Gerry/Bob O'Neill wrote:
> At 10:32 PM 9/20/99 -0400, you wrote:
> The major battle going on here is not about registration. Sometimes,
> >it is possible to agree that an end result is worthwhile, and disagree
> about how
> >to get there and at what cost.
> OK, I'll bite. Just exactly what IS the end result we want here? It sounds
> like we want to:
> 1) Junk the IAC
> 2) Junk the Preferred Growers Program
> 3) Junk any committees of any kind
> 4) Junk the present administration of the AHS
> 5) Junk the AHS (or at least turn it back (?) into a social club with
> annual conventions where we party, party, party and all live happily ever
I believe, that, as the problems that need to be delt with by the AHS,
are of a wide geographical area, and the "needs " of gardeners that use
Hostas, are equally widespread, what must to be done is the following.
1. The process that is used to selsct the "board" needs carefull
review. They are the policy setters.
2. The primary problem in most of the "disputes" I see, is the lack of
communications. Understood ( by all) channels need to be established.
This could be done , at least in part, using local societies.
3. The board, which is supposed to be our representitives (Jim Wilkins
words)should take to the "board Meeting"the thoughts and needs of all.
I can find little evidence that they are asking for this impute, or in
fact welcome it. They are about to have a meeting in early Oct. How
will they know what to discuss?
4. Before implimenting "new policy" the general membership should be
given a chance to review such, and "voice" opnions. I am sure if this
had been done with the IAC list, and the perfered growers , a better
more relistic program could have been initiated.
5. The "board" needs to propose a change to the Bi-laws, that would
allow for a vote on major issues, from all AHS members, not just those
attending a convention "business meeting". This should be then brought
up as a motion from the chair, at the next convention "business meeting"
There are many smaller issues, but I think if these "problems" were
resolved, we would have a better organization.
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