The GCOA Board of Directors meets regularly to plan events, review finances, and ensure a fully compliant non-profit organization. Enhanced by our Orchid Show committee members, the Board plans the annual GCOA Orchid Show, held each year in March. ALL GCOA members are welcome to attend the Board meetings, held the Mondays before our Thursday meetings, and participate in planning and discussion of issues. Meetings are held in a small clubhouse, in a collegial and positive atmosphere, and dinner is served! Ask any Board member for information about joining us in planning our great events!
Jim Longwell has decades of experience growing and showing orchids, and has received dozens of AOS awards for flower quality. While he specializes in growing many unusual genera, his Vandas are truly exceptional and are his “passion.” Read more . . .
Lori Van Buskirk
Immediate past president
Lori Van Buskirk grew up in a suburb of Boston where her father had made their backyard into beautiful gardens. This is where she got her love of flowers and gardening. Read more . . .
First VP - Programs
Elaine Gates says she grows orchids “to have beautiful blooming plants in my house at all times!” Over decades she has learned how to be successful in growing, mounting, and showing all kinds of orchids; and she loves sharing Read more . . .
Rae Jean Walker
SECOND VP - MEMBERSHIP
Rae Jean Walker lived and worked in Joliet, Illinois all of her life until 2013 when she and her husband moved full-time to Naples. Read more . . .
Bill Thomas lived in Granville, Ohio which is just east of Columbus. In 1985, he moved to Florida, beginning his career on Sanibel Island and then relocating to Naples after six months. In 1985, he received his Read more . . .
Rosalyn Cassar was born in New Jersey and lived more than twenty years in Long Island, New York. Her undergraduate studies were completed at Rutgers University in N.J.. She has a Master’s degree in Social Work Administration Read more . . .
Director 1 - Education
Tricia Rose, age 52, was a child of a military family; She is happily married (without children) to her husband of 24 years. Patricia and her husband Bill are the Owners/Operators of the Auto Clinic of Naples, Inc. Read more . . .
Director 2 - Education
Kathryn Romine grew up in Brighton, Massachusetts and graduated from Michigan State University. With her medical degree, she worked for twenty years as a Child Psychiatrist in Wisconsin. Retiring to a horse farm Read more . . .
Director 3 - communications
Originally from the Pacific NW, she has resided in Florida for the past 35 years. She attended the University of Washington majoring in Audio-Visual Arts and Oregon State University majoring Read more . . .