Albert just informed some of us
there are upcoming improvements to the IAS website that will benefit
all our members. I hope he'll be announcing that soon here as well.
For those of you that have indicated on Aroid l or in private mail to
me you aren't a member we want you to know we want everyone that has
any interest in aroids to be a part of this forum. If you never choose
to join the International Aroid Society that is not as important than
knowing about all the people interested in aroids. Please post
often..............but just in case you decide to join, I can promise
you will find the return on your investment to be substantial.
IAS is able to function due to great volunteers. Tricia, Ron and
Albert are at the top of the list but there are many others that never
make their names heard. For those that don't know, Steve Marak has
volunteered his service for many years to the group by setting up and
moderating Aroid l. He rarely opens his mouth on this forum but he is
to be thanked over and over again. Most of you don't know but Steve
and I are almost neighbors and live only 30 minutes apart in the
northwest corner of Arkansas. We've learned there are other aroiders
within a few hours of us and would very much like to establish an IAS
chapter for this part of the country. If you live near us in Oklahoma
or SE Missouri please drop us a note. And if you will consider
volunteering to help with all the things that need done at IAS please
let us know.
For those that responded to my request to tell us where you are I would
encourage any of you that may have discovered there is an aroider
living in your part of the country to consider getting together. If
you didn't, you can go to the IAS website and see a list of members.
You may just find a new friend.
Once you find aroiders that live near you there may be an IAS chapter
in your future. All of us that are supporters of the organization
would like to see many chapters formed in the U.S., Europe, Asia,
Australia, Central America, South America or anywhere else there is an
For those inCalifornia you already have one, just drop a note to Albert
Christopher Rogers for details. If you would be interested in
chapter please send a note to Aroid l, Albert or myself. We will be
glad to help you get the ball rolling.
Part of the reason I asked you to respond is I wanted to know you
better as well as where you are. We can only work together to make IAS
grow if we communicate. When I was in college I thought I wanted to be
a psychologist (wrong) and studied that field for years. I changed my
mind in favor of another career but the one thing that was crammed into
my head was we all need to communicate. So please don't make that
single post your last. Tell us what you grow, what you don't
understand, what you'd like to learn, and what the IAS can do to make
growing these genera more enjoyable.
If you are a regular reader you already know there are some fantastic
minds (not mine) on this forum and we are blessed with real aroid
experts and field botanists. They are here to help you so please take
advantage of Aroid l and post your questions. There is no such thing
as a question that should not be asked. Personally, even though I've
grown aroids for 20 years I've only been a super serious aroider for 5
years and can't tell you how much I've learned right here!
And lastly, I really want to thank my good friends Leland Miyano and
Julius Boos for their posts today. Leland has been feeding ideas to
some of us for two years on what we need to do to make IAS a better
organization that serves its members in ways we haven't even explored.
Thanks Leland, your ideas are great.
And to Julius, I thrive on your posts since you have been both a friend
and mentor for a long time. We are all supporting you in your current
health issues and every time you feel like writing please continue the
work you've done for so many years. For those that haven't heard,
Julius received some good news and his health may be much better than
thought. Personally, our family asks for divine help for Jules all the
time and I know of other IAS members that do the same.
I'm often told I get way too long winded on here so that's it! Thanks
to all that have responded and if you haven't please hit the button to
send a response now. We really do what to know where you live, what
you collect, and who you are. Please communicate with us through Aroid
l or by direct mail on a regular basis!
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