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    I return! Sorry guys, I have been out of town for 2 weeks, and apparently everyone gave up while I was gone! Naughty naughty! We have come a long way, and we need to get going again. I can represent the society, with help from a parent or legal guardian (covered) so I will apply for the tax-exempt status. It will take a while. I was nominated for president a while ago. Is this still a go now that there are no legal issues? We need to officialy elect some as soon as possible! Also, we need a treasurer, so that the first thing we do is start sending in the society dues, and fill up the roster! I will be treasurer, unless there is another volunteer. Speak quikly, we need to get moving! If I am elected treasurer, then we can start sending in dues and such. Hurry up and elect someone!!!!!! I just came back from the chapel hill botanical gardens, visiting Mellichamp at UNCC, and carolina carnivores! It was awesome. The later two graciously offered there facilities for a meeting. I bought some plants as well, including, among others, a beautiful Devils Claw of david crump, and 2 giant nepenthes that were sold to me for $10 (alata and mixta x khansiana) by mellichamp! Looks good for the future! Don't give up!

    Craig

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    Just to list them, here's what we have to do, preferably by the end of the month-

    Apply (not get, that will be in a while) for tax-exempt status

    elect all needed officers, including the president (one nomination, me), and a treasurer

    all interested members send in dues to the treasurer (then we can have some funds for the site and to work on some new meetings and stuff)

    get editor/editors for the newsletter. The format and content will be left up to them.

    Post all information pertaining to elections, meetings, apllications, and etc, to the website.

    GET GOING PEOPLE! (I'll message/email everyone)

    Thanks,
    Craig

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    Sorry, I haven't been on for a while and I don't exaclty want to go through 13 pages of stuff to find this info.

    How much is it gonna cost?
    How often will a newsletter be sent out?
    What are our "sub-areas"(don't remember the term you used)
    Where will the "sub-meetings" take place, and how often?
    Where will the main meetings takes place, and how often?

    Thanks for puting up with my being absent, and my laziness(LOL).

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    I think the next most important thing that needs to be done is to apply to be in the ICPS Webring. Oh, and get a web counter, too!

    ptfreelander, if you're ever away fo rlong periods, I can take over temporarily for you [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]

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    sounds good spec! As for the info-

    membership: ptfreelander suggested-
    Adult - $20 per year
    Family - $25 per year
    Student - $10 per year
    sounds good to me, but we could drop everything but the student fee about $5, if that is what is wanted. It all depends on what we will be doing, and it might fluctuate year to year.

    The frequency of the newsletter will be up to our editors. If they want to put out one a month, then they will be putting in more work, and will require more articles and contributions from members. I suggested earlier that every member must submit at least 2 articles a year for consideration, and at least 2 pictures. This would be required, and would keep the newsletter going easier. So the frequency is all up to the submissions and the editor(s)'s decisions. (we need editors!)

    "sub-areas"- I called them hubs, but whatever. This is still debatable. Check out on pages 5-7. We are going towards an organization that has large, all-inclusive meetings every, say, 2 years. It would mainly consist of what was discussed on pages 5-7, where anyone doing anything could alert the society and bring members together. We might end up (this is my hope) with this system, plus three-four "hubs", located throughout the southeast. They would hold meetings either once or twice a year. Not as big as the all-inclusive ones, but bigger than the little things arranged by individuals. They could have, say, a christmas auction, picnic, swap, maybe have botanical garden visits, etc. The all-inclusive ones (held every two years or so) would be much larger, with maybe an auction, plant sales, tours of shops and facilities, meals would be served, lectures held, etc. Much larger. that's my goal, but others have expressed different opinions.

    The "sub-meetings" will be held either once or twice a year, at wherever the hubs are. Namely places that the area members can all reach in an equal amount of time, and preferably located near handy facilities/gardens.

    Where will the main meetings takes place, and how often- Every two years or so. They will be help at wherever the most people can attend. So if most of our members are Carolinians, it will be in the carolinas. I most of us come from georgia at the time, it will be in georgia. Anywhere it can be accessed, hosted, and have gardens, shops, etc nearby.

    Hope that answers the questions!

    Now, elect a president and treasurer!!!
    Cast your votes/nominations now!

    Thanks,
    Craig

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    I think 20 dollars a year is asking a bit much for anyone, especially for a society just starting out. I would drop all of the fees to half, otherwise the society will be pretty slow going for quite a while. No one is going to pay 20 dollars a year for hardly any meetings and not many benefits (so far) I would wait a year or two before jacking up the prices. There are many people that would look at it like this; "For that price I could get ICPS membership!!"

    I would say the "sub meetings" should be regular meetings, quarterly, and the 1-2 year meetings/shows, be "Special Events"

    I would also suggest having a silent auction and public auction at every meeting, along with a raffle. That would help draw more members to meetings, as well as make money.

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    How about listing all the positions you are looking to fill, then people can let you know if they're interested. If you fill all of your positions upfront, you'll have a core of people that can begin working on what needs to be done.

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    Good ideas all around! The fees can easily be changed to say, 10 for an adult, 15 for a family, and maybe 5-7 for a student. It all depends on how many people sign up. If we get only 10 members the first year, and they are all students, then we would have to charge around 15-20 dollars a year for them. But if we have many members, then the above prices could easily work! As we do more, they might have to increase, however. I agree thought that to start out they should be to high. Spec, I think the idea of regular "sub-meetings" being held 2-4 times a year would be good, with 1-2 of them being larger events.

    POSITIONS THAT WE NEED FILLED-

    PRESIDENT- 1 NOMINATION, ME. ANY OTHERS?
    TREASURER- 1 VOLUNTEER, ME. I HAVE NO PROBLEM DOING BOTH, BUT IF ANYONE ELSE WANTS THIS, HAVE AT IT.
    EDITORS FOR THE NEWSLETTER- I'M NOT DOING EVERYTHINNG! WE NEED VOLUNTEERS HERE.
    SOMEONE TO ORGANIZE/ARRANGE MEETINGS FOR THE DIFFERENT "HUBS" OR "SUB-MEETINGS" WE WOULD NEED THREE PEOPLE, ONE EACH FOR THE NORTH, SOUTH, AND WEST AREAS.

    Thanks,
    Craig

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