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Re: IAS Miami Show

I've tried to make it understood, so please allow me to state it clearly.  I do not wish to dismantle the Miami Show!  I have never suggested such a thing.  I am simply suggesting we look for other venues in order to expand the horizons of IAS.  However, I can tell you for certain, there is a good deal of feeling (based on personal email) such an event outside Miami should not be attempted.
When Tricia paid a personal visit to my home in June she and I discussed the fact there was not a great deal of new blood coming into IAS.  Tricia, if I'm stating this incorrectly, please correct me.  We all need to look for ways to expand and grow the IAS.
I'd just like to see us think a little bigger.  Tricia, Denis, Ron and all the others in Miami do a great service.  But others need to kick in as well.
Again, please, don't anyone think I've ever suggested we move the IAS show out of Miami.  Check every one of my personal posts.  I never suggested anything close to that.
Steve Lucas
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, October 12, 2007 3:09 PM
Subject: [Aroid-l] IAS Miami Show

" I do suppose one of the most difficult issues would be the
> transporting of plants for sale.  Obviously a lot of the suppliers
> for the Florida show are from that area and only have to load up a
> truck to deliver the goods."

Let's just take a moment to realize how difficult it is for the Miami area
folk who do so very much to make the Aroid Show a major success. Denis and
Ron Weeks and many others including Tricia do so very much to pull the show
together each year with their many years of experience and dedication.
Believe me, they do it with such grace, they make it look easy. It is not
easy!!!!! I do not think there are growers of aroids in this genre in other
places around this country. They give and give and give and share and share
and share.................. Do realize once you let go of that backbone, you
may well let go of having shows in Miami in the future. I understand your
desire to move the show around, but it might be wise to contemplate what we
might lose if we did such. Of course, I am sure other aspects might be
gained. Change always opens doors and in the process, doors may well close
so that going back may not be possible.

Think twice before you give up the strength that we have in the backbone of
IAS that exists in Miami..... Think of the Fairchild recognition as the home
of the annual Aroid Show, think of the many folk who have been the strength
for holding IAS together over these many years. If nothing else, have
gratitude for all they have done to make IAS what it is today because I can
assure you, without them, there would not have been nor would there be
today, the organization we have this day!

Those of us who have been to many shows have watched the dedicated cadre of
energetic folks haul huge pots of fantastically grown aroids to Fairchild to
put into the show and for display. Where else are you going to find such
dedication? Denis Rotolante and now his son grow and share with us their
wonderful show plants and then the newest of the aroid plants around for
sale. Ron Weeks hauls stuff from the many in the area who need help getting
plants to the show. I wish I could tell you how much these folks do to make
the show such a success and then he hauls his own plants to the show, say
anything about getting it all home after the show.

I guess my suggestion is to go slow in dismantling the show in Miami because
I think you would find that you lose far more than you gain. Perhaps have
satellite smaller shows in other areas in addition or become an adjunct to
some other show in individual areas but if you want to eliminate the show in
Miami, you are literally giving away the backbone of IAS both financially
and strength wise. Botanically Dr Croat and other botanists are there but
without your backbone that binds the financial and dedication to the
society, I think you will lose far more than you will gain. Once the show is
not there, Fairchild will fill in the dates for the show with something else
eliminating the connection to IAS. Without a place for the show, down the
drain the Miami show goes. You either hold onto what we have, or you let the
whole thing go................ It is easy to say have it every other year or
some other yearly configuration, but you will find that one will not fly.

Words are easy........ doing is something else. We all know how difficult it
is to get people to do. Miami has a track record that I do not think you
will ever be able to duplicate anywhere else. Continuity holds things
together and roaming divides even though it provides opportunities for some
to come into the realm who might not have been able to in the past.

I suggest this issue be thought-out better before jumping to the easy
solution, move, change, and we will have it all no matter what we do because
in my opinion, you will find that in the short and long run, you will lose
far more than you could possibly gain.


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