[nafex] Ways to promote NAFEX membership

Dr. Chiranjit Parmar parmarch at vsnl.com
Mon Jul 9 14:07:46 EDT 2001

I am a member of NAFEX since 1987.  I have enjoyed being a NAFEXER all these
years and would like to remain associated with it.  I had also joined CRFG
for some years but could not continue it.

In my opinion NAFEX should also widen its base to other countries.  In this
age of globalization keeping just confined to NORTH AMERICA is not enough.
Moreover the work FRUIT EXPLORATION has to be extensive in every part of the

May the the outlook of the founder members was not that broad at that time
due to limited means of communication.  But now with internet the world has
become very small.  So let the NAFEX also widen its base and globalize.

Dr. Chiranjit Parmar
Horticultural Consultant on Lesser Known Indian Fruits
----- Original Message -----
From: "Sam Brungardt" <samb at pop.isd.net>
To: <nafex at yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Monday, July 09, 2001 10:54 PM
Subject: [nafex] Ways to promote NAFEX membership

> I really think that an organization needs to promote itself on the
> Web.  For example, the Northern Nut Growers Association, makes a lot
> of useful information available even to non-members, and were I in a
> position to grow nut trees, it would be the first place where I'd
> check for recommendations and other advice.
> At the same time, this does not address the problem of promoting
> membership in NAFEX.  I guess the question is, Do we exist to promote
> our organization or its objectives?  Perhaps being open and sharing
> as much info without the need for membership is the best way to pick
> up more members.  Or, is Pomona, the species experts,  and an annual
> convention all we can offer a member?
> There have recently been many excellent suggestions made by members
> of this listserv for promoting NAFEX.  A one-time mailing of sample
> copies of Pomona could perhaps pick up some enthusiastic master
> gardeners.  Working with the extension services might be one way to
> identify those who are most interested in fruitgrowing.  The copies
> of Pomona we mail to master gardeners could simply have a bound-in
> recruitment letter and membership application blank as a centerfold.
> Each member being a spokesperson and making his plantings available
> to the public and reporters is another excellent suggestion.  It is
> probably the best way to promote membership.   I can read all I want
> about NAFEX, but I only really get excited when I read or see on TV
> someone who's growing something unusual in my region.  That gives me
> a local contact and ideas of things I might also try.  It's also
> likely that I'll enjoy the camraderie of others who share a passion
> for fruit growing.
> The formation of local chapters is another excellent suggestion.  But
> as with any organization, attendance will have to compete with other
> demands for members' time.   I see this in every organization to
> which I belong.  In one, a genealogical society, we've recently
> increased our membership from about 100 to 150.  Yet, it will be the
> 10 to 20 percent of those new members who really volunteer, advance
> the goals of the group, and get actively involved over the long run.
> The others come for the ethic food and celebrations and little
> else.--Sam Brungardt, Saint Paul, Minn.
> The dilemma about dwindling membership
> >From: "Brungardt, Sam" <sam.brungardt at pca.state.mn.us>
> >To: "'samb at isd.net'" <samb at isd.net>
> >Subject: FW: NNGA Web Site Updates & Announcements
> >Date: Mon, 9 Jul 2001 08:07:55 -0500
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> >
> >
> >>  ----------
> >>  From: Icomserve at aol.com[SMTP:Icomserve at aol.com]
> >>  Sent: Saturday, July 07, 2001 5:33 PM
> >>  To: Sproutnut at aol.com
> >>  Subject: NNGA Web Site Updates & Announcements
> >>
> >>  Dear NNGA member or Web site visitor,
> >>
> >>  The NNGA Web site has been updated as follows:
> >>
> >>  - Feature article of the month is "Carpathian Varieties For The
> >>    Northern States" by Gilbert Becker.
> >>
> >>  - The following links have been added to our "Links Page":
> >>    SEARCH SECTION - new nut-oriented search engine,
> >>    FORESTRY SECTION - links to resources on forestry agency sites,
> >>    BLACK WALNUT - links to black walnut resources
> >>
> >>
> >>  1. If you are planning to go to the NNGA convention in early August,
> >>     register soon.  You can link straight to a registration form from
> >>     our "What's New" Page or from our home page.
> >>
> >>  2. The NNGA has acquired two domain names:
> >>     www.northernnutgrowers.org and www.nutgrowing.org. You may now
> >>     reach us by using either of these domain names.
> >>
> >>  You may go directly to these updates from the "What's New Page" at
> >>  <A HREF="http://www.northernnutgrowers.org/nnga/whatsnew.htm">
> >>  http://www.northernnutgrowers.org/whatsnew.htm </A>
> >>  To visit the NNGA what's new page now, click on the underlined page.
> >>
> >>  Note:  Some e-mail software does not support links from mail to Web
> >>  pages.  If this is the case, come visit us later.
> >>
> >>  Marsha Henkin,
> >>  Webmaster
> >>  NNGA
> >>
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