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Re: Almsbox - Ben has never asked for a handout, he only asked for fairness.

Dan, I couldn't agree more!

Diane Frederick

----- Original Message -----
From: Dan Nelson <sussextreeinc@ce.net>
To: <hosta-open@mallorn.com>; <PHOENIX_HOSTA_ROBIN@HOME.EASE.LSOFT.COM>
Sent: Thursday, February 15, 2001 2:05 PM
Subject: Re: Almsbox - Ben has never asked for a handout, he only asked for

> Andrew wrote:
> "I proposed a decrease in international memberships by 10-25% (for three
> years), to help encourage international memberships."
> Andrew,
> Ben's whole point was to question why some memberships are sold by the AHS
> below cost while others are sold above cost. I don't think Ben is asking
> a handout. He merely questioned policy.
> All American subscriptions are subsidized for approx $1.75 per year
> according to the figures that Kevin Walek presented at the board meeting.
> I believe it is unfair to subsidize subscriptions based on what country
> are from(even USA) and therefore I disagree with your suggestion of giving
> international members a subsidy. Everyone should pay for their membership
> what their membership cost the AHS.
> The auditor for the AHS, Irwin Johnson, refutes that USA subscriptions are
> being subsidized. This is sad because I was at the meeting where Kevin
> handed out this information and Irwin was there too. As auditor I think
> Irwin needs to do his home work. Irwin called me a liar when I brought
> up a few weeks ago and all I was doing was quoting the figures that Kevin
> presented to us.
> Kevin has remained quiet on this subject even though he did all of the
> research and presented his figures to the board of directors. C.H. Falstad
> is not clear on the figures as is obvious by his public statement a few
> weeks ago that said "if the AHS is charging less for memberships that what
> the memberships cost the AHS than we have made a mistake."
> I wish Kevin would be so kind as to post his figures again. It is a shame
> that those making these decisions for the AHS are so unclear on simple
> and figures that are presented to them.
> Those wishing to donate money to support Ben or other international
> would better serve the AHS by paying attention to what decisions the board
> of directors are making. The board meeting is open to all members at every
> convention but hardly anyone has enough interest to show up.
> We need more members to show their interest in the AHS and show up at
> board meetings.  The board needs to let AHS membership know in advance
> of the things they are voting on so we can have input BEFORE they make
> decisions. The internet is the perfect place for these discussions but it
> being avoided like the plague by the board of directors.
> I find it a shady deal that Sandy Wilkins got placed on the executive
> of directors after her husband Jim Wilkins was elected president. It is
> doubly shady for the board of directors to meet at the Wilkins' house for
> the November board meeting as is now the practice. I guess we are all
> welcome there too as all board meetings are to be held in public available
> for all members to attend. I wonder is all board members get travel pay
> the AHS to attend this second meeting? I don't know because no one has
> told us.
> Hopefully Jim Wilkins will consider his health and the health of the AHS
> decide not to run for the Presidency a second term.
> My vote is for C.H. Falstad for president of the AHS. I think C.H would
> gladly take the position but if Jim Wilkins decides to run again it would
> put C.H. in the awkward position of running against the President he
> under as Vice President.
> I hope Jim does the right thing for everyone involved and steps aside.
> Dan Nelson
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