3RD CONFERENCE OF THE INTERNATIONAL CARNIVOROUS
16-18 JUNE 2000
SAN FRANCISCO, USA
IN COOPERATION WITH THE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
CARNIVOROUS PLANT SOCIETY
I am so glad everyone who has written about the ICPS World
Conference in San Francisco enjoyed it. I am very happy that we were able
to bring so many people from around the world to meet in San Francisco
and share their knowledge on carnivorous plants. I am proud that the ICPS
has some new directions for the future that came out of discussions that
began at the conference; conversations about ways of better serving the
members, new questions for research, and many conservation strategies
and initiatives. I am pleased to be serving with the International Society
to move these ideas forward in the coming years.
The conference was a success as a direct result of the
great support it received from a great number of people, but a few should
be mentioned in particular. Cindy Slezak deserves a huge thank you from
all of us, and so do some volunteers who performed above and beyond the
call of duty--Margaret Boomer, Katherine Henwood, Bill Weaver, Stephanie
Van Parys, and Judith Finn spring first to my mind. They all missed parts
of the conference to help in various ways. Barry Rice, Madeleine
Groves, and the board members of the ICPS all provided key support. Thanks
also to the Bay Area Carnivorous Plant Society, and all of you who volunteered
in organizing the event.
We must recognize and thank the generous people who donated
plants and other items for the auction, and those who donated directly
to the organizing effort. Many individuals and nurseries donated rare
plants, books, botanical prints, and memorabilia. While the list of donors
was sadly lost, it should be said that there were at least 23 people who
donated over $100 dollars worth of items. All these donations were a saving
grace, and helped prevent large financial losses. Thank you each and all.
The largest thanks goes to the speakers, without whom
there would have been no conference; you were amazingly great. Many of
you came great distances at your own expense to participate, and many
contributed their fees back to the conference. Everyone learned and gained
from your presentations.
Those who were there know that the fledgling photo contest
came off well; you can expect to see some of the excellent winning photos
in future issues of Carnivorous Plant Newsletter (see the inside cover
of this proceedings for the list of winners). The vendors who brought
interesting and new plants were a welcome feature; more than a few conference-goers
took home new carnivorous treasures. I am sure everyone enjoyed the chance
to socialize at the banquet and enjoy the great food. I will never forget
the experience of being entertained with all my new friends by Barrys
antics in the featured presentation.
Thanks again to everyone who participated in the ICPS
World Conference; to those of you who did not---be sure to start saving
for the next one. I know I will not miss it, in fact I can hardly wait!