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Re: Re: AIS:2002 Symposium

  • Subject: Re: [iris-talk] Re: AIS:2002 Symposium
  • From: arilbredbreeder@cs.com
  • Date: Mon, 6 Aug 2001 02:13:29 EDT

In a message dated 8/4/01 5:06:45 PM Mountain Daylight Time, 
wmoores@watervalley.net [Walter Moores] writes:

     I am not sure if I understand this at all.  It sounds as if nobody 
 voted. >>

Guess I should have shared more details....

In terms of casting official ballots:

1.  Members of MVIS who were also members if AIS got their individual ballots 
along with their Bulletins and thus voted [or failed to vote] in the normal 

2.  MVIS got its ballot with the copy of the Bulletin it received as an 
affiliate, and exercised its own right to vote.

The process of filling out the MVIS ballot involved voting to reach a 
consensus, but it was treated as education for new members.  For that reason, 
few of the MVIS members who were also members of AIS and thus had the right 
to vote as individuals even took part in the session.  The AIS members who 
attended did so strictly as mentors.  

Each participant received a COPY of the official ballot.  It was a very 
informal meeting and there was a lot of discussion and good-natured lobbying 
as each completed his or her ballot.  The AIS members / mentors took part in 
that -- it was the reason they were there -- but when the ballots were 
collected they made a point of abstaining with the explanation that they had 
already voted as individuals.    

When the ballots were talleyed, the top vote-getters were entered on the 
official MVIS ballot down to the point that more cultivars were tied with the 
same # of votes than there were positions left on the ballot.  More 
discussion -- in which the mentors took part.  And another round of voting -- 
from which the mentors again pointedly abstained.  

As a result, the vote cast by MVIS as an affiliate reflected the collective 
opinion of its members who did NOT also belong to AIS.  That particular club, 
at that particular time, chose to use its vote to educate new members and 
introduce them to the benefits of membership in AIS.  

Sharon McAllister

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