Letter from the News Editor
Please don't send ANY more private emails to me about
my CATALYTIC QUESTION "What do MEMBERS think about having a World Aroid
If you got anything to say, please say it on
Aroid-L the only place Members CAN write OPEN & PUBLICALLY. Several
Members have bravely done so & given fine unequivocal criticism but
the provokation apparently caused so much consternation
behind closed doors that I got VERY distressing
private emails. I will accept no more & if you do send your NEGATIVITIES I
will answer them POSITIVELY in PUBLIC but leave YOU with your
DIGNITY. So say it in Public!
A World Aroid Club is in my suggested model. an
Association of "TOGETHER" IAS MEMBERS all over the World who know all
the plants each of them have & need, the most important being those who are
key SPECIALISTS in GENERA. An
IAS Members World Living Aroid database. There are
countless "only one" plants in Collections out there about which we know nothing
& which maybe ought to be in tissue culture.
I am the unpaid IAS "News"
Not for much longer maybe,
I TRY to be POSITIVE &
I TRY to be FUN &
Everything is IMPORTANT
Nothing is THAT serious.
I am LOYAL to the friends I commit
I have unimpeachable INTEGRITY
I am to be TRUSTED & to
I am VERY SENSITIVE but have no insecure or
I am not ambitious & have no delicate EGO to
I TRY to treat others with civility, respect
& DIGNITY & expect reciprocation.
I work, like everybody else, but in ten weeks have
wrecked myself for IAS while some spectated positively &
I hope SOME of you appreciate my efforts to make
You may not immediately like the way I write but
persevere, often the literature is worth reading, & if you read BETWEEN the
words, you may get the real message. It takes care, &
EVERYBODY who writes publically deserves that respect & dignity.
They may NOT be saying what at first sight you THINK they
are. They are all GOOD people if YOU let them
If you have something to say for good or bad to
help the IAS then do it publically don't just be paranoid, resentful or grouse
about it in private. Members DIALOGUE
surely ought to be EXAMPLES of refined literature.
Thank you for your kindnesses but I have now had
ENOUGH of the few people who aren't necessarily IAS Members who write
NEGATIVELY to me in Private. Write your NEGATIVITIES on Aroid
L so WE can help you become POSITIVE.
This is a WORLD Society. It can no longer be
parochial American with its "offshore" Members. It needs the
help & vision of EVERY WORLD MEMBER to bring it to its GREATEST
In case you have yet to realise
I insist on doing the best job I
And anticipate other members will do the
Now adapting the Question. Would like some
IAS Member to assemble an ongoing Web Site Member Database of Living World Aroid
Assemblages? Do we have a queue?
And, those spectators on Aroid L who aren't yet
Members, please JOIN. It isn't much. Put your money where your
And if I am censured for this, tough, sack
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, July 16, 2001 1:37 PM
Subject: World Aroid Club?
What's the next carousel?
funny happened on the way to the Show?
Tell you what!
16th July, one Member in France is still waiting for his Newsletter.
auction bids on that?
Don't despair! I hope to have News
23(2) ready for Jill our Graphics
Editor to apply graffiti on 24th or 25th
of.....July. So maybe our Inuit
Members will get their 23(2)
direct before 23(1)? You just gotta laugh else
crock. The Web Site "Show" Page is waiting final details
The magnificent "Living Rain Forest" in UK is interested in
exchanging spectacular aroid species which do grow
theirselves big. I
have now persecuted them into joining
the World Aroid Club. (All the
properly named plants you every
dreamed about may be there where I'm now
Members think about having a World Aroid