It is with great sadnessI report to you, the passing of a well loved member of CAIOS, Gail Barrnett.
Gail joined CAIOS over ten years ago & began doing service for the group almost immediately. First as Publicity Director for our annual Orchid show, later holding the positions of President and Vice President.
We will miss her no nonsense perspective, her sense of humor, her kindness, her big funny hats, the way she worked the microphone to announce the "next speaker" at the show, her special "awards", her presence.
"Gail always went out of her way to make everyone feel welcomed at the meeting and when you saw her out and about."
"Gail's smile and energy is the memory I will cherish... and her willingness to contribute in whatever role she chose. Her dedication to CAIOS, including the annual show, will be long remembered and sorely missed. "
Jean Stefanik, Manchester NH
"I did not know many of the members. but Gail always made me feel included and useful; I will miss her cheerful face and warm persona. You were one special lady, Gail and I feel blessed to have known you."
"I remember Gail as one of the first people who welcomed me as a new CAIOS member. She was so warm and friendly and immediately made me feel at ease. She made a point to come around and check on the new members and make sure they knew what resources were available to them, etc. She will be missed!"
“I loved Gail’s no-nonsense approach to (well) everything. I loved her big floppy hats, her confident voice calling people to the next speaker at the show. I loved the way she made people feel special with a brief word, a smile a casual touch. Her stories were always amazing. I loved the way we would whisper about the demise of yet another orchid. I loved her solid presence … I will miss that the most.”
"She was the voice of reason at CAIOS. A bright intelligent woman with always a smile in her face. I first met her over the phone when I first got to the Cape and decided that I wanted to join an orchid group having killed many orchids in the past. Gail answered the phone and invited me to an upcoming meeting. When I got there she welcomed with open arms as if I had been an old friend. She and I worked on my first orchid show. I did what I usually do and helped set up and put orchids in the display. As Gail and I surveyed the work we had done, one of the members decided that he didn't like where his orchid was placed and decided to replace it to his satisfaction. Gail and I looked at each other and thought that it really wasn't the right spot, so we moved it. He came back and moved it again; and so it went until we closed for the night. We had a good laugh over that one and it often came up in our conversations. After that first show, we became fast friends. Caios will be the poorer for her absence and so will I. We will continue in her honor, but it won't be the same. She will be missed by all who knew her and by me in particular."
I was so sorry to learn of Gail’s passing. I’ve only been a CAIOS member for a few years, but Gail always made me feel welcome. She would answer my questions or find a member who could answer. She often said what a loving group CAIS was, I think she set that tone. She will be dearly missed.