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Membership is open to anyone who is interested.
Beginners are very welcome!
Web site last update -
10th October 2020
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Update email dated
10th October 2020
We have now had our Steering Group Zoom meeting and it went very
well. We agreed to start CANWOS monthly meetings in the
same way. The first will be next Friday, 16th
October, with the meeting proper starting at 7.30pm. We
a short AGM, essentially to approve
followed by a discussion on how to do the rest of the season (we have
some ideas to suggest and will welcome ideas from you)
followed by a display of flowering orchids (please bring a selection
of yours into camera range)
followed, if there is time(!), by a short talk by myself on using the
internet to help your orchid growing.
Inevitably, as we have not seen each other since February, there will also
be a lot of personal news in between. We intend to arrange
Zoom speakers for some of the following meetings.
It would be helpful to know who is or is not intending to attend Zoom
meetings. Please let me know.
Attending a Zoom meeting is not difficult. It may all seem a bit daunting at first
but it actually works well.
To do so, you will need to have Zoom software on your computer, portable,
tablet or smartphone. If you have not used Zoom before,
there are some notes on how to do this installation at the end of this email.
It is possible to attend a Zoom meeting without using a camera or microphone
but your level of interaction will be very limited – you can only see and listen; your input will
be limited to a chat facility, where you can type in a comment for all to see. This is less than ideal. You
can add a webcam to most systems for less than £25 (about £10 for an unbranded model) - though
you can pay a great deal more! Contact me if you need
Although the meeting proper will start at 7.30pm, the virtual Waiting Room
will be open from 7pm and the Meeting Room from 7.15pm.
I am happy to help new users of Zoom by having test meetings with them in
the days before the Society meeting. Please let me
know; we will usually start
such a meeting by a pre-arranged phone call.
In the meantime, all I can do is encourage you to look after yourselves
carefully, to look after your orchids attentively and just keep taking the photographs! I
have put up a September/October edition of the Blog (see this via www.canwos.org.uk and the menu
page button ☰ in the top
left corner of the screen) and I welcome your photographs, comments and any stories however loosely connected to orchids that you wish to
Very best wishes and Keep Safe
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