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Iris-L reporter and AIS appeal (Re: Irises & Lilies)

  • To: iris-l@rt66.com
  • Subject: Iris-L reporter and AIS appeal (Re: Irises & Lilies)
  • From: tlittle@Lanl.GOV (Tom Tadfor Little)
  • Date: Wed, 24 Jul 1996 11:34:15 -0600

Tom Dillard writes

:Come to think of it, this
:list has a tremendous amount of good info that would be good for
:reproduction in the BULLETIN.  The use of this material, which I agree
:could only be used with the consent of the author, would be a great
:contribution to AIS from the list.  If material is "lifted" from the
:various AIS round robins, why couldn't especially good pieces from the list
:be used.

AIS snail mail robins have a designated reporter, who extracts interesting
tidbits and submits them to the Bulletin (with the original writers'
permission). There is no reason why Iris-L cannot have a reporter too.

Any volunteers?

:What I'm getting at here goes back to my tenure as AIS Membership Chair for
:Region 22 (Arkansas and Oklahoma).  We had (have) a problem with folks
:joining for one year, and then not renewing.  In talking with people --and
:in response to a letter of "resignation" from one of these folks --I
:discovered that most of the non-renewals found AIS to be too "clubby," and
:that the organization (especially the magazine, which is, after all, their
:main contact with AIS) did not meet the needs of non-specialists.
:Frankly, most people I've spoken with about this issue believe AIS puts
:much too much attention on hybridizers.

Actually, I've seen precious little in the AIS Bulletin about hybridizers
and their plans and achievements; much less than I'd like to see. My
complaint about the Bulletin in the past (and it's improving, thanks to
Scott and his dad) is the amount of "club business" in relation to articles
about the irises themselves. If it's about irises, whether's it's
varietal comments, science, hybridizing, history, culture, whatever--I
like it. If it's about some meeting somewhere or who's taken on some job
for the society, it holds a lot less interest for me. I realize that
some "business" stuff pretty much has to appear in the Bulletin--it's
just a question of whether there are enough solid iris articles to balance
it all out.

I agree that AIS should try harder to appeal to beginners. We should not
forget to present the "tried and true" basics of iris growing from time
to time, and there should be a little more tie-in with gardening in
general. I think right now AIS tends to appeal to those who grow nothing
but hundreds of iris varieties farm-style, rather than to those who see
as one component of an attractive garden landscape.

In my own experience, the local club I joined as an iris newbie was
super at presenting the basics and creating a welcoming atmosphere. So
it was not really a problem that the AIS had some shortcomings in these
areas. Many, however, are not lucky enough to have a local club that
welcomes novices and shows them the ropes. AIS should keep that in mind.

Happy irising, Tom.


Tom Tadfor Little         tlittle@lanl.gov  -or-  telp@Rt66.com
technical writer/editor   Los Alamos National Laboratory
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