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Re: Re: AIS: membership trends - more

Char; I do not think you understood my post about TBIS. I am sure that most of the people who are members are also members of AIS. I believe that most of those members would like to see both groups prosper. I think there were legitimate concerns that many people shared about AIS that were used by the TBIS officers to further their own agendas. But I do not believe from my personal observation that some of the TBIS officers had the best interest of AIS at heart, and really were out to create a competitive, not cooperative society. So far I have seen nothing that dispels this notion. Most individuals appreciative the wonderful Tall Talk which is subsidized by an individual. If AIS would have had that type of resource I am sure they could have done equally as well. Much of the problems were not addressed in a fashion that would have worked to improve AIS but more in a belligerent way that was meant to aggravate the relationship. I believe most people on both sides would like to see
 these two groups working together for a common good. But it is my personal belief that some in control of TBIS do not wish that to happen. I do not know that much about details, I only know my own observations. Perhaps I am entirely off base. But I would ask then, what has prevented TBIS from being a section?. AIS has relaxed every rule there is about sections, such that there are practically no requirements except a desire to cooperate. 

ChatOWhitehall@aol.com wrote:In a message dated 1/27/05 7:59:33 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
randall83641@velocitus.net writes:

<< Mr. Pries, I question your comments about TBIS and Anner's comment that 
is not some pissant civic group meeting at the local Y and making up its own
rules as it goes along." I am not sure how helpful that attitude is toward
keeping or attracting AIS members. For me TBIS has been more garden friendly
and the publications great. >>

Anner speaking:

I did indeed say that "AIS is not some pissant civic group meeting at the 
local Y and making up its rules as it goes along." 

That statement is the plain truth. The word pissant, of course, simply means 
*insignificant* It derives from pissmires, another word for ants, as in small 

I employed this metaphor--for that is what it was, a descriptive figure of 
speech-- intending to emphasize by contrast that AIS is, as I said, a large 
national corporation of a kind which is subject to intense scrutiny by the 
Government, a corporation which must abide by rules which in this case provide that 
the membership and financial statistics of the AIS cannnot be kept secret, as 
had earlier been intimated. I stand by that point. Does someone want to argue 
that they really should be secret?

I made no comment nor uttered any metaphor about TBIS and have no opinion.

Anner Whitehead
Richmond VA USA 

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