Next Monthly Meeting


December 10, 2023

HSCSS Winter Party Gala

HSCSS meetings have returned to Missouri Botanical Garden facilities for 2023. See details below. We will also usually broadcast via Zoom for those who cannot attend. This event will not be covered by Zoom. 

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

Please come to our annual year-end celebration and have a great time. We look forward to this wonderful social gathering with members and their families – kids are welcome.

Date: December 10, 2023

Place: Jost Event Center – 8195 Lackland Rd. in the I-170 Business Center

Time: Noon to 4:00 p.m. Setup begins at 11:00 a.m.

What to Bring: HSCSS will provide baked ham and chicken, soda and coffee. BYOB, if you like. Please bring a LARGE covered dish to share. Suggestion: Bring a yummy dessert if your last name begins with N-Z; or an appetizer, salad, vegetable or side dish if your last name begins with A-M. Of course, you can also just bring your specialty. Please label your dish so if you forget to pick it up we can find its owner.

Scheduled Events: We will have a silent auction, a live auction of rare plants, raffle items and some surprises! The silent auction will consist of many nice plants, as well as pots, books and other cactus/succulent paraphernalia. For the live auction, members have donated some old, rare specimen plants. We’ll also have a great variety of plants sourced from all over. There will be plenty to win, no matter your price range. It is also just fun to watch the spirited bidding when two or three members really want the same item.

Payment Options: You can pay by credit/debit card, as well as cash or check.

Donating Items? Contact Mike Hellmann (, 618-444-7860) by December 6 for auction items. Contact Marty Altepeter (314-580-0534, if you plan to donate for the raffle. Bring your donated items to the party before noon during setup. Every item helps provide funds for the society to bring you great programs, but please do not bring plants or other items to the event without making us aware ahead of time.

Questions: Ralph Olliges –, 314-620-6850.


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 –

Location & Times

Commerce Bank Center for Science Education (Dogwood Room #125)
4651 Shaw Boulevard
St. Louis, Missouri 63110
(Several blocks west of main Missouri Botanical Garden entrance)

1:00-1:45 p.m. – Building opens, 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

2024 Events

  • December 10, 2023HSCSS Winter Party Gala – Jost Event Center
  • January 14, 2024 – Monthly Meeting
  • February 11, 2024 – Monthly Meeting
  • March 10, 2024 – Monthly Meeting
  • April 14, 2024 – Monthly Meeting
  • May 5, 2024 – Monthly Meeting
  • June 9, 2024 – Monthly Meeting
  • July 14, 2024 – Monthly Meeting
  • July 20-21, 2024 – Annual Show and Sale
  • August 11, 2024 – Monthly Meeting
  • September 8, 2024 – HSCSS Picnic
  • October 13, 2024 – Monthly Meeting
  • November 10, 2024 – Monthly Meeting
  • December 8, 2024 – HSCSS Winter Party Gala

Other Succulent Events

Mid-States Cactus and Succulent Conference
July 26-28, 2024 – Santa Fe, New Mexico