Society Information

Committee and Office Holders

President – Janelle Hatherly

Immediate Past President – Lesley Bronley

Vice Presidents – Dora Law, Bernard Britton

Secretary – Clover Bradley

Treasurer – Nick Gill

Show Marshal – Garrie Bromley,

Assistant Show Marshal – Allan Cushway

Newsletter Editor – Lesley Bromley

Librarian – Dora Law

Committee Positions – Gloria Cushway, Seong Tay, Susie Butler

Patron – The Mayor of Willoughby

Mailing Address – PO Box 212, Forestville 2087 NSW

Email – or fill in the details on the “Contact us” page.

Society Constitution

NSOS Constitution


At each meeting, members “bench” orchids in flower in appropriate classes for judging and for the appreciation of all assembled. Points are awarded for first, second and third in each class. In addition, prizes are awarded for the “Judges Choice” (Novice and Open sections), and a “Popular Vote” is decided by all present.

Before each meeting usually at 7:30pm a culture class may be held and all members, especially novices, are invited to attend.

At each meeting there is a raffle for quality prizes; and supper, tea or coffee and cakes, is served at no charge.


  • First Wednesday of each month
  • Plant registration and display set up commences 7:00 pm
  • Main meeting commences at 8:00 pm

Where – Dougherty Centre, 7 Victor Street Chatswood NSW

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The guest speaker program is an important part of our activities, encompassing a multitude of subjects connected with orchids. Interesting and authoritative speakers talk on subjects that include the latest in controlling pests, growing methods, managing a collection or their own personal approach to orchid growing. Often slides of many unique and beautiful orchids are shown, along with information on them.


There are three grades of competition at each monthly meeting, depending on the members experience and previous success i.e.

  • Novice – members with lesser orchid growing experience
  • Intermediate – those with some orchid growing experience
  • Open – experienced growers

Points are awarded by plant genera and are;

  • Used to decide placings for each meeting
  • Aggregated for annual awards at the christmas party
  • Used to decide elevation of the grower into higher grades.


An extensive library is available to members on a month by month basis. This is a great reference source and is free of charge.


A plant sales table at the meetings enables the purchase of plants at reasonable prices and often becomes a social centre where members, as usual, discuss orchids and what’s new.

Some growing materials (pots, hangers, fertilizer etc) may also be sold at the meetings.

At least once a year there is a plant ‘Auction’ allowing members to sell their excess orchids. Usually a great variety of orchids are sold at excellent prices. Lately there has been great demand for species orchids and astute buyers snap these up at well below ‘market’ value.