Re: AHS & membership
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- Subject: [CHAT] Re: AHS & membership
- From: Island Jim firstname.lastname@example.org
- Date: Fri, 24 Jan 2003 16:36:22 -0500
- In-reply-to: <16A24CBD5017324FA14C1D471D72E9E907F0CA@exchange.wconcepts. com>
ooops, sorry. my intent was to insult neither you nor you mother--only the
board of ahs.
At 09:53 AM 1/24/03 -0500, you wrote:
>All right, Jim, usually I find your sarcasm quite amusing, but this time
>you're insulting my mother as well as me.
>Do you REALLY think the ONLY activity AHS members participate in is this
>listserv? Guess again! This listserv, which for me is an extremely
>important connection to this community of people I now think of as my
>friends, is accessible only to those people who have a computer and
>internet access, and who prioritize enough time to spend reading through
>anywhere from 5 to 150 messages a day. Obviously 26,900 people either
>don't know about it, think of it as Q&A they don't want, or just simply
>I have been a member of AHS for a lot of years - put it this way, my
>member number is in the low 4000's and they're up to 27,000 and
>counting. I have given a membership to my mom for the past 5 years or so,
>simply because she really likes the magazine.
>We don't attend balls, we didn't inherit millions, we are not
>"society". We are gardeners. I think a lot of people are probably
>members just to get the magazine subscription.
>AHS is an organization that does research, publishes references, does
>education and training, sponsors conferences and symposioms, organizes the
>seed exchange. They also sponsor some very interesting garden trips; I
>will probably never be able to go on one, but I can read about them and
>imagine. They have a working horticultural farm and sponsor internships
>there to get people started in careers in horticulture. That's what I can
>think of off the top of my head; I'm certain they do a LOT more of which I
>My mother usually likes to read through the listserv postings I have saved
>when she visits once a year from Michigan, but she has no interest in
>re-prioritizing her very busy life to make room to be a member of this
>list. I will spare you the details of the organizations she volunteers
>for, as well as the gardening activities and certifications she has worked
>for. Suffice it to say she is not moribund.
>Perhaps if the name chosen had been AHA (let's make it the American
>Horticultural Association, with an grin and an exclamation mark as the
>symbol) you would find less to make fun of?
>I think AHS is making a short-sighted mistake cancelling the listserv, but
>I don't think they deserve the knee-jerk remarks that have been posted
>since the decision was announced.
>I have to get back to work now.
>Maryland zone 6
>From: Island Jim
>Sent: 1/23/2003 5:04 PM
>Subject: Re: [AHS_GARDENING] We are so sorry to announce ......
>not bad numbers, sue. 26,900 moribund members and 100 active ones. gotta
>wonder what the real purpose of the society is--aside from the annual
>At 09:48 AM 1/23/03 -0500, you wrote:
> >We ARE sorry, but with an AHS membership of over 27,000 members and
> >people involved on the list serve, it does seem to make sense to put
> >resources in other programs and projects.
> >- Sue
> >-----Original Message-----
> >From: Marge Talt [<mailto:mtalt@HORT.NET>mailto:mtalt@HORT.NET]
> >Sent: Wednesday, January 22, 2003 5:42 PM
> >You know, Sue, this is a decision I can hardly believe. I find the
> >low participation" sentence a tad hard to swallow.
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