Administrative changes

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-----Original Message-----
From: Nhu Nguyen <>
To: Pacific Bulb Society <>
Sent: Mon, Apr 22, 2013 1:22 pm
Subject: [pbs] Administrative changes

Dear PBS members and List participants,In February 2013, after 11 years 
of unwavering dedication to the PacificBulb Society, Mary Sue Ittner 
announced to the Board of Directors that shewould be retiring.Mary Sue 
and a number of others formed the Pacific Bulb Society in 2002 andwith 
forward wisdom and insights set up the PBS structure that we seetoday. 
The List was created with the idea that knowledge should beaccessible 
to everyone, and thus membership was not required to beparticipating 
member. Mary Sue first hosted the List on her own server andon ibiblio 
since then. The list now hosts about 600 people and I think manywill 
agree with me that it's one of the best plant forum on the internet.And 
perhaps most importantly, Mary Sue created the PBS Wiki. The idea of 
a"wiki" was new back in 2002, yet Mary Sue adopted it readily and 
throughoutthe years added contents and photos which makes up the core 
content of thewiki. The structure that you see today had not deviated 
drastically fromthe original wiki. The appearance of Mary Sue's name on 
most of the wikipages speaks to her dedication and literally countless 
hours that she spentimproving the wiki. There were major hurdles to 
keep the wiki running whereat one point we almost had to shut it down 
due to major software changes.But Mary Sue kept her dedication strong 
and sought help to moved the entirewiki to a new piece of software and 
we have been using it since.In conjunction with the List, the PBS Wiki 
has become the best source ofinformation and photos of bulbs anywhere. 
If you search for a bulb name inGoogle, the PBS Wiki can be found on 
the very first page if not the veryfirst hit. This speaks to the 
tremendous influence that the work which MarySue and her helpers have 
produced for the plant world and for posterity.We have now completed 
the transition of administrative responsibility. Wewelcome Eugene 
Zielinksi who is assisting David Pilling and Diane Whiteheadas 
administrators for the PBS List. David Pilling had taken over 
theleadership of the wiki and with Mike Mace, myself, and our newest 
teammember Gastil, we continue to add content and maintain the quality 
of workthat Mary Sue produced over the years. Please contact one of us 
if you haveinquires and relieve Mary Sue of her duties so that she can 
spend timeenjoying the sunshine and many wonderful geophytes in her 
retirement. Andalthough we consider this a retirement, Mary Sue will 
continue adding tothe wiki of the years of backlog photos and 
information.Please join me in thanking Mary Sue for all that she had 
done for the PBSover the years. The PBS that you see today would not be 
the same had it notbeen for her continual dedication and wisdom. Thank 
you very very verymuch, Mary Sue!!!Nhu NguyenPBS 
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