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Re: Blue Sky Idea - Final chapter

  • Subject: Re: Blue Sky Idea - Final chapter
  • From: "Laurie AE O'Meara" Laurie@LAEOM.COM
  • Date: Sun, 15 Sep 2002 09:36:03 -0400

Hi Ed and everyone :)

Ed, I was thinking about the Geranium Festival idea and just had one
thought.  It's not even a suggestion, as I have said before I am fairly new
here and not familiar with the total aspect of volunteers/resources etc.  My
thought was that it is a huge undertaking to put on a festival or flower
"convention", and perhaps one way to start out is to "piggyback" with one of
the established horticulture events.  For example, Massachusetts Hort
Society holds the New England Flower Show (a very big event), and I believe
there are vendors and societies, etc. that participate by renting space
within the umbrella of the overall show.  Perhaps instead of that relatively
small aspect of participation, IGS could have a complete festival, on a
"medium" scale, at the same time as, and on the same property of a large
event like the NE Flower Show.  I'm sure the Hort Society or main event
committees might want to see some fee sharing from ticket sales or
something, and perhaps it could be arranged one year at a time, but the
advantages would be things such as being able to tap into the throngs of
people that will already go to an event such as the NE Flower Show, starting
out on a "medium" scale for the first event, sharing advertising costs and
other expenses the first time, etc.  Something along the lines of a "NE
Flower Show/International Geranium Society Annual Festival."  And then
perhaps in the second year, hold the Festival separately after being able to
gauge participation, sales, needs for speakers, etc.

Just a thought ..

----- Original Message -----
From: "Ed Olson Moore" <H20wrx@AOL.COM>
Sent: Sunday, September 15, 2002 9:08 AM
Subject: Blue Sky Idea - Final chapter

> Hi everyone-
> These "discussions"have served to emphasize the obvious - something has to
> change. A rate increase, if one is adopted, is only a short term solution.
> Postage rates and printing cost continue to increase, so whatever profits
> realized initially, by a rate increase,  will be short lived. As was
> out, increased membership in IGS is a way out of this problem.
> How do you attract more interest without changing the package? You can't!
> Something has to change. "Blue Sky" was an attempt to help push the IGS to
> think differently. It's success of failure is up to the board.
> Hopefully, indexing of GATW will become a reality. It sound like that idea
> was already being worked on. In my opinion, a CD of all back issues is a
> must. ($50.00 sounds reasonable). Other issues were raised, but the one
> that I think can help increase interest and membership in the IGS is the
> Geranium Festival. I find it interesting that no one addressed that idea.
> many people have been exposed to geraniums/pelargoniums in the landscape?
> don't mean common red zonals.  I mean Regals, scenteds, and fancy leaved
> zonals. How many people realize the wonderful diversity found in
> hybrids and species? How much better exposure could the IGS get than at an
> annual outdoor event that draws thousands. Kids bring parents, and
> like gardens. The first time a child felt and smelled a plant like P.
> tomentosum , the parent would be hooked. Getting them interested in a
> plant is only a step away from getting them interested in Discovering
> Geraniums. A well planned outdoor festival could just get bigger every
> The IGS would have excess funds to persue other projects.
> It has been an interesting week. I think I've learned a little more about
> inner workings of the IGS. I've also had the opportunity to express my
> and "hear" the views of others. . The one thing I think we all agree on,
> the  hope that IGS continues and prospers. I'd like to thank everyone who
> contributed to this discussion.
> Sincerely-
> Ed Olson-Moore
> "Blue Sky has left the building!"

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