I have been a member of the International Aroid Society since I was 14; I am now 20. I joined the IAS at the suggestion of the late Steve Lucas, who taught me a lot of what I have learned and helped me start my collection. Joining the IAS has introduced me to many knowledgeable collectors and botanists and expanded my knowledge greatly. I attend the annual show whenever it is possible. I love meeting fellow aroiders and listening to the speakers. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to attend the past few years due to school. I have written a few articles for the newsletter and contributed to an article in the Aroideana journal about propagating aroids from seed. Aroids have been my main focus for my entire time growing plants (both the species and the hybrids). .