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Re: Info: Speaking of monies for new iris clubs

 I thank both you and Betty for responding.
I know there are plenty of ways to fund a new group. But I'd be
irresponsible to not ask if there were monies available to help new clubs.
I was under the impression that Regions did help,
but maybe I was wrong.

At any rate, I know  or pretty much know how much Judy Book and her husband
Stan have put into PAIS to get it going, not only time, but their own out of
pocket expenses. I just think it might be something that for future new
clubs it would be nice to know they had the backing of their local Region
and/0r AIS.
This is a major corporation, even though non-profit, it is a corporation, as
I found out when I went to open my  bank account for group. I've worked for
one of the biggest travel industry organizations in this country, that tax
wise is a  what you call "Not for Profit"  organization.
So I'm a little aware of the tax implication of starting a non-profit though
it is not a "Not for Profit".
There is a difference. You've also got to understand as an ex-school teacher
 I know what it is like to spend half your salary on getting supplies for
your classroom, when there really isn't any other way to help students learn

All I was doing was asking, since it had been indicated to me that some
Regions do provide some help, our's did.

I've written Jill, Treasure of Region 15, to find out more, but so far no
response. I'm sure as time goes on I'll understand more clearly what is
allowed and not allowed.  In the meantime, I just ask a simple question:
Does anyone know of a region that helps new clubs and what were the results.

Our club will do fine regardless.  We really have lots of eager beavers and
they are very enthusiast.
So I'm sure selling iris etc and all the other fund raising ideas they come
up with will more than likely be of benefit. I just felt it my duty to ask
since I didn't have a clue. So hope to learn more later, but if I don't ask,
I'll never know.

Linda in CW AZ
-------Original Message-------

From: John Bruce
Date: 02/14/08 16:05:11
To: iris@hort.net
Subject: Re: [iris] Info: Speaking of monies for new iris clubs

When the Miami Valley Iris Society was still in existence, we had an annual
sale at the local farmers market, which happened to be associated with the
Metroparks and held sometimes at a downtown Dayton location and other times
at one of the horticultural centers within the park. The sale would last
from 8am until noon on a Saturday, and we usually di it twice, with two
weeks separating the sale. The sale proceeds were our only income for the
year, but we averaged 3500-4000$ for the year, at least in the years I was
involved. All rhizomes were donated to the club from member gardens. This
gave us more than enough cash to fund our monthly meetings and our annual
banquet with a guest speaker. All this was with an *active* membership of
about 15 people.

John Bruce

----- Original Message -----
From: "Linda Smith" <irisgrower@cableone.net>
To: <IrisEditors@yahoogroups.com>; <iris@hort.net>
Sent: Thursday, February 14, 2008 1:43 PM
Subject: [iris] Info: Speaking of monies for new iris clubs

> Hi to all,
> I've been told that some Regions have start up money that help new iris
> clubs?
> What regions? Or is this true?
> If it is true, what were the results of your efforts and how did you fund
> this. Do you feel the
> money was wasted or put to good use?
> I've written Kathy Chilton for Region 15 and she informs me we have a very
> tight budget
> for our region and to not get my hopes up.
> So I was wondering, what I, or in the future our club, could do  to help.?
> Or anyone or club could do that had an interest in promoting iris?
> Linda in CW AZ
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