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9358Attending ASA National Meetings

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  • William C. Miller III
    Feb 1, 2008
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      I lack the eloquence to adequately convey to you the importance and the
      benefit of attending ASA National Meetings. Hosting a national meeting
      is a resource and time consuming commitment, but one which is personally
      satisfying on the sponsoring side as well as the attendee side. In many
      cases, it is the primary opportunity that one has to see old friends
      from all over the country who you otherwise cannot keep track of. The
      ASA National meeting provides the opportunity to meet new friends, to
      renew old friendships, to hear interesting speakers, to see world class
      gardens, to get garden design ideas for potential implementation back
      home, and to acquire rare, unusual, or new azalea introductions
      unavailable elsewhere. The learning opportunities abound. Invariably,
      the person next to you is an expert on something that you desire to
      learn how to do better.

      The level of hospitality is always high and covers the full spectrum of
      a small core group of high motivated individuals to, in some cases, a
      vast community wide effort (see the attached image), which demonstrates
      that everyone can be part of the plan. The attached image depicts two
      of the Tyler, TX, locals who turned out to do their part to greet
      attendees at the 2007 ASA National Meeting in Nacogdoches.

      The 2008 ASA National Meeting will be May 2-4, 2008 in Asheville, NC.
      Complete information is available on-line at:


      and details were also published in the Winter 2007 AZALEAN (Vol. 29, No. 4).

      Do yourself a favor and plan to attend the 2008 ASA National Meeting in
      Asheville. Be good to yourself. You deserve it.

      Bill Miller
      Bethesda, Maryland
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