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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-01-2007, 07:11 PM Thread Starter
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New England Aquatic Plants Society meeting discussion.

Hello All,

A club's strength depends on the membership's involvement in online discussions and participation at monthly meetings. Unfortunately for our group, we have seen a steady decrease in interest partly due to the inability to attend meetings as a result proximity issues associated with the New England region. Although we have attempted to remedy these issues by spreading the meetings around the New England area, the attendance and involvement of the members has steadily faded.

Because of this decline in attendance, our officers are forced to reevaluate the need for our monthly meetings and would like input from both members and nonmebers for a solution to the issue that plagues this group. One suggestion has been to make the meetings quarterly and to advertise well in advance to allow adequate planning for people to attend. There are also other clubs that work strictly as an online group based on the same distance issue and our officers would welcome any feedback with regards to these groups. Until we obtain some information with which to make an informed decision, our meetings will be suspended for the time being and interactions will be limited to the website's forum at

We would like any ideas that might improve the membership involvement and participation.

Thanks in advance.

Bailin Shaw
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New England Aquatic Plant Society
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Let's start with the basics....

Let's start with a basic question to try and kick start this discussion. Would you like to see NEAPS exist as a local aquatic plant club? Additional question: What would entice or allow you to attend a meeting?

In all honestly, the general response to this message will probably dictate the future of NEAPS. So, if you would like to see NEAPS exist at all, please respond as soon as you can. Even a simply "yes" reply will be a start.

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Dennis Dietz
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Dennis, I am not a local, but I would like to see NEAPS survive in some sort of manifestation. We need a club in your area.

Having been a part of establishing the NJAGC, I have some ideas for you (or anyone looking to establish a plant club for that matter). Please feel to PM me if you would like to discuss this further.


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