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Re: Neil Carroll's last IAS Newsletter

  • Subject: Re: Neil Carroll's last IAS Newsletter
  • From: "Jeff&jodi Rosenstiel" <jjjj@winternet.com>
  • Date: Mon, 14 May 2001 18:51:43 -0500 (CDT)

Hi, was wondering , when does the news letter come out? I know I haven't
received one sense last year some time, was just wondering if anyone could
help me out, I know I paid my dues on time?

----- Original Message -----
From: "Betsy Feuerstein" <ecuador@midsouth.rr.com>
To: "Multiple recipients of list AROID-L" <aroid-l@mobot.org>
Sent: Monday, May 14, 2001 3:11 PM
Subject: Re: Neil Carroll's last IAS Newsletter

> It was my impression that Aroideana was to be scientific and the Newletter
to be the flip side of the coin. I would like to see some growing in
Aroideana, but to clutter it with amateur 'stuff' might take away from its
professional approach. In fact, years ago, it was held to that strict
standard. What has changed in the big world to alter this? I will be the
first to say, that I read very little of the scientific stuff, but it does
have its place. I like
> the folksy, friendly, plant growing, collecting, human aspects that come
through in the Newsletters of the past. When the Newsletter becomes just a
more timely addenda to Aroideana, then I think we have left out the backbone
of this organization, the little guy who just loves his Aroids. We need to
have a place for growing questions and answers, observations of plant
people, just talk of plants and the fun of the comraderie of such
communication. The
> Newsletter needs to be an extension of Aroid L banter. David Leedy ever so
many years ago, did such a great job of putting the human side of plants
onto paper. Now, I know this was before Email, but I looked forward to
getting the Newsletter and to reading it. I look at the photos in Aroideana
and if something catches my eye, I read further. I want to read the
Newsletter, not a two minute Oh, and done.
> I guess what I am saying is it is the grower, little guy who is the
backbone of this organization, the guy or gal who just loves plants, and
that is not what is being honored with its publications. Now, I know some of
you enjoy the scientific stuff and that is great, but many of us just want
down to earth dirty plant stuff so it is my hope that the Newletter will
become some new form of meeting that desire to communicate the growing
stuff, the little guy
> fun stuff. Let's put the fun in the Newsletter and the scientific stuff in
the Aroideana and then all the needs get met. Just don't forget the desires
of the guy who pays the bills in general. Some Aroid L stuff could be
incorporated into the Newletter to get material for print. If its good, it
is worth seeing again. And let's get some FUN into the Newsletter!
> There are many who do the day to day drudgery work of this organization
and I would like to see them get credit for what they do and then remember
the ones who just have the steady hand in growing and getting this stuff out
there. Dewey is the one who comes to mind and we could make it where when
things are available, they could be mentioned so all could have a chance.
Not all have computers and they are at a distinct disadvantage because they
do not get
> Aroid L. It might be that those that do have computers could get their
Newsletter that way and the others get it via snail mail. That could cut
down on the printing and mailing costs.
> I don't know how others might like things, but I think now that we are
going to have a new person doing the Newsletter, now is the time to put our
ideas on the table. Neal's first Newsletter was fantastic with all of the
pictures. I know it is one heck of a lot of work but whoever does it, I
would rather see it regularly with a bit less than to see it so rarely. We
need to get back as an organization that fulfills what it says it does. If
it is four times
> a year, then it should be four times a year. If it is two pages, once a
month, then it should come out once a month. We need to get our act
> Now, others please chip in and give your two cents worth of ideas so that
we can get things moving.
> Thanks,
> Betsy
> StellrJ@aol.com wrote:
> > In a message dated Fri, 11 May 2001 11:38:36 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
"Peter Boyce" <p.boyce@rbgkew.org.uk> writes:
> >
> > << I am getting very
> > concerned that Aroidaean is becoming completely science-based
> > and that it will turn folks off.>>
> >
> > Well, if it makes you feel better, the science is what keeps me
subscribed.  Were it not for the science articles, I would more likely
switch to Biotropica or one of the other, bigger journals.  But, since IAS
is for ALL aroid enthusiasts, I agree that horticultural writing belongs
here, too.  So all you expert (or at least comptent) growers (that lets me
out!) write up your stuff!  (That reminds me -- I've got to work more on
that S. kotoensis piece.)
> >
> > Jason Hernandez
> > Naturalist-at-Large

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