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Old 08-10-2005, 03:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi Everyone,
Heres a couple of ideas.
1.) Mission Statement
Pittsburgh Plant Club is an organization comprised of individuals with an interest in promoting public understanding and appreciation of aquatic plants. Our club is dedicated to all forms of aquatic gardening and is open to anybody of any level of experience. Through the free and open exchange of information, experience, and ideas we hope to create an atmosphere that encourages and supports the appreciation of a more natural aquatic environment. Our Mission is to educate hobbyists and to promote planted aquariums through presentations, speaking engagements, and monthly meetings where topics related to planted aquaria are discussed. Our goal is to develop and maintain a diverse collection of aquatic plants for the benefit of the fauna, flora, and hobbyist.

2.) Club Name
People might not realize that the Pittsburgh Plant Club involves aquatic plants. How about Pittsburgh Aquatic Plant Society (PAPS)

Let me know what you think.
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Old 08-10-2005, 06:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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That looks pretty good Earl.

The only thing I'd change might be the A of the PAPS. Should it be Pittsburgh Aquarium Plant Society instead of Aquatic? The only reason I say that is because I don't know if we want to be open to pond stuff. Maybe we do.

If not, that should probably be reflected in the misson statement as well.

The "Pittsburgh Plant Club" name is just "Plant Club" with Pittsburgh attached to the front of it. I thought it would be kind of funny to call it just Plant Club because it would sound like the movie Fight Club. The site admin here wanted us to have some kind of reigonal indinifier. Of course, I knew we'd have to change it sooner or later.


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Old 08-11-2005, 07:15 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Oh, you guys, you're so silly! I would like to see an edit to the name, though. For those of you who don't have a female in your life, perhaps you won't know what I'm referring to, but the initials, PAPS, creates a dislikable vision in my mind, as well as any other female. How about PAPC Pittsburgh Aquarium Plant Club? Or APSP Aquarium Plant Society(Club) of Pittburgh. Food for thought.
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p.s. for any of you who need an explanation about PAPS, send me a private message and I'll let you in on the undelightful details.
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I like it Earl. Let's go with it. I will take responsibility for the PAPS idea. Earl and I talked about it at AOA on Tuesday. I guess I should have put it past my girlfriend first...LOL. Besides I personally like Aquarium Plant Society of Pittsburgh (APSP) better. Although it's not as catchy it sounds more sophisticated. Also I think that we should start collecting money for the club. After talking with Eric about PAKA (which is not Inc.) it really seems like a good idea. We can maybe ask for like 2 dollars for every meeting attended (It's not that much). Like I said at the meeting, Kingfish is willing to donate to the club. Although Eric is not going to ask him again until we are a serious club. I understand that we are still small and very new but I feel this is a subject that we need to address in the near future. Furthermore, I would like to get in touch with somebody from Phipp's to maybe see if they can contribute to our club in some way. Your thoughts anyone??

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Old 08-12-2005, 06:10 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Yeh, I have some thoughts. First, what's PAKA, and secondly, I have the contact numbers for Phipps (I go there at least once each year). Phipps has classes on different plants and propogation, and we may be able to introduce them to the idea of an aquarium plant class(emersed?) for the public, with some of the class fees supporting the club. See you at the picnic?
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Sorry, PAKA- Pittsburgh Area Killifish Association.

Good idea. I actually go there quite often and have been a member for the past three years. I love the place and feel that they may be interested in our club and aquarium plants. It's worth a shot. Anybody else have some feedback?

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Hi Folks,
I really like the idea of using "Aquarium" in the Club's name instead of "Aquatic". It narrows the Club's scope which I agree with. It's to the point and it very efficiently describes what we're all about.

The Club's "nickname" does not have to be a perfect anacronym. If we're the _Aquarium Plants Society of Pittsburgh_ we can call ourselves "APSpgh", verballized as "APS Pittsburgh"...or "Aquaplantpgh", the "pgh" verballized as either "Pittsburgh" or "PGH". Follah?

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Hi Folks,
Annasmommy has graciously offered to host a meeting, possibly in Oct. She lives in the Monroeville area.
I keep forgetting to call her to pin down the details. When I get em I'll post em here.

Barb, I'll call you tonight.

The Group has decided to meet regularly on the Sun. eve. following the fish club's Fri. meet. That makes our next meeting...when?

It'll probably be at AOA.

Any suggestions on an agenda?

Let's talk!
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Thanks, Tim, for some terrific ideas on enhancing the Club's "liquidity" (get it?).

Hearing no objections, it is moved and seconded that you proceed with your plans. Can you report at the next meeting?

Be warned, Tim. You are setting yourself up as the Club's official "Sultan of Resource Mobilization". The group will vote on your application at the next meeting.

Do you or Barb have any personal relationships at Phipps?

Let's talk!
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Hi, again, Folks.
It's confirmed. Barb is willing to host our Oct. meeting. It'll probably be on Sun. the 2nd, following the fish club's Sept. meet on Fri.

We can discuss the details at our Aug. meeting on Sun. the 28th..at AOA, Tim?

Later,
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