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On Behalf Of James Waddick
Sent: Monday, October 15, 2007 7:20 AM
To: Discussion of aroids
Subject: [Aroid-l] International (?!) Aroid Society
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
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
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
Dr. James W. Waddick
8871 NW Brostrom Rd.
Kansas City Missouri 64152-2711
Zone 5 Record low -23F
Summer 100F +
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