[NAFEX] NAFEX question
Jwlehman at aol.com
Jwlehman at aol.com
Sat Dec 17 12:14:27 EST 2011
> Now that NAFEX has been fragmented, how does a potential new member
> >join? If a potential member attempts to join, will he be directed to the
> >new listserv or to this one?
> >Jim Fruth
I forwarded Jim's question to NAFEX President Dr. Ethan Natelson and here
was his response:
I would not agree that Nafex has been fragmented, but simply put into a
fiscally responsible position. Nobody is forced to join or participate in
any particular social network and whether one joins the original list
which is not under the control of Nafex, or the newly-created one, which
is, or neither, is their choice. End
Many organizations such as NAFEX, NNGA (Northern Nut Growers Assoc.), state
nut grower organizations are experiencing great membership decline. These
organizations were established by growers for growers with common interest to
share information. NNGA celebrated their 100th anniversary two years ago.
Membership has declined by about 75%, NAFEX isn't far behind. The main reason
is massive amounts of free expert information made available by the
Internet, FREE. The motivating force for paying any membership free has changed
from obtaining information to social comradery.
Maybe 10 years ago at a NAFEX board meeting someone (prior to Dr. Parmar)
said any organization that doesn't have a web site will fall by the wayside.
NAFEX has had a web site for years. It has often been suggested POMONA be
published entirely on the web site. Most people will not voluntarily pay for
information by joining when it is available free. The free Internet is the
downfall of many special grower interest organizations. Not many will pay for
the cow when they can get the milk for free
Smaller associations such as MIDFEX (Mid America Fruit Explorers) in the
Chicago area and INGA (Indiana Nut Growers Assoc.) have done better due to the
physical nearness of their membership. Scion swap meetings and grafting
demonstration meetings for example promotes purchased memberships.
INGA membership has been fairly steady at 300 due to membership interest
meetings and the very low cost of membership, $7.00 annually or $100 for
lifetime membership. Half of INGA members have purchased Life Time Memberships.
Every subscriber of this free LISTSERV who elects not to pay for membership
contributes to NAFEX decline. And every time we paying members answer
questions on this net we also contribute to the end of NAFEX. This situation is
the by product of the free information age similar to the US postal service
Diehard paying NAFEX member since the mid 1980s.
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