Dick Grimm

It is with a heavy heart that we note the passing of Dick Grimm on January 2, 2015.  Dick was a very special person in many ways but his love of the world of mycology and his tireless efforts to pass on his knowledge will be long remembered.  He touched the lives of many in OMS and he will be missed.

Visitation and funeral services for Dick will be today, Tuesday January 6, at the Snyder Funeral Home in Fredericktown.  Visitation will be from 4PM until 7PM.  The funeral will be at 7PM.  Full details are available on the Snyder Funeral Home Website.

Dick Grimm in 2010Back in April, 2013 Alan McClelland conducted an interview with Dick which provides an excellent description of Dick and his many talents: Dick Grimm: Living within Nature.

A Letter From Debra Shankland

Happy Holidays, Myco-Enthusiasts!
As mushroom fruiting slows and ultimately pauses for winter, I’m reflecting on the many discoveries and happy hunts of 2014.
Ohio Mushroom Society members enjoyed fantastic foray options in 2014, including explorations in West Branch State Park, the beautiful Hocking Hills, Lake Hope State Park and a special visit to North Chagrin Reservation near Cleveland.  We were extremely privileged to receive a free, guided tour of the totally sustainable mushroom growing operation at CWRU’s Squire ValleeVue Farm, with many, many thanks to members Mike Nagy and Karen Kelly.  You guys absolutely rock!
It was a treat to visit with long-time members and meet new friends at the recent Dick Grimm Banquet in Wooster.  We’re so fortunate to have multi-talented and dedicated mycologist, Walt Sturgeon, providing entertaining and informative programs at this event, and at forays in 2014.
I need to also recognize Jerry Pepera, who not only tracks and communicates with our >150 members, and maintains the club’s treasury, but also serves as our trusted technical advisor!  Jerry recently researched and purchased a dynamite wireless projector for the club, and then generously donated his excellent, personal laptop to OMS so that we and our guest speakers can be treated to reliable and easy-to-use equipment with excellent visual capacity.  Thank you, Jerry!
If you’re reading this, then you’ve probably “met” Dave Miller, OMS Mushroom Log editor, thru his words.  It is no small feat to put together an interesting, timely and informative member newsletter with a half dozen contributors six times each year.  This newsletter alone is a huge benefit to OMS members.  But again it’s the people that make it truly a pleasure.  People like Sharon Greenberg, who puts together and oversees cleanup of fantastic potluck buffets at our major forays with a minimum of fuss.  And people like Martha Bishop and Shirley McClelland, who use their abundant positive energies and know-how to put together and lead fun forays in fungus-rich regions.
There are many benefits received by OMS members–expert mushroom ID tips, discovering new forests, discounted membership fees to the North American Mycological Association, or learning something completely new about a mushroom that you thought you knew.  These, and your own gratitudes, are worth reviewing as membership renewal comes up in January 2015.
I’m very proud to serve on the OMS board, and I look forward to seeing you at a foray in the New Year!
Gratefully yours,
Debra Shankland

We’re Going Live!

Welcome to the new web domain for Ohio Mushroom Society! This is the new home for OMS which will slowly evolve in the next months with several new featured updates concerning the wonderful world of Fungi!  For those of you that would like to seek out previous information concerning OMS, our former website is still available here. Many exciting new things will be unfolding throughout the year, so keep an eye on us!

For a brief overview of the organization and content of this site please visit the About – Navigation page.

As we implement the transition to a new web hosting vehicle the issue of whether to port the old content to the new website has been discussed.  After some deliberation the decision has been made to make a clean break from the old content.  The club is looking forward and while we are proud of what has come before it does not make sense to spend time converting old materials to the new format.  The old website and the content it hosts will remain available for the foreseeable future but the club prefers to invest its time and energy moving forward with the newer content.

If you have any thoughts, concerns, or suggestions please feel free to contact us using the Contact form available from the Top Menu Bar or simply post a comment directly to this post!


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Coming Soon!

Welcome to the future home of the Ohio Mushroom Society website.  The move to WordPress is expected to enable us to provide a visually appealing and yet operationally functional website for the club.  For now the site is basically under construction.  We will be trying many different options over the coming days and weeks.  Until this site goes live please feel free to visit our existing website.


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