Orchid, The shining path to Sharing, Caring, and Friendships.
We started with Dave Arens inviting Orchid members to gather
together. Some years later, Sam Patania added his energy to an ever
larger Orchid gathering. Charles Lewton Brain added the impetus for
us all to share even more, and Hanuman and Ton traveled to Tucson to
share the Orchid vision. Kenneth Singh hosted evenings in tucson and
even in NYC.
Orchid grew with gatherings in other locations such as Los Angeles,
and NYC. All were spearheaded by the volunteer efforts of Orchid
members and support of local members.
We are now and have always been a community of giving, sharing and
caring individuals. Rio Grande was a strong supporter of Orchid, and
when the decision was made to stop the Catalog in Motion, a great
meet and greet location, we were sort of cut loose.
Back into the forefront came Dave Arens and now Sam Patania. A few
TGIF gatherings, and now this one at Cafe’ A’La C’Art, which I
personally found delightful. Family owned and operated, it was
wonderful from walking in the front door early, as I did, to
offering comfort while waiting, showing the ambience of each room
used for serving dinners, to adjusting the seating arrangement to
make as many of us sitting together as possible. Even adding tables
and chairs for the larger volume of attendees.
I agree with Sam, it was a wonderful evening, good food, drink, and
friendly attendees. Orchid is unique and wonderful to be a part of.
I had a wonderful time, and look forward to 2014.