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Re: March BNL
>>I am referring mainly to the statement that the AKA is no longer needed to purchase fish and eggs.<<
Please don't read my comments asa slight aainst you, the AKA or any other of the fine folks that work so hard to make the AKA one of the best, if not the best, fish hobbyist organizations around. I and many other people are trulyu appreciative of your work and dedication.
The gists of my long diatribe was not to nbury the BNL or the AKA. In fact, if the AKA were nor important to me, I would stand by idely and say nothing. The key point I was trying to make is that if the AKA does not take a leadership role and fully incorporate electronic media into it's information distribution mix, others will and will pass the AKA by. The ease of doing so is far to easy and the cost is very low.
As an infrastructure, there was a time when the AKA was the only reliable way hobbyist in America could obtain and exchange killies. The shrinking of the world has changed that dominant position. It is quite possible for folks to exchange and obain killies on their own via internet comunications. It's also possible to contact collectors around the world directly and have coordinate shipments via air frieght. These things were not possible 10-20 years ago.
What the AKA does have is a core of knowledgable, dedicated hobbyiest, such as youself, that are commited to the benifit of the hobby. I would like to see the two blended together, advancing the new communication media along with the knowledge and dedication of the membership.
I also need to point out that I believe that the AKA has taken strides towards these ends. The web site, the killie talk list and even the F&E listing on-line. These are all steps in the right direction. And I also know that many individuals have contrinuted grrately to these efforts, as well as the other traditional roles and activities. Volunteer organizations can never take lightly the effort and dedication of those individuals that actually make it happen. There would be no AKA without the wrok of folks such as yourself and the others.
But I wil continue to raise my opinion, and please remember that's all it is, my opinion. Because I want to see the AKA continue it's role in the hobby for the next 10-20 years.
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