Volunteer for Spring Show

Help is always needed  for our shows and partnering with the Chicago Botanic Gardens Show. By volunteering you get free access to the show any time you’d like to come!

Here is a description of the volunteer jobs.

Docents - No experience necessary! 3 volunteers are needed for each shift on Saturdays & Sundays. Visitors have questions about orchids and you will try to answer them as best you can. We provide cheat sheets with what we find are the typical questions asked, as well as fun facts pertaining to the show. You will be positioned in the greenhouses and be close to a CBG volunteer. This is a fun way to see the show in the warmth of the greenhouses during the cold Chicago winter and help people learn about orchids.  Feel free to move about if you’d like, you don’t need to stand in just one place.

Repotting/Bark - We provide a repotting service for visitors each weekend of the CBG show and our IOS show weekend. Do you repot your own orchids? If so, you can do this! If not, we’ll pair up up with an experienced member and you can learn until your comfortable. 2 volunteers are needed for each shift on Saturdays & Sundays. We also sell bark. This was very popular last year and no experience is necessary.  If you can help with getting bark to the CBG on Saturday morning, contact Kay, spencer.aloysius@gmail.com.

Set Up/Unloading  - 2 volunteers are needed on Saturday mornings of the CBG shows from 8-10am. The shows open at 10am and vendors need to be setup by 9:45am.  For our Spring Show, setup begins at noon.  Help skirt the vendor's tables and/or bring in plants for the Orchid Marketplace. You will help with both, no experience necessary.

The IOS show, setup is on Friday from 11am-1pm. 6 volunteers are needed to shirt tables. At 1pm, vendors & exhibitors arrive to start setting up their displays & sales tables.  Help needed to unload vendor vehicles and moving plants to the display or sale area! 3 volunteers are needed for each shift.  No experience necessary.

Membership - Share your enthusiasm for orchids by talking to the visitors and signing them up to join the IOS! 2 volunteers are needed for each shift. An inexperienced member will be paired with an experienced member, so you can learn what to do. Do you like to talk, meet & greet? This is for you!

Plant Registration - Assist Lois Cinert in making labels and registering orchids for judging on Friday afternoon. Computer skills (familiarity with Microsoft Access a plus) and the ability to use a paper cutter are needed for this task.

Clerking - Are you an early riser? Do you want to learn more about orchids and how they are judged? Saturday morning, 7am-10am, we need 20 clerks to assist the judges. If you have never clerked, we will pair you with an experienced clerk. It’s easy to learn and FUN!

Plant sales - The IOS will have a plant sales table at our show. Members can bring plants for the club to sell. Some knowledge of orchids is helpful. There should be 2-3 volunteers for each shift, so on-the-job training is available!

Hospitality - The society has a hospitality room for food & drink. 2 Volunteers are needed to help set it up, put food out and then one needs to refill food & drinks thru out the show hours. No experience needed!

Children's Table - We will have a table with a fun craft for children.  We will need a volunteer to help the kids with the craft and to keep the area clean.

AOS Membership - If you are a member of the AOS, you can sign up to work the AOS membership table and encourage people to join the AOS.