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Re: KillieTalk Digest V2 #321
>I brought the issue up when the reality of the price of hosting the
>set in; If we wanted to host at the same hotel MAKA has used in the
>recent past, we'd have to lay out around $5,000. Can't do that with a 15%
>auction split (or 50% for that matter). Have you noticed, there's never a
>rush to sponsor a convention? No incentive, at least no financial
Usually one group comes forward and volunteers. What happens when one
doesn't come forward? Another thing you don't hear much about is that many
of the awards (Best In Show . Cahalan, and a few others ) are AKA sponsored.
There are no funds coming from the AKA to buy these trophies.
The host club is obligated to buy them from their pockets.
>Provided AKA needs $XXX from each convention to keep going. That's
>never been clear. Oh, for those that ask, this info was given out at the
>last convention if you went to the BOT. AKA has something like $75,000 in
>assets at present, the bulk of which is cash.
Wrong , much of this money is in CD's and is being used as a reserve , in
case times get bad again.
>>I think the essential reason is that this is a hobby and most people are
>>it for that reason. Conservation of a species is more like a professional
>>commitment. I would suggest that we really need to focus on a very limited
>>number of species. To qualify a species needs to be documentedly
>>and needs to be attractive to hobbyists. For the genus Nothobranchius, for
>>example, something like 10 species were nominated in the past for
Agreed Barry, but I never saw anything puplished about what species were on
this list. Perhaps it is an oversight on my part.
However, as far as I know, only one species is
>>documentedly under threat, namely N. rachovii KNP Black.
I have this species but did not know it was on this list. I knew it was rare
but only that.
>>Nevertheless, we have to fight the good fight. Don't give up the idea, but
>What about territory conservation? A lost cause?
The funding would have to be enormous. Where would it come from , certainly
not the AKA's meager treasury
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