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  Non USA membership
From: Greg Ruckert <greg at alpacamanagement.com> on 2016.01.20 at 15:10:58(23526)
I have thought long and hard before posting this in view of the attacks
I have received to previous posts.

The last two years has seen my membership of the International Aroid
Society rise from $Au28 to $Au45.

As we no longer get a printed annual I am wondering what other members
think is the benefit, to foreign members, of belonging.

What should be promoted to non-USA residents to encourage them to join
the IAS?

Greg Ruckert

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From: DAVID LEEDY <djleedy at sbcglobal.net> on 2016.01.20 at 19:45:11(23528)
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Greg,

I was not aware that you were not getting the annual Aroideana. I don't disagree with your questioning the value of membership in the IAS.

I was totally out of Aroids from 1995 to about 2005, but continued paying my annual dues because (1) I wanted to show my support for Aroid scientist and their research, (2) because I have so many close friends developed since I joined the International Aroid Society in 1977, )3) because due to the efforts of IAS there are a lot more resources for learning about Aroids now, )4) because I applaud the efforts to bring in members from countries less developed than the USA (and Australia, for that matter), (4) because I want to show my support for many innovations that the IAS is presently undertaking and has undertaken, (5 - to ) etc.

Please do as you wish, I will miss you if you don't continue, but I for sure will not criticize you.

David Ledy

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