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    I think you see my concept perfectly. I would like pooled resources and society-wide attendance when possible, but local level activities will entertain and hold members in smaller, more manageable levels.

    Someone in Georgia, for instance, can't make it to North Carolina on a monthly basis.

    Publishing the newsletter would be excellent. I see it reading as activities taking place "in Atlanta" or "in Raleigh", not "for South Chapter members" or anything like that.

    I think some fear that it will be segmented and made private, but what I see is attention at a local level that holds peoples' interest with feasible plans and activities, rather than one meeting a year that can be attended due to the long drive.
    Newnan (Atlanta), GA
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    My major concern was what if I'm in a "chapter" with few members or one that fades away from lack of interest, I didn't want to be stuck having meetings or activities by myself (not very exciting). you have addressed that concern very well, however. I agree with you cheesy logos are bad.

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    Thanks for all of the suggestions! I agree that small groups can die from lack of interest, but that large ones can't do much! That's why we want something in three decent sized groups that would meet maybe quarterly. That way it doesn't get old, you don't have to travel to often if you live a good distance away, and it would still not be toooooooo far. At most a state away. (still a good distance, but compare it to a floridian driving to west virginia) I love everyones ideas on the newsletter, and I would like anyone interested to contribute a logo, if it is just a rough draft or even an idea. Someone else could draw it, we just need a basic sketch or idea to work from! Then we could have a poll of the members. I would like to take a tally of everyone currently interested, so anyone new joining or who is already involved or interested, please email me, along with anything that you could contribute, are good at, want to suggest, or if you are interested in helping one of the three branches we are setting up. Also please give me the state, city, and branch of the SECP that you would be in! This applies to new as well as old members!!!! I will be posting this every time I feel are numbers are building up and no one can keep track of what positions are filled or not.

    Just a rough tally of whats going on, in case you want to know-
    members that I am aware of-

    N=norht, S=south, W=west
    Nepenthes_lover- Me, Craig Park, Rocky Mount, NC, N SECPS
    Ostiem Cafri- not much known, no information
    PlantAKiss- Virginian, N SECPS
    cool85k5- Southern Georgia, S SECPS
    buster1- florida, SECPS
    Ozzy- actually from Ohio, but is in NC often, N SECPS
    Kirkscoastalcarnivores- Florida, S SECPS
    Cynic81- Roanoke, Virginia, N SECPS
    Wesley- Boone, NC, N SECPS
    heliguy- Atlanta, Georgia, S SECPS
    ptfreelander- Georgia, S SECPS
    jlechtm- Northern Virginia, N SECPS


    What people are doing-
    (if it says not, don't worry, you'll be doing something soon enough........)

    Nepenthes_lover- If you don't know.......
    Ostiem Cafri- not
    PlantAKiss- help on graphic art for newsletter
    cool85k5- general help
    buster1- mainly suggestions
    Ozzy- good ideas, field trips
    Kirkscoastalcarnivores- website design
    Cynic81- not
    Wesley- website design
    heliguy- design, marketing, logo
    ptfreelander- logo and design (love it)
    jlechtm- nothing... yet (yes, this is a threat)

    My opinions on just about everything else posted recently-

    ptfreelander- love the clean logo! Good idea on having a main site and then sections for the chapters
    Buster1- agree that small chapters are bad, but see top of post
    Ozzy- good ideas on field trips, already posted it at Gardenweb, not much response, so I moved here.

    Also, does anyone have suggestion for cities to be the headquarters of the North, South, West, and Main sections of the SECPS? Somewhere within easy reach (well, reasonable) of its people?

    On the subject of web hosting, we need a name, I liked www.SECPSonline.org, does anyone else have suggestions? If not, I'm getting it!

    This is to speed up the webpage design project, As I asked wesley and krkscoastalcarnivores a while ago to help! Thanks you guys!

    Well, I think that's more than $0.02, more like $99, but oh well, had to get it out.

    Thanks, suggestions on website names, logos, and cities for the branches are welcome!

    Craig

    PS (edited on)
    AS for field trips, amybe in the fall. Aynone have suggestions or ideas?

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    I put up Richmond as HQ for the N SECPS. A short distance from Meadowview, accessable from most anywhere in the region, and already home to 2 members (August-May. Then I go home).
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    Atlanta would be "headquarters" for the south, I guess, but I think you are missing the point.

    Each member needn't belong to a chapter. The chapters are simply locations for convenience of access. Anyone would attend any activity that he or she felt was a reasonable trip to make.

    I think that "chapter" may be a poor word choice, perhaps "planning center" or some other glossy word like that. (This is a joke on the naming aspect, but not on the function aspect).

    We don't want to divide the society, just make it more accessible that it would be if it were only in one city.
    Newnan (Atlanta), GA
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    If Kirkscoastalcarnivores is going to be doing the Web design, I am interested in seeing some examples of what can be done.

    I also was reading back in the older posts - I would have to agree that membership fees are not a good idea right now, but if we do need them $5-$10 is more reasonable than a full-blown $20.

    I think the seed bank should be left up to the ICPS. Seeds could, however, be traded within the SECPS. I just don't think a centralized storage location is appropriate.
    Newnan (Atlanta), GA
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    I thought the seed bank could be used as a small souce of revenue for funding the web site or whatever. If we do decide to have one, I'd like to be involved in the planning. I'm only counting 12 people on your list, there has to be some way to generate more interest - I don't know what that is - but there has to be a way.

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    The DC society made ungodly amounts of money with plant sales ... individuals would sell plants (either at meetings or at several local plant shows) and the society kept 15% of the proceeds. The money was invested in some lavish picnics/get-togethers, refreshments for meetings, and needed equipment (i.e. a $100 shade tent for plant sales).

    Something similar could be contemplated (web sales forum with a portion of the proceeds being donated, or even periodic auctions a la NASC). I'd be more than happy to donate a few plants a year to such an endeavor.

    And hey .. I sorta/kinda volunteered to help with the newsletter (sorta/kinda) so no threats.

    I agree that the "chapter" or "planning area" concept isn't (and shouldn't be) a physical one ... more of an organizational one. A society governing board, and then local governing boards responsible for membership/communications, programming/events, fundraising, etc.

    Each planning area should -- once some sort of membership is established, make physical meeting/event decisions based on THAT (i.e. if 75 percent of the Southern group is from Orlando/Tampa, the meetings shouldn't be (or should rarely be) in Atlanta).
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