Look people, this is a discussion, not an attempt
to personally attack anyone or for that matter their ideas. Great ideas come out
of discussion. It is not a personal thing. Good intent has its place. We may or
may not agree, but it is with the issues, not the persons who express their
opinions.... I hope.
Of course, we need younger participants for the
insurance and assurance that IAS will go into the future. Unfortunately, we tend
to pass away, us from the older realm, and for the organization to continue, it
will take new folks and new ideas and most likely change. So for now, let's not
put this into personal terms and just accept that while we may agree or disagree
with what is being said, all is in the realm of personal opinion and ideas of
what might be good for IAS. I do not think the folks in Miami are afraid that
the show is about to be eliminated and I suspect on some level, they might like
the burden taken away because it is so much work. That said, tongue in cheek, we
truly do owe these people so much gratitude for their dedication and efforts for
so many years. Without them, I highly doubt there would be an IAS now.
There were some younger folk with great
enthusiasm who showed up at the show this year which for me seemed like a good
sign. There are some younger people Enid and Sam included who have been around
for a bit. There are some new comers from the Hawaii realm who have shown great
enthusiasm for aroids and that is good. It does not appear that there are great
reams of folk jumping onto the aroid bandwagon but in that, we are not alone.
The Asian factor seems to be interested in birdsnest anthuriums at the moment
and in time they will move onto other things.... or not. There are many in other
countries who are very interested in aroids from amorphophallus to
philodendrons, etc., but they tend to want information since they are generally
unable to come to the shows. It is not a bleak picture just one to explore and
find ways to pull more in and to encourage those who are lurking in the bushes.
I shall say again, recording the lecture at the
annual banquet might be good way to start exploring other options. It would not
be terribly costly and one where we might be able to find someone who has the
equipment or access to such where the duplicates can be made at a reasonable
cost to the society so a small profit might be made by the sales of the program.
Dates for other programs could be challenging.
During school year times, some could not come. In the spring in the north would
prohibit the bringing of plants to the show since spring is not normally when
plants look their best at least for me. spring with its warmth can show up late
way into late April or May. MoBot might frown upon plants being brought into
their facilities due to infection and insects. Another words, many questions to
be dealt with. I still say a committee to look into what is feasible and
opportune would be a good starting point.
Be a tat practical and start looking into
options........ you all have good ideas. Some seem to not have a practical
grounding and some seem to be wonderful thoughts......... get the team into
action that might produce some options that could be done in the short term with
options for the future. Talk is great............. action is the first step to
getting something accomplished. I might think it is an good time for the IAS
Board to set up a committee of volunteers to explore the
The question of the show in Miami seems to have
come full circle to the understanding that no one is talking of eliminating it.
>From my perspective, that is very good. The discussion has brought out the
dedication and efforts of the Miami folk for so many years and I think that is
good since often we show up at a show, see people running around, the set up
show and we go home without a thought to all of the work that it has taken to
put the show together and consequently we forget to show our appreciation out of
ignorance. WE DO OWE THE MIAMI FOLK SO VERY MUCH FOR THE EXISTENCE OF IAS AND