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Re: Blue Sky/ TPB/ IGS Board Meeting

  • Subject: Re: Blue Sky/ TPB/ IGS Board Meeting
  • From: "Cynthia S. Lohry" Hedgehug@AOL.COM
  • Date: Tue, 3 Dec 2002 03:28:12 EST

The actual minutes for the 10/20/02 IGS board meeting have not been
finalized, but this is a rough summary of the Blue Sky proposals and

1.  Put GATW on line as an alternative to mailing hard copies.  Idea not
feasible at this time as the website cannot support the 28 pages of current
journal, or the back issues.  Will be readdressed if/when website could

2.  On line back issues.  The current website cannot support having back
issues in their entirety.  Will be readdressed if/when website could support.

3.  Back issues on CD to make them more available/affordable.  To scan issues
and burn CDs would be very labor intensive and require specialized equipment
the board does not have at this time.  To print the journal, IGS is required
to print a minimum of 1,200 issues, of which some are put into storage each
quarter, which would not change.  Concern that unauthorized copies of CD
would be made and circulated.   Some members in favor, others opposed.  The
idea was tabled for future discussion.

4.  Index.  All agreed it is an excellent idea, but very time consuming to
prepare and uncertain as to what format would be best suited.  Tabled for
future discussion with more input as to format.

5.  On line issues of other geranium publications.  An idea that is a bit
ahead of its time and not under IGS influence.  Only one geranium/fuschia
publication is known to be online, and it is limited to older issues
approximately 6 pages in length.

5A.  It was suggested that IGS look into reprinting some articles from other
publications and/or allow reprinting of articles that have appeared in IGS.
IGS granted a request for certain articles to be reprinted in Australian

6.  Access to all geranium publications by other groups; that IGS would
collect orders from IGS members and place a joint order and then distribute.
 Not feasible at this time due to lack of finances/time and volunteers.
Suggested this was something that might work better through the Robin than
IGS due to quicker response time.

6A.  IGS become a repository for geranium information.  IGS has reference
material used by the GATW publication committee, to which they are always
adding information as it becomes available.  The exchange memberships with
other societies provides journals which become part of this reference

6B.  Provide links to all geranium websites.  The IGS website has several
reciprocal links already in place and is willing and able to add more links
if they are provided with the necessary information.

7.  Support for Regal Preservation Project which is seeking to locate and
preserve as many old regal varieties as possible.  Board agreed it was a good
concept.  RPP to provide information to GATW editor to see if something could
be put into the journal, possibly on an ongoing basis.  (Note:  As of
12/2/02, no information has been received)

8.  Replace Mothers Day show with geranium festival.  The show held on
Mothers Day weekend probably refers to the annual show and sale held by the
LA branch of IGS.  This is their main source of fund raising for their
society, and they are in charge of it, not IGS board.  IGS is not able to
sponsor annual geranium festival at this time due to lack of funds and
volunteers.  However, many suggestions for the festival have been passed on
to the annual meeting hosts with hopes they may be incorporated into the 2003
and/or future annual meetings.

8A..  Establish permanent geranium displays.  A good idea, but something that
should be undertaken by individual members and clubs, not the IGS board.  The
individuals and clubs would have much more information about their local
botanical gardens, zoos, arboretums, etc than the IGS board does.  Board
could possibly assist in helping locate sources for specific varieties,
information, etc.

8B.  Species collection.  See 8A.

8C.  Shopping malls would pay for or partially fund geranium shows/sales.  To
sponsor a show/sale is a tremendous undertaking that would probably need to
be done in the same time as the existing shows/sales due to bloom periods of
plants.  If IGS member in another area was trying to establish a show/sale
and needed advice, the show chairs of existing groups would be pleased to
provide information.  Although several groups have been invited to
participate in and set up displays at events at arboretums, zoos, botanical
gardens etc, none have been contacted by a shopping center or mall.

9.  Encourage establishment of geranium gardens in existing botanical
gardens.  A good idea, but this is something to be taken on by individual
members and clubs, not the Board.  Caution:  Botanical gardens to supply the

10.  Planning fund.  IGS accepts any and all donations, which are not tax
deductible.  Donations can be specified to be applied to a specific purpose,
ie the inclusion of additional color photos in the journal, etc.

11.  Pelargonium Breeder.  IGS could provide a link from its website to the
PB website, and if information is provided to the GATW editor, articles of
interest to the members could be run in GATW.

In summary, some of the ideas are very valid, but there are not the
volunteers available to make them possible at this time.  Others are things
that would need to be undertaken by individuals or clubs, but not necessary
the Board.

Ideas that can be acted upon at this time include arranging to reprint
article of great interest from another publication to see how membership
responds, adding additional links to website, provide the opportunity for
publicity to RPP and PB if/when they are ready for that process, continue
adding geranium data to the GATW reference data, and enlarge existing annual
meeting with the hopes of expanding into an all day event or multi-day event,
possibly an international conference in the future.

The above data has been compiled from a rough draft of the meeting minutes
and my own personal notes.  Any mistakes, misunderstandings, grammatical or
typing errors are my own.

Cynthia Lohry

PS  I will be on line for the remainder of this week, but then off line again
until the new year, if anyone in the Robin is trying to contact me by email.

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