THE CLUB WAS FOUNDED ON MAY 16,
1992 BY JIM AND TRUDY DUERSTOCK
Our 1st orchid meeting was held May 16, 1992. Our first 5 meetings were held at our store Trifles plant shop, and then we expanded to Hernando Extension Center on Forest Oaks Blvd because we needed more space 3/93. Again more space was needed so we moved to Spring Hill Enrichment Center off Mariner in 3/94. Our 1st orchid show was open to the public. For this showing club members brought their orchids to show off at Springstead High School October 17, 1992 We adopted our club logo 8/94, and our 1st newsletter was printed 4/95. Our 1st AOS orchid show was held 4/95 in the Spring Hill Enrichment Center. We did our 1st “design” in an AOS show sponsored by the Pasco Orchid Society the following year. We won our 1st trophy for this design. Talk about excitement. This was it!!! My 1st term as president lasted four years starting in June of 94 until 5/98. Served again from 6/99 to 5/01, and lastly 6 /05 to 5/06. Seven years total. Jim Duerstock
Story by Jim Meetings were held in May-September at Trifles on Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Our first club president was Ginny Thien.
PAST CLUB PRESIDENTS
June 1992-May 1994 - Ginny Thien
June 1994-June 1998 - Jim Duerstock
July 1998-November 1998 - Barbara Fauska
Dec 1998-June1999 - Ed Bugbee, acting President
July 1999-June 2001 - Jim Duerstock
July 2001-June 2002 - Barbara Fauska
July 2002-June 2004 - Dave Dobson
July 2004-June 2006 - Ron Kilgore
July 2006-June 2007 - Jim Duerstock
July 2007-June 2008 - Judy Smith
July 2008-June 2011 - Al Fiore
July 2011 - Part year 2012 - Dave Dobson
Part Year 2012-June 2015 - Geary Harris
July 2015 - June 2018 - Jeff Rundell
July 2018 - June 2022 - Steve Mattana
July 2022 - - Matt Riesz
1996 - 2003 were pot luck and held at the Enrichment Centers, Spring Hill.
2004 the luncheon was held at the Fireside Inn, Brooksville.
2005 the luncheon was held at the Bayport Inn, Spring Hill.
2006 the luncheon was held at the Boston Cooker, Spring Hill.
2007 the luncheon was held at the Wellington Club House, Spring Hill.
2008 - 2011 the luncheon was held at the Boston Cooker, Spring Hill.
2012 -2013 the luncheon was held at the Wellington Club House, Spring Hill.
In 2014 & 2015 we had our luncheon at Buffet City on Cortez Blvd.
1992 -First orchid show with the Fantasy African Violet Club’s show, October 1992 at Springstead High School which was open to the public.
1996 - First AOS judged show'Oriental Orchid Gardens ', Spring Hill Hospital Enrichment Center on Mariner Blvd.
1997 - Second AOS judged show 'Living with Orchids', Suncoast Elementary School
1998 - Third AOS judged show 'Joy of Orchids', Suncoast Elementary School
1999 - Forth AOS judged show 'Orchids around the World', Florida National Guard Armory
2000 - Fifth AOS judged show 'Orchids on Parade', Florida National Guard Armory
2001 - Sixth AOS judged show 'Orchid Magic', Florida National Guard Armory
2002 - Seventh AOS judged show 'Orchid Safari', Shrine Club
2003 - Eighth AOS judged show 'Amazing Orchids', Shrine Club
2004 - Ninth AOS judged show 'Spring into Orchids', Shrine Club
2005 - Tenth AOS judged show 'Rainbow of Orchids', S.N.P.J. HALL
2006 - Eleventh AOS judged show 'Orchids Aweigh', S.N.P.J. HALL
2007 - Thirteenth AOS judged show 'A Jungle of Orchids', S.N.P.J. HALL
2008 - S.N.P.J. HALL
2009 - S.N.P.J. HALL
2010 - S.N.P.J. HALL
2011 - S.N.P.J. HALL
2012 - S.N.P.J. HALL
2013 - S.N.P.J. HALL
2014 - S.N.P.J. HALL
2015 - VFW Post 8681
2016 - VFW Post 8681
2017 - VFW Post 8681
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First club picnic was held in June 1998 at Crews Lake Park in Pasco County.
From June 1999 - 2000 picnics were held again at Crews Lake Park.
June 2001 our picnic was held at Carl & Janet Liss’ Orchid Nest, Culbreath Rd., Masaryktown.
June 2002-2005 our picnics were held at Crews Lake Park.
October 2006-2010 picnics were held at Crews Lake Park. October 2011 & 2012 the club voted to have an indoor picnic at the Partner’s Club, Brooksville.
October 2013 the club held their potluck picnic at Vera & Michael Wells' home in Spring Hill.
In 2014 we returned to Vera & Michael Wells' home and in 2015 - 2016 - 2017 we returned to Crews Lake Park in Pasco County.
First club outing was October 1998 to the Orlando area. We visited Tropic One, A World of Orchids & Tom Ritter Orchids.
Second club outing was a bus trip in June 2000 to Louis del Favero Orchids & Phelps Farm Orchids.
Our third trip was a bus trip in January 2001 to Byrd’s Orchids, Tropic One Orchids & Krull-Smith Orchids.
In May 2004, 2006 & 2010 a bus trip was taken to the Redlands International Orchid Festival in Homestead, FL.
In December 2005 a bus trip was taken to the Apopka area where we visited Krull-Smith Orchids, Korus Orchid Corporation, Best Plants Nursery & Crystal Orchids.
In April 2008 a bus trip was taken to Tropiflora Nursery, Plantio Nursery, Orchids Etcetera, Fenders Flora & Venice Orchids in Clermont & Crystal Orchids in Mt. Dora.
In November 2009 we car pooled to Louis del Favero Orchids in Tampa.
We car pooled again in October 2011 to Goodwin’s Orchids in Ocala, Farnsworth Orchids in Weirsdale, Chapman’s Orchids & Krull-Smith Orchids in Apopka.
In November 2013 we carpooled to the Mt Dora Orchid Fair and then to Howey-in-the-Hills to visit Paradise Orchids.
In 2015 we had trips to Suzanne Farnsworth in Weirsdale, Krull Smith in Apopka and Smiley's Orchids in Clermont.
Member Meetings Were Held
Meetings were held in May-September at Trifles on Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Our first club president was Ginny Thein.
Starting in October 1992 through April 1993 the club met at the Hernando County Government Complex, Horticulture Offices on Forest Oakes Boulevard, Spring Hill. Starting in May 1993 through March 2001 the club met at the Spring Hill Hospital Enrichment Center, on Mariner Boulevard, Spring Hill. Then in April 2001 we moved to the Oak Hill Hospital Enrichment Center on Cortez Boulevard, behind Oak Hill Hospital. In September 2011 Oak Hill Hospital took over the Enrichment Center and the center was named Partner’s Club. During 2015, Partner's Club was closed and our meeting was moved to VFW Post 8681 on County Line Road. Months when the VFW was not available, meetings were moved the The First Methodist Church, Springhill