Next Monthly Meeting

December 11, 2022

PhotoHSCSS Winter Holiday Party
12:00-4:00 p.m.

HSCSS has returned to live, in-person meetings at our new venue in Overland – see details below. We will also usually broadcast via Zoom for those who cannot attend.

Meet Via Zoom
Meeting ID: 846 6776 5973 / Passcode: 900328

* Due to the high level of activity for this event, it will not be carried on Zoom.

At this year’s Winter Holiday Party, we’ll have silent and live rare plant auctions, a raffle and a few new surprises, as well. Make arrangements to attend so you don’t miss out. (Kids are welcome, but please note this event is open to members and their families only, please.)

The raffle is a great opportunity to get nice plants without having to invest a lot of money or endure the angst of live auction competition. The auctions will offer rare and well-grown plants from J & J Cactus and Succulents, and Drummond Nursery, as well as staging pots and other cactus/succulent paraphernalia. Something on these tables should appeal to all. Pay with cash, check or credit/debit card.

Pots are new this year. We have a couple of potters in our group who sell at our summer show, but at this event, we’re going to source some pottery from Debbie and Charlie Ball. Now living in northern Oklahoma, they are well known in California for their unique pottery and wonderful succulent collection.

HSCSS will provide ham, chicken, soda and coffee. To widen the food selection, please bring your favorite large dish. If you need direction, bring an appetizer, salad, vegetable or side dish if your last name begins with A through M. If your last name begins with N through Z, bring a yummy dessert.

Feel free to bring an adult beverage of your choice to help you make better auction decisions.

This year’s party will be held at our usual meeting venue, the Jost Chemical Co. building in Overland, but earlier than in past years. The fun and festivities begin at noon and end by 4:00 p.m. or sooner. Anyone interested in helping set up should arrive at 11:00 a.m. The silent auction and raffle will commence at the completion of setup.

If you have items to donate for the auctions, please contact Mike Hellmann at 618-444-7860 or by December 9. For the raffle, contact Janet Kister at 314-894-3779 or by that date. Do not bring items to the event without making us aware ahead of time.


Zoom is a videoconferencing software program that allows multiple users with higher-speed Internet connections to “meet” via desktop computers and mobile devices. The Zoom web browser client will download automatically when you start or join your first Zoom meeting, and is also available for manual download at

The club sends e-mail reminders containing a link to Zoom and the meeting ID. Zoom meeting information is also provided in the Digest newsletter. If you need additional help or would like to practice using Zoom, please contact one of the following members well before the meeting:

Susan Carpentier –
Nikki Murdick –
Marge Williams –

Non-COVID Location & Times

Jost Chemical Co.
I-170 Business Center
8195 Lackland Road, 1/2 mile north of St. Charles Rock Road
Overland, Missouri 63114

1:00-1:45 p.m. – Social hour
1:45-2:00 p.m. – Show and tell
2:00-3:00 p.m. – Program
3:00-3:15 p.m. – Break
3:15-4:00 p.m. – Business meeting

Upcoming HSCSS Events

* For 2023, HSCSS’ monthly meetings will be held at Missouri Botanical Garden’s Commerce Bank Center for Science Education, located three blocks north of the main garden facility.

  • December 11, 2022 – HSCSS Winter Gala/Holiday Party
    In December, we typically have our annual Winter Gala/Holiday Party, where great company, a splendid potluck, a rare plant auction and silent bidding for plants and other items take place. This is always a great time for all who attend.

2023 Events

  • January 8, 2023 – Monthly Meeting
  • February 12, 2023 – Monthly Meeting
  • March 12, 2023 – Monthly Meeting
  • April 16, 2023 – Monthly Meeting
  • May 7, 2023 – Monthly Meeting
  • June 11, 2023 – Monthly Meeting
  • July 9, 2023 – Monthly Meeting
  • August 13, 2023 – Monthly Meeting
  • September 10, 2023 – HSCSS Picnic
  • October 8, 2023 – Monthly Meeting
  • November 12, 2023 – Monthly Meeting
    (Annual show and sale dates to be determined.)