Next Monthly Meeting

November 8, 2020 – 2:00 p.m.

Zoom Meeting Program: Guest Speaker Woody Minnich

Woody Minnich

International succulent expert Woody Minnich will make a presentation on Socotra for the November Zoom meeting. The popular speaker, explorer and photographer is recognized for his high energy and creative spirit.

Located off the eastern coast of Africa, the isolated island of Socotra is home to many endemic species. Its highly varied conditions support a variety of interesting succulents. Most represented are the famous Dracaena cinnabari and Adenium socotranum. Others plants range from the giant Euphorbia arbuscula to the great caudiciform Dendrosicyos socotrana and wonderfully tortured boswellias. Smaller genera – Aloe, Caralluma, Cissus, Dorstenia, Echidnopsis, Euphorbia, Jatropha and Plectranthus – are also seen in Socotra.

Additional details will be posted soon.

REMEMBER: Attend this meeting, and you may win a great attendance prize plant suitable for showing!

To facilitate order in the content, please contact Susan Carpentier ( or Ralph Olliges ( in advance of the meeting if you would like to get on the list to show video or photos, and talk about your plants.

Several e-mail message reminders will be distributed before the meeting, as well as messages that include 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 –


Zoom is a videoconferencing software program that allows multiple users with higher-speed Internet connections to “meet” via desktop computers and mobile devices. You can automatically download and install the Zoom application or access meetings using an Internet browser. (Click for Windows and MacOS system requirements.)

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

Remote Viewing Etiquette


1. Please toggle audio and video OFF while watching to preserve bandwidth integrity.

2. When showing plant video, try to use strong front light and control camera shake, which causes images to pixelate. Use “Share Screen” to show picture files on your computer. This is not for video.

3. Use “Chat” to ask questions.

The program starts at 2:00 p.m., but Susan Carpentier will typically be on the Zoom meeting at 1:00 p.m.

Non-COVID Meeting Locations & Times

Missouri Botanical Garden
Ridgway Center
4344 Shaw Blvd., just south of I-44

Commerce Bank Center for Science Education
4651 Shaw Blvd. at Kingshighway
St. Louis, Missouri 63110
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

  • January 12, 2020 – Monthly Meeting
  • February 9, 2020 – Monthly Meeting
  • March 8, 2020 – Monthly Meeting
  • July 12, 2020 – Monthly Meeting
  • August 9, 2020 – Monthly Meeting
  • September 13, 2020 – Monthly Meeting (HSCSS Fall Picnic Canceled)
  • October 11, 2020 – Monthly Meeting
  • November 8, 2020 – Monthly Meeting – Guest Speaker: Woody Minnich
  • December 13, 2020 – HSCSS Winter Party & Gala – On Zoom!
    In keeping with one of the favorite segments of this annual event, there will be a fun live auction of specimen cacti and succulents. There will also be attendance prizes, as well as additional activities to make this a memorable experience. If you have any suggestions, please let us know. Your job is to join in and have fun – but you’ll have to provide your own food. That’s a tough one to get around in a virtual world.