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  International (?!) Aroid Society
From: jwaddick at kc.rr.com (James Waddick) on 2007.10.15 at 14:20:15(16503)
Dear all,
The name of the organization is the INTERNATIONAL Aroid Society.

Similar INTERNATIONAL groups often have national or local
groups (clubs, associations, etc.) that are subsidiary and
supported/support by each other.

With an international membership such as the IAS, there may
be support for a West Coast US club, Mid-West US Club, Eastern Asia,
Western Europe and other local chapters. There are many other
possibilities (Greater San Diego, Amsterdam, Bangkok clubs etc.

Doesn't anyone else find it somewhat odd that there is only a
single local chapter of IAS ?

As each local club grows and develops, they present their own
local Aroid shows and other member events. Eventually they may even
host a national /international event. These shows increase
memberships and support both local and parent organizations. Local
clubs could be jointly sponsored by a botanical garden such as the
Miami Club ( Huntington Gardens in the Los Angeles area, Missouri
Botanical Gardens in the St. Louis area, and many other

It doesn't take a lot of imagination to suggest that having
more local clubs and more local, national or truly international
events and shows would do a lot for the IAS. This all hinges on
having local groups willing and able to take on the responsibility of
organizing membership, supporting events and promoting Aroids.

Shouldn't IAS start at the beginning and ask this questions "
Is there any reason to have more local chapters of IAS? "

I guess I need a disclaimer that I am not anti-Miami or any
other person or place. Just seems to make sense to wonder if there
are enough people willing and able to support an even greater IAS or
just complain. This is NOT a complaint!

Further thoughts? Jim Waddick

From: agavestar at covad.net (Michael Mahan) on 2007.10.15 at 16:27:23(16504)
Any suggestions on how such a ball can get rolling on going local would be
welcome ! I don't have a clue how to begin but am more than willing to step
up to the plate . Michael Mahan

From: hermine at endangeredspecies.com (hermine) on 2007.10.15 at 17:15:20(16506)
> Further thoughts? Jim Waddick

there sure are enough aroid nuts in the LA area, including San Diego
to support a local chapter. i was thinking as is my occasional custom
that a great deal of agricultural product is schlepped from and to CA
and FLA in the form of citrus. this is NOT an impossible thing to do.
All the postal authorities are looking for bombs and anthrax. I still
buy plants out of Florida, clearly marked as PLANTS and so far, no
problem. I would not YET have heightened fear of an agricultural inspection.


From: tony at plantdelights.com (Tony Avent) on 2007.10.15 at 17:39:43(16507)
Jim, etal:

This idea for meetings outside Miami is not a new one. In 2001, we
requested IAS to allow us to hold an IAS sanctioned aroid meeting in
Raleigh. We had good support and attendance from IAS members (75
people) for our meeting that was subsequently held in July 2002. I was
hoping that folks in other regions would follow us, but nothing so far.
We hosted Wilbert Hetterscheid last year for a wonderful lecture on
Amorphophallus and again, several members from around the country
including Florida showed up. We have always found the IAS officers and
board to be very supportive of our efforts to expand the reach of IAS.
Folks, step right up.

Tony Avent

From: honeybunny442 at yahoo.com (Susan B) on 2007.10.16 at 14:41:05(16518)
Perhaps there could be some feedback from the organizers of the 1999 (? not sure of the year) Int'l Aroid Conference that was held at MOBOT, people came from all over the world, mostly to give talks, though- not as spectators... Costs? Profits?
It was a great time, but I don't remember hundreds of people flocking to see it- although Aroids didn't enjoy the popularity then that they do now.

I wasn't at the IAC held a few years ago, how was that one? Costs? Profits? Attendance?


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