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Re: AIS: Bulletins, Changes, Membership

I totally agree that there are many aspects of
belonging to a society. Friendship and communion are a
major part. But as I am sure many of you know who do
things in a club, results are important also. I have
tackled many projects and I have always found people
that wanted something to be done differently. Often
they were friends. Usually I found a way to adapt what
I was doing, so that the product of my labor reflected
both their interests and mine. But there have been
times when I have spent countless hours doing
something I didnt agree with, because the majority
wanted it differently. Working together, the communion
of the society, is often greatly rewarding and reason
in itself to belong. But each member likes to think
they can contribute, and if a local or national group
insists that it always will be done the same, they
stifle the interests of those that would like change.
If they  have developed friendships strong enough to
overcome their discontent they will stay, but if they
feel their input is meaningless they will leave.

The membership poll from the convention was summarized
in a bulletin article and the complete data was placed
on the website. The greater membership poll that ended
in January will be available prior to the convention. 

--- Autmirislvr@aol.com wrote:

> In a message dated 2/12/2006 3:55:26 A.M. Central
> Standard Time,  
> rpries@sbcglobal.net writes:
> <<In business there is a saying repeating the same
> thing and  expecting 
> different results is insanity.>>
> This is true in life as in business.  Yet many fear
> change with  the result 
> being inertia. 
> Another saying . . . "the best indicator of the
> future is the past."  
> And another . . . "the more things change the more
> they stay the  same."  
> Bob, people do continue to view the AIS as
> unresponsive.  
> For instance, the questionnaire we filled out during
> the past 12  months.  
> The questions dealt with many of these issues.  It
> was  presented at the 
> convention in St. Louis and then given out by our
> club  presidents.  There has been 
> no word as to when the results will be  known.  Or
> if they will be known.  (or 
> did I miss it?)  
> I'm seeing this in life in general.  Business and
> private. People  like to 
> know what's happening.  
> The younger generation says that our way won't work
> for them.  They  are 
> different!  But we're all born human with the same
> needs and the same  fears. 
> Beyond the basics we want to be loved and respected.
>  Rejection  is a big fear.  
> Feed back may be the answer?? (Not the iris)  People
> feel more  involved if 
> they know what is going on???
> Yet, we may never get as many young people as we
> need.  They are  working 
> longer hours for less pay.  Many are living in town
> houses.   As they say . . . 
> they are different! ;-)
> If you  don't cross them, you can't  plant them! 
> Betty W. in South-central  KY Zone 6 ---
> Bridge In Time Iris Garden@website:
> _www.thegardensite.com/irises/bridgeintime/_ 
> (http://www.thegardensite.com/irises/bridgeintime/) 
> _Reblooming Iris - Home Page_
> (http://www.rebloomingiris.com/)  
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> (http://www.hort.net/lists/iris-photos/)  
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