Yearbook Report 2020

I have just signed off the yearbook for printing (May 4, 2020) and copies will be sent to members of the executive and member societies by courier. Please contact me by email if you do not receive them by the middle of June.

As Glenys has stated in the OCNZ email newsletter, an application for a grant from Pub Charity this year towards the printing and binding of the 2020 Yearbooks fell into the Covid-19 trap and was withdrawn. Thanks to Glenys for preparing the grant application.

Thank you to all those who have contributed with articles. The book includes presentations from the speakers who attended the Expo in Palmerston North last September. The book also features the 2019 awards from OCNZ, NZOS and CSA and I thank Margaret Lomas and Chris Hubbert for their input in compiling, checking and rechecking the awards in the book format.

Congratulations to all those who have received awards for the year, especially Orchid of the Year, Cymbidium of the Year, Species of the Year and Cultural Award of the Year, and also the Special Merit Awards. They make the Yearbook look quite special and it is nice to acknowledge the top awards in this way.

Would readers please take note of those who continue to place advertisements – check out what they are offering and give them your support. I am very appreciative of them in continuing to support the magazine with their advertising contributions, so please consider their latest offerings!

Thank you very much to societies who have donated monies to the Colour Fund. The acknowledgements are those received between April 1, 2019 and March 31, 2020.  These certainly help towards the publishing costs. We hope a few more societies will consider helping in this way.

The Yearbook Committee (Margaret Lomas, Glenys MacRae, Allan Rae, Keith Smart and myself) has worked well again this year. Many thanks to you all for your help.

The society information pages in the back of the book, plus the show dates, have been updated by request to individual societies – thankyou to Chris Hubbert for organising this. If there are any additions or alterations, please let the secretary know and if you have anything that requires correcting, please let us know way before the next yearbook is due.

I hope you will enjoy the 2020 Yearbook.

Because of Covid-19 there will be fewer awards this year which will make the book several pages shorter next year. If articles are not forthcoming it may well be that there won’t be sufficient material for a 2021 book. Something to think about!

Joy Hopson, Editorial Committee