New Mycophile

SVIMS is a member of The North American Mycological Association (NAMA), the collective that unites the mycological societies on this continent.  Six times a year NAMA publishes its newsletter, the Mycophile, and makes it available to members of all supporting clubs.  The January/February 2020 issue was recently released.  To read it, click on the picture of the cover. 

Joey Tanney talk on Endophytes — SVIMS, Feb 6, 2020

We’ve all got ’em.  Endophytes.

They’re the silent partners of all life, the bacteria and fungi that live quietly between (and sometimes inside) the cell walls of plants, animals, and other fungi. 

Come to the SVIMS meeting on Thursday, February 6, and hear the Pacific Forestry Centre’s own Joey Tanney spill the beans on the secret world of endophytic fungi.

Rhytisma punctatum, tarspot fungus, an endophyte living within the leaf of a Bigleaf Maple

SVIMS Mushroom Chinese Dinner

Event Date: March 21, 2020

March 21, 2020

6 pm to about 8 pm
Shanghai City Restaurant, 548 Fisgard St, Victoria

 

The suggested dinner menu is as follows:

– Dehydrated “Tea Mushroom” with pork rib double-boiled soup
– Lotus leaf steamed chicken with Cordyceps blossoms
– Stir-fried rib eye steak with fried garlic
– Shredded pork and shiitake mushroom chow mein
– Assorted mushrooms on Chinese greens
– Sliced King Oyster Mushroom with Celery
– Enoki mushrooms with Silken Egg tofu and broccoli
– Garlic jumbo prawns with Glutinous Sticky Rice

Fortune Cookies, Tea and Steamed Rice

$38 all-inclusive of food, tax and tip

This event is open to all SVIMS members and their friends.
We have to give the exact number of participants to the Shanghai City
Restaurant shortly after the SVIMS March 5 meeting, and you have to pay in
advance. Register early, we cannot have more than 50 to 55 guests! Tell us
about your dietary restrictions in advance; we will have to ask the restaurant if they would be able to find any substitutes for you.

How to pay:
Payment can be made by cheque or cash at the SVIMS February or March meetings
(ensure “Pay to” is “South Vancouver Island Mycological Society”),
or by e-transfer sent to svims.treasurer@gmail.com using password “svims” (if
your financial institution requires six characters use “svims1”).
Payments to be received no later than Monday, March 10. (NOTE: Payments are not
refundable after the March 10 cut-off date!)

Note: Please, keep in mind the change of the place.

The menu was suggested by Mrs. Vicky Low, the original Golden City owner and the meals will be prepared by the same chef who made many of our mushroom meals in Golden City and also the last ones in Don Mee. On January 1st, this “our” chef moved to the Shanghai City Restaurant, and we are following him there.

If you have any comments or questions, send them to me at
aceska@telus.net .

All the best luck in the Chinese New Year!

Adolf Ceska

ANNUAL SURVIVOR’S BANQUET

January 11th, Saturday.

5:30 = arrival begins.  Dinner at 6.  Raffle afterwards.

(Come at 5 if you can help set up chairs, tables, etc.) 

Where? 

Gordon Head Lawn Bowling Club

4105 Lambrick Way, Victoria.
By the Gordon Head Recreation Centre, just off Feltham. Plenty of free parking.

To bring:

 main or dessert dish for 8 people. Mushroom dishes are encouraged but no necessary.

Your own cutlery, bowl, plate & mug/cup. 

Your own beverage of choice.  (Coffee, tea, water shall be provided.)

 RAFFLE Item: One highly prized item only — new, recycled, or regifted.

 Tickets are 2$ each, 3/5$ & 7/10$.  (Cash only.)  Come prepared to laugh!

Please make sure to bring a card, listing your ingredients!  Paper and pens will be available at Banquet. 

Guests are more than welcome, but must be in attendance with a SVIMS member. 

Garlic bulbs, salmon, artistry, self help books, homemade herbal teas, dried mushrooms, hand carved walking sticks and boxes of squash are items that were feverishly fought over last year. 

Memberships and calendars are available for purchase.

Kitchen is available but only the countertops and sink. 

Any questions? Email: svimsvicepresident@gmail.com

AGM 2019 and New Executive for SVIMS

The December meeting is the SVIMS AGM. Time to elect a new executive and process yearly business.

 

 

 

 

President Andy (now ex-president Andy) calls the 2019 AGM meeting to order and gallops through the agenda at breakneck speed.

The old board signs resignation letters, the new board signs acceptance letters

The SVIMS excutive for 2019:

President: David Walde
Vice President: Mel Hess
Treasurer: Kurt Raeder
Membership Coordinator: Gillian Phillips
Secretary: Andre DeLeebeeck

Directors at Large
Lise Gagnon
Rolf Mayrhofer
Andrew Anderson
Denise Furst
Sheryl Grieve
Krisztina Levai
Steve Strybosch

This year, the AGM was also the culmination of a raffle.  The grand prize was a pair of watercolours donated by Dr. Denis Benjamin, a speaker from earlier in the year. The raffle, ably managed by Sandie Walde, brought in over $1000.

Following the break, SVIMS member Dr. Shannon Berch, recently retired from the BC Ministry of the Environment, held the audience spellbound with the story of her search for the ectomycorrhizal partners of BC’s Garry Oaks.