About the Central Iowa Orchid Society


       The Central Iowa Orchid Society (CIOS) was formed December 5, 1960, in Des Moines, Iowa as a non-profit society.  Membership is available to all individuals who show a sincere interest in orchid culture and preservation.  Yearly dues are $15.00 for a single membership and $25.00 for a family membership.  Membership to the CIOS includes membership to the Mid-American Orchid Congress.
       Among the advantages in becoming a member or the CIOS are the use of a large library of orchid literature and videos, practical tips, helpful advice, door prizes, interesting programs on various topics related to orchid growing and preservation, displays, and judging of blooming plants, plant sales, refreshments, and lots of friendly socalizing about orchids.
       The CIOS meets at 2:00 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month (unless otherwise noted, see Meeting Dates for the date and the other location) at the Union Park Methodist Church, Des Moines.
       The CIOS is a group of orchid devotees who enjoy working with their favorite flower.  We invite you to attend our meeting and see for yourself the excitement that orchids generate.  Visitors and guests are always welcome.


Mission Statement: The Central Iowa Orchid Society's mission shall be to bring together those who are interested in the care, culture, development, improvement, promotion and preservation of all orchids in collections and in nature in order that experience and knowledge may be shared for the benefit of all.


Officers of the Central Iowa Orchid Society

  • President - Helen Mapes
  • Vice President - Stella Lane
  • Secretary - Ardie Strawman
  • Treasurer - Chris Barck
  • E-Board Member (1st Year) - Roy Molina
  • E-Board Member (2nd Year) - David Brightwell
  • E-Board Member (3rd Year) - Vickie Seley
  • American Orchid Society / Orchid Digest Liaison - David Huston
  • Librarian - Roger Brannian
  • Webmaster - Carson E. Whitlow

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