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Re: Re: AIS: membership trends - more

I think perhaps better integration of the other iris societies such as rebloomers, Japanese irises, Siberians, etc under one umbrella. A complete reorganization from top down would have to take place. I imagine getting the tall bearded society and AIS to join together would be the first step. Unfortunately, there may be too much mistrust in the air for all the iris societies to merge. Could this be a reason why they are currently separated to some degree.

Hopefully, identifying the area of greatest concern can be addressed before making the most extreme of changes. I also believe working in this direction can bring all the groups closer together once everything is in the open.

I do not see the daylily, hosta, and iris societies joining together. However, I do feel it would benefit all three interact more with each other. This is one of the reasons I started the Happy Moose Forum in hopes that many situations that one society is experiencing can be helped from the experience of the other societies. Everyone can learn from a shared experience.

I would love to see the AIS membership begin a steep increase in numbers as well as reach many more gardeners to popularize the iris to the greatest extent possible.

Bobby Baxter
Happy Moose Gardening Forum

Dedicated to the BIG 3 -- daylilies, hostas, & irises

----- Original Message ----- From: "Linda Mann" <lmann@volfirst.net>
To: "iris- talk" <iris@hort.net>
Sent: Thursday, January 27, 2005 10:37 AM
Subject: [iris] Re: AIS: membership trends - more

Also found this from an article by the American Soc. for Horticultural
Science, which probably wouldn't be what AIS would chose to do, unless
membership continues to decline at the recent rate:

"Depending what direction membership trends move within [professional
organizations]... over the next decade or so,  it may be prudent for
horticulture societies with global relevance and  international
memberships to find new ways to relate or join forces"

So AIS could merge with the daylily and hosta societies.....

Linda Mann east Tennessee USA zone 7/8
East Tennessee Iris Society <http://www.korrnet.org/etis>
American Iris Society web site <http://www.irises.org>
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