As usual, you are looking at the glass half empty. I don't see it as being
exclusive of others, I look at it as providing a service to members-a perk
that you are learning and sharing information with other fish heads. What
incentives are there for paying the $20 membership fee? The AC is a fine
publication, however I can easily see a new comer questioning $20 for "just"
a publication (NO NEGATIVITY SUGGESTED!). Research grants are great,
however not for the average person and there are no monthly meetings with
speakers. If we can provide them something more; a chance to chit chat with
other knowledgeable fish heads about native fish, their husbandry, and
conservation, then maybe it can be more enticing for those on the fence. I
look at this list as a resource and a privelige. Visitors can still access
the archives to see what they are getting into; or they can maybe have a one
month trial session. We have a good thing here, I feel that it should be
used to our advantage. Afterall, we need to bring in more members and that
should be our underlining goal. I guess I would be interested to know why
those non-member listers have not joined yet?
However, with all that said, it has been explained to me that this would be
a logistical nightmare and a job that no one would want. So, with that, I
guess I will let it be.
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
216.661.6500 ext 4485
><)> -----Original Message-----
><)> From: owner-nanfa_at_aquaria.net
><)> On Behalf
><)> Of Irate Mormon
><)> Sent: Tuesday, March 30, 2004 4:25 PM
><)> To: nanfa_at_aquaria.net
><)> Subject: RE: NANFA--list content restrictions?
><)> Quoting Nick Zarlinga <njz_at_clevelandmetroparks.com>:
><)> > Because this is a NANFA list and it talks about
><)> NANFA related items. You
><)> > get the information on joining from the NANFA
><)> organizational web page and
><)> > publications.
><)> Ok, think of it like this. Most hobby clubs that
><)> have regular meetings
><)> encourage non-members to attend. E.G. the Linux
><)> user's group of Jackson. Sure
><)> the info is available on the website, but the
><)> whole point of the group is to
><)> network with like-minded people, not form an
><)> exclusive fraternity. We can
><)> certainly HOPE people will join, but we don't
><)> immediately want to dissociate
><)> ourselves from them if they don't, for whatever reason.
><)> Charter member, DNRC
><)> "Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; if
><)> it dies there, no constitution,
><)> no law, no court can save it."
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