9464Re: [AZ] Attending ASA National Meetings
- Feb 21, 2008I think you were very eloquent, Bill, and I thank you for your
inspiring message. If you've been to a convention before you know
what Bill said is all true. If you haven't been, it 's hard to
imagine how much fun it is.
Here are a few facts to urge every would-be attendee to go ahead and
fill out your registration form NOW and mail it to me.
"first-28-only tours" -
- the Friday tour to Pilot Mountain* to see R. vaseyi in the wild now
has 23 signups
- the Saturday tour to Pilot Mountain* now has 3 signups
- the Sunday tour to Southern Highlands Reserve now has 20 signups
registration dates -
-your registration date is the postmark date or the PayPal receipt date
- if you register by March 1 the early registration fee is $40
- from March 2 to April 1 the regular registration fee of $55 applies
- we have to order and schedules the tour buses on April 1, so after
that you *might* be able to still register if we have space on the
buses, and the late registration fee is $80
- register by the end of next week -- and save yourself enough money
to buy a convention t-shirt and/or some plants at the plant sale
Bob Stelloh, 2008 Convention Registrar
65 Sierra Drive
Hendersonville NC 28739
*To tie it all together, follow this link
<http://www.pbase.com/image/1122600> to see a picture of Augie Kehr
enjoying the view on Pilot Mountain back in 1981 -- the same view you
can see 27 years later!
At 8:26 AM -0500 on 2/1/08, William C. Miller III wrote
>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.
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