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RE: Bulletin changes

I don't belong to the AIS, so I don't know exactly what shows up in the
bulletins that make news here on a regular basis with siting reports.
However, I do belong to a national organization in another pastime, and it
publishes two publications. The fancy one, printed in color and on slick
paper, contains all the articles and some advertising from businesses. The
second publication, which comes out every other month, is known a the
"Trading Post". This publication comes out on much less expensive paper, and
contains listings of fish that people have for sale or trade, and wants. It
also contains a listing of speakers available through the group's speaker's
program and items discussed by the BOD, along with the votes.

The slick, "Buntbarsch Bulletin" is also an every other month publication,
and comes out alternating with the "Trading Post", and does publish a list
of the officers and committee heads of the organization, and it may have
articles that talk about the organization's yearly convention, but you
cannot really call that business.

Different volunteer groups work on each publication.

The AIS may wish to follow a similar path. A publication like the Trading
Post would give the organization's members a way of trading or selling their
excess stock. Yes, I know that you have the large gardeners who make a
business from iris, but the same is true in this other hobby, and some of
them also advertise in the Trading Post, following rules established for
those who do not do it professionally.


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-iris@hort.net [mailto:owner-iris@hort.net] On Behalf Of Robt R
Sent: Thursday, February 09, 2006 11:06 PM
To: iris@hort.net
Subject: Re: [iris] Bulletin changes

 In your AIS bulletin, The Editor has done a very
brave thing. He has asked for your opinion. After the
list of judges he notes that there is a suggestion to
remove such business from the bulletin. To elaborate,
many societies have a supplement that comes with their
bulletin that contains business of the society. It is
printed on less expensive paper and allows them to
have more of the interesting articles in their
journals while the business items are presented in a
less expensive format. The editor is asking for your
response to this idea. I would like to see an open
discussion here also. My guess is that new and
potential members are really not interested in this
information and that it detracts from the journal such
that they dont renew. The numbers of new members we
get each year is astounding, but we seem to be loosing
almost all within the first year. While the Bulletin
is attractive to old-timers, I suspect it turns off
many new members by the amount of organizational stuff
that they have little interest in. While it has been
suggested that these things could be moved to the
website, I believe simply providing and organizational
supplement could solve the problem, it could provide
even more for our members, and help to us improve our
product so that more people would continue as members.
Unfortunately it is very hard to survey the huge
numbers that quit after a year. 

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