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That lazy BOT (was Re: decent war) (long!)
Kray, Edd wrote:
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Wright Huntley [mailto:jwwiii at pacbell_net]
> Sent: Thursday, February 06, 2003 9:50 AM
> To: killietalk at aka_org
> Subject: Re: decent war
> Thanks, Barry.
> My sentiments exactly.
> Barry Cooper wrote:
>>Let's not take the discussion in this direction.
> This is Edd in Denver:
> Wright writes:
> "That must come to an end. When are those lazy, overpaid board members
> going to get off their backsides and do something we can complain
> I think this is a wonderful diversion to the thread that began this
> morning. Go at it guys. Just because I try and keep from sticking my
> foot into my mouth by avoiding frequent killie-talk replies, doesn't
> mean Edd and the BOT aren't listening daily. Take your best shot today.
> It's better than fretting about the middle-east on killietalk.
As we get deep into the winter doldrums and convention starts to appear in
the mist, it has been traditional, here, to air gripes, ideas, proposals
and such, so those of us who can't be there for the event can get
something going at convention. At least we hope our ideas can be carried
there and shared.
Some years ago, the presence of AKA on the internet -- mail-list and web
site -- went through such a discussion. The have-nots and the haves let it
all hang out and we wasted a lot of words, at killies@mejac... and
eventually on killietalk, but got there with a general consensus, and we
have been mighty happy with the results, IMO.
What's the hot topic of discussion going to be for this year's convention?
I suggest we might look at our conservation and species maintenance
programs (including N&R) with an idea to improve communications and
understanding, without chowdering the excellent on-going efforts.
Dedicated KCC breeders/coordinators know a lot about what they are doing.
Clubs often know a bit less about the role of the SMC in the process. ESP
and special initiatives aren't on anyone's radar, most of the time.
Can AKA play an improved role in connecting those programs with diverse
outside efforts like DSAC, DFC, SAA, ANGFA, and NANFA, and the general
membership, who may have an academic interest (even if participation isn't
possible this year)?
IMHO, the BOT is in the perfect position to evaluate the needs of the
hobby, the resources available, and suggest changes where needed. I'd
welcome a proposed revamping of our efforts so they can be more effective
and better focused. In particular, I share Roger Langton's feeling that we
need better academic liaison and support. It's there, but we haven't used
it well in recent years, IMHO.
We have gotten major SMC inputs from the Affiliate clubs, but that tends
to dissolve as clubs change officers and folks get burned out doing
tedious bookkeeping tasks.
You asked for it Edd, so here is my proposal, as an outsider. I'm sure the
BOT can refine it and make it workable (garble it beyond recognition? ;-)).
Get Roger Langton to write a few columns for the BNL, that could be
archived at aka.org, describing the history of AKA work on conservation
and discussing methods that have, and have not, worked in the past.
Roger's health may not lend itself to doing it every month, but that's a
powerful argument for getting it going. We could get Bob Goldstein, Phil
Pister, Stan Weitzman, Peter Unmack, Paul Loiselle, Bob Collier, Bruce
Turner, Neil Foster, and a lot of other academics with killifish interests
to do guest columns to be used in the months that Roger doesn't have one.
[Reprints of their articles from other publications would be new to most
The objective would be to fill what appears to me to be a serious gap in
our efforts -- member education on the subject. Roger has, no doubt,
forgotten how much verbal battering he had to apply to get me aboard. That
process could be made more efficient, by the BOT, I think.
Once the membership is tuned in, those concerned will come forward, as
volunteers, and our loose and disconnected organizations will tend to be
pulled together by that common interest. There is a huge gap between the
need for preserving a species and the interests of a new hobbyist who
wants to keep a pretty little orange fish alive. Only the BOT can manage
the process and mobilize the resources in such a way that it will be
rewarding to all along that entire spectrum.
My US$0.02 for this morning.
Wright Huntley -- 209 521-0557 -- 731 Loletta Ave, Modesto CA 95351
[Not that I approve striking first,]
Ask France to join a coalition?
Might as well bring the Glee Club to a gang fight.
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