I too want to say that I very much
appreciated Zach’s organizational skills in making the 2nd MidAmerican
Aroid Conference a success. I hope that we can continue to maintain contact
with the new people who showed up by copying them on important details
involving aroids and the IAS. I was surprised to learn that there were people
even locally that were interested in Araceae and I will do my best to keep them
informed of our work. I want to thank Steve Marak, Steve Lucas and Joep Moonen
for responding so well to my request that they present lectures. All did a
Behalf Of ExoticRainforest
Sent: Thursday, April 29, 2010
To: Discussion of aroids
Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] St. Louis 4/24/10
Zach, I wanted to thank you personally for all your
efforts to put this together. I know that every board member is grateful
as well since it is one of our priorities to make chapters an important part of
the IAS so we can increase our membership as well as help members
find others in their area with whom they can share their interest in aroids.
For those of you that don't know, Zach volunteered more than one year ago to
accept responsibility for organizing the MidAmerica Chapter. He has
communicated with Carla, Dr. Croat, Albert and myself on a very regular basis
treating this project as if it was a business. We had charts all away
through the process and knew exactly where the potential meeting stood months
in advance. He sent many emails to possible attendees inviting them to
participate as well as posted notices on almost every known plant discussion forum.
Without Zach's efforts the meeting is likely to have not been nearly as
We encourage all our members to consider forming a chapter in your area and
will gladly offer assistance. For those of you not aware, there is
interest in North Florida, the Northeastern US, the UK
in forming a chapter so please post your interest here or send it to one of the
board members if you need help. Our membership is on an upwards growth
trend with a 20% increase in the past year and we want to keep it that way!
My thanks to all who attended the meeting in St. Louis but a special thanks to Carla,
Emily, Tom and all the MOBOT staff members that made an effort to make this
meeting the success it was. I enjoyed meeting all of you! With
Zach's guidance we will be starting work on the next meeting shortly and hope
even more of you will plan to attend!
Thanks again Zach! Stellar job.
On 4/28/2010 09:28, Zach DuFran wrote:
for two emails, but I have filled in the missing names from the picture.
Pictured attendees (left to right) are: Steve Lucas,
Larry Ziegler, Kathy Upton, John Whitenight, Shawna Mayer, Bob Lundstrom, Chad
Mayer, Tim McNinch, Christie DuFran, Danny Ellis, Zach DuFran, Mike Stokley,
Dr. Thomas Croat, Robert Winfrey, Brad Lucas, Rachel Falwell (behind Brad),
Carla Kostelac, Joep Moonen, Cathy Marak, Emily Coletti, Steve Marak, Ann
Grace, Nils Koster, Jordan Teisher, Susan McQueen, John Jocius, Emily Stuart,
Those in attendance but not pictured were: Barb
Wedler, Bryan Hoke, Polly Kinslowe, and a hand full of other MoBot staff and
volunteers that helped throughout the day.
Attached is a group photo from the 2nd MidAmerica
chapter meeting, which was held at the Missouri Botanical Gardens Monsanto
Center this last Saturday, April 24. The attendance was somewhere between
32 and 35, I believe.
Pictured attendees (left to right) are: Steve Lucas, Larry Ziegler, Kathy
Upton, John Whitenight, Chad Mayer's wife (didn't catch her first name), Bob
Lundstrom, Chad Mayer, Tim McNinch, Christie DuFran, Danny Ellis, Zach DuFran,
Mike ? (friend of John Jocius), Dr. Tom Croat, Rachel Falwell's husband (didn't
catch his first name), Brad Lucas, Rachel Falwell (behind Brad), Carla
Kostelac, Joep Moonen, Cathy Marak, Emily Coletti, Steve Marak, ? (didn't catch
her name), Nils Koster, Jordan Teisher, Susan McQueen, John Jocius, Emily
Stuart, Kyle Cannon.
Those in attendance but not pictured were: Barb Wedler, Bryan Hoke, and a hand
full of other MoBot staff and volunteers that helped throughout the day.
There were about 5 others who had planned to attend but had to cancel due to
the weather conditions or some last minute circumstances.
I compiled a list of all attendees and can send that
out with a group photo this evening.
for sharing info concerning the one day affair in St. Louis
at Mo-Bot. Could we possibly get a random survey of who was in
attendance? Even though more than a few members could not be there to
enjoy the program and the personal 'aroid related discussions' for one reason
or another, we were there in spirit and supported the I.A.S. efforts.
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