Re: AIS: The truth is out there
On Jan 27, 2005, at 5:47 AM, Bobby Baxter - Wake Forest, NC wrote:
1970's approximately 12,000 AIS members, 2005 approximately 6,000 AIS
These numbers really do not surprise me. People join plant societies
because of a common interest in a particular plant. However, people
stay with the society because of the people.
I could easily sit here for 5 minutes and list 20 different things
that come to mind as to why AIS membership has been, and is, in
decline. Then some people will tell me how bitter I am, and I
destructive I am.
Not at all. In fact I would encourage you to do just that, and then
offer your suggestions as to how to fix the problem. Codify that into
an action plan and present it to the AIS Board. Nothing could be more
I would suggest for AIS to send a "simple" questioner to the last
500-1,000 AIS members that did not renew their membership with the
society. It should include questions like, "What is the main reason
you did not renew your membership with AIS?" and "What do see as the
biggest problem areas within the society that need attention?"
I would also send out another 500-1,000 questioners to current members
asking them what their greatest concerns are within AIS and what areas
they see as problematic.
Ok a questionnaire is one idea, next?
John | "There be dragons here"
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