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Re: [APD] New England Aquatic Plant Society (NEAPS) Meeting discussion.

Let's start with a basic question to try and kick start this 
discussion.  Would you like to see NEAPS exist as a local aquatic plant 
club?  Additional question: What would entice or allow you to attend a 

In all honestly, the general response to this message will probably 
dictate the future of NEAPS.  So, if you would like to see NEAPS exist 
at all, please respond as soon as you can.  Even a simply "yes" reply 
will be a start.

Best Regards,
Dennis Dietz
President, NEAPS

Bailin Shaw wrote:
> Hello All,
> A club's strength depends on the membership's involvement in online 
> discussions and participation at monthly meetings.  Unfortunately for our 
> group, we have seen a steady decrease in interest partly due to the 
> inability to attend meetings as a result proximity issues associated with 
> the New England region.  Although we have attempted to remedy these issues 
> by spreading the meetings around the New England area, the attendance and 
> involvement of the members has steadily faded.
> Because of this decline in attendance, our officers are forced to reevaluate 
> the need for our monthly meetings and would like input from both members and 
> nonmebers for a solution to the issue that plagues this group.  One 
> suggestion has been to make the meetings quarterly and to advertise well in 
> advance to allow adequate planning for people to attend.  There are also 
> other clubs that work strictly as an online group based on the same distance 
> issue and our officers would welcome any feedback with regards to these 
> groups.  Until we obtain some information with which to make an informed 
> decision, our meetings will be suspended for the time being and interactions 
> will be limited to the website's forum at www.ne-aquaticplants.com.
> We would like any ideas that might improve the membership involvement and 
> participation.
> Thanks in advance.
> Bailin Shaw
> Executive Officer
> New England Aquatic Plant Society
> www.ne-aquaticplants.com
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