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Re: OT Seeking Ideas

Bill, you and I must have been sharing the same thoughts yesterday. While you were writing your ideas about the poster session and about the switch board, I was adding a new forum category to the Happy Moose Gardening Forum (http://happymoose.com) that would address such issues. It is not a gripe board, but a place to mention policies, procedures, suggestions, etc. The difference about it being on the Happy Moose Forum is that the respondents will not only be from the Iris Society, but also from the Daylily and Hosta Societies. Just because things may be different in different societies does not mean that they are better, or worse. Rather, receiving input into how another society handled/handles situations may offer some ideas that could help the iris society, and vice-versa, the other societies. Open and honest communication is the key. Each society has its own shortcomings, while at the same time each society has areas in which it shines. Once people can say that it is o.k. to change something that has always been a certain way, then real progress can be made. Just as human society changes, so must plant societies if they are to function at their full capabilities.

I encourage everyone to take advantage of the Happy Moose Forum to explore new ideas from outside of AIS, that could actually benefit AIS. You do not have to be a registered member of the Happy Moose Forum to post or reply, people can post unanimously. Registration is encouraged, but what really matters is participation and working to improve things.

Bobby Baxter
Happy Moose Gardening Forum

----- Original Message ----- From: <Oneofcultivars@aol.com>
To: <iris@hort.net>
Sent: Thursday, January 13, 2005 10:30 PM
Subject: Re: [iris] OT Seeking Ideas

I will be impressed by a convention that offers the opportunity to see
irises, net friends I never met, and have a good time.

But, I would be EVER SO impressed if I had the above combined with an
EXCITING and DIFFERENT agenda. I would like to see your poster session address real
problems that concern all of us whether we admit it or not.

"Warm and fuzzy" is civil, but more so, poster presentations that address
real problems our organizations (nationally and locally) are facing would be more
appreciated by myself and by other candid and not so candid people I know.

I like data presented in graphs. AIS membership is an issue that grates on us
from the bottom up and from the top down.

I would like to see a time line across the bottom of a graph for the previous
4 decades. I would like the AIS membership plotted on the same graph and time
I would like to see AIS board actions indicated on the graph that may have
influenced the membership levels either positively or negatively.

Perhaps for good measure, I would like to see the demographic for total U.S.
population between 45 and 80 years old (our target market) during that same
time period as a reference along with the dollars spent by the AIS each year.

If you can't do the above or even if you can, I would like to see another
I would call it a "switch board" as opposed to a "bitch board".

The AIS does this: The AIS should do this:
Bla bla bla tra la la

I would offer Switch Board participants two pieces of paper the same color
and size. I would use multicolored paper and allow participants to post to the
switch board. Signing their name to what they say.

This could likely be the most viewed poster at the convention.

We can take this further. We can charge $0.25 to post to the switch board. We
can allow participants to vote on the ''best suggestion" and the poster of
the winning suggestion gets the quarters.

We could even have the "Switch Board" poster carried to the next convention.
If the AIS board had adopted none of the suggestions (which is unlikely) we
could have the poster name changed to "Switch Board Members".

No doubt some will think the above abusive of the board. It is not so
intended. Remember this started with the objective of addressing real problems. This
seems to be a non confrontational, fun way to achieve that objective and at
the same time let everyone know what is going on while having a say. We hired
the board to do this-- listen to us.

We could even micromanage a bit and run another "Switch Board" for AIS
bulletin improvements. That Filardi feller is always seekin' improvements.

Bill Burleson
I have my computer limping along now. Must data is lost forever

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