Administrative changes

Shmuel Silinsky
Mon, 22 Apr 2013 22:47:25 PDT
It goes without saying that your efforts are very appreciated. Mary Sue,
your foresight with the list, the wiki, etc especially has come back many
fold. I especially was amazed to see the international flavor of the list -
far more than Pacific America.  Thank you.

Shmuel Silinsky
Jerusalem, Israel

On Mon, Apr 22, 2013 at 10:07 PM, Lin <> wrote:

> Thanks so much, Mary Sue, for all your work!!!
> Lin Grado
> -----Original Message-----
> From: []
> On Behalf Of Nhu Nguyen
> Sent: Monday, April 22, 2013 12:23 PM
> To: Pacific Bulb Society
> Subject: [pbs] Administrative changes
> Dear PBS members and List participants,
> In February 2013, after 11 years of unwavering dedication to the Pacific
> Bulb Society, Mary Sue Ittner announced to the Board of Directors that she
> would be retiring.
> Mary Sue and a number of others formed the Pacific Bulb Society in 2002 and
> with forward wisdom and insights set up the PBS structure that we see
> today.
> The List was created with the idea that knowledge should be accessible to
> everyone, and thus membership was not required to be participating member.
> Mary Sue first hosted the List on her own server and on ibiblio since then.
> The list now hosts about 600 people and I think many will 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 throughout
> the years added contents and photos which makes up the core content of the
> wiki. The structure that you see today had not deviated drastically from
> the
> original wiki. The appearance of Mary Sue's name on most of the wiki pages
> speaks to her dedication and literally countless hours that she spent
> improving the wiki. There were major hurdles to keep the wiki running where
> at 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 entire
> wiki 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 of
> information and photos of bulbs anywhere. If you search for a bulb name in
> Google, the PBS Wiki can be found on the very first page if not the very
> first hit. This speaks to the tremendous influence that the work which Mary
> Sue and her helpers have produced for the plant world and for posterity.
> We have now completed the transition of administrative responsibility. We
> welcome Eugene Zielinksi who is assisting David Pilling and Diane Whitehead
> as administrators for the PBS List. David Pilling had taken over the
> leadership of the wiki and with Mike Mace, myself, and our newest team
> member Gastil, we continue to add content and maintain the quality of work
> that Mary Sue produced over the years. Please contact one of us if you have
> inquires and relieve Mary Sue of her duties so that she can spend time
> enjoying the sunshine and many wonderful geophytes in her retirement. And
> although we consider this a retirement, Mary Sue will continue adding to
> the
> wiki of the years of backlog photos and information.
> Please join me in thanking Mary Sue for all that she had done for the PBS
> over the years. The PBS that you see today would not be the same had it not
> been for her continual dedication and wisdom. Thank you very very very
> much,
> Mary Sue!!!
> Nhu Nguyen
> PBS President
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