Re: Re: 2005 Convention: TBIS
As a member of both (new to TBIS), I wonder if folks think about how this "stuff" looks to potential members....and aren't all organizations seeking potential members?
I, for one, try to stay clear of expressly hostile groups and situations....Especially when it is related to my hobby. Life is too short to actively seek confrontation.
Maybe I'm just a child of the 70's but "can't we all just get along" and keep the focus on the garden?
> From: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Date: 2005/04/01 Fri PM 12:22:00 EST
> To: <email@example.com>
> Subject: Re: [iris] 2005 Convention: TBIS
> "I think the Iris world should know that TBIS scheduled their presentation at
> the St Louis convention the same time as the AIS tall-bearded forum."
> Bob, I agree with you. An unfortunate set of events has taken place. As a new
> director of TBIS, I hope I can pass on information that will help others to
> understand. Bob, what you say in your post is pretty much true.
> "As a member of the convention committee I can tell you that we worked very
> hard to create a schedule with few if any conflicts. We had a room reserved at
> another time for their presentation even though they are not part of the
> convention, they were invited by us to have their convention as an adjunct to
> ours. Most people are members of both groups and would like to participate in
> both. Their behavior is an affront to our hospitality. Despite many
> discussions the TBIS insisted on being in conflict."
> My apologies to all of you on Iris-Talk in advance as to the sensitive nature
> of this email It is never easy to discuss these things.
> I just want to clarify that it is NOT all of TBIS directors/officers who are
> insisting on being in conflict. On March 4th, Ramona as TBIS president,
> informed me that she had contacted some of the directors (but not me), and
> made a decision to go around Riley's back and make arrangements to change the
> meeting date. In her correspondance, Ramona states "We (TBIS) did not promise
> you (Riley/committee) anything. You promised AIS many things that were
> detrimental to the TBIS organization to get Terry to even agree for us to be
> invited to this convention but we did not promise Terry anything. You had no
> authority from TBIS to promise Terry all of those things to even get him to
> agree to it."
> I personally know that about half of the TBIS directors and officers are not
> in agreement with what has transpired recently. On March 6th, I received
> correspondence from Riley to the full TBIS board, explaining how the meetings
> had been scheduled to be very much like ALL of the other section meetings at
> appropriate times. Riley included the original invitation to TBIS a year ago
> and a few simple requests for TBIS to follow, which was agreed to by the TBIS
> Board at their Spring 2004 meeting. The unfortunate thing, is that Ramona has
> chosen to breach the agreement. It is quite obvious to me, that she intended
> the Thursday meeting time to be in direct conflict with the AIS tall bearded
> program, which has 4 great speakers arranged. This saddens me greatly, both
> personally, and as a new TBIS director.
> I wish to thank Riley Probst and the entire Convention Committee for all of
> your efforts to schedule convention events such that they are not in conflict
> with each other, and that everyone and every event was being treated fairly.
> Personally, I am very sorry for what has transpired. Having worked closely
> with the preceding Fresno convention, as Convention 2004 Treasurer, I know
> about the tremendous tasks and responsibilities to get all aspects of a
> convention to work. I do look forward to the St. Louis convention, as I
> always look forward to seeing all the wonderful gardens.
> Kitty Loberg
> Region 14 Past RVP
> 2004 AIS Convention Treasurer
> Region 14 Webmaster
> TBIS Director
> AIS, TBIS, SJI, SSI
> "In Portland next year the Siberian/Species convention immediately follows the
> AIS convention. No other group it seems would purposely try to conflict and
> compete with AIS. Most but would see the advantage of everyone winning by
> cooperating. But despite our protestations TBIS has persisted, so now you must
> choose between their program, with one hybridizer, and the AIS Tall-bearded
> forum with four internationally known, award-winning hybridizers. It seems
> rude to me that a group would have to go out of their way to be combative. But
> the iris world should be aware that it was not St Louis that created this
> problem. The truth always emerges. Robt. Pries"
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