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Balancing the 150,000 Dollar Budget for 1999

AHS Member Robins,

There was another obvious omission made in Jim Wilkins' comments re the
Fall Board Meeting. No mention was made of the implementation of IAC
policy/program which  was responsible for or resulted in reduced
donations of plants for the Convention auction. Since unregistered
plants were not accepted, fewer plants were sold. Anticipated revenues
were estimated in the Budget to be approximately 24,000 dollars. Less
revenue resulted according to some people close to events of the
Auction. There has been no report of these losses of revenue. Why Not?
Perhaps becauses were substantial (as much as 50 percent of previous
years?)  Now that reduced revenues and a high level of spending are
apprearing to threaten the fiscal stability of the Budget, the Board
appears to be seeking other funding through "the Sharing Circle". It has
accepted a proposal bearing this name to develop the authority to use
funds earmarked for other purposes (memorial and research, for example)
and apply them to budget items as necessary. This fungibility appears
suspect. Does it violate principles embodied in Article IV (Finance)  of
the Bylaws?

Perhaps those who have developed and promoted so strongly the IAC
policies /program/rules, which are responsible for the losses in
revenue, should offer to make up the losses from their own pockets (
putting their  money where their mouth is, so to speak), instead of
asking others to make up losses due to their poor policies. They propose
increasing membership fees and using temporary loans from the "Sharing

A simple solution to solve these financial deficit problems is to scrap
the rigid policies/rules of NOT accepting new, rare, not yet registered
but otherwise wonderful plants for sale at the Convention Auction.

Another simple solution would be to abolish the 300 dollar stipend which
perhaps 40 Board members receive for attending Board Meetings 300 x 40 x
2 =24,000 dollars)

There! I have increased revenues by 10,000 or 15,000 dollars and reduced
expenditures by another 24,000 dollars. Or have I mis-calculated?
Perhaps someone on the Board will comment or correct any
mis-calculations I may have made?

Jim Hawes

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