec Anita Durant; Tre Linda Baird
Directors Julia Bishop, Valerie Nelsen

3/1-3/2/86 – 3d AOS-judged GLOS Show, Frandor

Doris Asher 1987 VP Marvin Cooley; Sec Anita Durant; Tre Linda Baird
Directors Julia Bishop, Valerie Nelsen

3/7-3/8/87 – 4th AOS-judged GLOS Show, Frandor

1988 VP Valerie Nelsen; Sec Anita Durant; Tre Suzi Porter
Directors Jack Nelsen, Julia Bishop

2/26-28/88 – 5th GLOS Show, moved to Meridian Mall – outgrew space available at Frandor

1989 VP Bill Porter; Sec Lynda Walker; Tre Suzi Porter
Directors Julia Bishop, Jack Nelsen

Don Garling 1990 VP Bill Porter; Sec Lynda Walker; Tre Suzi Porter
Directors Julia Bishop, Marvin Cooley

1/20/90 began meeting in room 225, MSU Natural Resources Building (thanks to the efforts of Don
Garling), after more than 7 years at the Cyclotron Building

1991 VP Randy Robinson; Sec Doris Asher; Tre Lynda Walker
Directors Marvin Cooley, Georgian Franczyk
Newsletter Editor: Doris Asher

1992 VP Randy Robinson; Sec Doris Asher; Tre Lynda Walker
Directors Marvin Cooley, Georgian Franczyk
Newsletter Editor: Doris Asher

Randy Robinson 1993 VP Ann McConnelee; Sec Doris Asher; Tre Lynda Walker
Directors Marvin Cooley, Georgian Franczyk
Newsletter Editor: Doris Asher
Orchidist of the Year: Doris Asher

1994 VP Ann McConnelee; Sec Carolyn Lewis; Tre Doris Asher
Directors Georgian Franczyk, Bill Linnell
Newsletter Editor: Bill Linnell
Orchidist of the Year: Don Garling

6/24/94-6/26/94 GLOS hosts Fifth Mid-America Orchid Seminar, Sheraton Hotel, Lansing

1995 VP Jim Zablotny; Sec Carolyn Lewis; Tre Doris Asher/Diane Robinson
Directors Bill Linnell, Jerrie Nichols
Newsletter Editor: Doris Asher
Orchidists of the Year: Joan and Paul Ladiski

2/25/95-2/26/95 12th GLOS Show, Lansing Center, Lansing ($4,000 rent)

Georgian Franczyk 1996 VP Sandy Simmons; Sec Carolyn Lewis; Tre Diane Robinson
Directors Jerrie Nichols, Kathy Jones
Newsletter Editor: Doris Asher
Orchidist of the Year: Marilyn Lee

2/24/96-2/25/96 first show in MSU Plant and Soil Science Conservatory ($300 rent)

1997 VP Sandy Simmons; Sec Maurice and Nell Veenstra; Tre Don Garling
Directors Jerrie Nichols, Kathy Jones
Newsletter Editors: Laura Jaquish, Cal Steinorth
Orchidist of the Year: Jerrie Nichols

1998 VP Sandy Simmons; Sec Maurice and Nell Veenstra; Tre Gus Kienitz
Directors Jerrie Nichols, Kathy Jones
Newsletter Editor: Carolyn Lewis
Orchidist of the Year: Carolyn Lewis

5/22/99-5/23/99 GLOS hosts Mid-America Orchid Congress, Holiday Inn West, Lansing

Kathy Jones 1999 VP Carolyn Lewis; Sec Maurice and Nell Veenstra; Tre Gus Kienitz
Directors Mike Underwood, Becky Schuon (completing Kathy’s term)
Newsletter Editor: Dot Potter-Barnett
Orchidist of the Year: Mo and Nell Veenstra
VP Carolyn Lewis resigned fall 99 – not replaced

9/18/99 began meeting in MSU Plant and Soil Science Building, $50/mtg.

Marilyn Lee 2000 VP Holly Ripple-Nash ; Sec Greg Starks ; Tre Rob Halgren
Directors Mike Underwood, Gus Kienitz
Newsletter Editor: Lynn O’Shaughnessy
Orchidist of the Year: Renate DeZacks

Don Garling 2001-02 VP Rob Halgren; Sec Jerrie Nichols; Tre Doris Asher
Directors Bill Cadman (completing Gus Kienitz’s term), Sandy Simmons
Newsletter Editor: Lynn O’Shaughnessy
Orchidist of the Year: Kris Garling

2/24/2001-2/25/2001 Show in MSU Plant and Soil Science Building ($500 rent)

2/23/2002-2/24/2002 Show in MSU Plant and Soil Science Building ($500 rent)

Don Garling 2002-03 VP Bill Cadman; Sec Lynn O’Shaughnessy; Tre Doris Asher
Directors Christa Forrester (completing Sandy Simmons’s term), Georgian Franczyk
Newsletter Editor: Sandy Simmons
Orchidist of the Year: Lynn O’Shaughnessy

Don Garling 2003-04 VP Bill Cadman; Sec Lynn O’Shaughnessy; Tre Doris Asher
Directors Georgian Franczyk, Christa Forrester
Newsletter Editor: Sandy Simmons
Orchidist of the Year: Sandy Simmons

2/22/2003-2/23/2003 Show in MSU Plant and Soil Science Building ($500 rent)

GLOS website established in August of 2003. Webmaster Dot Potter Barnett

2/28/2004-2/29/2004 Show in MSU Plant and Soil Science Building ($500 rent)

Bill Cadman 2004-05 VP Pete Porciello; Sec Lynn O’Shaughnessy; Tre Angie Kremer
Directors  Christa Forrester, Georgian Franczyk
Newsletter Editor:  Sandy Simmons
Orchidist of the Year:  Dot Potter Barnett

2/26/2005-2/27/2005 Show in MSU Plant and Soil Science Building ($795 rent)
for five 2005 meetings in the Headhouse ($350.00)

Bill Cadman 2005-06 VP Pete Porciello; Sec Doris Asher; Tre Angie Kremer
Directors Georgian Franczyk, Christa Forrester
Newsletter Editor:  Sandy Simmons
Orchidist of the Year:  Julie Bishop

1/21/2006 began meeting in Presbyterian Church of Okemos ($50/mtg + $50 key deposit)

Bill Cadman 2006-07 VP Pete Porciello; Sec Donna Brower; Tre Doris Asher
Directors  Christa Forrester, Jerrie Nichols
Newsletter Editor:  Dot Potter Barnett
Orchidist of the Year:  none

Pete Porciello 2007-08 VP Jerrie Nichols; Sec Emily Tseng; Tre Doris Asher
Directors Grant Godden, Pete Ostlund
Newsletter Editor: Dot Potter Barnett
Orchidist of the Year:  Georgian Franczyk

Monday, December 17, 2007 Founder Jack Brechtelsbauer dies at the age of 83

February 23-24, 2008 – 25th consecutive orchid show -- dedicated to the memory of Jack Brechtelsbauer

Pete Porciello 2008-09 VP Jerrie Nichols; Sec Emily Tseng; Tre Doris Asher
Directors Pete Ostlund, Leslie Behm
Newsletter Editor: Dot Potter Barnett
Orchidist of the Year:  Grant Godden

Pete Porciello  2009-10 VP Jerrie Nichols; Sec Shannon Bell; Tre Pete Ostlund
Directors Jim Leaman (completing Leslie Behm’s term), Carol Stuht
Newsletter Editor: Dot Potter Barnett
Orchidst of the Year:  Doris Asher 

Jerrie Nichols 2010-11 VP Jim Leaman; Sec Shannon Bell; Tre Pete Ostlund
Directors  Carol Stuht, Alec Albert
Newsletter Editor: Dot Potter Barnett
Orchidist of the Year:  Carol Stuht

Jerrie Nichols 2011-12 VP Jim Leaman; Sec Ioana Sonea; Tre Doris Asher
Directors  Georgia Marvin, Alec Albert
Newsletter Editor: Dot Potter Barnett

Jerrie Nichols 2012-13 VP Pete Ostlund; Sec Ioana Sonea; Tre Doris Asher
Directors  Georgia Marvin, Jim Heilig
Newsletter Editor: Dot Potter Barnett
Orchidist of the Year: Bill Cadman

Jim Heilig 2013-14 VP Pete Ostlund; Sec Ioana Sonea; Tre Doris Asher
Directors  Christa Forrester, Rob Halgren
Newsletter Editor: Dot Potter Barnett
Orchidist of the Year: Dot Potter Barnett

Rob Halgren 2014-15 VP Pete Ostlund; Sec Doris Asher; Tre Ioana Sonea
Directors  Christa Forrester, Bob Guilford
Newsletter Editor: Dot Potter Barnett
Orchidist of the Year: Kris Garling

Rob Halgren 2015-16 VP Doris Asher; Sec Diane Zoellner; Tre Ioana Sonea
Directors  Carol Ann Stuht, Michael Henderson

Newsletter Editor: Dot Potter Barnett
Orchidist of the Year: Jerrie Nichols

Rob Halgren 2016-17 VP Doris Asher; Sec Diane Zoellner; Tre Ioana Sonea
Directors  Carol Ann Stuht, Michael Henderson

Newsletter Editor: Dot Potter Barnett
Orchidist of the Year: Pete Ostlund

Updated December 27, 2016


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