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02-20-2004, 01:09 PM
I have gotten permission from Phil to hold a fundraising auction on the Terraforums website.
Right now, I would like to hold the auction next weekend. I am asking for donations of whatever you can spare. Be it plants, or a few bucks, it doesn't matter. This auction will consist of plants donated by YOU our supporters. I am asking that each person that offers up a plant for auction covers the cost of shipping himself, but I do understand that some people might be in a pinch. So if you do have plants to offer to the auction, but can not cover shipping, drop me a pm and we will work something out.
Please look deep in your hearts on this. We are starting to get everything into place for this Society to become a reality. What we need now is funding. I estimate the costs of expiditing a Non-profit to be in the $500 range alone.
If no one has any objections, I will put the funds into a (free) business checking account with Hibernia National Bank. After the initial start up fee's any spendatures will be voted upon by the "congress" or whatever it is you all chose to form.
So start thinking about it, and SHOW YOUR SUPPORT!!!
We will prevail.
Edit: I gues I should add a few things.
First of all, I wouldn't say that this is held only for US members, but remember, you will be shipping the plant you donate, so make sure you can do it legally. You should post your location with your plant(s).
Phil has some software that he says could help with this auction so hopefully this will be up and tested by then. If not, we can hold it in the Trading section. I hate to mutter up this section with tons of posts about the auction.
The plan is to start the auction on Friday and go untill Sunday. We will have set times to close the bidding etc...
The way I invision it is everyone with something to donate will make a thread with the name of the plant in the title. People can bid inside that thread for that particular plant. Seems the easiest way to keep track and not get confused.
I was asked what is allowed and whats not allowed, and well, I really don't have an answer to that. The idea is to raise funds for our Society, so I guess anything that can generate a few bucks, and is LEGALL, should be allowed.
If anyone has any suggestions, please speak up. I am open to ideas.
02-20-2004, 01:30 PM
Hey...great idea! I'm in! Let me check and see what I might have to offer.
I think we need a "battlecry"...something to shout as we charge into the project...."The Will of the People...The Future for Sarracenia!!!"? lol
Can it be anything? Not necessarily a plant? Like a gift certificate to a restaurant or a garden tool or something?
02-20-2004, 02:22 PM
This isn't a good time for those of us in the north to be sending or receiving non-dormant plants without being cautious with weather and packaging. *And, never having complete confidence in the survival of the Sarracenias currently sleeping under oak leaves, I won't list any of them. *But here's a plant I can offer up right now.
Cephalotus follicularis: ~1 1/2" diameter plant with pitchers and at least 2 and maybe up to 4 growth centers. *It's a well rooted division potted last spring.
I'll time the shipping to take advantage of better weather and will double box and insulate to ensure the healthy arrival by priority mail.
02-20-2004, 03:37 PM
I would just like to add that people need to bear in mind this is a charity type of auction. *While you may acquire something cool out of it, and even for a great price, the main focus is FUND RAISING. *So try to be generous and think of things, anything--doesn't have to be a plant--that might interest someone. *Plants of course, a book about orchids, gardening gloves or tools, seeds, special custom potting mix you might make, gift certificate to Lowes, Walmart or a national restaurant chain. *Be creative...maybe a wake-up phone call for a week (I'd bid on that! *lol)? *A web site design? *A plant drawing? *A plant poster? *Plant T-shirt? *Think folks, think! *This can be a lot of fun AND do a lot of good at the same time. *http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif
02-20-2004, 03:50 PM
We're about to email all 18,000 of our customers for a spring sale. We'll include a blurb about the auction in the emailing.
I'll be in touch shortly with details.
02-20-2004, 06:06 PM
Quote[/b] ]We're about to email all 18,000 of our customers for a spring sale. We'll include a blurb about the auction in the emailing.
I'll be in touch shortly with details.
Wow! This is great! I hope growing details will be provided to novices.
Do i have anything i can put up on the auction? Humm not much, but i promise i will look around for some things
02-20-2004, 06:39 PM
Finch...if it will net a few dollars, anything is good. If you had 10 items auction off for $10...that's $100. It adds up...the big and small. http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif
02-20-2004, 08:01 PM
Count me in! I will auction a yet unreleased 'Leah Wilkerson' division. Be the first on your block to own one.
02-20-2004, 08:20 PM
I can donate 2 N. x ventrata plants in 3" pots. I am in Ohio.
02-20-2004, 08:47 PM
I know I can dig up something...I know I have a large s. leucophllya at home, and more I am sure. I know I can donate a few bucks. I take it that the e mail will enclose shipping addresses and whatnot???
02-20-2004, 08:57 PM
I will give two different divisions of s. rubra var. wherryi, Mobile County, Alabama and one very old and mature cutting of s. rubra var. alabamensis from Chilton County, Alabama near the town of Thorsby. Last I heard, that stand was extinct from poachers. This is a very aerolated(sp?) pitcher with many faint windows.
02-20-2004, 09:44 PM
Anyone interested in washed silica sand? *I bought a bag today and don't think I can use it all. http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif *I could set up a one or two 5 pound portions to donate. *I did the vinegar test on it and there have been no bubbles formed. *Should be good stuff.
Edit: It's 70 grit (very fine) sand.
02-20-2004, 10:25 PM
No S. alabamensis, jonesii, or oreophila plants can be auctioned, right?
02-20-2004, 11:46 PM
Casper, I will get back to you, but I am sure that I can find a few plants for this auction.
02-20-2004, 11:47 PM
If I remember correctly what I read on the papers that came with my S.oreophilas, you can not sell the plants across state lines. You can send them as a gift, but they can't be sold or traded except within the state you reside.
02-21-2004, 07:57 AM
No plants are being sold. You are making a contribution to a charity. The owner will not profit off of the plant. The winner of the auction makes a donation straight to the charity and someone else sends you a gift.
02-21-2004, 08:56 AM
That's what I thought, Casper. Talk to Barry or Carl and verify. We do not want trouble over this, and I have a lot more plants to share. Thanks for the heads up you guys,we'll
check on it. I still would like for one of you to have these plants.
02-21-2004, 11:13 AM
I have a few plants I can put up for auction,just let me know when.One thing I have to say,please don't send plants to people in envelopes,send them in boxes.That way when somebody wins the plant, it does'nt get smashed going through the post office.I'll send out my plants in boxes,and gladly pay the $3.85 it costs to ship!
02-21-2004, 11:47 AM
I love the idea of an auction but who will collect the money, how will it be held, spent, etc.
What is the current structure of the organization? Who has what responsibilities?
I think it would be good to add a forum listing who is responsible for what and who is currently activly involved.
Lets truly get organized, develop a plan and go go go.
There is a lot of enthusiasm for this. It would be a shame to not organize and mobilize while this is still going strong.
I'm sorry if I sound negative, I don't mean to. Maybe my questions have already been answered in a post somewhere, but I don't think so.
Bugweed, you seem to be the leader so far, am I missing the posts?
Looking forward to the auction.
02-21-2004, 12:14 PM
You may be missin' something, Glenn. I am not in charge, I handed that to Casper because he has the resources to get us going, and he has the organization to move us along. You just keep sending suggestions. We are trying to take care of all this, but one step at a time. I am only an advisor, as is Carl, and Barry at this time. And since no one else stepped up to challenge the pro-tem pres. We are just going to keep it this way unless someone else thinks they can do it better. I just want to get this thing going, and I know PAK is working on our mission statement and other things as well. So Casper is President, or Chairman, or whatever, but he is moving us along. We are attempting to set up our by-laws and a host of other things, so don't be like me, be patient instead. And please, Glenn, keep your thoughts coming,OK? we need every one of them!
02-21-2004, 01:11 PM
Quote[/b] ]The plan is to start the auction on Friday and go untill Sunday. We will have set times to close the bidding etc...
I assume this is Friday the 27th?
Quote[/b] ]I love the idea of an auction but who will collect the money, how will it be held, spent, etc
I believe the money will be sent to Casper, who will deposit the money in a checking account until we get enough.
02-21-2004, 05:02 PM
Must be. Hey, Casper!! Include a date next time, and enjoy Mardi Gras!!
02-21-2004, 06:18 PM
I might be able to donate some stuff.
02-22-2004, 11:23 AM
I would like to suggest that public notice of the auction with all pertinent information be announced as soon as possible. I don't want to spring it on anybody...we need to give people time to think if they have something to offer up. Also I'm not sure that short of a time frame is realistic...not everybody logs onto the forums every day and we'd probably get more bids if it were open longer.
Just my 1 cent worth. http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif
02-23-2004, 08:37 AM
Ok, it has been suggested that we extend the auction to a week long. As long as this is ok with Phil, I am all for it.
Hopefully we will have a forum specifically for this auction so as to not congest another area. This is how I invision it would work. The donator will post the plant he has to offer in the thread title. All pertinant info would be included in the thread. You then have a week to post in the specific thread (i.e. the plant you want to bid on) the ammount of your bid. You can bid as many times as you like. We will have a set time the auction ends and highest bidder wins.
Unless there are any other objections the auction will start on Friday (3/5) and run till the following friday (3/12)
You may post plants you would like to donate at any time but please get them in on Friday if you can to allow for more exposure.
Payment options will be paypall, check, or money order.
If you win an auction, please remember shipping restrictions. If its too cold, you may have to wait a few days.
Any other suggestions??
We have been getting tons of support on this project, now its time for people to put there money where there mouth is basically.
EDIT: Changed the date at the suggestion of PAK to give us a little more time to organize it.
02-23-2004, 04:17 PM
where will the action be held? what internet adress is it?
02-23-2004, 04:18 PM
I am sorry, it will be held at www.terraforums.com
02-23-2004, 07:17 PM
I have a S. purpurea purpurea var. 'Montanta' I would like to auction off. This is a tissued cultured clone from ABGs conservation program.
02-23-2004, 09:41 PM
Hi,I dont know if I will auction single plants or make up cp starter kits.I have 2 red dragons,3 S.minor Long Co.Ga. divisions,D.nidifiormis(clumps of small plants) and D.aliciae(clumps of small plants). http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif
02-23-2004, 10:16 PM
Give'em your best, Jerry. That is always the thing to do. And thanks for the donations.
02-24-2004, 05:07 PM
This is cool! I've been drooling over that 'Leah Wilkerson' for quite some time. I just hope that anybody that actually makes money in their life doesn't bid on it. I am sure I can come up with some auction stuff. Possibly a plant or three, and I have a CP book (by Pietropaulo) that I never look at. I'll just have to check to be sure it's in presentable shape.
02-24-2004, 06:12 PM
There will be more info regarding the auction coming up soon. Sit tight, keep thinking and there will be a more definitive post on it as soon as I get a chance to breathe!
02-25-2004, 10:18 AM
Quote[/b] (Casper @ Feb. 21 2004,02:57)]No plants are being sold. You are making a contribution to a charity. The owner will not profit off of the plant. The winner of the auction makes a donation straight to the charity and someone else sends you a gift.
Nice idea that you have, but it wouldn't fly. I am pretty sure that as far as the US Fish & Wildlife Service would see it, this is the same as a regular sale. Someone forks out money, they get a plant.
I'd advise you guys steer clear of the endangered/threatened species (S. alabamensis, S. oreophila, S. jonesii, Pinguicula ionantha) to be on the safe side.
02-25-2004, 05:04 PM
That course of action had already been decided upon, Barry. Thanks for ringing in though, we do want to keep this on the level, but some of the Forums guys were on their toes and warned us earlier. We acquiesced because of our uncertainty. Now we know for sure.
02-26-2004, 10:54 AM
Iv'e got 3 kumquat seedlings, and I could also start a dozen or so pregnant onion plants(given time for them to sprout). I could send a pic of the plants so people know what they're bidding on.
02-29-2004, 09:37 AM
Sorry! Plantakiss was done up by a bad week! Polls will be posted for a vote on naming us, and some other things as well. Keep reading, we will inform you as things happen. PAK needs to revive herself!!
03-02-2004, 12:43 AM
Looks like the announcement to our customers will come next Tuesday. Until then, we'll work out some auction software to use.
03-02-2004, 09:35 AM
Casper put me down for the following for auctioning:
1 N. xRokko x stenophylla 6-8" (intermediate/highland)
1 N. spectabilis x veitchii 6-8" (intermediate/highland)
1 N. mindanaoensis 4-5" (lowland)
1 N. veitchii hose mtn. 5" -gold peristome type (highland)
03-02-2004, 09:38 AM
Yeeehaww! I knew we could count on you to put up some awesome plants Tony!
03-02-2004, 10:07 AM
Thank you sooooo much Tony! http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif
03-02-2004, 07:03 PM
Nice, Tony, thanks!
When is this auction starting, again?
03-03-2004, 04:09 PM
This is still being decided upon. It kinda hinges on a number of things. There will be LOTS of notification prior to the auction time. We must have a submission/previewing period before it starts as well.
I am your auctioneer http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif , so direct questions to me which I will answer as I can, as the details gel.
Remember...beginner to expert...common to rare...and everything in between--its all about raising funds to get this project in the air.
We need a lot of support with submissions to the auction. http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif
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