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Old 08-02-2006, 11:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question SCAPE - how interested are you?

So we've had 2 meetings and have started discussing a 3rd. We've taken advantage of a couple of group buys (thanks Mike!) and have quite a few APC members who have added themselves to our group.

Are we ready for the next step?

What is the interest level for taking SCAPE from being a loose coalition to being an organized club? Who is interested in serving on a board to direct the organization? Who would be willing to pay dues in exchange for things like formal meeting places, newsletters, and possible paid speakers?

I'd like to see a discussion here of wants, needs, objections, and the pros and cons.


....The floor is open.
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I would be interested in a more organized effort. I will be honest however and tell you that I don't know much about what it would take.

I would be interested in paying dues if they were kept reasonable.

I would like to know more about the time investment (especially for board positions).

Regardless of the above:

I would like to see regular planed meetings either monthly or every two months. Wether that be at someones house, an lfs that welcomes us, or a place we have to pay for.

I would like to try and organize an "nature walk" to check out some of the local parks and trails. (but I may end up doing that on my own)

Thanks for asking,
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Old 08-03-2006, 01:07 PM   #3 (permalink)
 
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I would be VERY interested in this.......

I would be willing to put in free time that i have and wouldnt mind paying dues on a monthly basis....

I can do design and get newsletters etc. layed out and printed...and also serve on a commitee if necessary.
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Old 08-03-2006, 03:12 PM   #4 (permalink)
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If a site is ever need I can be the one to do it, I just need the funding, which is not expensive at all.
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Old 08-03-2006, 07:03 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I can give up some server space depending on how large the site is. That way the startup would go more smoothly for the club.

Mambo, phpbb, and joomla are easy sites to use and modify (and take up little space)and keep things orderly as they are not static html pages. Perhaps the group could choose something like that for easy information content management.

I can say that I am interested in the club but would probably only go to one meeting every other month or two because Im in Pasadena. Maybe Turtlehead can work something out for the people in the Pasadena/LA area.
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I think it's a great idea. I wouldn't mind paying reasonable dues.

I think we need be realistic about our goals, however, as this hobby is a real niche and there aren't too many of us out there.

Does anyone know what other plant clubs do and look like?
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Old 08-03-2006, 09:14 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I believe Greg was a member of SFBAAPS...
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A few thoughts:

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I would like to know more about the time investment (especially for board positions).
I would expect the time to be minimal once the club is well established - maybe 3 or 4 hours a month. I would think that there would be more involvement during the start-up period though.


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I can do design and get newsletters etc. layed out and printed
I think this could be an important aspect - it would also likely include mailing newsletters to both members and LFSs.


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I can say that I am interested in the club but would probably only go to one meeting every other month or two because Im in Pasadena.
I'm sure this can be accommodated by rotating meeting places. It happens that the meetings we've had so far have been in OC, but SD has been mentioned and we have a good enough contingent in LA to make that work as well.


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I think it's a great idea. I wouldn't mind paying reasonable dues.

I think we need be realistic about our goals, however, as this hobby is a real niche and there aren't too many of us out there.
Dues would not be very much - really the idea is just to cover some of the costs of operating a club. Depending on membership numbers I would expect to need $10-$20 on a yearly basis. Shortages could be made up through raffles and donations.

I don't know that we're really a 'niche'. For example APC has 12,000 members. The point is noted though that interest levels will be an important factor - both in regards to existing membership as well as involving new members.
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I would be willing to pay dues for something like a website and/or a newsletter. Especially if it will help bring in new members. I think monthly meetings might be a little hard in the beggining since we only have homes to visit. If we could get a board to make decisions that would brobably help move meeting plans along a lot faster. Just my 2 cents.
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Fundraisers shouldnt be too hard either with the nature of this hobby......
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