2010 june secretary report

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International Society of Hymenopterists secretary report from the buisness meeting held during the 7th International Congress of Hymenopterists in Kőszeg, Hungary, June 20-26, 2010.

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  • membership decline in detail best records we have go back to 1999 peaked in 2002 with 370 today we have 231 where have we lost membership?
  • institutions remain somewhat constant huge drops in student and regular members, many of whom were sponsored
  • this is also reflected in how international we were compared to how we are now red indicates >50% drop in members since 2002
  • same data as previous slide, but in graphical form   so, why the dramatic drop? 1) we were sponsoring too many people? 2) others lost interest or didn't see any value in ISH and stopped renewing?
  • reminder that we have a membership database that every current member can edit
  • another reminder that you can pay your dues by PayPal now (this will hopefully help increase membership numbers)
  • we have a blog, where anyone (after getting permission from the secretary or webmaster) can pot in ISH- or other related news/opinions
  • And we've initiated a NEW newsletter for ISH...
  • Do we have any other suggestions? Many people expressed the importance of finding a taxon-neutral name. Any other discussion warranted here?
  • 2010 june secretary report

    1. 1. Membership Numbers year     members   1999      320 2000      368 2001      355 2002      370 2003      351 2004      331 2005      310 2006      322 2007      293 2008      263 2009      227 2010      231
    2. 2. 2002 membership: 41     institutional 279   regular 59     student   (69 sponsored) 2010 membership: 37     institutional 167   regular (12 life) 25     student 2       family (13 sponsored)
    3. 3. 2002 membership: USA    126 Brazil    23 Japan    20 Germany    18 Mexico    17 Canada    13 Spain    13 Italy    12 UK    11 Australia    10 China    8 France    7 Russia    7 South Africa    7 Sweden    5 Switzerland    5 Romania    4 Argentina    3 Cuba    3 Finland    3 Iran    3 Malaysia    3 Netherlands    3 Ukraine    3 Venezuela    3 Belgium    2 Bulgaria    2 Costa Rica    2 2010 membership: USA    100 Brazil    4 Japan    13 Germany   12 Mexico    2 Canada   16 Spain    5 Italy   2 UK   11 Australia    5 China    2 France   7 Russia   5 South Africa  4 Sweden  7 Switzerland  1 Romania  2 Finland   5 Netherlands   2 Ukraine  1 Costa Rica   1 Israel   1 Lithuania    2 New Zealand   3 Norway  3 South Korea   1 Turkey    2 Hungary    2 Israel    2 Kenya    2 Lithuania    2 New Zealand    2 Norway    2 South Korea    2 Turkey    2 Czech Republic    1 Denmark    1 Egypt    1 Georgia    1 Ghana    1 India    1 Indonesia    1 Kazakhstan    1 Nicaragua    1 Paraguay    1 Portugal    1 Sri Lanka    1 Taiwan    1 Thailand    1 Trinidad and Tobago    1 Uganda    1 Zimbabwe    1 Czech Republic   1 Denmark   1 Egypt     2 Georgia   1 India     1 Kazakhstan  1 Trinidad and Tobago   1   Argentina 0 Cuba 0 Iran 0 Venezuela 0 Belgium 0 Bulgaria 0 Hungary 0 Kenya 0 Ghana 0 Indonesia 0 Nicaragua 0 Paraguay 0 Portugal 0 Sri Lanka 0 Taiwan 0 Thailand 0 Uganda 0 Zimbabwe 0
    4. 5. http://members.hymenopterists.org
    5. 8. The *NEW* ISH newsletter <ul><ul><li>modeled after old newsletters (e.g., Sphecos , Chalcid Forum ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>accepting submissions now(!): </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>news/gossip from your lab </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>stories from the field </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>opinion pieces </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>jokes </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>photos </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>whatever... </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>send files to Andy Deans ( [email_address] ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>will be distributed as PDF </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>published 2x per year (July and December) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>latest issue accessible to members only </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>what should we name it? </li></ul></ul>
    6. 9. <ul><li>possible newsletter names (each received ≥2 nominations): </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ISH News </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NewsISH </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hamuli </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hamuli - The ISH Newsletter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hamuli - The Hymenopterists' Newsletter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>...? </li></ul></ul>
    7. 10. 1:30 PM Introductory Remarks   1:35 PM 0103 Tips and strategies for bulk collecting and processing. Michael W. Gates, USDA-ARS   1:55 PM 0104 Modern techniques in myrmecology. Ted Schultz, Smithsonian Institution   2:15 PM 0105 Managing massive multi-collaborator surveys. Michael J. Sharkey, University of Kentucky 2:50 PM 0106 Implementing multi-user databases for phylogenetic analysis. John Heraty, University of California-Riverside; Jason Mottern, University of California-Riverside; Matthew J. Yoder, North Carolina State University; Roger A. Burks, University of California-Riverside   3:10 PM 0107 Predicting the future of scientific imaging of Hymenoptera. Matthew Buffington, Systematic Entomology Laboratory USDA-ARS   3:30 PM 0108 50 years of digging for black gold! Lubomír Masner, Agriculture Canada   3:50 PM Business meeting. ESA Annual Meeting, December 2009 Indianapolis, IN, USA
    8. 11. <ul><ul><li>35 members present initially </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>major concerns regarding membership drop  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>treasurer's numbers are disconcerting! </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>reach out to China and Taiwan? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Katja reported on the new database and website </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Woolley announces that Gavin is stepping down as editor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>discussion of ICH in Hungary, including slide show </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>plea to promote more than Hymenoptera taxonomy </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>discussion about moving JHR to new publisher and publishing model </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>ZooKeys or Zootaxa might be best models </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>concerns about JHR making money for the Society with this new model </li></ul></ul></ul>ESA Annual Meeting, December 2009 Indianapolis, IN, USA

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