Re: AIS: REF: Anner's Bulletin Suggestion
Anner a very good post and I agree with almost all of it. And I only had to
use the dictionary once. :-) I like you suggestions for articles the most. I
tip my Diet Coke to you and Mrs. Figge.
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Sent: Tuesday, February 14, 2006 9:44 AM
Subject: [iris] AIS: REF: Anner's Bulletin Suggestion
In a message dated 2/13/2006 11:35:56 PM Eastern Standard Time,
<<<Anyway, I guess my long winded post is saying maybe we have to work
harder to set the hook in new members, and since the Bulletin is the main
we need to make it a bit more symbiotic.>>>
This seems a reasonable statement. Symbiotic is the right word all right.
own path of development as regards the Bulletin contents more or less
mirrors John's, except that I read the first minutes and so forth avidly,
learn everything I could about the group as fast as I could. No one
recruited me to AIS, you see; I found my way independently at a public
library. I am
still pretty independent.
I am not convinced the Bulletin is a problem with regard to new members
dropping, especially the business parts of same. Nor do I think it is
assume that new members are novice Iris growers, or novice gardeners, or
society novices. I am getting the feeling, however, that some old members
getting bored with the Bulletin. I've said for years the rag needed a
But doing something special for new members would certainly not be amiss,
especially if it was also something which was not boring to old timers.
entirely feasible, and my suggestion won't cost one red cent.
I think an ongoing column called Newcomer's Corner might be highly useful
and nice. If it were only one page it probably could be in every issue
freight the system overly. I see one, or two pages occasionally, in which
columnist talks in an informal conversational tone about or around an
newcomers could reasonably be expected to run into, always wrapping up
an invitation for members to send in questions or comments.
Topics? Maybe the sorts of stuff that would be a FAQ here, labels; irises
changing color; squirrels and crows; transporting some stalks to the
and if to fertilize; spring weeds in the bed and what to do about them;
color charts don't work; organic controls of pests and whether they do
manures and why all are not considered equal; what to do when your order
new irises arrives; the pros and cons of buying at a local sale...and
some Society stuff, like what is the AIS Foundation, for whom were the
medals named, what are Sections and how are they different from
Societies...the stuff that folks seem confused or curious about.
Conversational tone, as I said, like Mr. Rogers: no question is stupid
you are among friends. Maybe a touch of humor? Lord knows there is not
that around and we could use it. " I was speaking with Mrs. Figge the
day about slugs and the sorts of ways people fight them in their iris bed
this is what we decided just before we drank a beer....."
Just having a column called Newcomers Corner would send a more welcoming
message, to use the term favored by the loathsome politicos of our era.
it light but not simpleminded would be the way to go.
I think John Bruce should write this column. He writes very well and
interestingly and is very smart and sensitive to folks' feelings and very
about this business of sinking the hook. I'm not volunteering to do it,
although I think it could actually be a lot of fun, because for some
misunderstand things I write; or they think I am putting on airs about
membership; or they don't listen when I speak to AIS membership woes,
have spent some time in the relevant trenches.
I am, however, volunteering to copy Filardi on this note.
Happy Valentine's Day, dear loves.
Richmond VA USA
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