Firstly I would like to thank all who have replied
to my original email, both through this forum and directly. It is now a week
since I received my last reply so I assume all have had their say.
The replies have raised more questions that they
Firstly, to those that thought I wrote in anger,
you have misjudged me. I wrote in frustration at not being able to find answers
to my questions, all of which I felt were reasonable for an interested member to
ask. I was finally motivated to ask my questions when I noticed that one of our
Board members is not a financial member and nobody seems to have noticed.
To those that felt this is not the appropriate
place to discuss issues relating to the Society, I notice nobody suggested an
alternative forum. There is so little communication about Society issues and it
is sad that some thought it should be shut down.
I thank Zach for his response though it did raise
more issues and confirm some of my concerns. I recognise and appreciate the work
done by volunteers and am aware that the IAS would not survive without
I have seen so many (including international) plant
societies fail and I do not want to see that happen to the IAS. It has
certainly shrunk from what it once was.
As I see it, there are a number of reasons why
societies dimish and fail, especially ones that do not have regular
The first of these is a lack of
communication. To the ordinary member there is little communication
between the Board members. It did disturb me to watch the communications between
Board members trying to find out what was happening at the Show and Sale.
Communication from the Board to the ordinary members also appears to be almost
nonexistent. One hopes that this is not because there is nothing to tell
us. I also see little evidence of communication between the Society and the
The second issue is a lack of planning. If you
don't plan to do anything then nothing will happen and you end up responding to
issues rather than driving them.
The society does not appear to have any plans for
the future and, from a management perspective, that is a major
The third issue is the failure to put plans into
action, but without plans then little will happen.
These are not matters that can be dealt with by the
members, they are the domain of the Board.
I hope that the new Board might look at some of
these issues to help drive a bright and growing future for the IAS.