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Re: Registration


Good Question...asking what should be the goals of efforts in recent
weeks to make changes for the better in AHS?

Everyone has their own ideas on this.  Mine are something like the

The AHS was founded in 1968., so its more than 30 years old, having
grown from a dozen or so people to almost 4000 in 1999. The Society has
stated objectives of promoting the use of hostas in gardens.
Accomplishments over the years have been phenomenal...not all due to the
Society, BTW. Hostas are now an economic ornamental surpassing tulips in
its importance and sales  in Holland. Its the Number one shade perennial
in the US and growing fast .

Goals? Let's go back to the old policies that encouraged membership and
services to the membership. Let's go back to "promotion" rather than
"destruction". Let's not let anyone add policies that hurt the
organization. Let's insist on freedom, openness, go for representative
government within the organization (considered by some to be application
of democrtic principles and methods), let's strive for mental health,
psychological maturity, spiritual growth and development,self
-expression, artistic creativity, encouragement and support to
hybridizers, encouragement of volunteer efforts in educational and
research efforts, not discouragement or suppression as has occurred,
encouragement of free choice registration of hostas as something
worthwhile and desirable to pursue, but not force it upon
everyone...such as REGISTER  OR ELSE!

I think the AHS should be a benign organization  which helps set a good
climate for good things to happen., not a dictatorship to give a
handful  of people power , prestigue and ego trips with prerequisites.
But if someone wants to have a hosta teaparty, what's wrong with that? I
hope I get an invitation.

Jim Hawes.


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