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Re: Gram wise, pound foolish

I take no position on the dues issue, but my guess is, based on the track
record of Dutch plant brokers, that the money spent on hosta research
could be better spent educating the Dutch growers on hosta
identification, since they seem to have a problem attaching the right
label to the right plant.

The issue of Dutch spending on hosta research shouldn't have anything to
do with AHS dues policy.    If the dues structure is unfair, it should be
changed, but the argument we are losing money the Dutch government is
spending money for our benefit is a red herring. So to speak.


zonneveld wrote:

> Although this will bring me nothing than anger responses instead of
> discussing the matter at hand, I like to state the following anyway.
> The following letter was written about a month ago to about 10
> officers of the AHS including the president. So far only two persons
> answered. The near total absence of response and cooperation
> found this time and in the last few years has forced me to stop
> extensive research on Hosta So the $100.000 from the dutch
> governement is now used on other genera. I will continue on hosta
> for a hobby just as you do.
> Subject:                two kinds of AHS members!!
> date send       Wed, 3 Jan 2001 11:34:14 +0100
> Dear Hosta friends
> >  A happy new year to all!
> > The board of directors of the American Hosta Society has in her
> > wisdom decided that there are two kinds of members: USA
> > members that get $1.74 = 6.5 % discount on  their actual fees of
> > $26.74 and foreign members that have to pay an extra $4.40, in the
> > case of Europeans, above the actual fee of $46.60. Why?
> > USA members get a discount because mainly some Americans
> > give donations and contribute to the auctions.
> > Foreign members get an extra "tax" because they have more than
> > their fair share of life members (arguments and figures from K.
> > Walek Email). If given also a 6.5 % discount, the fee for Europeans
> > would be $43 instead of $51.
> > If we follow this line of argument, non-USA members are entitled to
> > an even larger discount. This is based on the fact that the Dutch
> > governement contributes yearly more than $100.000 to Hosta
> > research. All this is thrown away for just a few bucks earned by
> > these unfair "taxes". I hope that the board of directors will
> > reconsider this very discriminating decision. Waiting for a speedy
> > and fair answer, yours sincerely.
> Ben J.M.Zonneveld
> Clusius lab pobox 9505
> 2300 RA Leiden
> The Netherlands
> mintemp-16C(5F)
> Zonneveld@RULbim.LeidenUniv.NL
> Fax: 31-71-5274999
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