> ----- Original Message ----- From: James W. Waddick To:|
>Multiple recipients of list AROID-L Sent: Wednesday, July 18, 2001 2:38
>AM Subject: Re: World Aroid Club?
>I don't think we have any reasons or need for another IAS/
>World Aroid Club, but surely IAS can do better. Any organization can.
>It takes new ideas (like a forum for trading plants and seeds
>perhaps) and people willing to volunteer to organize and run such a
>thing. IAS runs on volunteer power.
>What can IAS do better and what does IAS have the man/woman
>power to do?
>If Jonathan wants an "aroid exchange group", I'll nominate him.
Ron, James, et al.,
One thing that is frustrating to me about the 'new' list-serve
configuration is that I never see my own posts - and of course, having
already tossed mt outbox copy, I can no longer be sure of my phrasing. At
any rate, I may well be contributing an article or two before long (hold
over from Neil's influence while editor) but regarding being nominated to
"head-up" an aroid exchange group - I made mention of this idea because it
seems like it has been brought up recently as one of the ways IAS could be
improved. However, if I remember correctly, I also mentioned that I'm very
pleased with the give and take that results from people offering extras
when they can, and that continuing that offering/exchange through private
correspondence. At the same time, I have on a couple of occasions
indicated interest in obtaining plants after they were discussed on this
list, and have not received any responses, for whatever reason.
If "a forum for trading" were to be officially set up, it seems like the
most logical place to set it up would be through the newsletter, where
input of this sort could be easily stored and then put into order before
the next posting, kind of like a class notes section of an alumni magazine.
Informally, I think that one is already in place through this listserve,
though as I say I've had mixed results. Kind of like everything else. With
the amount of "forum" responses flying in, perhaps it wouldn't be such a
hit after all, or maybe other people also see that as an aspect of what
this listserve is all about, or certainly has the potential to provide the
means for on an undercurrent-type level.
Good growing, and good searching!
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