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IAS 2001 Newletters

  • Subject: IAS 2001 Newletters
  • From: "Ron Iles" <roniles@eircom.net>
  • Date: Wed, 16 May 2001 10:15:07 -0500 (CDT)

Dear Folks,

I was requested to be the next Editor of the Newsletter.  I am a very recent
blow-in returning to Arums.   I DO need a little time to get into focus.
Above all I need to find out what you would most want AND need to read in
the Newsletter as a adjunct to Aroideana, that magnificent arena of on-going
Aroid knowledge.     From my reading and writing in Aroid L which is for
non-members and Members, I feel that some of the kinds of information there
could be pulled together and impacted for the Newsletter.  Otherwise the
wisdom of little things could be drowned in mighty noise and dimly
remembered & relatively inaccessible to posterity. To take an outstanding
example would it not be good if Craig's colourful reports and photos of
Titan were pulled togethe as one in the IAS files not just dispersed and
intermittent with rude interruptions from the envious like me in Aroid L?
I would greatly like a vibrant section on Rain Forests, POSITIVE as well as
negative reports including visiting, collecting and the sheer wonder of
being THERE?   Could we gazette and promote the Jungle Nature Centres found
to best for our Group?  Maybe you will kindly suggest stimulating topic
sections and offer short palatable articles.   Master Julius cooks for us
and so many others add spice and flavour and new ingredients.   Some seeming
high on hallucinogens but really only euphorically passionate have merged
into poetry and lyrical hyperbole.   The newsletter should be readable,
informative, helpful, stimulating, memorable fun.   It is a shame to lose
what we have in the dust of just Aroid L.   Most of you write very well.
Let's put the best of what is said together and make "News"!   People want
to be able to read without only going through countless disjointed email
CHAT in Aroid L.   Aroid L is great!   People talk good to each other but
they don't seem to write things generally which you can everybody can
DEVOUR.  I would like to see the very best (for the moment) duplicated for,
expanded, and diverted to the Newsletter PLEASE!

A Quarterly News Letter has to be formal and contrived.  A lot of
spontaneity, inspiration and passion may be lost?   We need to have at least
a monthly one which gathers peoples thoughts and feelings together and makes
our joints jump.

If virtually all of us have or BUY Internet Access, would it be good to have
an IAS Newsletter web site or the Newsletter sent to the email address of
each Member to download in FULL COLOUR?  This is the decade when the PC
takes over the AUDIO VISUAL.  Printing is a slow arduous old fahioned grind.
A Newsletter can be glorious and later be HEARD as WELL as seen.  (Imagine
Howler Monkeys and Arapaima gulps in the background to photos and video of
the most beautiful plants I know...)  From recent salutory experience SOME
e-smelly might be need for to be censored by the obviously unbiased
If we all got access to the Web then through the Editors Spath Desk an
ENewsletter would facilitate, the most intense interaction beyond that
normally possible with snail mail.

I have a range of hard copies of past Newsletters (and Aroideana obviously).
So I'm analysing these to prepare a rough list from which to evolve
"Sections" for future Newsletters
and this will follow in a day or so.  Meanwhile please give me positive
positive positive ideas, not what we SHOULDN'T do!!!!!!!!    Ideas which
follow and hopefully someyimes enhance the best traditions and standards of
the IAS and Aroideana.

Incidentally, if anyone wants to understand why I adore Spathiphyllum
especially, after finding my first life changing plant, I rapidly acquired
Dr, Birdsey's "Cultivated Aroids" and it is still absolutely new.  Wow, the
few Spaths in there blew my hat into the creek as Dewey I think said in a
newsletter about John Bantas photos!  Has anyone a Report of John's last
road show PLEASE?   Does anyone have an affordable Exotica IV.   By the way,
a few Tropica are now available in US at $165 plus insured post.   If you
email me I can reserve for you to buy DIRECT on Credit Card if you have them
in the Second World.

More later plus replies to the other 25 emails outstanding!!!!   Please make
allowances and don't brew up a storm if the News is more than a month more
or so delayed.  WE must make it really worth it, a great leap into the
future for Aroid kind.


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