Janet was the secretary of the Eastern Orchid Congress. She served on many committees for the AOS, as well as NJOS, Greater New York Orchid Society, and numerous other societies in this area. Janet often reviewed books for the AOS, her last review having been printed in the AOS Bulletin of June, 1988. Another article, which appeared in the January 1987 Bulletin, featured her beautiful collection of orchid stamps and postcards. When a young woman, and with an irrepressible spirit, she ran away to marry sea captain Hibbard Howe, her devoted husband for many years. Until her death, she was the AOS representative for the North Jersey Orchid Society.