Our Installation Banquet last month was fantastic. Craig Nakahara, the MC with the most-est, kept the evening rolling with his vivacious elocution. And Roy Andrade, President of the Ewa Orchid Society, officially swore in the new inductees. We dined on the scrumptious buffet and were bestowed with various beautiful plants. Many thanks were given to our previous leaders and kind appreciation was expressed to our new officers and trustees.
In case you were not aware, our orchid society is full of warm, generous, talented, knowledgeable and delightful people with a common interest: orchid culture. And once a year we recognize the best of the best of our members by the selection of the WOS Orchidist of the Year and Orchidist of the Decade. Here are this year’s honorees:
Orchidist of the Decade: Larry Kamiya
Larry has been a WOS member for many years and is a strong contributor to the WOS ‘ohana. He has held various positions in our society: as President, as Trustee, and he helps out at our WOS Spring Show, assists and chairs the set-up of WOS displays at other Orchid Society shows, helps out at WOS events as a chairperson, liaison, educator, speaker at our General meetings. However, his biggest contribution to the WOS is in sharing his knowledge of orchids to its members at the various functions and meetings. He is always encouraging other members to get involved, he has recruited new members and is patient.
At the board meetings, he has always given advice to the board members on cutting costs, as well as giving WOS the opportunity to display, participate and earn some money in the Windward Mall Center Court. He has shared his knowledge with a lot of members and has consistently provided our society with award winning plants. That is his true passion.
Orchidist of the Year: Ruby Hiraishi
Ruby is a long time WOS member who has been a solid contributor to the WOS in so many ways: as a Trustee, and helps out at our WOS Spring Show, assists in setting up the WOS displays at most of the other Orchid Society shows, helps out at WOS events at the check-in reception table and raffle table. But that’s not all, her biggest contribution to the WOS is in sharing her knowledge of orchids to its members at the various functions and meetings. She is always encouraging other members to get involved. She’s a go getter and is always around to lend a hand.
At the board meetings, she always makes us think about why we are doing this event or activity. Ruby has been involved with our society for more than 2 decades. Most recently she chaired the committee to amend our WOS Bylaws.
She is the type of member and role model for all our members to be: positive, helpful, resourceful, an educator and willing to share any information that would help a fellow orchidist.