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 on non-IOS show weekends and you can help educate others about orchids.

Here is a description of the volunteer jobs.

Docents - No experience necessary! 2 volunteers are needed for each shift on Saturdays & Sundays. No more than 2 Docents will be allowed into the Greenhouses and CBG show on the IOS Show Weekend.  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. 

Set Up/Unloading  - The IOS Show ONLY, setup is on Friday from 12pm-2pm. 4-6 volunteers are needed to shirt tables. At 2pm, 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 Diane Mulkerin 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.