On Behalf Of Dan Levin
Sent: Wednesday, February 08, 2006 3:07 PM
To: Discussion of aroids
Subject: [Aroid-l] Auction Payments, Contacting IAS, etc.
John, Jeff, Susan and fellow IAS members all:
Thanks for bringing all of these things to our attention; i.e. your
auction billings, Paypal concerns, the mystery of IAS contacts, etc.
First of all, there is a fairly extensive index page to be found online
aroid.org. Selecting "the IAS" link from the home page will take you
From there you can find the best person to direct your inquiries, along
links to the current IAS Officers and Board members. You should
feel free to direct any IAS related questions or concerns you might
a Board member, or go directly to the top (current IAS president, yours
It's critically important we get your feedback after all-!
RE the "missed billings": not sure what happened here exactly, but
certain to revisit our follow-up procedures prior to the next online
It's possible a bill was somehow overlooked at either end. We don't
have a collections department, so your forthrightness is much
We'll also review our Paypal payment links to see if these need to be
easier to find and/ or navigate. That said, much Paypal info currently
on the "Join IAS" page.
As an aside, I would ask all good people out in aroid-L land to keep in
that the IAS leadership is comprised of folks just as yourself.
The society operates on the shoulders of individuals who donate their
energies and expertise in order to sustain or create this very forum,
site & it's vast contents; the show and plant sales and associated
arrangements for guest speakers & special events; the editing,
distribution of Aroideana & Newsletter; membership records, sale of
and aroid literature; as well as the myriad operational requirements
book-keeping, etc.) of running a non-profit group; etc., etc. All of
these things are
accomplished largely in the background by 'just folk' from our
of whom have been keeping IAS alive for years and years. We are a very
organization and we persist without benefit of an office or full-time
staff. The IAS
Board "meets" & conducts business via email, since as a practical
matter we are
distributed across the globe. Further, it is not uncommon for a board
occasionally be pre-occupied by their day job(s), out in the field or
what have you.
I'm compelled to explain all of this not to make excuses, but to
provide for those
who may not already know it a better understanding of what's actually
behind the wizard's curtain, here in the land of Aroid Oz. That the
IAS exists at
all is testimony to the hard work of many people, some no longer with
simply have a shared interest in the Araceae.
Your suggestions, positive contributions in any form, concerns and
all sincerely encouraged. In fact, they are essential for keeping the
IAS going and
improving. This includes just being a member, by the way! Your
help cover the very real costs (but not all the costs unfortunately-
more on that later)
of making aroid.org and Aroideana a reality.
I return you now to our regularly scheduled programming...
-Dan Levin/ IAS
On Feb 7, 2006, at 8:09 AM, john s smolowe wrote:
> dear annonymouse -
> i have also been sending repeated emails since the fall inquiring
> exactly whom and how to pay. after all the good work in the auction,
> this final step, advising the winners exactly how to pay, seems
> unfortunately to have been neglected.
On Feb 6, 2006, at 1:40 PM, Bryant, Susan L. wrote:
> We should break down and write a check, even though we are HORRIBLY
> LAZY, as Hermine would say, and prefer to bang on our computers as
> opposed to actually handling any type of real money.
> Here is the address.
> International Aroid Society, P.O. Box 43-1853, South Miami, FL 33143,
> Make it out to the IAS.
> Don't forget the shipping cost.
On Feb 5, 2006, at 3:07 PM, jeff wrote:
> I have been wondering the same, I have sent so many messages trying
> to get someone to send me a paypal invoice, I even tryed sending a
> paypal payment, But no one has claimed it yet as of today?
> Is there a paypal address that we should be using just for this? I was
> told by another menber on here that sooner or later someone would get
> back to me, things where in a bit of a mess and backed up due to the
> Was thinking of just sending in a check, But who can we send it to so
> it gets to the right person?
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